South Africa is open to international visitors for all purposes. Foreign visitors need to bring a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours prior to their arrival, otherwise they have to pay to get tested on-site and wait for a negative result.
Travelers found positive after screenings or testing at the airport will need to go into quarantine for 10 days.
Many countries have suspended travel operations with South Africa and/or travelers who have been to South Africa recently so it can be difficult for foreigners to find a flight back home.
The strain of COVID-19 first spotted in South Africa and that has widely spread there is of concern for most national and international health organizations.
After the first lot of AstraZeneca proved to be ineffective against the South African strain of the virus, vaccine rollout was halted for a while.
Only recently the country has started administering the first lot of 80,000 doses they received from Johnson & Johnson. The country is expected to receive a total of 20 million doses in the next few months. (Source)
New COVID strain from South Africa has been reported in 20 countries already. Therefore, lots of countries are imposing travel bans and airlines are canceling flight routes to South Africa.
The current infectious rates are really high and South Africa records between 15 – 20,000 cases each day.
South Africa remains open for tourism with PCR tests required but traveling to and from South Africa is not recommended.
South America remains fully open for tourists with PCR tests required. The current COVID situation is unstable and as of December 9, there were 6700 new confirmed cases recorded.
Many tourism-related industries have shifted their focus from international to internal tourism. This has proven to be a somewhat successful effort in some countries, and South Africa is looking to duplicate the success of these nations.
This is being done via the creation of a formal marketing campaign, “It Is Your Country, Enjoy It,” which is geared explicitly towards improving domestic tourism. This is particularly the case for Cape Town, one of the largest international tourism locales in the country.