COVID-19

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 five major airports, O.R Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, Durban King Shaka International Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Lanseria Airport.

Airlines flying into the Country

Air France
Ethiopian Airlines
Emirates
Lufthansa
Kenyan Airways 
Qatar

Entry Requirements

  • All guests arriving must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate in English, obtained within 72 hours (3 days) from time of arrival in 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).

COVID-19 Testing

PLEASE NOTE:

THE BELOW INFORMATION PERTAINS TO GUESTS TRAVELING WITH AKORN DESTINATION MANAGEMENT.  WE ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO OFFER ANY CONSULTATION OR GIVE ADVICE TO EXTERNAL PARTIES REGARDING COVID-19 TESTING WITHOUT HAVING BEEN PART OF BOOKING PROCESS.  

  • O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (option 1) 
    We can pre-book an express PCR test administered by Vpath (Pathcare) at O.R Tambo International Airport. Guests will be swabbed at Junxion Pharmacy’s health care clinic, Shop 18 in the Domestic Departures hall. The service is available Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00. Test results are available within two hours and will be emailed to the guest. Please note: the test must be booked in advance to guarantee a two-hour turn-around. Approximate cost: $150 per person and is payable at the pharmacy. Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted. 

  • O.R Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg (option 2) 
    The National Health Laboratory Service operates three mobile COVID-19 test units, offering PCR testing, in clearly identifiable vans located opposite the InterContinental Hotel, on the lower level of the airport complex.
    The service is available 24/7.
    Test results are available within 24 to 48 hours and guests will be advised by SMS that the test result and certificate are ready for collection.
    Approximate cost: $50 per person and is payable to the testing facility directly.
    Payment: Cash, debit cards and credit cards are accepted. (American Express is not accepted)

  • Cape Town International Airport, Cape Town
    The National Health Laboratory Service operates a mobile COVID-19 test unit, offering PCR Testing, in the pause area in the international arrivals hall at the airport.
    The service is available from 10:00 to 18:00 daily.
    Test results are available within 24 hours and guests will be advised by SMS that the test result and certificate are ready for collection.
    Approximate cost: $50 per person and is payable to the testing facility directly.
    Payment: Cash, debit cards and credit cards are accepted. (American Express is not accepted).

  • Johannesburg
    We can arrange for a nurse to visit guests at their hotel in Johannesburg to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Saturday mornings.
    Test results are available within 36 hours and will be emailed to the guest.
    Approximate cost: $120 per person and is payable to the testing facility directly.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Cape Town
    We can arrange for a nurse to visit guests at their hotel in Cape Town to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00 and Saturday mornings.
    Test results are available within 36 hours and will be emailed to them.
    We can arrange for rush testing and results could be available in 24 hours.
    Approximate cost: $120 per person and is payable to the testing facility directly.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Durban
    We can arrange for a nurse to visit guests at their hotel in Durban to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00.
    Test results are available within 36 hours and will be emailed to them.
    Approximate cost: $120 per person and is payable to the testing facility directly.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Greater Kruger National Park
    We can arrange for a qualified practitioner to visit the lodge guests are staying at (selected lodges and camps) to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.
    Test results are available within 24 to 48 hours and will be emailed to the guest.
    Approximate costs: $160 per person and is payable at the lodge on check-out.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Sabi Sand
    We can arrange for a qualified practitioner to visit the lodge guests are staying at (selected lodges and camps) to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.
    Test results are available within 24 to 48 hours and will be emailed to the guest.
    Approximate costs: $160 per person and is payable at the lodge on check-out.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

  • Madikwe Private Game Reserve
    We can arrange for a qualified practitioner to visit the lodge guests are staying at (selected lodges and camps) to conduct a PCR test.
    The service is available Monday to Sunday from 08:00 to 17:00.
    Test results are available within 24 to 48 hours and will be emailed to the guest.
    Approximate costs: $160 per person and is payable at the lodge on check-out.
    Payment: Debit cards and credit cards are accepted.

We are merely acting as a facilitator in order to assist Guests who require a COVID-19 test. Guests are solely liable for settling all COVID-19 related fees and costs which are paid for on the ground at the time of testing. All testing is carried out by third parties with no association or affiliation to us and we are not liable or responsible for any issues, delays or problems encountered during the testing process or the performance or non-performance of the testing facilities.

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.

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