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the United States Travel Restrictions

63,20% of citizens have been vaccinated increase from 62,65% last week
Most visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United States.

the United States entry details and exceptions

Citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions, will be allowed to enter the United States.

Please find list of entry suspension for certain countries based on the last proclamation.


Outgoing travel to the United StatesTravelling from South Africa to the United States

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Visitors from South Africa must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours before departing to the United States.

Details and exceptions

This applies to ALL incoming air travelers even those who have been fully vaccinated.

Children under the age of 2 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test results.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors from South Africa are not required to quarantine after entering the United States.

Details and exceptions

Travelers are recommended to quarantine between 7-10 days after arrival in the US.

A COVID-19 test is recommended to be taken 3-5 days after arrival. If the test is negative, it is recommended that travelers quarantine for 7 days. If the test is positive, they should self-isolate until recovery.

Travelers should check quarantine requirements for the specific states they are going to as some states may still have mandatory quarantine for incoming international travelers.


Return travelReturning to South Africa from the United States

COVID-19 testing requirements
Test type

Travellers returning from the United States must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) test taken 72 hours before departure to South Africa.

Details and exceptions

traveler with no proof of a negative COVID-19 test result will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and if positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate at their own cost, for a period of 10 days.

Children under the age of 5 are exempt from presenting a COVID-19 test.

Quarantine requirements

Visitors returning from the United States are not required to quarantine upon entering South Africa.

Fully vaccinated visitors with approved vaccination certificates do not need to quarantine.

Details and exceptions

Travelers who display any COVID-19–related symptoms must be tested on arrival. In the event that the result of the COVID-19 test is positive, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days. The cost of testing and quarantine will be on the travelers' expense.

Documents
Health Declaration Form

Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Other COVID-19 restrictions for the United States

Masks:Recommended in public spaces and public transportation.
Restaurants:Open with restrictions
Bars:Open with restrictions

FAQs

  • Most foreign visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United States. Please check the official guidelines from the United States for permitted groups and exceptions to the entry restrictions.

  • Fully vaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United States.

  • Unvaccinated visitors from South Africa will not be allowed to enter the United States.

  • Mask usage in the United States is recommended in public spaces and public transportation.

  • Restaurants in the United States are open with restrictions. Bars in the United States are open with restrictions.

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