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Travelling during COVID-19

Update (16 June 2021)

South Africa is open!

Borders to South Africa are open for international travellers. When entering South Africa, you need to present a negative Covid-19 test result that is not older than 72 hours. If you have been in South Africa for a few weeks before starting at a project, you need to do an additional PCR test in South Africa in order join any project. Also, you need to present proof of medical insurance before boarding. This insurance must include testing and treatment of COVID-19 if applicable. 

South Africa is currently put on an adjusted alert level 3. To get an overview of the regulations, please visit the offical government page.

Please note the most important restrictions:

  • New Curfew Hours are from 10pm to 4am - no persons may be outside of their place of residence during this curfew.
  • nightclubs/events are closed.
  • Entertainment venues, gyms, bars and restaurants will have to close by 9pm.
  • Gatherings are limited to 50 people inside and 100 outdoors, this includes religious services, restaurants, etc. 
  • alcohol for off-site consumtion is only mermitted between 10am and 6pm (Monday - Thursday). On-site consumtion is allowed until 9pm, public drinking is prohibited.
  • wearing a mask is mandatory when in public.
  • Beaches, rivers and parks are open to the public and subject to social distancing and health protocols

Contact your nearest South African foreign mission or contact us for details. 

Namibia is welcoming you!

Borders to Namibia are open for international travellers.
Please note the following entrance regulations: 

  1. All travellers who arrive in Namibia with a negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours will be permitted to travel freely in and around Namibia. (make sure to bring a printed copy)
  2. All travellers who arrive in Namibia with a negative PCR test result that is older than 72 hours but not older than 7 days, will be permitted to enter the country, however they will be required to spend their first 7 days in the first destination facility under supervised isolation. 
    As our Namibia project establishments, the Wildlife Conservation and Medical Project, are Government approved isolation facilities, volunteers may come to us and engage in the planned daily activities as normal. After the 7 days, they can continue to travel freely in and around Namibia.
  3. All travellers must get a Namibian mobile telephone number for contact tracing purposes.  SIM card and top-up credit can be purchased at the Project Facilities.

Please ensure you have copies of the following documents to show the airport officials on arrival:

  • Copy of NWE_COVID-19 invitation letter (which Good Hope Volunteers will share with you once we send the invoice for the booking)
  • Ministry of Health Certificate – to prove the stay is in a government certified establishment. (please print and bring a copy)
  • Letter of Acceptance
  • Travel Itinerary (including departure ticket from Namibia). If there are no arrival details printed on the travel information or they are incorrect, please inform us as soon as possible of the correct details.

For further questions please contact us

Botswana's borders are still closed

Since Botswana is currently under a strict lockdown, Borders will still remain closed for at least another month.