COVID-19 Protocols & Entry Requirements
International Travel Status
Open - South Africa reopened its borders for International guests on 1 October 2020.
Access into South Africa
Entry into the country is through its three major airports, O.R Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and Durban King Shaka International Airport.
Airlines flying into the Country
- All guests arriving must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate in English, obtained within 72 hours (3 days) from the time of departure to South Africa. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and must have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. No electronic copies will be accepted.
- Guests must provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country, subject to the accommodation allowing for self-quarantine.
- All guests will be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app. COVID Alert SA is South Africa’s free exposure notification app. It lets people know when they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Please contact us for more information.
- Guests from all countries are allowed to travel to South Africa.
- Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.
- Guest need to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures that include wearing masks and practicing social distancing of 1.5 meters (4.9 feet).
We are able to arrange PCR testing required for onward travels.
O.R Tambo International Airport: The National Health Laboratory Service operates three mobile COVID-19 test units in clearly identifiable vans located opposite the InterContinental Hotel, on the lower level of the airport complex. The service is available 24/7 and results are available in 24 to 48 hours. Guests are advised by SMS that their test result and certificate are ready for collection. Approximate cost: $50 per person. Cash, debit cards and credit cards are accepted. (American Express not accepted)
Cape Town International Airport: The National Health Laboratory Service operates a mobile COVID-19 test unit in the pause area in the international arrivals hall at the airport. Operating hours are from 10:00 to 18:00 daily and results are available in one hour. Guests are advised by SMS that their test result and certificate are ready for collection. Approximate cost: $50 per person. Cash, debit cards and credit cards are accepted. (American Express not accepted).
- Johannesburg | Cape Town | Durban: A nurse can go to the guests to conduct the required PCR test at their hotel. Test results will be emailed to the guests. Results will be available within 36 hours (depending on volumes). In Cape Town only we can arrange for a rush on testing and results can be available in 24 hours. Rush testing is not available in Johannesburg and Durban. Testing can be done Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban) and Saturday mornings (Johannesburg and Cape Town only). Approximate cost: $120 per person. Payment is made on the day of the test by credit card.
- Greater Kruger National Park | Sabi Sand | Madikwe Private Game Reserve: A qualified practitioner is able to go to selected lodges and camps to conduct the required PCR test. Results are available in 24 to 48 hours. Test results will be emailed to the guests. Approximate costs: $160 per person. Payment is made on check-out.
Guests are liable for all COVID-19 related costs which is paid for on the ground at the time of testing. In most cases these can be paid for by credit card however we suggest traveling with extra cash in case credit card facilities are not available.
Please note: The above information has been researched with the utmost care. However, we can provide no guarantee of accuracy and the information and detail change regularly. Please always check travel restrictions both in your home country and the destination you are travelling to before you book and before travel.