SAFARI TRAVEL ALERT

What you need to know about travel to and from South Africa:

From 26th January 2021, South African citizens are now not allowed to travel to the USA because of new Covid-19 regulations put in place by President Biden. However, USA citizens are still allowed to travel to South Africa and return to the USA.

The protocol for travel from the USA to SA and back are as follows:

  • Travelers need to present a negative Covid-19 test to the airlines before travelling. The Covid-19 test should not be older than 72 hours of date and time of travel.
  • On returning, all travelers must present a negative Covid-19 test to the airline no older than 72 hours of date and time of travel, to be allowed travel on flight scheduled for the USA.
  • Quarantine: In some cases, travelers might need to self-quarantine at home. This is not currently required but might be regulated by some States.

COVID-19 TESTING REQUIRED FOR US ENTRY

Effective January 26, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers entering the United States (including US citizens and legal permanent residents) to present a negative Covid-19 test, taken within three calendar days of departure or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.

Airlines must confirm the negative test result or proof of recovery for all passengers two years of age and over prior to boarding.

Airlines must deny boarding of passengers who do not provide documentation of a negative test or recovery.

Please see CDC’s FAQ for answers to questions about the new requirement for proof of negative Covid-19 test or recovery from Covid-19 for all passengers arriving in the US.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEW COVID-19 VARIANT?

The SA Covid-19 strain is said to be 50% more contagious, but not more deadly than the original strain.

Washington – US biotechnology firm Moderna said lab studies showed its Covid-19 vaccine would remain proactive against variants of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.

But out of caution, the company will test adding a second booster of its vaccine – to make three shots in total – and has begun pre-clinical studies on a booster specifically for the 501Y.V2 variant.

COVID-19 INFECTIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

As of 26 January 2021, South Africa is on the recovery path after their second wave of infections. They are showing a downward curve of Covid-19 infections. All their schools are to reopen in the second week in February 2021.

South Africa started with their vaccination programme on 1 February 2021 and government aims to do 10 million within the first month.