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

The latest on quarantine status, COVID-19 vaccine and test requirements and local restrictions for Brits 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 looking for their next adventure.

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

Can I travel from United Kingdom to South Africa?

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

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Getting to South Africa and travelling around once there

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

South Africa has multiple points of entry, and the following are accepting international travellers from United Kingdom:
  • 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 United Kingdom, can I travel anywhere once I'm in South Africa?

Yes, once in South Africa, Brits 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 British tourists alike to enjoy.

Major tourist attractions that are open:

  • Maclear's Beacon: Open
  • Cape of Good Hope: Open
  • Robben Island: Open
  • Walking trails, parks and beaches: Yes, parks are open to tourists from United Kingdom 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 British 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 British 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 Brits 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 United Kingdom are not permitted to disembark in South Africa at this point in time.

What are the entry requirements for South Africa coming from United Kingdom?

Do I need a permit to enter South Africa?

Travellers from United Kingdom 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, British 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 Brits 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?

Britons 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. British travellers who do provide the negative test result do not need to self-isolate.

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