There are of course many questions around visiting South Africa .. The Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA), of whom we are proud members has posted an excellent FAQ document around this. This is a fluid document and will be updated as & when info is changed.
On 26 Jul 2021 President Ramaphosa addressed the nation with an update on the Covid-19 panmdemic. South Africa has been moved down to ‘Adjusted Level 3 Lockdown’. This has come as a welcomed relief as the country continues to open up.
The restrictions laid out below may or may not affect your travel plans within South Africa. We will however continue to pro-actively manage the implications on case by case basis. Please make sure that you read, understand and adhere to the below Covid-19 health & safety protocols one week before you depart on your trip to South Africa:
1) PCR Tests - All travellers arriving & departing South Africa need to provide a negative polymerise chain reaction test certificate (PCR test), obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. Failure to provide such a certificate for whatever reason, will result in a compulsory quarantine at a government designated facility as contemplated for in Health Directions, at his or her own cost. For your exit of South Africa, we will advise you on the procedure and cost to get your exit PCR test done at your last or second last stop in your itinerary, so that you have certificate in a timeously.
2) Face Masks - You are required by law to wear a face mask at all times whilst in any public space, regardless of your vaccination status. The mask can be cloth or a surgical material and must cover your mouth and nose.
3) Temperature Testing - Upon arrival at each of your destinations your temperature will be tested in a non-invasive and safe manner.
4) Social Distancing - Social distancing is practiced as far as possible and requires that you maintain an appropriate distance from the next person. For this reason, hotel staff and guides will not be welcoming guests with a handshake, but with a friendly wave and smile. Public gatherings (sports, political, faith based etc..) are prohibited, funerals are the only exception but limited to 50 people.
5) Hand sanitizing - Hand sanitizer dispensers (with a minimum of 70 percent alcohol) are available at all entry points to public spaces, please make sure you sanitize each time you pass such a dispenser.
6) Curfew - There is a curfew between 22h00 – 04h00 daily. Please make sure you are at your destination before this curfew. Restaurants & bars will close at 21h00 to allow patrons & staff to make it home before curfew.
8) Alcohol – The sale of alcoholfrom retail outlets is permitted between 10h00 and 18h00 from Monday to Thursday, and the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption will be permitted as per licence conditions up to 20h00.
9) Covid Alert App - We advise all clients download the ‘Covid Alert SA App’ to your mobile phone. This app is authorized by South Africa and uses the Exposure Notifications System from Apple & Google.
Please feel free to read our updated Terms & Conditions, in which we have have allowed a lot more flexibility given the nature of the situation we find ourselves in