South Africans can now return 'home'



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Following President Cyril Ramaphosa's virtual announcement declaring the downgrade of the national lockdown to Alert level 3 as of the 1st of June, South Africans received another update.

This time from Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.  

Motsoaledi made the announcement that South Africans who are based in other countries but are currently 'stranded' in SA due to travel restrictions, can now return to the countries where they are based.

This comes after consultations with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the National Coronavirus Command Council.

There are certain conditions, however.

Those wanting to leave the country may only depart for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Employment;
  • Tertiary studies;
  • To reunite with family members abroad;
  • To immigrate, and
  • To receive medical attention.

Furthermore, these individuals will also need the following documents -  

  1. A copy of their valid South African passport;
  2.  A letter confirming their admissibility under the current circumstances from the embassy or other diplomatic/consular representative of the country they want to travel to. If returning by road or connecting via flights, the proof submitted needs to include permission from each transiting country.
  3. Proof of mode of transportation (such as air or bus tickets) as well as the intended date of departure.

Those who meet the above requirements can send an email to [email protected] and await email confirmation from the department before proceeding with their travel arrangements.

People applying as a group have the option of sending one email with the supporting documents for each member of the group.

Didn't watch the president's national address last night? Watch it here