Lockdown Level 1 in South Africa - what you can and can't do

01 Mar 2021
South Africa's national response to the Covid-19 pandemic and its rules regarding lockdown restrictions have a 'phased approach' that aim to allow the country to slowly and safely emerge from lockdown while also helping the economy to continue to function. 

There are five levels to South Africa's lockdown. At the strictest level of lockdown (Level 5), all non-essential activity outside the home is banned, while at Level 1, the lowest level of alert, all areas of the economy are again opened but with strict safety and social distancing protocols in place. 

South Africa's borders reopen under Level 1 lockdown

On September 16, 2020 the President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move down to a Level 1 lockdown (which crucially meant the reopening of borders after more than six months of closure), later reverting back to Level 3 in December during the second wave. 

As of March 1, 2021 with new coronavirus infections now back at a very low number it was announced that South Africa would again go back to a Level 1 lockdown.

Under the latest Level 1 restrictions, a shorter curfew remains in place (from midnight until 4am) and the restrictions on events and gatherings have been widened. Venues are now allowed to accommodate 100 people for indoor events and 250 people for outdoor events.

Restrictions on the sale of alcohol have also been eased with alcohol allowed to be sold every day of the week.

Five South African airports are now open for international flights: King Shaka airport in Durban, OR Tambo International and Lanseria airports in Joburg, Cape Town International Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga airport.

International travellers to South Africa are required to present a negative test result (conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival) or be subjected to mandatory quarantine in South Africa at their own cost. Passengers are screened at borders and if found to be symptomatic will be required to be tested again and held in quarantine until a new negative test result is received. Visitors to South Africa are also required to download the Covid Alert South Africa Mobile App.
Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. Read more about South Africa's rules on travel to and from 'High Risk' countries here.



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