Here is what we know so far:
South Africa is reopening its borders for all tourists. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement today, Nov. 11, saying in a news conference, “We are also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate.”
You’ll need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours and follow extensive safety protocols.
Before departure Travelers must be able to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR test, with negative results, dated within 72 hours of departure time. Arriving travelers who present a negative PCR test won’t need to quarantine after passing health screenings, including temperature checks, at the arrival airport. But any traveler who either fails to present a timely PCR test or shows additional symptoms upon arrival will be asked to quarantine for 14 days in the country at their own expense.
Travelers must also download the South Africa coronavirus mobile tracing app and use it for the duration of their stay in South Africa.
Upon arrival Foreign travelers entering the country and arriving in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban must adhere to the following guidelines:
Face masks are required in all public spaces A curfew is in effect each night from midnight until 4 a.m. Most gatherings will be allowed at 50 percent of the venue’s capacity, with 250 people allowed at a maximum indoors, or 500 people maximum at outdoor venues; Individuals may purchase alcohol for personal consumption between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday Beaches, wildlife game parks and other outdoor tourist attractions will be open.
While hotels, restaurants, and other tourism-based businesses will be open, there may be individual restrictions on capacity and hours, and social distancing guidelines will remain in effect. Restrictions on alcohol sales may be lifted in the next few days.
We will certainly post more details as they become available.