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Directions to Combat Covid-19 in Home Affairs Amended

July 1, 2021

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 44786 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The amendments extend the validity period of different categories of temporary visas.

Visas or permits of holders who remained in South Africa since the announcement of the Covid-19 national state of disaster in March 2020, and who arrived with a valid visitor’s visa between December 2019 and 14 March 2021, are deemed to be valid until the end of September 2021.

The extension applies to both short-term and long-term visas but does not apply to visitors who entered South Africa from 15 March 2021.

Holders of visas are requested to apply for visas prior to 30 September 2021 or leave South Africa.

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

A new paragraph 17H on services to be rendered by the department during Alert Level 4 including permit services is also inserted.

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