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 lockdownOn September 16, 2020 the President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa would move down to a Level 1 lockdown. Under Level 1 a curfew remains in place (from midnight until 4am) but crucially the restrictions on events have been widened significantly with venues now allowed to accommodate 50% of their normal capacity (up to 250 people for indoor gatherings and 500 people for outdoor gatherings). Funerals remain restricted to 100 mourners.
In addition to the change in restrictions on events, which come into force from Monday September 20, on October 1 South Africa's borders will finally reopen again to the world.
Travellers arriving by air will only be allowed to arrive at King Shaka airport in Durban, OR Tambo International in Joburg or at Cape Town International Airport. International travellers to South Africa will be 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 will also be 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 will also be 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.