Restrictions on travel to enter/exit South Africa


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.

For travellers going to France, it is mandatory to present a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding (PCR test, LAMP test and Antigenic Test) not older than 72 hours before the departure of their flight. The negative COVID-test is mandatory for all travellers of 11 years and older. Travellers who transfer to a destination outside of France are not concerned by this measure.
All travellers to France must also complete a travel certificate and carry it at all times during their journey.

All travellers (aged 13 and over) to The Netherlands coming from South Africa on KLM flights must present a printed negative COVID-19 test certificate and a completed and signed Negative Test Declaration when travelling to the Netherlands. The test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the passenger’s arrival or transit in the Netherlands. This measure also concerns passengers in transit in the Netherlands. Passengers will not be allowed to board without a printed negative PCR test certificate. More information can be found here. Johannesburg O.R. Tambo airport has Covid-19 PCR testing facilities just outside the Arrivals terminal (5 to 6 hours to get the result).

For travellers whose final destination is the Netherlands, they are strongly urged to self-quarantine for a period of 10 days.

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 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. South African Nationals and South African residents failing to present a negative COVID19 test result will be accepted to fly, tested and quarantined upon arrival at their own cost.

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

Negative test result to be presented prior to departure is mandatory for Non South African Nationals and Non South African residents and strongly recommended for South African Nationals and South African residents.

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.

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 partnerships with the Synlab (with appointment) and BioGroup (with or without appointment) laboratories in Paris and in France. More info can be found here.
  • Travellers can also 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 antigenic) 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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