South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will officially reopen borders for tourism on October 1, 2020.

News of South Africa’s reopening will include inbound and outbound tourism, allowing nationals to travel abroad and tourists to enter once again.

‘We will gradually and cautiously reduce restrictions on international travel … allowing travel in and out of South Africa for business, pleasure and other travel as of October 1, 2020’,

South Africa closed its borders for the first time on March 27 and has been one of the countries hardest hit by Covid-19, registering the eighth highest number of total cases in the world. However, the nation has recently flattened its curve after strict lockdowns across the country and is now reporting its fewest new cases since May.

Since South Africa receives around 17 million tourists a year, reopening the borders for inbound and outbound tourism has been a major priority.

«We are ready to reopen our doors to the world and invite travelers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife parks with safety and confidence.» – Ramaphosa said.

Airports reopening October 1
OR Tambo of Johannesburg
Cape Town International
King Shaka of Durban

Entry requirements for South Africa
PCR test Yes.
All passengers must present the negative result of a PCR test, taken no more than 72 hours before departure.

If the passenger meets the requirement of the PCR test, there is no mandatory quarantine. However, if a passenger does not bring a negative PCR result, they will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Although the nation’s airports will be opened and inbound and outbound tourism will be allowed, there will still be some restrictions to help minimize the spread.

  • Face masks will continue to be necessary in all public spaces.
  • A curfew will be applied at 12:00 a.m. M. (Midnight)
  • Most meetings will be allowed at 50% of a venue’s capacity (250px maximum indoors, 500px maximum outdoors)
  • The sale of alcohol for personal consumption will be allowed from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. M. At 5:00 p. M.
  • The beaches will be open
  • Wildlife playgrounds and other environmental tourist attractions will be open
  • Hotels, restaurants, and other tourism-based businesses will be open, however they may have capacity limits, restricted hours, and / or social distancing in effect.