Sumary of South Africa travel rules: Can I go on holiday there and what tests do I need?:
- As of 11 October, South Africa is no longer on the UK’s red list for international travel.
- This means that travellers coming into Britain from South Africa no longer have to quarantine for 11 nights in a government-mandated hotel, at a cost of thousands per person – making a holiday there a much more appealing prospect, just in time for winter.
- Foreign nationals may visit South Africa for any reason, including tourism.
- You must arrive with a paper copy of a negative PCR test result (South African authorities recommend printing a few of these as you may have to show them at various stages of your trip), taken within the 72 hours prior to your departure from the UK. This is regardless of vaccination status.
- You’ll also need to fill out a health questionnaire before travel, and thermal screening is in place at South African airports.
- In terms of package holidays and tours, tour operators such as Trailfinders never stopped offering future travel to South Africa for those who wanted to book ahead.