South Africa: COVID-19 Travel Information

Information for flying from the UK to South Africa

This information is provided for customers flying to South Africa from the UK. From here you can see the latest infection numbers, entry requirements, travel restrictions, and availability for flights and hotels. South Africa Currently has a traffic light status of green. and PCR entry test requirements are listed as: PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)

South Africa is currently the 7th most popular travel destination from the UK which is the same as last month.

South Africa
Traffic Light Status: green

Please select your vaccination status below as this will change the entry restrictions and return requirements listed on this page.

Return to UK: Green Requirements

Passenger Locator Form Not Required
Pre-departure Test at Destination Recommended
Hotel Quarantine Not Required
Self-isolation Not Required
Test to Release Not Required
Antigen Testing Not Required
Further Covid Testing Not Required

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Antigen and PCR tests with fit-to-fly certifcates.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Status Open from the UKOpen from the UK
Tests PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)PCR Required, Should not be older than 72 hours(Book Online)
Quarantine Not RequiredNot Required

Additional Restrictions

Mask Required in some cases
Public Transportation Operating
Restaurants Open
Disclaimer: The information on this page is provided by a third-party and therefore we can not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information. It is imperative that you confirm entry restrictions, either from the UK Government website, or your travel operator.
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Current Time in Cape Town (legislative): 16 May 2022 06:25 am
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1 Pound Sterling (GBP) = 19.84 Rand (ZAR)
SameSame as last month
Current Travel Popularity: 7/230
UK to South Africa

COVID-19 Statistics

Total Cases 3,891,793
New Cases 4,344
Population 60,703,335
Last Updated 16 May 2022 04:21am

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What Covid-19 tests can I buy at Vivo Clinic?

VIVO Clinic offers both postal and in-clinic PCR Tests for travel to SOUTH AFRICA, as well as Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests) to check for current infection of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2). The test results are recognised for travel, and you are provided with a Fit to Fly certificate via email which is what airlines will need for you to fly.

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What are the differences between PCR and Antigen (Lateral Flow Tests)?

Below is a summary:


  • With both tests, our clinic experts take nasal and throat swabs
  • Both accurately detect and report a current Covid-19 infection


  • A PCR test searches for Covid-19 coronavirus RNA. Where this is detected, a positive result is detected
  • PCR tests are also available in a RT-PCR format, Vivo Clinic supplies to this standard
  • An Antigen test searches for Covid-19 antigens
  • An Antigen test has a lower cost out of the two and although highly reliable, has a lower accuracy level than a PCR test

How do I find a Vivo clinic near to me?

Visit and you can view all Vivo clinics.

Do I have to take a Covid-19 test to travel?

Travelling abroad requires proof that you are free of Covid-19. Negative results from PCR or Antigen Covid-19 tests will be sent a fit-to-fly certificate.

Can I book tests for me and my family?

Yes! Book, for up to six people at a time.

What is a fit-to-fly certificate?

A fit-to-fly certificate contains all the information you need to prove your Covid-19 health status and your “fitness to fly”.

Do you need an instant Fit-to-Fly certificate for your South Africa trip? (e.g., urgent business trip, visiting a relative, etc.) In urgent situations, you should buy our premium service. With this service, we will instantly send your fit-to-fly certificate via email and SMS, with an easy-validation QR code.

Will Vivo Clinic send me a fit-to-fly certificate?

Provided your PCR or Antigen test result is negative, YES. Our CQC registered lab will email your results to you.

What information will the fit-to-fly certificate contain?

The Fit to Fly travel certificate provided to you will include your full name, date of birth, laboratory and test credentials, passport number, time and date of sample, and time and date of the report. This should be all the airports and South African clearance authorities need.

Can I order a PCR or Antigen home test?

Yes, Vivo Clinic sell lots of home tests, buy them at these links – PCR test kits and Antigen test kits. Buy these tests online and use them for home testing. Home tests are every bit as effective as an in-clinic test and give what you will need for your trip to South Africa.

Is your laboratory certified or regulated?

Yes, the Vivo Clinic laboratory is registered with and regulated by the Care Quality Commission. Our certificate number is CRT1-4708702735.

How long do in-clinic test appointments take?

Allow about fifteen minutes for your appointment, start to finish.

What happens at the test appointment?

Here is an appointment overview:

  • The appointment takes about 15 minutes
  • Nasal and throat swabs are collected by Vivo Clinic staff
  • We need to complete a form containing contact and personal information
  • A fit-to-fly certificate will be produced from information provided at the appointment
  • Our experienced staff are available throughout the appointment for support and guidance

Do I need to bring my passport to the clinic?

Yes, a valid in date passport is needed for the named person completing the test.

I recently tested positive for Covid-19; can I still visit the clinic?

If you have been infected recently with Covid-19 to be safe you should order home tests for your South Africa trip at these links – Antigen and PCR. Equally, if you have symptoms or are currently self-isolating, we also recommend home tests.

Do you publish travel information on other countries?

Yes, visit our travel advice portal. Here you will:

  • Country-specific guidance content, all in a similar format to this South Africa page
  • Advice about Covid-19 restrictions and rules for over 200 countries
  • Guidance about local legislation, regulations/guidelines, and entry requirements
  • Is the country open to visitors, or is it closed?



South Africa's has re-opened its airports and land borders, and domestic restrictions are being lifted.

Can I Travel to South Africa?

  • Flights to South Africa have resumed from all countries, and land borders are open.
  • All arrivals must complete a registration form.

Do I need to go into quarantine when arriving to South Africa?

  • Quarantine is not required when arriving to South Africa.
  • Quarantine may be required if tested positive upon arrival.

Are COVID-19 tests required to travel to South Africa?

  • All arrivals to South Africa will be required to present a negative PCR test, no older than 72 hours, or self-quarantine.
  • Fully vaccinated arrivals are exempt.
  • A health screening will be conducted upon arrival.
  • All travelers must present valid health insurance.

Is public transportation open in South Africa?

Public transportation in South Africa is operating.

Are restaurants and bars open in South Africa?

Restaurants and bars in South Africa are open.

Are businesses and attractions open in South Africa?

  • Non-essential businesses and attractions in South Africa are open.

Do I need to wear a face mask in South Africa?

Wearing face masks is required in some public places and on public transportation.

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