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Visa Free Status for Certain Countries Reinstated

October 6, 2020

Department of Home Affairs

The visa free status of citizens from certain countries and territories has been reinstated.

The home affairs department published the list of countries and territories in a statement following an update by the home affairs minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, on the partial re-opening of borders and services during Alert Level 1 of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The department points out that the visa free status of citizens of some countries and territories was temporarily suspended at the start of the lockdown period.

However, in line with government’s commitment to take “urgent steps to address the economic and tourism stagnation brought about by the outbreak of Covid-19”, the visa free status of citizens from certain countries and territories has been reinstated.

Countries and territories include South Korea, Spain, Italy, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, France and Singapore.

The department emphasizes, however, that the visa free status does not alter the current Covid-19 Regulations.

The department also clarified that business persons providing services across the borders of SADC are allowed multiple entry subject to producing a certificate of negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.