02 February 2021

Over the past few weeks, South Africa has seen a steady decline in new infections and meaningful decreases in hospitalizations. South Africa’s recovery rate, at around 90%, remains one of the highest in the world.  The second wave has peaked as the 7-day moving average numbers continue to decline.  Alert Level 3 has been relaxed – beaches are open, liquor sales are open and the curfew has been reduced.  Also, the country’s first consignment of the vaccine arrived on 01 February and will be administered without delay.


Below, is an update on present conditions in South Africa.

  • South Africa requires arriving passengers to present a PCR Covid-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognized facility which is not older than 72 hours
  • Currently, clients who have received the vaccine prior to their arrival in South Africa are still required to present negative PCR certificate
  • Those without a negative certificate will be required to remain in mandatory quarantine at their own cost for the period of ten days


Many countries (USA included) require proof of negative test certificate for returning residents.   Most airlines also require proof of the negative test certificate.  Please be sure to check with your international airlines prior to travel.


South Africa’s major cities, through laboratories or mobile facilities, are able to provide PCR test results in 24 hours or less.  Many mobile stations and some drive-through testing facilities have been set up in major cities.   At both Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport and Cape Town International Airport, mobile test stations are on hand. Trans Africa Safaris’ guides will assist departing clients with these test arrangements.


The cost of these PCR tests in the cities and larger towns is around R850 (US$57). Certain hotels and lodges offer an in-house testing option at an additional cost.


Whilst the current appetite for travel is subdued, as the vaccine roll-out around the world gains momentum, we believe that this will improve significantly.  Presently. we are suggesting single country visits.  When including multiple countries, testing requirements can be onerous, expensive and frustrating.


We know these are extremely trying times and the pandemic is causing immense anxiety.  We have comprehensive, up-to-date information on all Southern and East African destinations that we service; the latest COVID-19 requirements, health & safety protocols as well as what testing facilities are available in-country, and at the individual properties.


Requirements are changing frequently and we urge you to contact us on for the latest information.