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17. September 2020

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on progress in the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic

On 16 September 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa updated South Africans on developments in government’s COVID-19 response and the path to economic recovery.

"Just as we have acted together to defeat this virus, we must roll up our sleeves and get to work rebuilding our economy. We have a mammoth task ahead of us. It will take the combined effort of each and every South African to restore our nation to prosperity and development. This is now the task of our generation and our work starts today", the President said.

Regarding international travel, this is what he said:

“With the move to alert level 1, we will gradually and cautiously ease restrictions on international travel.

We will be allowing travel into and out of South Africa for business, leisure and other travel with effect from 1 October 2020.

This is subject to various containment and mitigation measures:

  • Travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that have high infection rates. A list of countries will be published based on the latest scientific data.
  • Travellers will only be able to use one of the land border posts that have remained operational during the lockdown or one of the three main airports: King Shaka, OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airport.
  • On arrival, travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.
  • Where a traveller has not done a COVID-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
  • All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.
  • All travellers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

In preparation for the re-opening of our borders, South African missions abroad will open for visa applications and all long-term visas will be reinstated.”

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Watch the whole video message here!

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