Covid-19 vaccination or a negative covid-19 test result is a prerequisite to gaining entry into a country, and South Africa is no different.
In the latest Covid-19 regulations, it is explained that international travellers must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and produce a valid vaccination certificate upon arrival in the republic. However, this has caused some confusion among travellers.
The point of confusion is related to the phrase ‘proof of vaccination’ with travellers confusing this for a vaccination card. A vaccination card is given to a person at the time they are receiving a Covid-19 vaccination.
Travellers must be able to produce proof of vaccination in the form of a vaccination certificate with a valid QR code. This QR code is crucial in the determination of whether someone is vaccinated or not.
The Department of Health (DoH) says they did not anticipate that travellers will attempt to enter South Africa with a vaccination card.
Alternatively, travellers may produce a valid negative PCR Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours before the date of departure.
Travellers also have the option of producing a valid negative antigen Covid-19 test result performed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory obtained not older than 48 hours before the date of departure.
The Covid-19 vaccination or testing requirement does not apply to travellers who are under the age of 12 years and daily commuters from neighbouring countries.