Do you live in a 'high-risk' country, and you wish to enter South Africa in the coming weeks? In principle, you will have 3 possibilities:


1. With a long-term visa - this will have to be applied for in advance. It has to be one of the ordinary visas, i.e. you will have to qualify for it.
2. With special permission as per Covid regulations. The process is as follows:

The application needs to be made by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will need to contain the following:

  • a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
  • proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;
  • proof of travel itinerary; and
  • proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.

Unfortunately, you will probably not receive a response from this email before your flight. We have heard of travelers who arrived in South Africa with proof that they had sent this email with supporting documents, and they were made to wait at the port of entry (for some hours) until their request was granted by the officials in Pretoria and they were let into the country. You will have to check with your airline whether they will let you onto the flight, however.

3. If you first travel to a low risk country (e.g. transit through SA straight to Namibia) and remain there for 10 days (documentary proof is required), then you will be able to proceed to South Africa with the negative Covid test.