No More Travel Quarantine! Countries Fully-Vaccinated South Africans Can Visit

South Africa has now administered over 7.5 million vaccines, of which 3 million people have been fully vaccinated. As a result, many countries are opening their borders to South African citizens and residents.

At this rate, South Africa has been able to vaccinate approximately 220 000 people a day, reflecting estimates communicated earlier this year – See the previous article if you missed it.

In the coming weeks, the vaccination rate is likely to increase significantly as more vaccine doses arrive in the country – and the 18 – 34 age group can begin vaccinating – causing more countries to open their borders to vaccinated South Africans.

GREAT NEWS! Here is a list of the countries South African citizens and residents can enter for holiday or business if fully vaccinated:

Germany, France, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.

Continue reading below for more details about the requirements, which are subject to change without notice.

Germany:

Passengers can enter Germany (without quarantining) if they have:

  •  A COVID-19 vaccination certificate that displays they have been fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca(Vaxzevria), Janssen (Johnson & Johnsons’), Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) at least 14 days before departure. 
  • A COVID-19 recovery certificate, issued at least six months before the first vaccine dose.

For certificates to be accepted, the certificates must be in English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, and travellers cannot arrive from China (People’s Rep.)

Children younger than 12 can enter the country (without quarantining) provided a fully vaccinated parent that meets the above requirements accompanies them. 

You can receive more information on travel to Germany at: www.bundespolizei.de/Web/DE/04Aktuelles/01Meldungen/2020/03/200317_faq.html

France:

To enter France without quarantine, fully-vaccinated South African citizens and residents will need to provide a certificate of vaccination that shows:

  • Receipt of the first vaccine dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson’s) at least 28 days before arrival; or
  • The second vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech at least seven days before arrival; or
  • The first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria), Covishield, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech at least seven days before arrival and proof of any previous infection with COVID-19.

Children under 18 years old – and accompanied by a parent that meets the above criteria – can enter France without quarantining.

Iceland:

COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most six months before arrival. The certificate must be an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State or must be a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

Norway:

Passengers should have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated or a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued no later than six months before arrival in Norway.

To be accepted, the certificate must be an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State or must be a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

Portugal:

Passengers entering Portugal must have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated or a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued at most six months before arrival. The certificate must be an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State or must be a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden. The above also applies to passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certifícate (EUDCC).

Sweden:

To enter Sweden, South African citizens and residents will need to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. Alternatively, travellers can provide a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued no later than six months before arrival.

To be accepted, the certificate must be an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State or must be a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

The same also applies to passengers with an EU Digital Covid Certifícate (EU DCC).

Switzerland:

To enter Switzerland, South African citizens and residents will need to provide a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated. Alternatively, travellers can provide a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued no later than six months before arrival. To be accepted, the certificate must be an EU Digital COVID Certificate with a QR code issued by Switzerland or an EEA Member State or must be a certificate with a QR code issued by Denmark, Norway or Sweden.

You can find more details about entering Switzerland from South Africa at: https://tinyurl.com/hyk4cbj7

United States of America: 

South African citizens or residents entering or transiting through the USA must have a negative COVID-19 test taken no later than three days before departing from their first embarkation point. Only antigen, NAAT, TMA, RT-LAMP, or RT-PCR tests will be accepted. The certificate must also include the passenger’s full details such as name and DOB and must match the information stated on the passport or other travel document.

Furthermore, the test result must specify “negative” or “not detected”. Test results marked as “invalid” will not be accepted.

For those who have been fully vaccinated, the following applies:

Have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate displaying that they received the first vaccine dose of AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson’s, Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech at least 14 days before departure, and a COVID-19 recovery certificate issued no later than six months before the first vaccine dose.

The above criteria do not apply to children under the age of two.

Additionally, this does not apply to passengers with a medical certificate that displays a positive COVID-19 test result. The test must be taken at most three months before departure from the first embarkation point and should accompany a letter issued by an applicable health authority stating that the passenger is cleared for travel.

In such instances, the test result must specify “positive” or “detected.” If the test is marked “invalid”, it will not be accepted.

Finally, arriving passengers must complete a disclosure and attestation form before departure. The disclosure form can be obtained at:

https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/attachment-a-global-passenger-disclosure-attestation-2021-p.pdf or https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/pdf/Fillable-Attestation-English-p.pdf

To ensure your entry is permitted when travelling to countries on this list, consider your transit points.  Additionally, all entry requirements must be re-checked and confirmed by your travel agent and airline before departure.

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