South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, while addressing the nation, revealed that the country will reopen its borders from October 1, but with restrictions.
He also announced that the country will move to alert level 1 lockdown from midnight on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
The President revealed that travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are deemed high risk.
He said only three airports will be opened for international travel. These include King Shaka International, OR Tambo International and Cape Town International.
A limited number of border posts will remain open at South Africa’s land borders.
Ramaphosa said careful screening of international travelers at airports and border crossings is essential to prevent infected visitors from entering the country and contributing to the spread of the virus.
On arrival, travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure. All travelers will be screened on arrival.
Those presenting with symptoms will be required to have a COVID-19 test. Where necessary, travelers will need to enter mandatory quarantine facilities at their own cost. Travelers will also need to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.
“We are ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travelers to our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence.
“In preparation for the re-opening of our borders, South African missions abroad will open for visa applications and all long-term visas will be reinstated,” he said.