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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Home Affairs Amended

October 2, 2020

Department of Home Affairs

Directions to combat COVID-19 in home affairs have been amended.

The home affairs department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43749 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Paragraphs 12.3, 19, 20 and 21.1 of the Directions are amended in order to extend the period of validity of visas and permits until 31 January 2021.

A new paragraph 16 on opening and closure of some ports of entry is inserted.

It stipulates that all land ports, except the 35 land ports listed in annexure A, will be opened with effect from 1 October 2020.

Paragraph 17G.1 on additional services to be rendered by department of home affairs under alert level 1 is inserted.

Paragraph 17G.3 stipulates that the application process for Lesotho Exemption Permits and Zimbabwean Exemptions Permits will open with effect from 1 October 2020.

A new paragraph 23A sets out the application process for business travel from high-risk countries.

Documents to accompany an application are listed.

The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.