Open with restrictions

South Africa Travel Restrictions

35.81% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 35.62% last week
Unvaccinated visitors from India can enter South Africa with a negative COVID-19 test result.
Fully vaccinated visitors from India can enter South Africa without restrictions.

For restrictions that apply to vaccinated visitors, please check the official guidelines from South Africa for the types of accepted and permitted COVID-19 vaccinations, requirements on proof of vaccination certificates, vaccination validity period, and persons and/or groups that may be exempt from vaccination restrictions.


Outgoing travel to South AfricaTravelling from India to South Africa

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated visitors from India must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken within 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 24 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test. If a traveler does not submit a vaccine certificate or proof of a negative COVID-19 test, they will be required to do an antigen test on arrival.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors from India are not required to quarantine after entering South Africa.

Details and exceptions
Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.
Documents
Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.

Return travelReturning to India from South Africa

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Unvaccinated travelers returning from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken within 72 hours before departure to India.

Fully vaccinated travellers with approved vaccination certificates do not need to present a negative COVID-19 test.

Details and exceptions
Travelers should upload their negative RT-PCR test report in the Air Suvidha Portal prior to boarding their flight.
Travelers will undergo a medical screening upon arrival and may be subject to a covid-19 molecular test at their own expense.
Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both pre and post-arrival testing.
Fully vaccinated travelers with WHO-recognized or Nationally-recognized vaccines are also exempted from testing requirements. Proof of vaccination should be uploaded in the Air Suvidha Portal.
Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from South Africa are not required to quarantine upon entering India.

Details and exceptions
Quarantine is no longer required. However, travelers are advised to self-monitor their health for 14 days from arrival and if they develop signs and symptoms suggestive of COVID19, they should immediately self-isolate and report to their nearest health facility or call National helpline number (1075)/ State Helpline Number.

Other COVID-19 restrictions for South Africa

Masks:Required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

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