What documentation do I need to get to come to South Africa?

Stay safe

Although your travels were placed on hold when countries announced national lockdowns, international borders are now open, and you can continue with your plans for a South African Safari.  Even though South Africa has opened its borders, there are still a few additional measures that you would have to have in place before travelling.  

Safety first

With provisional borders opening first, safety measures have been introduced.  Seen as the “new” normal, all have been put in place to secure not only the safety of international visitors but also those working at establishments and providing services.

All establishments and service providers are compelled to the new regulations.  Vehicles are sanitised before and after transfers and tours.  Lodges try and avoid as much contact with guests as possible and also have sanitising stations available throughout the lodge. 

Documents required for you to travel

When travelling to South Africa, all standard documentation is required.  Included in the documents would be a passport and visa documents if needed.  When travelling with children, you would also need their passport and birth certificate.  Should you be travelling from the yellow fever belt of Africa or South America, you would need a yellow fever vaccination certificate.   

Additional documentation you would need travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic would be a negative COVID test not older than 72 hours from the time of departure of your country of origin to South Africa.  The document would have to be from a certified medical practitioner with all their contact details.

Also, check with the airline you are travelling with if they require any other documents.

On arrival you would also have to provide details of your accommodation, should you need to self-quarantine.  It is also advisable to have contact numbers while travelling, should you need to be contacted.

What to expect

South Africa has been waiting for some time to welcome international travellers back and explore!  There have been some procedures put in place to secure the safety of both international and local travellers.

On arrival at the airport, you will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms and for any contact you might have had with people that have been infected with COVID-19.

Clearing customs and collecting your luggage might take a little longer than usual, so it is advisable to include more time for this in your planning.  

Should you show any symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you would have to take a COVID-19 test on arrival.  If you are tested positive, you would have to quarantine for ten days at a designated site.  All costs would be for your own account.

Once you are touring, it is business as usual.  Yes, there will be more sanitising stations and people taking your temperature, but you can still explore all the beauty that is on offer.  Handshakes will become elbow pumps, or a wave and tables will be placed a little further apart.  Wearing a mask is compulsory in public spaces, and we would suggest that you pack a few that you can alternate.

Planning your next trip might include a few extra checkpoints on your to-do list, but travel is at long last possible.  Why wait any longer!  Start planning your next trip today!