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List of High Risk Countries for COVID-19 Drawn Up

October 2, 2020

Department of Home Affairs

A list of high risk countries in terms of COVID-19 has been released.

The list is contained in a home affairs department statement on the re-opening of borders and ports of entry for international travellers during the Coronavirus Covid-19 lockdown level 1.

High risk countries are those with higher numbers of COVID-19 infections and reported deaths compared to South Africa.

The department confirmed that all 18 land ports of entry will be opened with effect from 1 October 2020 while the other 35 land ports of entry remain closed.

The validity period of legally issued visas that expired during the lockdown period has been extended to 31 January 2021.

The department also announced that services for applications for identity cards or documents and for all types of passports are resuming.

The department emphasized that leisure travellers from the countries on the list are not allowed to enter the country.

Business travellers can apply to the home affairs minister to enter South Africa.

Meanwhile, the international relations and cooperation minister, Naledi Pandor, in a briefing on the re-opening of borders and ports of entry for international travellers during Covid-19 alert level 1, pointed out that travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa.

Upon arrival, travellers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.

“Should the traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.”

The minister also confirmed that travellers from all African countries are allowed and must possess relevant travel documents.

They will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.