International travel to resume under level 1
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement yesterday that South Africa will be moving to alert level 1 has also come with the re-opening of international travel.
International travel into and leaving the country will be effective as from the 1st of October business, leisure, and other travel.
The President said the decision to open the intercontinental travel will be a step by step process that will be done slowly over time.
“We will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel,” he said.
He added that there would be systems put in place to prevent a second wave of the spread of the Coronavirus because of international travel.
The containment and mitigation measures are as follows.
- Travelers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports: King Shaka, OR Tambo, and Cape Town International Airport.
- Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. A list of countries will be published based on the latest scientific data.
- On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
- Where a traveler has not done a Covid-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
- All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat Covid-19 test is conducted.
- All travelers will be asked to install the Covid-19 Alert South Africa mobile app
Cyril said, “Countries that have used this type of app have been able to manage the coronavirus pandemic quite effectively.”
South African missions abroad will reopen for visa applications and all long-term visas will be brought back.