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South Africa is Travel Ready
South Africa has entered Level 3 of its reopening plan and we are hoping to welcome international guests as early as September 2020, as the Risk-Adjusted Strategy allows. #southafricaistravelready
Click here to see our COVID-19 protocol.
New baggage restrictions at OR Tambo International Airport
Please be advised there are new baggage restrictions that have been implemented as of 25 March 2019.
This is to prevent blockages and breakdowns in the baggage-handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips – as per IATA guidelines. These are the largest source of jams and can shut down sections of the baggage-handling system, delaying baggage delivery to aircraft, and inconveniencing passengers and airlines.
The new rules are:
- Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed to be checked in. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted
- Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed
- Bags with longs straps will not be allowed
Passengers who try to check in bags that don’t conform to these rules will have the option of having their baggage wrapped with one flat side at airport-approved baggage wrapping stations.
New laws when travelling with children
Foreign children under the age of 18, travelling to South Africa need to produce the below on arrival. Foreign children who require a visa for South Africa do not need to carry additional documents for inspection at a port of entry since these would be processed together with their visa applications. Please bear in mind that when travelling to Namibia and Botswana certain documents will still be required including an unabridged birth certificate.
Child and both parents
- A valid passport for the child
Child and one parent
- A valid passport for the child
Child and guardian
- A valid passport for the child
- Copy of his /her birth certificate
- Parental consent letters
- Copy of the passport(s)/identity document(s) of the parent(s) / legal guardian(s)
- Contact details of the parent(s)/ legal guardian(s)
- Letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his / her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will reside
- Copy of the identity document / valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic
- Where applicable- copy of an adoption order / copy of a death certificate of the deceased parent/ parents or legal guardian; or copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child
Yellow Fever vaccination certificate required for entry into South Africa
When planning your next holiday, please make sure that you have read all the health entry requirements for your intended destination. Due to the high incidents of yellow fever in other countries along with other infectious illnesses, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) South Africa has introduced a strict programme to control the importation of these diseases. Warnings have been issued to all border officials and foreign affairs missions to enforce stricter control.
A valid international yellow fever certificate is required for all passengers over the age of one, travelling from a yellow fever risk country or having been in transit exceeding twelve hours, through the airport of a country with risk of Yellow fever transmission.
Passengers who are unable to produce a valid international certificate of vaccination on arrival in South Africa will either be placed under quarantine surveillance until their certificate becomes valid or a period not more than six days or refused entry into South Africa. Please note that passengers in transit in Dakar and Accra (not leaving the aircraft), do not require a certificate. The yellow fever certificate becomes valid/offers protection 10 days after date of vaccination.
Please note the new regulations are valid with immediate effect. It is important that you check with a qualified health professional for the most current information concerning your travel itinerary and personal health history.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for entry into South Africa when travelling to, via or from any of the below mentioned countries:
Central and South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela
Africa: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mali, Muritania, Nigeria, Niger, Panama, Senegal Sierra Leone, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Togo and Uganda.
Travellers from Zambia, Tanzania, Eritrea, Somalia, Sao Tome and Principe will no longer be required to produce proof of the yellow fever certificate when coming to South Africa after they were included on the World Health Organization Low risk yellow fever countries list.
Zimbabwe relaxes visa requirements for 37 countries including China and SADC
Zimbabwe used a migration management system with a three-tier visa model classified into categories A, B and C. Category A refers to countries whose nationals are exempt from Visa requirements, while those in category B are able to obtain visas on arrival at the port of entry. Category C nationals are required to apply for visas prior to arrival in Zimbabwe. Please contact us for the full list.
Johannesburg Graffiti Tour
The Johannesburg inner city is fast becoming a graffiti and street art destination. Top artists are arriving in Jozi to paint and the local and international travellers are coming to Johannesburg to experience the fantastic graffiti culture. The tours focus on the history of the graffiti movement internationally, as well as looking closely at the graffiti culture in Jozi, major players and top artists and shows you some of the amazing art that snakes its way across our city walls. There are three graffiti tours to choose from, each approximately two hours long.
Graffiti Tour: Book one of the walking tours which focus on graffiti. These tours focus on the history of the movement internationally as well as looking closely at the graffiti culture in Jozi, major players and top artists and shows you some of the amazing art that snakes its way across our city walls.Graffiti tours are perfect for locals, international travellers, adults and kids. Street art is also perfect for anyone interested in Inner City photography.
Graffiti Tour with a Top Graffiti Artist: Looking for an extra special tour, why not book a Graffiti Tour with a difference. On this unique experience we can organise a top Jozi graffiti artist to join the group and tell you more about their art and life as a graffiti writer.
Graffiti Workshops: This is the perfect opportunity for guests to try out some of their graffiti skills! Join the experts and learn all about graffiti and of course how it is done! Best of all, guests will have loads of time to give it a go and get creative with a spray can!
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