Covid-19 travel update

02 Oct 2020

South Africa re-opens its borders for international travel amid new restrictions

Map above of countries on the current restriction list

While South Africa’s international borders are set to reopen on 1 October 2020, leisure travellers from countries classed as ‘high-risk’ will not be permitted to enter the country.

Taking guidance from the World Health Organisation’s regulations, South Africa has developed a risk categorisation model which classifies international travellers according to a scale of high, medium, and low risk.

  • High-risk travellers are those who come from countries with higher numbers of COVID-19 infections and reported deaths compared to South Africa.

  • Medium risk travellers are from countries with relatively equal number of infections and death toll to South Africa.

  • Low risk travellers obviously originate from countries with lesser number of infections of COVID-19 and death toll than South Africa.

The South African government has announced that infection rates will be constantly monitored, and the categorisation of countries will be reviewed every two weeks.

As of October 1, 2020, the following countries have been deemed ‘high-risk’

1. Albania
2. Argentina
3. Armenia
4. Austria
5. Bahrain
6. Belgium
7. Bolivia
8. Bosnia and Herzegovina
9. Brazil
10. Chile
11. Columbia
12. Costa Rica
13. Croatia
14. Czech Republic
15. Denmark
16. Ecuador
17. France
18. Georgia
19. Greece
20. Guatemala
21. Guyana
22. Honduras
23. Hungary
24. Iceland
25. India
26. Iran
27. Iraq
28. Ireland
29. Israel
30. Jamaica
31. Jordan
32. Kuwait
33. Lebanon
34. Luxembourg
35. Maldives
36. Malta
37. Mexico
38. Moldova
39. Montenegro
40. Nepal
41. Netherlands
42. North Macedonia
43. Oman
44. Palestine
45. Panama
46. Paraguay
47. Peru
48. Portugal
49. Puerto Rico
50. Qatar
51. Romania
52. Russia
53. Slovakia
54. Suriname
55. Switzerland
56. Ukraine
57. United Emirates
58. United Kingdom
59. USA
60. Venezuela

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