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Home Affairs Amends Directions on Covid-19

September 30, 2021

Department of Home Affairs

The home affairs department has amended Directions on measures to combat Covid-19.

The amended Directions were published in Government Gazette 45239 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Paragraphs 12.3, 19, 20 and 21.1 of the Directions are amended by the extension of the validity period of visas and permits until 31 December 2021.

Holders of such visas and permits can leave South Africa up to the end of December without being declared as undesirable.

The extension applies to persons who have applied for a waiver in terms of section 31(2)(c) of the Immigration Act and have remained in South Africa since the start of the national state of disaster in March 2020 and to holders of asylum seeker permits and refugee status that expired during the state of disaster.

A new paragraph 17H on services to be rendered by the department under Adjusted Alert Level 2 is inserted.

Services include births registration; re-issuance of births, marriage and death certificates; death registration; applications and collection of identity cards or documents; applications and collection of passports; solemnisation and registration of marriages; applications for travel documents for persons who are to take up employment or studies abroad, attend funerals or other emergency situations, on submission of proof therefore and visa services in terms of the Immigration Act.

Permanent residence permits applications can be submitted from 1 January 2022.

The amended Directions come into effect on 30 September 2021 except for paragraph 3 on services that applies from the date of publication.