Is It Safe To Travel To Cape Town (Updated 16th December)?
Yes! You can now travel to Cape Town and the greater South Africa! But please be vigilant and act sensibly to ensure that you do not put yourself and local Cape Tonians at risk.
A national Covid-19 website has been setup where you can find all of the latest facts and regulations for your stay in Cape Town: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/ If in any doubt contact your local embassy in South Africa for detailed Covid-19 updates. A detailed list of embassies that are present in South Africa can be found here: http://www.dirco.gov.za/foreign/forrep/index.htm
Covid-19 Cape Town Facts
- You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. Children under 5 do not require a PCR test.
- Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry and departure, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. If you display any COVID-19 –related symptoms on arrival, or declare that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at your own cost. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to go into self-isolation for ten days at your own cost.
- If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test.
- Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. If you feel unwell, you should not attempt to travel. Presenting at the airport with symptoms may result in you being sent to a government health facility for quarantine and further testing.
In South Africa we use an alert level system that informs the nation on how the country is coping presently: