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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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.

South Africa is on the red list for entering England. You will only be allowed to enter the UK if you are a British or Irish National, or you have residence rights in the UK. If you’re planning to return to the UK from South Africa, you’re required to take an antigen test from a government-listed service provider. See our antigen page for details on how to buy a Covid-19 antigen test.

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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