The South African government has revised the list of high-risk countries which are banned from entering South Africa, unless under special circumstances.

The revised list still includes major tourist source countries like the United Kingdom and United States of America. Countries removed from the high risk list, which will now be allowed to visit the country, include Israel and Malta.

“We continue to be reminded that the Covid-19 pandemic is still with us and we need to continue to take precautions,” said a statement from the Department of Home Affairs.

The full list of banned countries includes:

– Argentina

– Germany

– Peru

– Bangladesh

– India

– Philippines

– Belgium

– Indonesia

– Russia

– Brazil

– Iran

– Spain

– Canada


– United Kingdom

– Chile

– Italy


– Colombia

– Mexico

– France

– Netherlands

People from the high risk countries may not travel to South Africa for leisure, but can apply to be allowed in the country if they’re: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international mission in sports, arts, culture and science.

“Nothing has changed as far as all travellers from the continent of Africa are concerned. They are still welcome to visit the country subject to Covid-19 protocols,” read the statement.

Another change is that visitors from European countries on the list, coming to the country for longer than three months will be able to apply for an exception.

People who need to apply must email the following to: [email protected]

(a)       a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;

(b)       proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;

(c)        proof of travel itinerary; and

(d)       proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.

The email address has already received 4 701 applications, mostly from investors in agriculture, manufacturing, mining and tourism. Of these applications, 3 113 have been approved.

“These numbers show that on average, 335 investors a day applied to visit the Republic, sending a strong message that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination,” they concluded.

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