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What you should know about travelling to South Africa from Canada during COVID-19

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Canadians travelling to South Africa.

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Renowned for its comfortable climate and diverse national parks teeming with wildlife, South Africa is a must-see for any Canuck looking for their next adventure.

Keep reading to find out more on what the travel restrictions are from Canada to South Africa, which borders are open, permit submissions and quarantine requirements.

Can I travel from Canada to South Africa?

Yes, travellers from Canada are permitted to visit South Africa for tourism purposes. Canadians should be aware that many countries have placed travel restrictions on travellers arriving from South Africa – expect delays on flights back to Canada due to service disruptions and cancellations.

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Which entry points in South Africa are open to travellers from Canada?

South Africa has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from Canada:
  • Open Borders: Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
  • Open Airports: Tambo (JNB) , Cape Town (CPT), King Shaka (DUR), Kruger Mpumalanga (MQP) and Lanseria International (HLA).

As a traveller from Canada, can I travel anywhere once I'm in South Africa?

Yes, once in South Africa, Canadians are free to travel anywhere.

What's open in South Africa?

South Africa has opened the majority of its major sightseeing attractions for locals and Canadian tourists alike to enjoy.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • Maclear's Beacon: Open
  • Cape of Good Hope: Open
  • Robben Island: Open
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  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: Yes, parks are open to tourists from Canada to visit – the sites that come highly recommended include:
    • Kruger National Park
    • Addo Elephant National Park
    • Tsitsikamma National Park
    Yes, beaches in South Africa are open to Canadian tourists; some popular coastlines include:
    • Kraalbaai Beach
    • Robberg Beach
    • Thonga Beach
  • Shopping centres and stores: Yes, all non-essential businesses are once again open for locals and Canadian visitors – tourists should keep in mind that masks must be worn in public.
  • Restaurants, cafes and bars: Yes, restaurants and cafes are back in operation for Canadians to visit. As some venues may be working at a smaller capacity, we recommend booking in advance if you have the option to.

Can I cruise to or around South Africa?

No, cruise ships from Canada are not permitted to disembark in South Africa at this point in time.

What are the entry requirements for South Africa coming from Canada?

Do I need a permit to enter South Africa?

Travellers from Canada need to fill out and submit a Health Travel Questionnaire within two days of arriving in South Africa.

Do I need proof I've had a vaccine to travel?

No, Canadian travellers don’t need proof of vaccination to enter South Africa.

Do I need proof I've had a negative test before departing South Africa?

Yes, all Canadians need to provide a paper copy of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken within 72 hours of arriving – this test result will need to be presented to officials at the border.

Do I need to quarantine when I arrive in South Africa?

Canucks who don’t provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result must complete 10 days of quarantine at a government facility at their own cost. Canadian travellers who do provide the negative test result do not need to self-isolate.

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