The South African government has modified its country alert level and eased its COVID-19 health requirements.

Key Points:

  • As of Jan. 31, individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and have no symptoms do not have to quarantine. Individuals who test positive and have symptoms must quarantine for seven days instead of 10.
  • As of Jan. 31, foreign nationals arriving to South Africa on an international flight must:
    • Have proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the date of travel.
    • Take an antigen test upon arrival if the traveler does not have proof of a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test.
    • Self-isolate for seven days if the traveler tests positive for COVID-19 and has symptoms.

Additional Information: South African authorities have the right to verify the authenticity of test documentation. More information regarding South Africa’s COVID-19 entry and health requirements is available here.

BAL Analysis: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and BAL will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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