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Important Travel Information


On 25 July 2021, South Africa moved down to Alert Level 3 of its coronavirus response. This is a lower Alert Level following a decrease in COVID-19 infections as the country moves past the peak of its third wave of infections. Domestic and international travel is permitted without restrictions, as long as the health protocols are followed.

Travellers must adhere to the health protocols in place when travelling.

These include:

Negative PCR test certificate

International travel to South Africa is allowed subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative COVID‑19 PCR test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel from the country of origin. Passengers are required to carry a COVID‑19 negative PCR test certificate when travelling.

Verification of the COVID‑19 negative PCR test certificate taken no more than 72 hours before departure will be managed by the airport team as part of documentation checks at the time of flight departure.

All travellers will be screened for COVID‑19 symptoms and will be required to answer any questions required by the Health Authorities on arrival.

Required forms

All passengers must complete the traveller health questionnaire before arrival.

All travellers must provide proof of accommodation and their address while in South Africa in case they are required to self‑isolate.

All foreign passengers, irrespective of country of origin arriving in South Africa must have travel insurance that covers the cost of any testing or quarantine.

Required apps

All passengers must install the COVID Alert South Africa app prior to travel.

For more information, please see the official regulations:

Alert Level 3 regulations


Statement by H.E. Ambassador Madonsela


The past few days have been very difficult for South Africans, both at home and abroad. Those who may not be South African, but who love our country and its people, have equally been disturbed by the sporadic acts of public violence and destruction of property and public infrastructure in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
With this message, I wish to assure South African nationals and our friends in the Netherlands, that the South African government strongly condemns these acts of violence and looting. These criminal acts are opportunistic and tantamount to economic sabotage and will not be allowed to persist in South Africa.
Such conduct goes against everything we stand for as a nation and can only serve to undermine our hard work, which commenced since the dawn of democracy, to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South African nation.
The rule of law and respect for human rights are the cornerstones of our constitutional democracy, which we will defend with all we have. In recent days, we have witnessed many South Africans, both at home and abroad, standing together as one people against the destruction of property, disruption of economic activity and loss of lives and livelihoods in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. That unity demonstrates that South Africans, wherever they are in the world, continue to choose the path of peace and renewal that will allow us to emerge stronger as a nation.
South Africa’s law enforcement agencies are responding swiftly to restore order
The South African Police Service has been deployed to restore order and ensure that no one undermines the rule of law. The South African National Defence Force has also been deployed to support the operations of the South African Police Service to bring about stability in the affected communities.
South Africa’s National Security Council meets twice a day to coordinate all efforts to restore stability. Progress is already being made to stem the tide of these criminal acts, with a number of arrests already having been made. The South African government is committed to ensuring that perpetrators face the full might of the law.
During this challenging time, we ask you to continue standing with the people of South Africa as we employ efforts to ensure the restoration of our communities and the creation of conditions for economic recovery during this difficult period of the COVID-19 pandemic.
All hands are on deck to restore all public services to our people in the affected provinces.
Ambassador Vusi Madonsela


Update Statement 21 July 2021

Business continuity and clean-up operations are in full swing across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal. The N2 and N3 highways have been free of incidents as law enforcement agencies continue patrols and roadblocks. Our rail networks are operational, the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay are open and the country’s export chain has resumed.

Read: Statement by HE Amb Madonsela 21 July 2021

Embassy operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

General operations

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa will render services to the public by appointment on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays only. Embassy office hours during this period are between 10h00 – 15h00.

The processing of adult passport applications have been resumed and we now accept appointments for passports.

New online bookings suspended as of 20 April 2021

The online appointment is currently suspended until further notice. This measure seeks to ensure that a backlog of appoints is cleared following the successive lockdowns.

To make a new appointment booking, please contact us telephonically or email us at [email protected]

Landline: 070 392 4501

Citizens in distress and emergencies only:

Mobile: 00 31 612 4040 31
Mobile: 00 31 651 2781 39

Embassy physical address:

South African Embassy
36 Wassenaarseweg
2596 CJ The Hague

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