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Travelling during COVID-19

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, OR
  • a valid vaccination certificate.

If you have been in South Africa for a few days before starting at a project, please recheck with us whether an additional PCR test will be necessary.

As of 23 March 2022, even more regulations of the Adjusted Alert Level 1 have been eased during a speech from President Cyril Ramaphosa:

  • It is mandatory to wear a mask covering mouth and nose when in public indoor spaces.
  • No mask is required when outdoors anymore.
  • With regards to social distancing, a space of 1m is required between persons in all settings except schools.

To get an overview of all regulations, please visit the offical government page.

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 vaccinated travellers who arrive in Namibia will be permitted to travel freely in and around Namibia.
  2. All NON vaccinated travellers who arrive in Namibia need a negative PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours.
  3. 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. Travellers must get retested for SARS-COV-2 on day 5 of their stay in Namibia and will receive their results within 48 hours. Please note, testing can be done either at the Wildlife Sanctuary directly. Cost of test must be covered by the volunteer and comes to N$1,700.

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

  • Vaccination certificate OR PCR test (no older than 72 hours when arriving in Namibia)
  • 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)
  • Travel Itinerary (a return ticketd to show leaving Namibia must be booked before departure). 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 is welcoming you!

To reach our project, the best access is via Johannesburg and Polokwane in South Africa. A shuttle service from Polokwane to Alldays will be arranged, where the project staff will collect you.
Due to the pandemic however, the Platjan border with access into Botswana is currently still closed which means an alternative route has to be taken. This route is via the Martins Drifts Border Post.
The best solution would be to take a private shuttle from Polokwane, otherwise the project staff may collect you for an additional fee.

There are daily flights from Johannesburg to Polokwane. Alternatively, you may take a bus or shuttle from the International Airport OR Tambo at Johannesburg to Polokwane.