Covid Test for South Africa

If you are travelling from the UK to South Africa, it is crucial to have the right health documentation. Medicspot offers Covid testing and doctor certification, ensuring you are safe to travel from the UK to South Africa.

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Latest Updates

As of 1 March 2021, there are restrictions on passengers arriving in the UK from South Africa in response to the new variant of Covid-19. Direct flights between South Africa and the UK have been suspended. Visitors arriving into England who have been in or transited through South Africa in the previous 10 days will not be permitted entry. Click here for more information on the entry requirements to South Africa. 

As of 8 January 2021, South Africa is affected by a new variant of Covid-19. The South African authorities have said that this variant is potentially more contagious. As such, visitors travelling or returning to the UK from South Africa will be subject to restrictions.

As of 4 January 2021, the UK government has prohibited all international travel without a legally permitted reason for departure.

South Africa Travel Advice

Which Covid-19 test do I need to travel to South Africa?

If you are travelling to South Africa, you must have taken a negative Covid-19 PCR test. You should carry several paper copies of your test result as you may be required to provide a copy more than once.

How long before my flight to South Africa should I take a Covid test?

Travellers from the UK to South Africa are required to take a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.

Do I need any additional documentation to travel to South Africa?

The usual travel restrictions to South Africa also apply. You will require a valid passport, South African passport or Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs). If you are travelling to South Africa with children under the age of 18, consult the South African Department of Home Affairs.

How much does a Covid-19 test cost for travel to South Africa?

The price of a Covid-19 test is £149 if you are travelling to South Africa. This covers both the PCR test and a Fit to Fly certificate.

Are Medicspot Covid tests approved by South Africa?

Yes. Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are recognised by both South Africa airlines and the South African government.

What documentation will I get following my Covid test in order to meet South Africa travel requirements?

If your Covid-19 test is negative, Medicspot will provide you with a negative PCR test as well as a Fit to Fly certificate. This documentation will be provided within the 72 hour testing requirement window.

Will I have to quarantine upon arrival in South Africa?

Potentially. If you fail to provide a negative PCR test you may have to quarantine in a government-appointed facility, at your own cost.

Disclaimer All information is provided as guidance only. Ultimate responsibility for ensuring tests meet travel requirements lies with the traveller. Medicspot cannot be held liable for the advice provided here, given the changing nature of the government guidelines and the testing environment.

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