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International Travel is Back! | What You Need to Know

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced yesterday that South Africa's borders will open on the 1st of October 2020. This is just in time for the summer holiday season! From then you can travel for any reason, whether it is to see friends and family you've been missing or you're simply craving some international culture and scenery! We are so ready for this phase of the 'new normal', but as things start to resume we also need to keep in mind that certain changes have been made so that we can all travel safely.

What To Expect When Travelling To or From South Africa From 1 October 2020:

  • International travel will be allowed to and from certain countries. Our government will compile a list of countries that are deemed too high risk for which travel restrictions will still apply. Similarly other countries might still have closed borders or have a temporary travel ban in place for South Africa. Travel to all destinations will not be immediately possible.
  • Travellers will require a negative COVID test result no older than 72 hours or will have to quarantine for 14 days. Quarantine will be at their own cost.
  • International travellers can only enter at one of the border postings that have remained open during lockdown or at Cape Town International, OR Tambo and King Shaka Airport. 

International airlines have jumped at the opportunity to resume services to South Africa, with KLM being one of the first to announce that they will resume their scheduled services to Cape Town and Johannesburg on 1 October 2020. This will be a gateway for travellers to and from Europe and we look forward to many airlines announcing the resumption of scheduled services in the coming weeks and days! Happy and safe travels everyone!


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* We have done our best to ensure that information provided above is correct at the time of publishing it, but we can't account for changes and the traveller has a duty to ensure they are keeping themselves up to speed with the latest changes and developments. It also remains the passenger's responsibility to ensure that they are allowed to travel to their travel destinations and are in possession of the necessary travel documents.

"Everyone was friendly, and unlike the last time I flew KLM to SA, my luggage arrived un-tampered and on-time (the last time a bottle of French Champagne and Spanish wine 'were liberated' in flight and arrived 3 days after me)." - Greg Becker

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