TRAVEL TO SOUTH AFRICA
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.
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.
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.
All passengers must install the COVID Alert South Africa app prior to travel.
For more information, please see the official regulations:
Statement by H.E. Ambassador 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.
Embassy operations during the COVID-19 pandemic
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
2596 CJ The Hague