South Africa’s Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, announced in a media briefing on Coronavirus COVID-19 level 1 lockdown regulations on 18 September 2020 that all travellers from the African Continent as well as travellers from countries outside the African Continent with a low COVID-19 infection and transmission rates will be allowed to enter South Africa from the 01 October 2020. These travellers need to present a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours (3 days) before the date of travel when entering South Africa. International travel from countries with high COVID-19 infection and transmission rates will remain prohibited execpt for business travel which may be allowed with the approval South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs. The list of permitted and prohibited countries will be based on the latest scientific data and updated accordingly. According to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the relevant South African ministers are in consultations regarding this list and are aiming to publish it before 01 October 2020.
The 18 land borders that were partially operational during the previous lockdown levels will be fully operational from 01 October 2020. The 35 land borders that were closed during the previous lockdown levels will remain closed. OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport (DUR) in Durban are the only airports that will allow international air travel to arrive or depart.