Article Posted: 12 January 2021

Subject to sub-regulation all land ports of entry of the Republic is closed until 15 February 2021, including the ports of entry which were opened under Alert level 1. except for ports of entry designated by the Cabinet member responsible for home affairs issuing directions.

For purposes of sub-regulation (1), the Cabinet member responsible for home affairs or a person designated by him or her may allow entry into or exit from the Republic through land ports of entry for:

  • The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods
  • Emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition with proof
    of such treatment until 15 February 2021 and proof of such treatment
    must be presented to the Port Manager at the port of entry.

The return of a:

  • South African national
  • Permanent resident to the Republic
  • A person with a long -term residence visa;
  • Spouse with a visa, child or children with visas
  • A person with a work visa; and holder of a business visa

To the Republic;

  • Funeral purposes for family members in the first degree of kinship to the
    deceased person
  • Diplomats
  • The deportation of foreign nationals;
  • The departure of a foreign national to his or her country of nationality or
    permanent residence:
  • The departure of a South African national, or permanent resident to the
    Republic to his or her place of employment. study or residence, outside
    the Republic.
  • Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in the
    Republic, and who are allowed entry and exit into and from the Republic.
    subject to compliance with protocols relating to-
  • Screening for COVID -19 and quarantine or isolation, where
  • Wearing of a cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers the
    nose and mouth when in a public place. or another appropriate
    item to cover the nose and mouth.
  • Transportation: and sanitisation and social distancing measures as per the relevant health protocols on safety and prevention of the spread of COVI D-19 or any other exceptions and conditions as may be determined by the relevant Cabinet member by directions.

Cabinet member responsible for home affairs at covid19exceptions(c)

International air travel is restricted through the following airports:

  • OR Tambo International Airport.
  • King Shaka International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport

& is permitted subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of negative COVID -19 test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

  • In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate
    as proof of a negative COVID -19 test. the traveller will be required to do an
    antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and in the event of a traveller
    testing positive for COVID -19, he or she will be required to quarantine him or
    herself at his or her own cost.
  • Transit by land is prohibited and such travel is confined
    to air travel.
  • All commercial seaports will remain open and small
    crafts will be allowed entry into seaports. in -line with all health and border law
    enforcement protocols.
  • Foreign nationals in the Republic with visas that
    have expired and were automatically extended to 31 January 2021. due to their
    inability to travel during the lockdown due to COVID -19. will have their visas
    automatically extended to 31 March 2021.
  • A foreign tourist who arrived in the Republic prior to the
    commencement of this regulation. will have his or her visa automatically
    extended to 31 March 2021.

Download Full Amendment of Regulations here – New Regulations as of 11 Jan 2020

Original Source: South African Government Notices