South Africa Travel Regulations During Lockdown - Domestic and International
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Update 29 June 2020: Leisure travel allowed in Advanced Level 3 Regulations
Your next holiday away is sooner than you think! New lockdown regulations have been gazetted, and you can officially travel for leisure – but there are some rules. In short, you may only travel within your province, and you may only stay at accredited accommodation.
The eased travel regulations form part of government’s Advanced Level 3 amendments, which will see restaurants, cinemas, libraries, museums and more open for business. Many rules are unchanged, however, including a ban on air travel for leisure travellers and crossing provincial borders (unless permitted under primary lockdown regulations).
Update 18 June 2020: All the forms you need to travel between provinces in Level 3
If you are planning to travel soon, please note that you will require the following documents (where relevant):
Form 2: Business travel permit for travel by air or road between provinces for work or services permitted under Alert Level 3, and signed by the head of the business.
Form 6: Permit to move residence or to care for an immediate family member, sworn at a police station or Magistrate’s Court;
Form 3: Student travel permit signed by the head of the school or tertiary institution.
Form 4: Permit to attend a funeral.
Form 5: Permit to transport mortal remains.
Form 3: Permit to travel with children.
You are further required to complete a health declaration form, which allows authorities to track and trace suspected cases of COVID-19. You will need two copies (one for the flight there, and one for the return), which you must give to Port Health officials before entering airport terminal buildings.
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Update 12 June 2020: Limited international flights open for travel in Level 3:
Government announced on Wednesday 11th June 2020 that some international travel will be allowed from the weekend of 13 June. This will apply to travellers who are returning to their place of work or study outside of South Africa, and for repatriation and evacuation purposes only.
As it stands at 12 June 2020, these are all the travel rules for international travel from South Africa:
- Non-essential travel is not allowed, specifically to high risk countries. These include Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, US and the UK.
- This weekend, flights will be available from South Africa to Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Washington. Destinations scheduled for next week include Hanoi and Bangkok.
- Prospective travellers must get travel permission from the Department of Home Affairs. To get this, you must provide the DHA with the following documentation (at least five working days ahead of the intended date of travel):
- A copy of your valid South African passport
- A letter confirming that you have a valid visa or permit, issued by the country where you are heading
- If you are transiting through another country, proof of permission to transit
- Proof of the ticket, and the intended date of departure.
Please note: These are not commercial flights and entail complex logistics arranged through the Department of Home Affairs. Passengers on these flights have to prove their bona-fide requirements and all their documentation, health checks and quarantine and all arrangements must be made between the Department of Home Affairs and the airline directly.
For more information, please visit: https://www.flysaa.com/za/en/repatriation.action
Travel is permitted between provinces in South Africa, under these rules (as of 9 June 2020):
- In Level 3, government regulations allow travel for business purposes, as well as a few other reasons, listed below.
- Travel permits and other paperwork will be required, as listed below.
- Air, road and rail travel are permitted, within the stipulated restrictions.
- Selected airlines have already reopened for limited domestic travel, including CemAir and Airlink. Mango and FlySafair will be resume operations from 15 June.
- Flights may only operate between OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport.
Under Level 3, you may only travel across provincial borders for one of these reasons:
- Moving to a new place of residence.
- Caring for an immediate family member.
- You are a member of parliament performing oversight responsibilities.
- You are a learner or student travelling to schools or institutions (once opened).
- You’re attending a funeral or transporting mortal remains.
- You’re obtaining medical treatment.
- You’re returning to your place of residence from quarantine or isolation.
- Any other movement permitted under regulation 4.
You won’t be allowed to travel without the necessary paperwork, which includes some or all of the following:
- A “Form 2” permit (regulation 16 (2)(b) and 28(4) declaring that your travel is for business reasons.
- A letter on a company letterhead signed by a manager.
- A health declaration.
- An affidavit.
- In other instances, you will need the relevant particulars, for example a death certificate to attend a funeral.
At airports and onboard flights, strict health and safety protocols need to be adhered to, at all times. These include:
- Travelling with the necessary paperwork.
- Limited parking – drop and go is preferable.
- Only those travelling may access the terminal building and will undergo health screening tests upon entering.
- Baggage wrapping is compulsory for all checked luggage.
- A limited number of check-in counters will be open with strict physical distancing rules for queues.
- You will need to wear your mask at all times, including in the airport and onboard your flight.
- You will be required to scan your own paper-based or mobile device-based boarding passes.
- You will need to remove any metal or electronic items from your person before entering the security queue, including mobile devices, watches, jewellery, wallets and keys, to minimise the need for physical pat-downs.
- Boarding the aircraft will be done in phases so that the rows are filled from the back first.
- Onboard, there will be no catering, and no magazines.
- Middle seats will not be blocked out automatically, but airlines will seat passengers in window and aisle seats first.
- Some airlines are offering you the option to pay a small fee to block the middle seat.
Selected accommodation is available
There are some hotels already accepting bookings for business travellers and others planning on opening from mid-June. Hotels will probably request proof that you’re allowed to travel, and you may be required to pay cash.
Need help planning your Level 3 travel? We’re available to assist with bookings, packages and permits. Get in touch today and travel with peace of mind.