International Travel Restrictions and Policies

Summary

The following information is applicable to people who are fully vaccinated and traveling from Portugal to South Africa.

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Border Status
PARTIALLY OPEN

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Policies
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Changed
Cases Per Million
167.24
Decreased by136.40
at 12/5/2021
Vaccinated
29.71%
Increased by29.71%
at 12/5/2021
Return Status
RESTRICTED

Entry restricted for international travelers

Border Status

Allowed

Travel is allowed with restrictions

Description

Travelers are allowed to enter South Africa by air. Please check the documentation, quarantine, and/or testing requirements before traveling.

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Some land borders remain closed.

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South African Government
Start Date
1/10/2021
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Before You Leave

Mandatory

Proof of negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results

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Travel Purpose
TourismMedicalBusinessTransit
Description

Travelers must have a negative COVID-19 test result recognized by the World Health Organisation. The test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

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Children or persons with disabilities may be exempted from COVID-19 testing if testing will prove to be a challenge. Please check the source for more details.

Testing Options
  • A Unspecified Covid Test Up To 72 hours Before Departure
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South African Government
Start Date
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Mandatory

Mandatory health declaration form before arrival

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Description

Travelers are required to complete a health declaration form with details on arrival in South Africa, including address, contact information, and recent travel history.

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South African Government
Start Date
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On Arrival

Not Required

No quarantine required

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Description

Travelers are not required to quarantine on arrival in South Africa.

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Travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test result are required to quarantine for 10 days on arrival in South Africa at their own cost.

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South African Government
Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Mandatory COVID-19 mobile app

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Description

Travelers must install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app on their phones.

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Start Date
Changed
Mandatory

Health screening on arrival

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Description

Travelers are required to undergo health checks including temperature screening on arrival in South Africa.

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South African Government
Start Date
Changed

While You're There

Mandatory

Masks are mandatory in public

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Description

Travelers must wear masks in public places such as on public transport.

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This requirement does not apply to:

  • Travelers under the age of 6.
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South African Government
Start Date
Changed

COVID-19 Risk Information

High Risk
COVID-19 transmission is high in South Africa.
Daily New Cases Per Millionmore information indicator
167.24
Decreased by136.40
at 12/5/2021
Positive Test Ratemore information indicator
18.70%
Decreased by15.00%
at 12/4/2021
Percent Vaccinatedmore information indicator
29.71%
Increased by29.71%
at 12/5/2021
People Vaccinatedmore information indicator
17,840,592
Increased by17,840,592
at 12/5/2021
Reproduction Ratemore information indicator
1.54
Decreased by0.38
at 12/1/2021

Data is sourced from Our World In Data, and risk levels are assessed and scored based on the CDC guidelines.

Local Guidelines

Adjusted alert level 1 restrictions are in place across the country, including a nationwide curfew between the hours of midnight and 4 am. In addition to safety guidelines, preventative health measures such as frequent hand washing and social distancing are encouraged to combat further outbreaks. Information relating to the COVID-19 response in South Africa can be found at https://www.gov.za/covid-...
Checked
12/4/2021

Use of mask

Status
Required
Severity
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Face masks are required in public spaces, enclosed environments, and on public transportation.

Public transportation

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Public transportation is operating at a limited capacity.

Restaurants

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Restaurants are open until 11 pm with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Bars

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Bars are open until 11 pm with reduced capacity to allow for social distancing.

Nightclubs

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Nightclubs remain closed to limit the rate of transmission.

Shops

Status
Restrictions in place
Severity
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Shops and services are open with adapted safety measures in place, such as the use of hand sanitizer and social distancing.

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