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Please read all the latest Requirements to enter South Africa

Requirements to enter South Africa

You must check all requirements before heading to the airport.

For more information, please visit the South African Government dedicated page before travelling. 

Travel health questionaire

You must complete your Travel health questionaire no more than 2 days before arriving and departing South Africa.  The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health at: www.airports.co.za.

Pre-departure test

All customers 5 years and above must have a printed negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in South Africa. All negative test results required must contain a time and date stamp and printed as you will be required to produce this to Port Health on arrival into South Africa.

This requirement applies to customers who have already recieved their covid vaccinations and customers who are not vaccinated.

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.

For more information, please visit the South African Government dedicated page before travelling. 

Travel health questionaire

You must complete your Travel health questionaire no more than 2 days before arriving and departing South Africa.  The questionnaire is available from the South Africa Department of Health at: www.airports.co.za.

Pre-departure test

All customers 5 years and above must have a printed negative result from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before arriving in South Africa. All negative test results required must contain a time and date stamp and printed as you will be required to produce this to Port Health on arrival into South Africa.

This requirement applies to customers who have already recieved their covid vaccinations and customers who are not vaccinated.

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.

Following the latest government, World Health Organisation, and industry regulatory guidance, you must wear a face mask or face covering at all times onboard the flight and throughout the airport.

You may only remove the face mask for the following reasons:

  • To avoid harm or injury, or the risk of harm or injury, to yourself or others
  • To eat or drink where it is reasonably necessary to do so, or to take medication

There are some exemptions that apply to the wearing of face masks or face coverings:

  • If you can't put on, wear, or remove a face covering without severe distress, or due to any physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010)
  • If you're travelling with, or providing assistance to, another person who relies on lip reading to communicate
  • Children 11 and under unless you are travelling to/from the US*

*Customers travelling to or from the USA aged 2 and over must wear a face mask at all times in the airport and onboard the flight. The same exemptions apply.

South Africa airport guides

Cape Town

 Cape Town International Airport (CPT)

View airport guide

Johannesburg

O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB)

View airport guide