The government has revised the list of high risk countries based on a risk categorization model.
In a statement, the Department of Home Affairs says nothing has changed as far as all travellers from the African continent are concerned. It states that they are still welcome to visit the country subject to COVID-19 protocols.
People from high risk countries who may visit South Africa fall in the following categories: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international mission in sports, arts, culture and science.
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“In addition, we recognise that there are a number of regular visitors from mainly European countries that have been accustomed to long periods of visitation to our country during our summer season when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of them own properties in the country. We appreciate the significant economic contribution that they make through their activities in the country. To this end, we will also allow visitors, in whichever category, who are coming to stay for a three months period or more subject to COVID-19 protocols,” says the department.
Requirements for permission to enter South Africa
People who need to apply must direct email requests to: Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za, supported by—
(a) a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
(b) proof of business activities to be undertaken in South Africa;
(c) proof of travel itinerary; and
(d) proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.
List of high risk countries
- United Kingdom
The list of these high risk countries will also be found on the Home Affairs website: www.dha.gov.za
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