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  • Some countries have barred all travellers from countries with confirmed cases of Covid-19, such as South Africa.
  • Other countries are maintaining general or specific travel bans, some of which affect South Africans.
  • And South Africa has effectively closed its borders to people from some countries, while increasing medical surveillance for those from another set of countries.
  • Here is how travel bans are currently affecting South Africans, and those travelling to South Africa.
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* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

Travel bans have been imposed around the world to slow the spread of SARS-Cov-2 virus behind Covid-19, while others require voluntary self-isolation of either all foreign travellers, or those from specific countries.

South Africans are affected by some restrictions – especially in countries that have a blanket ban on travellers from places with known Covid-19 cases. South Africa has also restricted access to some nationalities.

See also | Our update on Covid-19 in South Africa, with all the information on the SARS-Cov-2 virus as we get it

The result is a moving target of a list of places South Africans may not (or should not) go, and a similarly in-flux list of nationalities that can expect at least intensive screening for fevers on arrival in SA.

Many countries have imposed bans and restrictions due to expire in mid-April, if not renewed or cancelled before then. Other countries have put in place indefinite bans, or have not specified timeframes. Bans typically exclude those holding diplomatic credentials, and in some cases those with specific types of work visas.

Here are the countries with travel restrictions in place affecting South Africans.

South Africans are mostly not currently welcome in:

South African are impacted by special measures when travelling to:

  • Australia: required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Austria: expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to present a negative viral test for entry
  • Bermuda: required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Croatia: expected to be added to the list of nationalities required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Czech Republic: expected to be added to the list of high-risk countries, from which travel is banned
  • Israel: likely to be denied access, but may be admitted if they can show the ability to self-isolate for 14 days
  • Jordan: all international flights cancelled
  • Lithuania: may have to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Malta: required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • New Zealand: required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival
  • Slovakia: required to self-isolate for 14 days after arrival

These are the countries impacted by South Africa's travel restrictions.

South Africa has banned access to people from:

  • China
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America

South Africa has imposed extra screening measures on people from:

  • Hong Kong
  • Portugal
  • Singapore

* Travel restrictions and advisories are in constant flux as the novel coronavirus spreads. This article is updated regularly, but can not be guaranteed accurate at any given time, and is not comprehensive. Check in with the relevant consulate or embassy before any travel.

(Compiled by Phillip de Wet)

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