The South African Government has revised the list of high-risk countries based on a risk categorisation model.
It is important to remember that although we have progressed to Level 1, the Covid-19 pandemic still exists and we need to take every precaution to mitigate the risks of spreading the virus.
In its last meeting, the Cabinet instructed the Ministers of Health, Home Affairs and Tourism to jointly lead a process to evaluate the list of high-risk countries. The review was conducted in a manner allowing there to be a balance between saving lives and protecting livelihoods.
Nothing has changed as far as all travellers from the continent of Africa are concerned. They are still welcome to visit the country, subject to Covid-19 protocols.
People from high-risk countries who may visit SA fall in the following categories: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on an international mission in sports, arts, culture and science.
**In addition, we recognise that there are a number of regular visitors from mainly European countries that have been accustomed to long periods of visitation to our country during our summer season when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of them own properties in the country and we appreciate the significant economic contribution that they make through their activities in the country. To this end, we will also allow visitors, in whichever category, who are coming to stay for and extended stay i.e. a three month period or more, subject to COVID-19 protocols.
People who need to apply must direct email requests to Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za, supported by:
(a) a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
(b) proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;
(c) proof of travel itinerary; and
(d) proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.
In the first two weeks that the Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za email address had been in operation, 4 701 applications were received, mostly from investors in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tourism. Of these applications, 3 113 have been approved.
These numbers show that on average, 335 investors a day applied to visit the Republic, sending a strong message that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination.
In response to these numbers, the Department of Home Affairs has increased the capacity of people managing the email account to ensure speedier responses and we will try our best to ensure that responses are communicated within 24 hours. To view a country-by-country comparison of the most recent update, please click here.
**This information is published as released by the Department of Home Affairs. ASATA has requested and awaits further clarification regarding the content of this statement.