Global travel alerts

There are new travel restrictions and requirements in place to help stop the spread of coronavirus and its variants. Check gov.uk/travel-abroad page to help plan your journey.

  • You must check the entry requirement for your chosen destination before you travel. You may be required to evidence your COVID-19 vaccination status and/or show a negative PCR test result. 
  • You will need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test within 72 hours of your return journey to England. Anyone testing positive prior to travel will not be permitted to travel back into England, will be required to follow local rules for isolation – you could incur additional costs during this period. 
  • Ensure you book COVID tests and complete relevant documentation (such as Passenger Locator Forms) for your destination and return to England. 
  • Those who have returned from red or amber list countries will be required to quarantine in a hotel (red) or at home (amber) for 10 days and take tests on or before day 2 and on or after day 8 of their quarantine. 
  • Those who have returned from green list countries will be required to take tests on or before day 2. Tests and quarantine must be booked prior to your return to the England. 

You must follow these rules even if you have been vaccinated.

From 4am 19 July the rules for fully vaccinated* travellers arriving to the UK from a medium-risk, amber list country change. 

You'll only need to book and pay for a PCR Covid-19 test which must be completed on or before day 2 and there will also be no need to quarantine. As long as you satisfy the below requirements: 

  • Have not been in a red list country in the 10 days before you arrive in England
  • Declare on your Passenger Locator Form that you have been fully vaccinated
  • Show proof of your vaccination status on the NHS app or an NHS letter to our airport staff when you travel 

We recommend you check directly with your destination's embassy or immigrations office to confirm you are eligible to travel.

Failure to comply with the above measures is a criminal offence and you could be fined. Please visit www.gov.uk/uk-border-control for detailed public health advice and requirements for entering the UK.

Find out what list the country you’ve been in is on and what you need to do.

South Africa travel alerts

South Africa alerts and entry requirements correct as of 16:00 GMT on Monday 14th June 2021

There are currently no urgent travel alerts for South Africa

Always check travel advice for the country you're travelling to, even if you're returning home.

🔴 South Africa is on the UK Government's red list. Find out what this means on our UK travel advice page.

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.

 

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.

Pre-departure test

All customers 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 also applies to customers who have already recieved their covid vaccinations.

At home NHS PCR tests are not accepted for travel. 

 

Find out how to book your Covid-19 tests

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

 

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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