I am a foreign national from a high-risk country, I arrived after 9 March. Do I need to go into quarantine for 14 days, or can I leave the country?

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Published: March 24, 2020

This question had relevance to the Lockdown (Alert Level 5), for updated information please click here.

 

In the Regulations made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act published on 25 March 2020, it states that: ‘all foreign tourists that arrived in the Republic prior to or after the lockdown, and who remain in the Republic, must remain in their place of temporary residence in the Republic for the duration of the lockdown or 14 days, as the case may be, and may be subject to screening for COVID 19 and be quarantined or isolated as well.

The same regulations also state that:

“There will be no flights at all during the lockdown. Furthermore, land borders will all be closed except for essential goods and services being transported to neighbouring countries”.

What would this mean for me?

If you are a foreign traveller from a high-risk country who arrived in South Africa after 9 March 2020 and you are not sure what the quarantine recommendation means for you, please call the Western Cape Provincial hotline or send an email to the below email address. You will be able to speak to a health care practitioner who will assess your situation on a case-by-case basis and give you guidance about how to proceed.

Provincial hotline: 021 928 4102

Email: doh.dismed@westerncape.gov.za

National hotline: 0800 029 999

It is advisable that you remain in your establishment until the end of the lockdown period, 12pm on 16 April 2020. If you are unable to stay at your establishment until the end of the lockdown period, the Western Cape Government, in collaboration with the local tourism industry, has ascertained that there are in excess 2 000 beds available in the Western Cape for quarantine and/or self-isolation for travellers from high-risk countries and locals.

The Western Cape Government, in collaboration with the local tourism industry, has ascertained that there are in excess 2000 beds available in the Western Cape for quarantine and/or self-isolation for travellers from high-risk countries and locals. This will mean being spending 14 days in isolation in an allocated room.

If you are checking-in from high-risk areas, please call the tourism safety hotline immediately for assistance, or ask the staff at your accommodation to do so. Details of the requirements in terms of numbers and preferred location will be needed to prove a rapid response.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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