As of 11 October, South Africa is not on the UK’s pink listing for worldwide journey.
Which means that travellers coming into Britain from South Africa not should quarantine for 11 nights in a government-mandated lodge, at a value of 1000’s per individual – making a vacation there a way more interesting prospect, simply in time for winter.
However is South Africa letting UK travellers in?
Right here’s what we all know to this point.
Can UK arrivals enter South Africa?
Sure. International nationals might go to South Africa for any cause, together with tourism.
You should arrive with a paper copy of a unfavourable PCR check consequence (South African authorities suggest printing a number of of those as you’ll have to point out them at numerous levels of your journey), taken inside the 72 hours previous to your departure from the UK. That is no matter vaccination standing.
“It must be carried out by a licensed medical practitioner, and may have the identify and signature of the practitioner who carried out the check marked clearly on it, in addition to the time at which the pattern was taken,” learn the rules on the gov.uk web site.
In case you fail to current this, you’ll have to pay to take an antigen check on the airport you have got arrived at, and in case you check optimistic you’ll have to quarantine for 10 days at your personal expense.
In any other case, arrivals with a unfavourable check consequence are free to proceed with their travels.
You’ll additionally must fill out a well being questionnaire earlier than journey, and thermal screening is in place at South African airports.
Are flights and holidays working to South Africa?
Sure – flights are working with the foremost airways, albeit a barely lowered service. Virgin Atlantic, for instance, is presently working three flights every week to Johannesburg however none to Cape City, although this may occasionally change within the coming months.
British Airways has a number of flights per week between London and Johannesburg, however none to Cape City.
When it comes to package deal holidays and excursions, tour operators comparable to Trailfinders by no means stopped providing future journey to South Africa for individuals who wished to ebook forward.
“Trailfinders sends extra UK guests to South Africa than another tour op. After it was faraway from the pink listing late final Thursday, our South Africa enquiries instantly elevated considerably, the vacation spot was as soon as once more again in our high 10 hottest final week,” a spokesperson instructed The Impartial.
As of 11 October, the International Workplace has additionally eliminated its recommendation in opposition to all however important journey to the nation, so British travellers shouldn’t have any downside getting a legitimate journey insurance coverage coverage to cowl their journeys.
What’s the Covid scenario like on the bottom?
South Africa has been easing its journey restrictions previously few weeks.
On 30 September President Ramaphosa introduced that the nation would transfer from an alert Degree 2 to Degree 1 in a bid to spice up financial exercise – the night-time curfew has been lowered to midnight-4am, and no alcohol is bought after 11pm.
You need to put on a masks in public locations, and on public transport – refusing to take action is a prison offence – and numbers are restricted on buses and trains.
Inner flights are working inside the nation, and it’s essential to put on a face masks on all flights at current.
What about coming again to the UK?
Since South Africa is now off the pink listing, and on the symbolic ROW (“remainder of world”) listing, totally vaccinated UK travellers solely must ebook a day two PCR check for his or her return, taking it and sending it off for outcomes inside the two days after touchdown.
Unvaccinated travellers or those that have solely had one jab might want to self-isolate for 10 days on return, plus take an extra PCR check on day eight of quarantine.