The international travel ban list has officially been released by South Africa. Under level 1 lockdown rules, international travel will commence from October 1st 2020. However, citizens from particular countries will still not be allowed to enter the country.
The Department of Home Affairs is also resuming services for applications for identity cards or documents and for all types of passports.
Visa services, including submission of applications through VFS Global, will also resume in the following categories:
- Visitor’s visas;
- study visa;
- treaty visa;
- business visa;
- crew visa;
- medical treatment visa;
- relative’s visa;
- general work visa;
- critical skills work visa;
- intra-company transfer work visa;
- retired person visa;
- corporate visa;
- exchange visa;
- waiver of prescribed requirement, as contemplated in section 31(2)(c); and
- appeals or reviews contemplated in section 8 of the Immigration Act.
Although there are still requirements for social distancing, mask-wearing, and crowd controls in place at Level 1, it is still the most relaxed version of lockdown available for South Africa. The travel list itself will be ‘reviewed regularly’.
Border controls will also remain airtight for the foreseeable future, with all persons passing through South Africa are required to prove they are COVID-negative. Temperature checks will also be made mandatory for all travelers.
South Africa has split all countries into three categories: High-risk, Medium-risk, and Low-risk. People from any High-risk countries will not be able to travel to South Africa for leisure purposes. Business workers, investors, and high-skilled professionals (including diplomats) from these nations are permitted, however.
The countries we cannot open our doors to – nor can we allow our citizens to visit – include the following:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- North Macedonia
- Puerto Rico
- United Emirates
- United Kingdom
If you have any inquiries, please email us at email@example.com to speak to one of our immigration lawyers.
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