Exceptions will be made for individuals from high-risk countries who are business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international missions in sports, arts, culture and science. 

On 19 October, government also made special allowance for visitors, from any category, who are coming to stay for a three month period or more, subject to COVID-19 protocols. This is in recognition of the many regular visitors from primarily European countries who visit South Africa during our summer season and may own properties in the country.

People who seek an exception, as above, must apply in writing to the Department of Home Affairs via email request to covid19businesstravel@dha.gov.za and include the following:

  1. A copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa
  2. Proof of (business or other) activities to be undertaken in South Africa
  3. Proof of travel itinerary
  4. Proof of address or accommodation in South Africa

Due to the high volume of requests, the Department of Home Affairs has increased the capacity of people managing the email account and aim to communicate responses within 24 hours.

It is also our understanding that any person who wishes to travel for any other purpose not stated here (e.g. medical, bereavement, study, relative or other) may send the request to covid19exceptions@dha.gov.za supported by:

  1. A copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa; 
  2. Motivation and proof of why travel is essential
  3. Proof of address or accommodation in South Africa

Upon arrival in South Africa, any traveller from a high-risk country will be subject to the prescribed screening procedure and must present documentation of the above application with a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

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