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Disaster Management Act Regulations Amended

November 13, 2020

Department of Cooperative Governance

Disaster Management Act Regulations have been amended.

The cooperative governance department published the amendments in Government Gazette 43897.

A new Regulation 75 on partial re-opening of borders is inserted.

The amended regulations stipulate that the 18 land borders that were partially operational will be fully operational and the 34 land borders that were closed will remain closed.

All international travel is to resume with travelers having to provide a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

The failure to provide a certificate will require travelers to quarantine themselves at their own costs.

International air travel is only allowed at OR Tambo International Airport; King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.

The Regulations also stipulate that all commercial seaports will be opened.

They also point out that the home affairs minister will issue Directions on International Travel Containment Protocols to “ensure that entry into South African ports of entry will only be allowed subject to adherence to ensure COVID -19 positive travellers are not allowed into the Republic”.

A new Regulation 77 on sale and dispensing of liquor stipulates that the sale of liquor for off-site consumption is allowed during licensed trading hours.

The sale of liquor for on-site consumption is also allowed subject to the curfew currently in place.

A new item 5 is inserted into Table 4 indicating that small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports.

The amended Regulations are now in effect.