South Africa has re-opened its borders to all international tourists, including any travellers from the UK.
However, that doesn’t mean that Brits will be able to go on holiday just yet – at the time of writing the country will still be off limits to Brits as the Foreign Office advises against all non-essential travel to the country.
South Africa began re-opening its borders to visitors in October although at the time it selected a number of countries, and the UK was left off the list after being deemed too ‘high risk’ due to numbers of coronavirus cases.
Now, the country’s authorities have opened borders to all international visitors, including those who want to visit for tourism purposes.
Any visitors heading to South Africa will need to provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure.
At the moment, South Africa isn’t currently on the UK’s travel corridors, and the Foreign Office advises against non-essential travel.
The FCDO explains: “The South African government now allows international travel to and from South Africa for any purpose, including tourism. However, the FCDO continues to advise against all but essential travel to South Africa based on the assessment of COVID-19 risks.
“There are strict health protocols in place. You should ensure you understand and can comply with these protocols before travelling. You should read Entry requirements in full before you travel.”
Still, if South Africa is eventually added back to the UK’s travel corridors it will be one of the destinations where Brits don’t need to quarantine on arrival.
The FCDO also advises travellers that anyone who does head to South Africa should bring several paper copies showing proof of a negative Covid-19 test as they may be required to present it at various points throughout their journey.
It warns: “If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you may be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility at your own cost.”
You can get more information and see the latest updates in the FCDO South Africa travel advice.