The Department of Home Affairs has updated travel restrictions for citizens, permanent residents and foreign nationals in certain situations.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who have traveled via or are from high-risk countries continue to be restricted from entry. According to a notice published by the Minister of Home Affairs on July 3, foreign nationals who are barred from entry may apply for an exemption in writing to the Minister demonstrating exceptional circumstances. The request must include a copy of their passport and temporary residence visa (unless they are visa exempt or their visa was withdrawn under the COVID-19 directive). Those allowed entry will be subject to appropriate screening and quarantine.
  • International travel is now allowed for South African citizens or permanent residents whose place of work, residence or study is outside the country.
  • South African citizens planning to leave the country must provide the following documents to the Department of Home Affairs at least five working days in advance of the intended date of travel:
    • A copy of their valid South African passport.
    • A letter of confirmation of admissibility or the validity of the visa or permit, issued by the relevant diplomatic or consular mission or authority of the receiving country.
    • If transiting through another country, proof of permission to transit.
    • Proof of the means of travel and the intended date of departure.
  • South African citizens and permanent residents who are out of the country and wish to return will be subject to screening and examination.

Background: South Africa began relaxing lockdown restrictions last month in a phased approach.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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