The withdrawal of Visa Exemptions for travellers from COVID-19 High and Medium risk countries as determined by the World Health Organisation (WHO)
FIRSTLY, THE VISA EXEMPTION OF PASSPORT HOLDERS OF THE FOLLOWING HIGH RISK COUNTRIES HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
- United States of America
*NB! It should be noted that NO foreign national departing from these countries will be allowed to enter the Republic of South Africa at present.
SECONDLY, VISAS ISSUED TO PERSONS FROM THE FOLLOWING HIGH RISK COUNTRIES HAVE BEEN CANCELLED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT:
- People’s Republic of China
THIRDLY, THE VISA EXEMPTION OF PASSPORT HOLDERS OF THE FOLLOWING MEDIUM RISK COUNTRIES HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN:
- Hong Kong
The above however do not apply to foreigners form these countries who on or before 15 March 2020 were already in South Africa.
Furthermore, a foreigner who departed or transited through one of the above-mentioned high risk countries and entered South Africa on or after 15 February 2020 is required to immediately notify a medical practitioner in order to be tested for COVID-19.
South African citizens, PR holders and Refugees of South Africa returning from identified risk countries will be subjected to extensive screening on arrival.
Lastly, any foreign national who is already in the Republic and whose country of origin is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or who, in order to reach his or her country of origin needs to transit through a country which is affected by COVID-19, and whose short term temporary residence visa is due to expire / will expire during the national lockdown in South Africa or has already expired since 01 December 2019, will be allowed to re-apply for such a visa provided they meet all the prescribed requirements, without the need to first obtain a letter of good cause / FORM 20 (Authorisation for an illegal foreigner to remain in the country pending an application for status). Visas valid until 31 July 2020 may be issued to such applicants.
Similarly any foreign national whose long term temporary residence visa will be expiring during the national lockdown in South Africa, will be allowed to apply for a visa without the need to first obtain a letter of good cause / FORM 20.
These are temporary measures currently put in place and applicable until further notice.