South African COVID-19 Travel Info in One Place: Allowances, Requirements, Forms, Airports, and Processes

South Africa is still under certain COVID-19 lock-down travel restrictions, and Travelstart South Africa has been kind enough to publish a wealth of information about this on their website. The below information is courtesy of their page.

  • Business Reasons: Any person carrying out work responsibilities or performing any service permitted under Level 3, provided that such person is in possession of a permit issued by the employer
  • Moving to a new place of residence
  • Moving to care for an immediate family member
  • Members of Parliament performing oversight responsibilities
  • Learners and students who are travelling to schools or institutions when they are permitted
  • Attending a funeral
  • Transportation of mortal remains
  • Obtaining medical treatment
  • Persons who are returning to their place of residence from a quarantine or isolation facility
  • Any movement permitted under regulation 41

Please see this link for further details on Disaster Management Act: Regulations: Alert level 3 during Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown. Domestic passenger air travel is not permitted for recreational, leisure or tourism purposes. All international passenger flights are prohibited except for those flights authorised by the Minister of Transport for the repatriation of South African Nationals from foreign countries and evacuation of foreign nationals from South Africa.

  • Face mask
  • Photo ID – ID Book, South African Driver’s Licence or Passport. Children must have a Birth Certificate or a certified copy of a Birth Certificate no older than 3 months. (This does not need to be an Unabridged Birth Certificate)
  • Copy of E-Ticket AND boarding pass
  • Health Declaration Document from the Department of Health
  • Travel Permit – see forms below

These forms must be completed before your arrival at the airport. Failure to produce the completed forms may result in denied boarding, resulting in your ticket being non-refundable.

Health Declaration
Employer Permit
Student Inter-provincial Travel
Permit to Transport Students
Funeral Attendance
Inter-provincial Relocation

The following airports are open for domestic air travel:

  • Arrive a minimum of 2.5 hours prior to your flight departure.
  • It is recommended that you check in online prior to departure (to minimise contact, queues and waiting time).
  • Only passengers are allowed to enter the airport, no visitors will be allowed entry.
  • Expect maximum safety protocols to be applied throughout your journey.

For a global interactive travel regulations map, visit Travelstart South Africa’s website here.


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