Restrictions on travel to enter/exit South Africa

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS


Worldwide, the COVID-19 developments differ per country and region.  Gradually, it is possible again to travel, but governments may have set travel restrictions. 

The South African government issued an update on 11/11/2020 lifting all restrictions for international travel, provided that all travellers adhere to the health and safety protocols.

It is the responsibility of the customer to check the local health requirements of the country being travelled to and to ensure that the correct travel and health documentation is in order while travelling. 


Who is allowed to enter South Africa? 

All travellers are allowed to enter South Africa. There are no longer any restrictions in terms of country of origin/residence or purpose of travel. The normal visa regulations apply.  See list of countries exempted from visas here.

Where can I get more information about travel restrictions? 

Travellers are advised to prepare well for their journey by checking the travel and health restrictions of the countries to which they travel. This can be done via the Air France and KLM website Travel Doc or via the IATA Travel Centre website.



All travellers departing from South Africa are required to complete the South African exit health screening form.


What do travellers need to do to travel to France?

All travellers departing from South Africa are required to complete the South African exit health screening form

As of 9 June 2021, the French government has revised the restrictions for travel to France.   The flow of travel has been reopened according to the health situation in the different countries and the vaccination of the travellers.  A classification of countries has been defined based on health indicators. The list of countries can adjust depending on the COVID-19 developments per country.  South Africa currently falls within the “red” list of countries. 

All passengers seeking to travel from South Africa to France as a final destination, regardless of their nationality, must meet the below requirements: 


Proof of vaccination Compelling
reason to travel
Test presentation required
at boarding (from age 11)
Test required
on arrival 
(from age 11)
Quarantine requirements
I am vaccinated List of compelling reasons to travel PCR Test <72h + antigen test <48h prior to departure 
OR 
PCR test <48h prior to departure
Antigen test on arrival 7 days self-isolation
I am not vaccinated List of compelling reasons to travel PCR Test <72h + antigen test <48h prior to departure 
OR 
PCR test <48h prior to departure
Antigen test on arrival 10 days quarantine controlled by health and safety officials

  
In addition, acceptance to travel to France will only take place if you are travelling for a compelling reason as listed below: 

  • French national, as well as his/her spouse (married, civil partnership and cohabiting partner) and his/her children.
  • European Union national or assimilated, as well as his/her spouse and his/her children, having his/her main residence in France.
  • Third-country national, holder of a residence permit or long-term visa valid French or European stay, having his/her main residence in France (only valid if the trip abroad has taken place before January 31, 2021 or was justified by a compelling reason).
  • Third-country national holding a long-stay visa issued under family reunification or family reunification of refugees, beneficiaries of subsidiary protection and stateless persons.
  • Land, sea and air transport sector worker or provider of transport services (including drivers of any vehicle for transporting goods intended for use in the territory as well as those who only transit, or travel as a passenger to position themselves on their starting point or train).
  • Foreign national serving in a diplomatic or consular mission, or an international organization having its headquarters or an office in France, as well as his/her spouse and children.
  • Traveller in transit for less than 24 hours in the international zone.

 For more information, please check the French government website

It is the responsibility of the traveller to check the local health requirements of the country being travelled to/transited via and to ensure that they are in possession of the required travel and health documentation.


What do travellers need to do to travel to the Netherlands? 

All travellers departing from South Africa are required to complete the South African exit health screening form.


As of June 01, 2021, all customers (aged 13 and over) travelling to the Netherlands from high-risk countries, which includes South Africa will be required to: 
  • Present a negative COVID-19 NAAT (PCR) test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test result taken less than 24 hours before boarding the flight to the Netherlands.

A NAAT (PCR) test based on a sample that was taken within 24 hours before arrival in the Netherlands will also serve as a substitute for both the negative NAAT (PCR) test requirement taken 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands and the Rapid Antigen test (taken less than 24 hours before boarding the aircraft).NB: COVID-19 NAAT test is a new terminology for COVID-19 PCR tests.  COVID-19 NAAT tests are:  PCR, mPOCT, NAAT, RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA.  Passengers will not be allowed to board without the required printed negative test results/certificates.More information about the additional mandatory rapid test can be found here. 

  • Complete a quarantine declaration which can be found here.
Quarantine is mandatory for a 10-day period in the Netherlands.  On day 5, passengers can make a test appointment to shorten the quarantine period, subject to a negative COVID-19 test result.  Test appointments to be taken with the GGD (0800 1202 from the Netherlands or +31 850 659 063 from abroad).
It is the responsibility of the traveller to check the local health requirements of the country being travelled to/transited via and to ensure that they are in possession of the required travel and health documentation.  Travel requirements for all countries can be checked at http://airfrance.traveldoc.aero.


Testing facilities at O.R. Tambo / Cape Town International Airports

Johannesburg O.R. Tambo International Airport has Covid-19 testing facilities (located landside) as follows: 
  • NHLS testing station located at the Mobile COVID-19 test unit on the lower level of the Airport (Arrivals hall level), in front of the Police station
  • Dischem near Security and Immigration control for terminal A
  • Navomix Health : Central Terminal Building departure level near check in counters 1 to 14.
 
Cape Town International Airport has 2 facilities (located landside) open until 11pm: 
  • Dischem, located on ground floor of the Central Terminal Building (CTB) in the corridor linking international arrivals to the CTB, closer to the food court
  • Airport clinic, located on the ground floor of the Central Terminal Building (CTB) in the corridor linking international arrivals to the CTB, closer to International arrivals, meet and greet area.
 
Passengers starting their journey in South Africa from another domestic airport can take their antigen test at the start of their journey or they can also take their antigen test at O.R. Tambo / Cape Town International Airports. In this case, passengers need to make sure they have enough connecting time.



What is required from all travellers in order to enter South Africa?  

All travellers are required to bring a completed Traveller Health Questionnaire and a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, not older than 72 hours prior to the date of their travel. Airlines are not allowed to board anyone travelling to South Africa without a valid negative PCR test.

A negative test result is not required for children under the age of 5 years old.

Upon arrival in South Africa, all travellers will be subjected to screening by Port of Health officials. In the case where a traveller shows suspected COVID-19 symptoms (elevated body temperatures and flu-like symptoms), he/she will have to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s expense. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller has to go into a 10-day quarantine at a designated hotel at his/her own cost.

It is recommended that all travellers download the COVID-Alert APP (COVID Alert SA) so that they are able to monitor and minimise their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

Passengers in transit in South Africa also need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours prior to the date of their travel.

Given current regulations in South Africa, the transportation of alcohol in luggage is not allowed (hand and checked luggage). Offenders to this rule are subject to fines and imprisonment not longer than 6 months. 


What happens if the traveller is not able to get the COVID-19 PCR test and results on time prior to departure?
 

Without any explanation the traveller can change his/her travel date; all tickets are changeable to a later date without a fee, however a fare difference might still apply.  Rebooking must be completed before the initial departure date to avoid a NO SHOW.    


Where can I find a schedule of Air France and KLM flights to/from South Africa?
 
Air France / KLM operates flights to/from Johannesburg and Cape Town. Updated schedules can be found on the Air France and KLM websites.


How to book flights to/from South Africa?   
All Air France flights to/from South Africa are open for sale through travel agencies,  directly through our call center (+27 10 205 0100) or on our website.


Where can travellers get a PCR COVID-19 test in France?   

Air France has test facilities for travellers who require a negative test certificate confirming that they have tested negative for COVID-19
  • In France, travellers can visit the Doctolib website to make appointments with other laboratories in France for a Covid-19 PCR test.
  • Paris Aéroports has set up a Covid-19 test center (PCR or antigen) for passengers departing from Paris airports. More information can be found here.

 
Where can I find information regarding hygiene & safety measures?  
Air France enforces strict health and safety measures on board and at the airport. In-flight safety is more of a priority than ever, and you can be sure that Air France does everything possible to ensure travel in full compliance with the strictest health regulations. 

Please click here for information on our Health and Safety measures.
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