All the countries South Africans are banned from because of Covid-19, or require self-isolation

Travel bans

* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

Travel bans have been imposed around the world to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2 virus behind Covid-19, while others require voluntary self-isolation of either all foreign travellers, or those from specific countries.

South Africans are affected by some restrictions – especially in countries that have a blanket ban on travellers from places with known Covid-19 cases. South Africa has also restricted access to some nationalities.

See also | Our update on Covid-19 in South Africa, with all the information on the SARS-Cov-2 virus as we get it

The result is a moving target of a list of places South Africans may not (or should not) go, and a similarly in-flux list of nationalities that can expect at least intensive screening for fevers on arrival in SA.

Many countries have imposed bans and restrictions due to expire in mid-April, if not renewed or cancelled before then. Other countries have put in place indefinite bans, or have not specified timeframes. Bans typically exclude those holding diplomatic credentials, and in some cases those with specific types of work visas.

Here are the countries with travel restrictions in place affecting South Africans.

South Africans are mostly not currently welcome in:

South African are impacted by special measures when travelling to:

    : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to present a negative viral test for entry : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of high-risk countries, from which travel is banned : likely to be denied access, but may be admitted if they can show the ability to self-isolate for 14 days : all international flights cancelled : may have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
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These are the countries impacted by South Africa’s travel restrictions.

South Africa has banned access to people from:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

South Africa has imposed extra screening measures on people from:

  • Hong Kong
  • Portugal
  • Singapore

* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

List of countries that won’t allow South Africans in

Despite South Africa’s airports being open for international travel, a host of countries have banned travellers from the country following the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant.

According to Health Policy Watch, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in December 2020 that the body is ‘working with scientists to understand how these genetic changes affect how the virus behaves’.

These countries have banned South African travellers

A number of countries have banned travellers from South Africa.

Domestic tourism for South Africa seems to be the only kind of travel they will be doing since the country has gained such a bad reputation with the discovery of the new variant.

South Africa hopes to see a rebound in tourism but the suspension of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine rollout has led to a delay.

‘The UK has reported that this new variant transmits more easily but there is no evidence so far that it is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality,’ Ghebreyesus said.

‘The bottom line is that we need to suppress transmission of all SARS-COV-2 viruses as quickly as we can. The more we allow it to spread, the more opportunity it has to change.’

South Africa does allow international visitors with a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours. Travellers leaving and entering the country need to fill out a health questionnaire available on the Department of Health’s website.

Those without valid certification are required to quarantine at a government-appointed facility for 10 days at their own cost.

As a result of this fast-spreading variant, called 501.V2, a number of countries have closed their borders to travellers from certain destinations, including South Africa.

A mapping tool developed by travel website Skyscanner revealed that since 18 April, South Africa has 84 major restrictions from other countries and these countries could either be closed for entry, they have suspended travel, or entry may only be possible for those that are citizens.

However, South Africa does have 68 other countries where travel is possible, but you need to meet those travel requirements before entry.

The following countries do not currently allow visitors from South Africa:

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All the countries South Africans are banned from because of Covid-19, or require self-isolation

Travel bans

* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

Travel bans have been imposed around the world to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2 virus behind Covid-19, while others require voluntary self-isolation of either all foreign travellers, or those from specific countries.

South Africans are affected by some restrictions – especially in countries that have a blanket ban on travellers from places with known Covid-19 cases. South Africa has also restricted access to some nationalities.

See also | Our update on Covid-19 in South Africa, with all the information on the SARS-Cov-2 virus as we get it

The result is a moving target of a list of places South Africans may not (or should not) go, and a similarly in-flux list of nationalities that can expect at least intensive screening for fevers on arrival in SA.

Many countries have imposed bans and restrictions due to expire in mid-April, if not renewed or cancelled before then. Other countries have put in place indefinite bans, or have not specified timeframes. Bans typically exclude those holding diplomatic credentials, and in some cases those with specific types of work visas.

Here are the countries with travel restrictions in place affecting South Africans.

South Africans are mostly not currently welcome in:

South African are impacted by special measures when travelling to:

    : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to present a negative viral test for entry : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : expected to be added to the list of high-risk countries, from which travel is banned : likely to be denied access, but may be admitted if they can show the ability to self-isolate for 14 days : all international flights cancelled : may have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival : required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival

These are the countries impacted by South Africa’s travel restrictions.

South Africa has banned access to people from:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

South Africa has imposed extra screening measures on people from:

  • Hong Kong
  • Portugal
  • Singapore

* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

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