Although it is obviously recommended that South African travellers take out travel insurance, the issue of insurance is currently not gazetted and is therefore not yet law. Moreover, many insurance companies currently don’t have existing insurance that covers the requirements as mentioned by the government in their briefings. 

It is also our understanding that the requirement to have travel insurance that covers the cost of COVID-19 testing and quarantine applies only to foreign national travellers entering South Africa. South Africans (citizens and residents) who do not have travel insurance with these covers should be permitted to enter the country.

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