[Updated]: South Africa: Updated Country Alert Level

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

This article was originally published on 4 Feb. 2022 and was updated on 25 April 2022 to reflect new information.  

25 April 2022 Update: On 5 April 2022, the government of South Africa lifted the country’s national state of disaster, resulting in reduced internal COVID-19 measures and easing of travel entrance requirements for international travelers. International travelers will be permitted to enter the country for business and tourism purposes. All travelers should provide proof of the following: 

  • If the traveler cannot provide proof of vaccination certificate or negative PCR test result, they must undergo rapid antigen testing upon arrival. If the traveler tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to undergo a 10-day quarantine period.

For more information on internal border restrictions, check here.  

Key Points 

  • South Africa moved to alert level 1 on 31 Jan. 2022  
  • Updated entry requirement for international travelers  


On 31 Jan. 2022, the government of South Africa approved the changes to adjust to alert level 1 COVID-19 regulations. Under these regulations, international travelers will be permitted to enter the country if proof of the following can be provided:  

  • A negative COVID-19 test certificate, recognized by the World Health Organization. The certificate must be obtained within 72 hours of departure; 
  • Undergo rapid antigen testing upon arrival if the original certificate is lost or cannot be verified by the South African authorities 

For additional information on entrance requirements and alert level 1, click here.  

What are the Changes? 

The government of South Africa will move to alert level 1 based on the levels of vaccination within the country. This change will reduce internal restrictions. International travelers will be permitted to enter South Africa under certain testing requirements.  

Looking Ahead  

Continue to check the government of South Africa’s website and Envoy’s website for the latest updates and information.  

Content in this publication is for informational purposes only and not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an attorney at one of the two U.S. Law Firms working with the Envoy Platform or another qualified professional. On non-U.S. immigration issues, consult an Envoy global immigration service provider or another qualified representative.