Global Travel Regulations – updated 15 December 2021
|Germany||Only German nationals and residents are allowed to enter Germany from South Africa:|
Travellers aged twelve years or older who have stayed in South Africa, Lesotho or Eswatini in the last ten days must produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained using nucleic acid amplification technology (e.g., PCR, PoC- PCR) in German, English, French, Italian or Spanish. The test must have been carried out no more than 72 hours prior to entry (time of swabbing).
When entering Germany, travellers are subject to quarantine regulations. The quarantine period is 14 days and cannot be shortened by additional tests.
|UK||Fully vaccinated travellers are required to take a PCR test 72 hours before travelling to England. Another PCR test is required before day 2 after arriving in England. Travellers are required to quarantine at their place of residence while they await their results. If the result is positive, the quarantine period is 10 days. |
Travellers who are not fully vaccinated are required to take a PCR test 2 days before travelling to England. Another PCR test on day 2 and day 8 after arriving in England will be required. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated are required to undergo the full 10 day quarantine irrespective of the test result.
|USA||Travellers from SA are banned from entering the US.|
US citizens returning home will still need to produce a negative PCR test upon arrival and undergo a 10 quarantine.
|Netherlands||Only Dutch nationals and residents are allowed to enter The Netherlands from South Africa.|
Travellers need a negative NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before departure in the foreign country, or;
A negative NAAT (PCR)test result based on a sample collected no more than 48 hours before departure in the foreign country AND a negative antigen test result based on a sample collected no more than 24 hours before departure.
Travelers will be required to self-quarantine for ten days (shortened to five days in the event of a negative test in the Netherlands), which is taken from the GGD five days after arrival in the Netherlands. The 10-day quarantine period can be shortened if the test taken after five days is negative.
Visitors are advised to check with their respective airline directly for information.
|USA||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa from Monday 29 November. The ban will not apply to American citizens or lawful permanent residents. Airlines have not yet implemented schedule changes.|
|Germany||Travel ban on South Africans. Returning Germans, even those who are vaccinated, will then have to spend 14 days in quarantine. As of 28 November 2021, all travellers (all nationalities) must provide a negative PCR Test result (digital or printed), taken within 72 hours before entry into Germany. This includes travellers who additionally hold a vaccination or immunity certificate. AntiGen tests will no longer be accepted.|
|Bahrain||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa|
|Phillippines||Suspended all flights from South Africa|
|Mauritius||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa until 31 December 2021.|
|Seychelles||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa|
|UAE||Flights suspended with effect from 00h01 Monday, November 29, until further notice|
|The Netherlands||Ban on travellers from South Africa does not apply to the repatriation of people carrying Dutch passports, EU citizens, Schengen residents, medical emergency staff, ships’ crew, airline staff and people travelling under exceptional circumstances, such as family emergencies. Passengers flying KLM from South Africa to the Netherlands will only be permitted to board if they comply with the entry restrictions imposed by the Dutch government.|
|Austria||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa|
|France||Suspended all its flight operations to and from South Africa for 48 hours|
|European Union||Proposed halt of air travel from Southern Africa|
|Italy||Travel ban for passengers from South African who have travelled within the last 14 days|
|Czech Republic||Travel ban for passengers from South Africa and other southern African countries|
|Singapore||Travel ban for passengers from Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, or Zimbabwe who have travelled within the last 14 days|
|Taiwan||Travellers from Southern Africa will have to enter government-run quarantine facilities for 14 days|
|Israel||Travel ban for passengers from South African and other Southern African countries. All Israeli nationals returning from those countries must quarantine in the government-approved hotels and undergo Covid tests.|
|Canada||Travel ban on passengers from Southern Africa.|
|Japan||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa.|
|Australia||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa. Australians returning from the banned countries will require a supervised 14-day quarantine.|
|Angola||Suspended air travel from Southern African countries until further notice.|
|Egypt||Suspended air travel from Southern African countries until further notice.|
|Rwanda||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa.|
|Brazil||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa.|
|Hong Kong||Travel ban for passengers who visited Southern Africa in the past 21 days. Citizens returning from these countries will have to spend seven days in government quarantine.|
|Denmark||Denmark has advised its citizens against all travel to Southern African countries and introduced a mandatory 10-quarantine and testing regime for anyone who has visited them in the past 10 days.|
|Turkey||Travel ban for passengers from Southern Africa.|
|Sri Lanka||Travel ban for passengers who have visited Southern African countries in the past 14 days. Sri Lankan citizens arriving from the listed countries must spend 14 days in quarantine at home.|
|New Zealand||Only New Zealand citizens are allowed to travel from Southern African countries affected by the new variant. Travellers will be required to stay in quarantine for 14 days and undergo regular testing.|