Individuals with valid temporary residence permits will be permitted to enter South Africa, regardless of whether they are travelling from a high-risk country, and provided they meet all other entry requirements.

It should also be noted that the Department of Home Affairs is extending the validity of legally issued visas which expired during lockdown until 31 January 2021. This pertains to visa holders currently in South Africa who will be allowed to remain in the country under the terms of their visa. From now until 31 January, they will also be able to depart South Africa on an expired visa without being declared ‘undesirable’. However, it is unlikely that they would then be allowed to return to South Africa on the same (expired) visa.

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