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Directions on Travel Restrictions for South African Citizens Amended

June 12, 2020

Department of Home Affairs

Directions on travel restrictions for South African citizens and permanent residents have been amended.

The home affairs department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43420 in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

The measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 focus on:


• Travel restrictions for citizens and permanent residents – advised to refrain from non-essential travel to high risk countries and exercise caution in relation to any other travel outside South Africa – provide home affairs with prescribed information when planning to travel out of the country – returning citizens to be isolated or quarantined;
• Services to be rendered by department of home affairs under alert level 3 – late registration of birth and solemnisation and registration of marriages;
• Passenger manifest – list with details (manifest) of passengers and crew to be provided to home affairs and international relations and cooperation departments;
• Extension of validity period of asylum seeker permit and refugee status – extended up to and including 31 July 2020;
• Extension of validity period of Lesotho Special Permit – extended up to and including 31 July 2020;
• Declaration of undesirability – no declaration of undesirability for expired visas up to and including 31 July 2020;
• Visits to Lindela Holding Facility – no visits allowed except for provision of consular services.

The Second Amendment Directions came into effect on the date of publication.