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Revised list countries banned from SA

Published Oct 22, 2020


CAPE TOWN - The Department of Home Affairs has released a revised list of high-risk countries prohibited from travel to or from South Africa during lockdown.

As lockdown level allows both domestic and international flights, there is a number of countries prohibited from travel to or from South Africa regarded as a Covid-19 'high-risk' due to infection rates.

The government reminds that the Covid-19 pandemic is still continuing and that all necessary precautions are still needing to be taken with the latest list of high-risk countries reviewed by the South African government with the revised list processes and reviews lead by the Ministers of Health, Home Affairs and Tourism aiming for a balance between protecting livelihoods and saving lives.

The statement says, "Nothing has changed as far as all travellers from the continent of Africa are concerned. They are still welcome to visit the country subject to Covid-19 protocols. People from high-risk countries who may visit SA fall in the following categories: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international mission in sports, arts, culture and science."

The recently revised list of high-risk countries:

- Argentina

- Bangladesh

- Belgium

- Brazil

- Canada

- Chile

- Colombia

- France

- Germany

- India

- Indonesia

- Iran

- Iraq

- Italy

- Mexico

- Netherlands

- Peru

- Philippines

- Russia

- Spain

- United Kingdom


“We recognise that there are a number of regular visitors from mainly European countries that have been accustomed to long periods of visitation to our country during our summer season when it is winter in the Northern Hemisphere. Most of them own properties in the country. We appreciate the significant economic contribution that they make through their activities in the country. To this end, we will also allow visitors, in whichever category, who are coming to stay for a three months period or more subject to COVID-19 protocols.”

People who need to apply must direct email requests to:

[email protected]

, supported by -

- a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;

- proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;

- proof of travel itinerary; and

- proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.

In the first two weeks that the

[email protected]

email address had been in operation, 4 701 applications were received, mostly from investors in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tourism. Of these applications, 3113 have been approved.

These numbers show that on average, 335 investors a day applied to visit the Republic, sending a strong message that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination.

"In response to these numbers, the Department of Home Affairs has increased the capacity of people managing the email account to ensure speedier responses and we will try our best to ensure that responses are communicated within 24 hours," the statement concludes.

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