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Entry regulations

South Africa

Find all entry regulations for flights to South Africa in the following table*.

Prior to Travel

No visa is required for short-term tourist, visiting or business trips. Upon presentation of a valid return or onward flight ticket, a visitor's visa is usually issued for the duration of the planned trip, up to a maximum of 90 days.

For longer-term stays, a visa must be applied for at the South African mission abroad.

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

If the residence permit is overstayed (overstay), the "declaration of undesirable person" is made, even for a few days. This results in an entry ban of one to five years. The declaration is also made in the case of overstay, if an extension of the residence permit has been applied for but no decision has been made yet. An appeal against the declaration can only be made after leaving the country. The process is lengthy and success is not guaranteed.

The Federal Foreign Office points out that in view of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, there are still risks associated with international travel, especially for people without full vaccination protection as well as vulnerable groups. Regulations on entry or international transport connections can change quickly with the pandemic situation.

Since June 2022, the so-called '3G rule' has been suspended for entry into Germany, i.e. entrants no longer have to prove that they have either been vaccinated, recovered, or tested. The regulation has been extended until 31 January 2023. As regards air travel, masks must generally be worn on all flights if mask-wearing is compulsory in either the country of departure or the country of destination. The implementation is enforced by the operating airline and may therefore vary. Travellers are advised to carry at least one mask with them at all times. For information on mask mandates, please see the respective category.

Prior to Entry

South Africa has reopened many land borders, long clearance times are to be expected. All commercial seaports are also open. Entry for business or tourism purposes is only possible via King Shaka, OR Tambo, Cape Town International, Kruger Mpumalanga and Lanseria airports, regardless of prior stays in other countries.

No COVID-19 related entry form needs to be completed.

There are no known restrictions

Transit is permitted.

Information on quarantine regulations, testing requirements and possible exceptions for transit travellers that have been vaccinated can be found in the respective categories (if available).

Children and minors are not generally exempt in case testing requirements apply.

There are no known restrictions

There are no known restrictions

No notes available.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for completely immunized persons.

There are no known restrictions

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for incompletely vaccinated persons.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry for those who have recovered.

On Site

There is no ease of restrictions.

COVID-19 related documentary proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test result is not currently required.

Current value: 2. Previous week: 3

Data source: Our World in Data / European Center for Disease Control. The data is only available at country level and is updated daily.

There are currently no COVID-19-related travel restrictions in the country.

There are no known restrictions

The mask requirement and the distance rules are removed.

All restrictions are lifted.

All restrictions are lifted.

Alle Einschränkungen sind aufgehoben.

All restrictions are lifted.

All restrictions are lifted.

The mask requirement has been lifted, and public transport is operating under regular conditions.

Air traffic has resumed normal operations.

Should travellers show symptoms, they are requested to test themselves.

If travellers test positive for COVID-19 during their stay in South Africa and are symptomatic, they are required to self-isolate for 7 days. If they are asymptomatic, they are not required to isolate.

Departure

There are no known restrictions

Entry/return to Germany

For travellers entering from a risk-free area, there is no obligation to register online before returning to Germany. The exact regulations are available on the Ministry of Health‘s information sheet.

There are no known restrictions

There is no obligation to test before entering Germany.

Since 31 May, no proof of a negative test, a vaccination or recovery is required, in order to enter Germany.

Further information on the new entry regulation can be found at the Federal Government's website.

Returnees from virus-variant areas are generally required to present all test certificates on entry. In the case of virus variant areas, only a PCR test (maximum 48 hours old) is permitted. A proof of vaccination or recovery can not replace the negative test result.

Exceptions for delivery traffic, commuters and other groups of people do not apply to returnees for virus variant areas.

There is no obligation to test after entering Germany.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement for completely immunized persons on entry/return.

Vaccinated persons are exempt from national quarantine and testing obligations. (Caution: In Germany, only the vaccines by BioNTech/Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax have been approved so far.) Further information is available from the Federal Government.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for incompletely vaccinated persons.

According to the Robert Koch-Institute, it is a risk-free area. There is no quarantine obligation after entry into or return to Germany.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on entry/return for those who have recovered.

Recovered persons are exempt from quarantine and testing obligations nationwide, area of active circulation of highly contagious virus variants. Those who have recovered need proof of a positive PCR test (or other nucleic acid detection) at least 28 days and no more than 3 months ago. Recovered persons must not have any symptoms of a possible COVID-19 infection. Further information is available from the Federal Government.


*All information is without guarantee and is based exclusively on information provided by external sources, e.g. the German Foreign Office. We do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of this information. Please inform yourself about the applicable entry requirements before your flight.