WHAT ARE THE RULES RELATED TO THE CLOSURE OF SOUTH AFRICA’S LAND BORDERS UNDER ADJUSTED ALERT LEVEL 3?

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Published: January 20, 2021

What are the rules related to the closure of South Africa’s land borders under the Adjusted Alert Level 3?

As of 11 January 2021, all South Africa’s land ports of entry are closed. These border posts will remain closed until 15 February 2021.

Exceptions include:

  1. The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods.
  2. Emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition, with proof of such treatment, until 15 February 2021. Proof of treatment must be presented to the Port Manager at the border post.
  3. The return to South Africa of:
    • South African nationals,
    • South African Permanent Residents,
    • Persons with long term residence visas,
    • A spouse with a visa,
    • A child or children with visas,
    • A person with a work visa,
    • A holder of a business visa.
  4. Travel for a funeral for family members in the first degree of kinship to the deceased.
  5. The deportation of foreign nationals.
  6. The departure of a foreign national to his or her country of nationality or permanent residence.
  7. The departure of a South African national, or South African permanent resident to his or her place of employment, study or residence, outside South Africa.
  8. Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in South Africa, and who are allowed entry and exit into the country subject to all health protocols.
  9. Any other exceptions as may be determined by the Minister of Home Affairs.

 

For any type of emergency travel not specified above, you can apply for permission from the Minister of Home Affairs at covid19exceptions@dha.gov.za.

 

International air travel is restricted to the following airports –

  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • King Shaka International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport

International air travel is permitted subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

Should a traveller fail to submit a certificate as proof of a negative Covid-19 test, the traveller will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost. In the event that the traveller tests positive, he or she will be required to quarantine at own cost.

Transit by land is prohibited, and is only allowed by air travel.

 

All commercial seaports will remain open and small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports in line with all health and border law enforcement protocols.

Click here to access the latest Disaster Management regulations and directions.

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