Temporary measures in respect of foreign nationals in light of the COVID-19 epidemic:

Withdrawal of Visa Exemptions for travellers from
COVID-19 High and Medium risk countries as determined by the World Health Organisation
(WHO)

VISA EXEMPTIONS WITHDRAWN FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES:

  • Germany
  • Italy
  • South
    Korea
  • Spain
  • United
    Kingdom
  • United
    States of America
  • France
  • Switzerland

*NO foreign national departing from these countries will
be allowed to enter the Republic of South Africa

Visas issued to persons from the following countries in
terms of section 10(9) of the Immigration Act, 2002, has been cancelled with
immediate effect:

  • Iran
  • People’s
    Republic of China

In terms of Section 10A(4)(c) of the Immigration Act,
2002, the Visa Exemption of passport holders of the medium risk countries has
been withdrawn:

  • Hong
    Kong
  • Portugal
  • Singapore

South African citizens, PR holders and Refugees of South
Africa returning from identified risk countries will be subjected to extensive
screening on arrival.

Any foreign national who is already present in the Republic
and originates from a country which is affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or
who, in order to reach such destination of origin needs to transit a country
which is affected by COVID-19, and whose temporary residence visa is due to
expire or has already expired, will be allowed to re-apply for such a visa
provided they meet all the prescribed requirements. Visas valid until 31 July
2020 may be issued to such applicants.

Any foreign national who originates from a country which is
affected by the COVID-19 outbreak or who, in order to reach such a destination
of origin needs to transit a country which is affected by the COVID-19, and who
is the holder of a temporary visa which expired since 01 December 2019 and
those which will be expiring up to 31 March 2020 will be allowed to re-apply
for such a visa without the need to first obtain FORM 20 (Authorisation for an
illegal foreigner to remain in the country pending an application for status)

These are temporary measures and is applicable until further
notice.

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