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South Africa Officially Reopening borders for tourism from October 1

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced the country will officially reopen borders for tourism on October 1, 2020.

South Africa’s reopening news will include both inbound and outbound tourism, allowing nationals to travel abroad and tourists to enter once again.

“We will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel… allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from the 1st of October 2020,”

– President Ramaphosa

South Africa first shut their borders on March 27th and has been one of the hardest hit countries by Covid-19, recording the 8th highest amount of total cases in the world.  However, the nation has recently flattened their curve after strict country-wide lockdowns and is now reporting their lowest new case numbers since May.

Since South Africa sees around 17 million tourists per year, reopening borders for both inbound and outbound tourism has been a major priority.

“We are ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities, and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence.”

– said Ramaphosa.

African penguins on the sandy beach. African penguin ( Spheniscus demersus) also known as the jackass penguin and black-footed penguin. Boulders colony. Cape Town. South Africa

Airports Reopening October 1

  • Johannesburg’s OR Tambo
  • Cape Town International
  • Durban’s King Shaka

Entry Requirements for South Africa

PCR Testing


All passengers will be required to present the negative result of a PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours prior to departure.



If the passenger fulfills the PCR testing requirement, there is not mandatory quarantine. However, if a passenger does not bring the negative PCR result, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

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