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No more travel ban!

In a speech delivered by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on November 11th 2020, confirmation was received that the red list of banned countries will be effectively removed.

International travel and the reopening of borders:

  • The 18 land borders that were partially operational, will now be fully operational and the 34 land borders that were closed, will remain closed
  • All international travel will resume subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative 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 of proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost
  • International travel remains restricted to the following airports:

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

  • All commercial seaports will reopen 
  • Small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports in line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  • The resumption of visa application services shall be determined in directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs
  • The Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Health and Transport must develop International Travel Containment Protocols to be issued in directions, to ensure that entry into South African ports of entry will only be allowed subject to adherence to ensure COVID-19 positive travellers are not allowed into the republic

Sale and dispensing of liquor

  • The sale of alcohol at retail outlets is now permitted during all licensed trading hours
  • As before, alcohol will be permitted for on-site consumption in licensed establishments with strict adherence to the curfew

Specific economic exclusions: 

  1. Night vigils
  2. Night clubs
  3. The 34 land borders that remain closed
  4. Initiation practices
  5. Passenger ships for international leisure purposes, excluding small crafts, in-line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  6. Attendance of any sporting event by spectators
  7.  International sports events
  8. Exclusions relating to public transport services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Transport
  9. Exclusions relating to education services as set out in the directions issued

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Vanessa Randon (Programme Manager)
The Good Hope Volunteer Team

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