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Entry requirements

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport.

Travel health questionnaire

You must complete your Travel health questionnaire no more than 2 days before arriving and departing South Africa.  The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health

 

Pre-departure test

Customers who are fully vaccinated and able to show proof of vaccination are not required to complete a pre-departure test. Proof of vaccination can be in electronic or paper form. 

If you're partially vaccinated or unable to show proof of vaccination you must follow the guidance for non-vaccinated travellers.

 

Quarantine

You won't need to quarantine on arrival if you are fully vaccinated. 

 

Passport

Your UK passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date you plan to leave South Africa and have at least two blank pages.

If your passport was issued by another country, check the requirements for travelling to South Africa with the relevant government department.

 

Visa

Most customers can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa.

Check with the South African Department of Home Affairs for an official list of visa-exempt countries.

 

Documents for children

The following documents are required if your child is travelling unaccompanied into or out of South Africa:

  • A copy of their birth certificate or equivalent document
  • parental consent letter(s)
  • A copy of the passport(s) or identity document(s) of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • contact details of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • or where applicable-
    • copy of a death certificate
    • copy of an adoption order
    • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.

If your child is South African, additional documents will be required, even if you’re travelling with them.

Documents required for South African children travelling together with both parents:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate (or equivalent document) showing the details of both parents.

Documents required for South African children travelling with one parent/guardian or with anyone else:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate (or equivalent document) showing the details of both parents.
  • A letter of consent from the parent(s) not travelling with the child.
  • Contact details of the parent(s) not travelling with the child.
  • A copy of the passport(s) or identity document(s) of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) not travelling with the child.
  • or where applicable-
    • copy of a death certificate
    • copy of an adoption order
    • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.

Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth website.

Travel health questionnaire

You must complete your Travel health questionnaire no more than 2 days before arriving and departing South Africa.  The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health

 

Pre-departure test

  • Unvaccinated customers must provide a valid certificate of a negative Covid-19 PCR test,  obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel, or
  • A valid certificate of a negative antigen COVID-19 test performed by a medical practitioner, registered health authority or accredited laboratory, obtained not more than 48 hours before the date of departure

 

Children and young people

Children under 11 do not require a PCR test to enter South Africa. Children aged 12 and over must present a PCR test or proof of vaccination on arrival.

At home NHS PCR tests are not accepted for travel. 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

 

Quarantine

If you tested negative for Covid-19 in the 3 days before arriving in South Africa, you won't need to quarantine on arrival. 

 

Passport

Your UK passport should be valid for at least 30 days beyond the date you plan to leave South Africa and have at least two blank pages.

If you passport was issued by another country, check the requirements for travelling to South Africa with the relevant government department.

 

Visa

Most customers can visit South Africa for up to 90 days without a visa.

Check with the South African Department of Home Affairs for an official list of visa-exempt countries.

 

Documents for children

The following documents are required if your child is travelling unaccompanied into or out of South Africa:

  • A copy of their birth certificate or equivalent document
  • parental consent letter(s)
  • A copy of the passport(s) or identity document(s) of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • contact details of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s)
  • or where applicable-
    • copy of a death certificate
    • copy of an adoption order
    • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.

If your child is South African, additional documents will be required, even if you’re travelling with them.

Documents required for South African children travelling together with both parents:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate (or equivalent document) showing the details of both parents.

Documents required for South African children travelling with one parent/guardian or with anyone else:

  • A copy of the child’s birth certificate (or equivalent document) showing the details of both parents.
  • A letter of consent from the parent(s) not travelling with the child.
  • Contact details of the parent(s) not travelling with the child.
  • A copy of the passport(s) or identity document(s) of the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) not travelling with the child.
  • or where applicable-
    • copy of a death certificate
    • copy of an adoption order
    • copy of a court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child.

Further information can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website or the UK Foreign and Commonwealth website.

Routes where face masks onboard must be worn:

For all services operating to or from the United States, where the federal mask mandate on aircraft has been extended until 18 April, customers aged 2 and above must still maintain masks at all times, unless exempt.

For the following routes to or from the UK, masks are still required for customers aged 12 and above until further notice: Delhi, Islamabad, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Lahore, Lagos, Mumbai, Shanghai, Tel Aviv.

Across our network, we continue to adhere to all regulatory requirements both in the UK and in destination countries.

South Africa airport guides

Cape Town

 Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

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Johannesburg

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

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