Published on the 30 November 2020.
Updated 22 December 2020.
Information about the coronavirus pandemic changes rapidly. For the latest information please visit the Covid-19 section of the website or use the live chat our website to ask any question you may have.
South Africa is open for travellers from around the world! We understand that there may be some anxiety around travelling—so we’ve put together a list of everything travellers need to know when visiting Cape Town during this time.
Entering the Country
Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.
Upon arrival at the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Travellers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.
Face Masks and Social Distancing
All people in South Africa:
(a) must, when in a public place, wear a face mask, except when undertaking vigorous exercise; and
(b) may not be allowed to be in a public place, use any form of public transport, or enter a public building, place or premises, if that person is not wearing a face mask.
Every person, when attending a gathering and in order to limit exposure to COVID-19 must:
(a) wear a face mask;
(b) adhere to all health protocols;
(c) maintain a distance of least one-and-a half metres from each other.
The following restrictions will remain intact to prevent the spread of the virus:
The number of people allowed in a public space remains limited to 50% of its normal capacity.
Gatherings are limited 250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors.
The curfew remains in place from 12am until 4am
Cape Town has excellent healthcare facilities that are very well equipped to deal with any health issues you may have while visiting. There are many places you can get tested for Covid-19, including Dis-chem, a local chain of pharmacies.
If you need to contact your embassy
Here is a list of telephone numbers for embassies in South Africa.
|Austria||012 423 6200|
|Bulgaria||021 556 0086 / 012 342 3720|
|Finland||021 700 2800|
|Georgia||082 575 8888 / 012 346 1831|
|Germany||021 405 3000
|Indonesia||021 761 7015|
|Malta||082 906 2000 / 021 911 0631|
|Slovenia||021 976 2248|
|Sri Lanka||021-839 2921|
|United Kingdom||021-405 2400|
Contact your travel agent or airline
If you need to leave South Africa immediately but your flight is for a later date, contact your travel agent or airline to find out how to change your flights.
Emirates: 0861 040503
Turkish Airlines: 0860 666 828
Qatar Airways: +27 11 267 7700
SAA: 0861 359 722
Ethiopian Airlines: +27 21 879 1520
British Airways: +27 21 936 9000
South Africans abroad
Several countries have imposed travel bans on South Africa after a new, potentially more infectious SARS-CoV-2 mutation was confirmed, according to Business Insider SA.
Did you enter South Africa after mid-February 2020? Government recommends you present yourself for testing. Please call the National Coronavirus Hotline (0800 029 999) to find out how to get tested.