South Africa welcomes Indian tourists again after the long lockdown due to COVID-19. Indian business or leisure travelers can visit South Africa while following safety protocols set against the spread of coronavirus. Since March 2020, South Africa has sealed its international borders in the wake of global coronavirus spread.
From November 23, Indian travelers must send their tourist visa applications to nearest VFS Global Office, as per the Consulate General of the Republic of South Africa. Airports that are operational with international flights are Johannesburg; King Shaka International, Durban, O.R. Tambo International, and Cape Town International Airport.
International visitors have to follow the recommended safety norms –
- They have to provide a negative PCR (Polymer Chain Reaction) test report conducted within 72 hours before heading to the country.
- If the test report can’t be furnished, travelers need to be self-quarantined.
- If travelers have to cross through the ‘yellow fever belt’ or visiting from that parts of Africa or South and Central America; they need to furnish a vaccination certificate.
South Africa Tourism Chief Executive Officer, Sisa Ntshona said, “We are excited by the full opening of our international borders because this is a strong testament of the fact that we are open for both business and leisure travel.” He further added, “This opening brings certainty for South Africa, as a travel destination putting us back on the map and on the radar for many travelers who want to come explore our beautiful country.”
Travelers from India have to carry documents such as a passport with 30 days’ validity having blank pages, hotel booking proof, two passport size photographs, a daily itinerary, a complete visa application, valid air tickets, three months bank statement, and a balance of minimum INR 3,000. A self-attested cover level with stay and trip duration details is also required.