I am a South African, can I travel outside the country, at present?

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Published: March 21, 2020

Published: June 1, 2020

 

Approved essential overseas travel for South Africans wishing to return to countries where they are based.

South Africans who wish to leave the Republic are permitted to depart only for the following reasons:

  1. Work
  2. Study
  3. Family reunion
  4. Take up permanent residency
  5. Receive medical attention

South Africans wishing to return to the countries where they reside should have the following:

(a) A copy of their valid South African passport

(b) A letter confirming their admissibility under the current circumstances from the embassy or other diplomatic/consular representative of the country they want to travel to. If returning by road or connecting via flights, the proof submitted needs to include permission from each transiting country.

(c) Proof of means of travel such as air or bus tickets and the intended date of departure.

South Africans who fall in these categories and satisfy the criteria can send an email to Covid19travel@dha.gov.za.

An email will be sent to travellers who meet the criteria to enable them to proceed with their travel arrangements.

People applying as a group can send one email with the supporting documents for each member of the group.

PUBLIC ENQUIRIES: 0800 60 11 90

 

This is based on a Statement by the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 May 2020, under Alert Level 4.

 

The Alert Level 3 Regulations, issued on 28 May 2020, make provision for the Minister of Home Affairs to issue directions allowing certain categories of international travel to resume once it is deemed safe to do so.

 

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