Travellers from these countries are not allowed to visit SA

CAPE TOWN –South Africa has reopened its borders to international travellers as of 1 October, after six months due to the Covid-19 national lockdown.

During a briefing held on Wednesday, International Relations and Cooperation minister, Naledi Pandor, said that while the country is looking to return to a more normal situation, the reopening of borders and ports will be with a cautious approach and initially a limited number of ports of entry will open.

“Travelers that intend to visit the country will need to produce a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin,” said Pandor.

“The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and must have the name and signature of the person who conducted the test,” she said.

However, the government has put together a list of high and low-risk countries based on the World Health Organisation guidelines to establish which countries are not allowed to visit South Africa.

  • High-risk travelers: Those who come from countries with higher numbers of Covid-19 infections and reported deaths compared to South Africa.
  • Medium risk travelers: Countries with a relatively equal number of infections and death toll to SA.
  • Low-risk travelers: Countries with a lesser number of infections of Covid-19 and death toll than SA.

Here’s a list of countries banned from visiting South Africa. The list will be reviewed and updated every two weeks.

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

Faroe Islands

France

French Polynesia

Georgia

Gibraltar

Greece

Guam

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Jamaica

Jordan

Kosovo

Kuwait

Lebanon

Luxembourg

Maldives

Malta

Mexico

Moldova

Monaco

Montenegro

Netherlands

Nepal

North Macedonia

Oman

Palestine

Panama

Palau

Paraguay

Portugal

Puerto Rico

Romania

Qatar

Russia

San Marino

St Marteen

Slovakia

Slovenia

Suriname

Switzerland

Trinidad and Tobago

Turks and Caicos Islands

Ukraine

United Kingdom

United States of America

US Virgin Islands

Venezuela

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