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Last updated 4 October 2021
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. Please see the government website for the latest travel updates to South Africa.
Covid-19 antigen tests are not accepted for those travelling to South Africa from the UK. Alternatively, you can test for Covid-19 using one of our PCR test kits which must be taken no more than 72 hours before departing the UK. Failure to provide a negative Covid-19 test may result in travellers being refused entry to South Africa.
From 4am on Monday 4 October 2021, the rules for international travel to England have changed from the red, amber, green traffic light system to a single red list of countries and simplified travel measures for arrivals from the rest of the world. The rules for travel from countries and territories not on the red list will depend on your vaccination status. Fully vaccinated travellers can book a day 2 test with free delivery. Not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated travellers can book their return antigen tests and day 2 and 8 travel packages with Medicspot. Further details can be found on our Covid test page.
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.
Travellers from the UK to South Africa are required to take a negative PCR test 72 hours before their flight.
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.
The price of a Covid-19 test is £75 if you are travelling to South Africa. This covers both the PCR test and a Fit to Fly certificate.
Yes. Medicspot tests and Fit to Fly certificates are recognised by both South Africa airlines and the South African government.
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.
Potentially. If you fail to provide a negative PCR test you may have to quarantine in a government-appointed facility, at your own cost.