COVID-19 tests when visiting South Africa from England

Find out what tests you'll need to arrange before you depart.

South Africa is not on the UK government red list, and comes under "Rest of world". If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a pre-departure test to re-enter England (excludes children aged 18 and under), pre-book day 2 and day 8 PCR tests for after your return, and can additionally choose to take a day 5 "Test to release", which, if negative, will mean you can end your self-isolation at that point (you will still need to take the day 8 test, however). If you have been fully vaccinated*, you must simply arrange a day 2 test for after your return from South Africa (these must be booked and paid for before you arrive in the UK)

Before you go, check the entry requirements for getting into South Africa.

We're updating this page regularly, but still strongly advise that you confirm the latest travel requirements at gov.uk.
* Either as part of the UK vaccine roll-out, under an approved vaccination programme in Europe or the US, or with a full course of the Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or Janssen vaccines from a relevant public health body in Albania, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda,The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominica, Egypt, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) or Vietnam.
Infographic showing requirements for those arriving into England from non-red-list countries such as South Africa.

COVID-19 statistics in South Africa vs UK

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.

Major tourist attractions:

  • Maclear’s Beacon
  • Cape of Good Hope
  • Robben Island
  • The Garden Route
  • Durban’s Golden Mile
  • The Drakensberg
  • Robben Island

Walking trails, parks and beaches:

  • Kruger National Park
  • Addo Elephant National Park
  • Tsitsikamma National Park
  • Kraalbaai Beach
  • Robberg Beach
  • Thonga Beach

Shopping centres and stores:

  • Fourways Mall, Johannesburg
  • Canal Walk, Cape Town
  • Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga Rocks
  • Mall of Africa, Gauteng
  • The Pavilion, Westville

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