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Directions on Entry Into or Exit Out of South Africa Amended

March 31, 2021

Department of Home Affairs

Directions on entry into or exit out of South Africa in order to prevent and combat the spread of Covid-19 have been amended.

The home affairs department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 44335 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Paragraphs 12.3, 19, 20 and 21.1 of the Directions are amended extending the validity of visas and permits to 30 June 2021.

Holders of such visas and permits can leave South Africa without being declared undesirable until 30 June 2021.

The extension applies to visas issued for a period of less than 90 days that expired during the national state of disaster.

The extension does not apply to visas issued for more than 90 days up to 3 years, study visas, treaty visas, business visas, medical treatment visas, general work visas, critical skills work visas, retired person visa and exchange visas or to any visa or permit obtained on or after, or to persons who entered the country on or after, 15 March 2021.

Holders of such visas need to apply for visas by 31 July 2021.

A new paragraph 16 on closure of borders is inserted including a list of closed ports of entry.

A new list of services to be rendered by the department under Alert Level 1 is inserted.

The tenth amendment Directions came into effect on the date of publication.