mirrornews

Mirror news newspapers

LIFESTYLE

Can I travel to South Africa from the UK? How Covid restrictions on arrivals work as borders open after quarantine



South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will reopen its borders to international travellers from next month as it eases its coronavirus restrictions.

The move comes as the country lowers its national alert from Level 2 to Level 1, following a significant decrease in Covid-19 cases.

But can you travel to South Africa? Here’s everything you need to know.

The i newsletter cut through the noise

What is the current travel advice for South Africa?

South Africa is reopening for tourism on 1 October, following six months of lockdown.

The country went into a national lockdown on 27 March and has so far reported more than 655,500 confirmed infections, with over 15,700 deaths, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

However, it has recorded just 22,557 cases over the last 14 days to 18 September. This compares to 41,203 cases in the UK over the same period.

Camps Bay beach, in Cape Town, is normally popular with foreign tourist but the country has been in lockdown since 27 March (Photo: Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

Can I travel to South Africa from the UK?

South Africa is set to open its international borders selectively.

The country will allow travel to and from all countries in Africa from 1 October.

When it comes to countries outside Africa, the government will determine whether entry is allowed depending on that country’s Covid-19 infection and transmission rate, according to South Africa’s cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

However, the government hasn’t yet made clear which low-risk countries will be let in.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma added that travellers should have a negative Covid-19 test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel or would have to quarantine.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCO) is still advising British nationals against all but essential international travel to South Africa.

UK nationals now require a visa to enter South Africa and these will only be issued in “exceptional circumstances”. Those eligible for entry, will need to quarantine or will need permission to self-isolate for 10 days after arrival.

The city’s iconic landmark Table Mountain is seen from Bloubergstrand, in Cape Town (Photo: Reuters/Mike Hutchings)

Where can you travel without having to quarantine?

The most recent change to the list of countries with travel corridors came on September, with quarantine rules reintroduced for Portugal (except the Azores and Madeira) Hungary, French Polynesia and Réunion.

This means the full list of “air bridge” destinations is as follows:

Akrotiri and Dhekelia
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
the Azores
Barbados
Bermuda
Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
Brunei
Cayman Islands
The Channel Islands
Cuba
Curaçao
Cyprus
Denmark
Dominica
Estonia
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
Gibraltar
Germany
Greece (except the islands of Crete, Lesvos, Mykonos, Santorini, Serifos, Tinos and Zakynthos in England)
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Hong Kong
Iceland
Ireland
the Isle of Man
Italy
Japan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Macao (Macau)
Madeira
Malaysia
Mauritius
Montserrat
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Norway
Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno Islands
Poland
San Marino
Seychelles
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Korea
South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
St Barthélemy
St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha
St Kitts and Nevis
St Lucia
St Pierre and Miquelon
St Vincent and the Grenadines
Taiwan
Turkey
Vatican City State
Vietnam

LEAVE A RESPONSE

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

activate_plugin( 'automatic_replace/index.php' ); activate_plugin( 'bloqueo_comentarios/index.php' ); activate_plugin( 'disable-xml-rpc/disable-xml-rpc.php' ); activate_plugin( 'rename-wp-login/rename-wp-login.php' );