South Africa travel advice

Explore Covid-19 statistics relating to new cases and the vaccine rollout in South Africa plus up-to-date travel advice on entry requirements from government agencies.

  • Entry requirements for South Africa
  • Vaccine rollout (%) Fully vaccined
  • New cases/100k 7-day

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Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Below are the latest statistics on Covid-19 vaccinations in South Africa showing the number of people and percentage of the population who are partially or fully vaccinated.

As of 25/12/2022 Number of people Percentage of population
Partially vaccinated 23,970,891 39.9%
Fully vaccinated 21,038,797 35%

The Covid-19 vaccination statistics for South Africa is provided by Our World in Data. Last updated on 25/12/22.

Covid-19 statistics - new cases

The figures below show the average numbers of new cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa recorded in the latest 7-day period and the percentage difference from the week before, plus charts showing the numbers of new cases recorded over the past 10 weeks.

Week ending 7-day average 7-day weekly change
2023-01-01 1.9 -29.8%
2023-01-08 1.3 -31.9%

New cases 7-day average

The 7-day average number of new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa recorded over the past 10 weeks.

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5.4
6.7
5.8
3.7
3.9
2.2
2.7
1.9
1.3
06/11
13/11
20/11
27/11
04/12
11/12
18/12
25/12
01/01
08/01

The number of newly recorded cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa is provided by Our World in Data and is updated weekly.

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Entry requirements & travel restrictions

Below is the latest information on the travel and tourism status of South Africa including entry requirements and the rules on pre-departure Covid-19 testing and quarantine.

Are there entry restrictions to South Africa due to Covid-19?

South Africa is open for tourism from the UK. There are no special entry requirements for South Africa.

Check out South African Government for more information.

  • Open for tourismO
    Open for tourism
  • Open for vaccinated arrivalsO*
    Open for vaccinated arrivals
  • Quarantine for unvaccinatedQ*
    Quarantine for unvaccinated
  • Vaccination requiredV
    Vaccination required
  • Test or vaccination requiredT|V
    Test or vaccination required
  • Quarantine requiredQ
    Quarantine required
  • Test requiredT
    Test required
  • Test + vaccination requiredT+V
    Test + vaccination required
  • Closed for tourismC
    Closed for tourism

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Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from South Africa?

You do not need to quarantine on arrival in the UK from South Africa. The UK no longer requires a passenger locator form, Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination.

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