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.

Since January 18, 2021, all passengers seeking to travel to France, regardless of their nationality, must:
  • present a negative PCR test from less than 72 hours prior to departure (this applies to children from the age of 11)
  • commit to a 7-day self-isolation period and undergo a second PCR test at the end of that period
  • present the required certificates which may be downloaded on the French Ministry of the Interior's website

Passengers with France as their final destination, will not be allowed to board without a printed negative PCR test certificate.
 
Travellers who transfer to a destination outside of France are not concerned by the measures mentioned above nevertheless they must observe the entry regulations of the final destination country. 

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 March 16, 2021, all customers (aged 13 and over) travelling to the Netherlands, or in connection in Amsterdam, will be required to present: 
  • For transfer passengers
A negative NAAT-test result taken less than 72 hrs before arrival in AMS.
  • For all passengers travelling to Amsterdam as their final destination from high-risk countries, which includes South Africa
A negative NAAT-test result taken less than 72 hours before arrival in AMS + a negative Rapid (Antigen) test result taken less than 24 hours before boarding OR a negative NAAT-test result taken less than 24 hrs before boarding.
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. 


For travellers whose final destination is the Netherlands, they are strongly urged to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days. After five days they can get tested. If the result of this PCR test is negative they may end their self-quarantine. 

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.

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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