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This article was originally published on February 6, 2022, and was updated on April 25, 2022, to reflect new information.

April 25, 2022 Update: On April 5, 2022, the government of South Africa lifted the country’s national state of disaster, resulting in reduced internal COVID-19 measures and an easing of travel entrance requirements for international travelers. International travelers will be permitted to enter the country for business and tourism purposes. All travelers should provide proof of the following:

  • An approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test was taken within 72 hours of departure
    • If the traveler cannot provide proof of vaccination certificate or negative PCR test result, they must undergo rapid antigen testing upon arrival. If the traveler tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to undergo a ten-day quarantine period

For more information on internal border restrictions, check here.

Original Post From February 6, 2022:

Key Points

  • South Africa moved to Alert Level One on January 31, 2022
  • Updated entry requirement for international travelers


On January 31, 2022, the government of South Africa approved the changes to adjust to Alert Level One COVID-19 regulations. Under these regulations, international travelers will be permitted to enter the country if proof of the following can be provided:

  • A World Health Organization recognized a negative COVID-19 test certificate. The certificate must be obtained within 72 hours of departure
  • Undergo rapid antigen testing upon arrival if the original certificate is lost or cannot be verified by the South African authorities

For additional information on entrance requirements and Alert Level One, click here.

What are the Changes?

The government of South Africa will move to Alert Level One based on vaccination levels within the country. This change will reduce internal restrictions. International travelers will be permitted to enter South Africa under specific testing requirements.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of South Africa’s website for the latest updates and information.

Source: The Republic of South Africa

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