COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information Last updated: July 26, 2021 For non-U.S. citizens seeking information about current travel restrictions affecting travel to the United States, please see https://za.usembassy.gov/visas/ *** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, ...
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The United States Provides Vaccine Rollout Support in South Africa

Press Release | April 8, 2021 The U.S. government is continuing to support the Government of South Africa’s COVID-19 response with an additional R45 million ($3 million) of funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This assistance will be used to support vaccine distribution, field hospitals, and data surveillance as South Africa’s fight ...
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Praise for US-SA Cooperation in Fighting Pandemic

The Citizen |18 Mar 2021 | Brian Sokutu Medical experts have credited the collaboration of the SA and US governments, which was behind the successful Johnson & Johnson vaccine trial roll-out that has seen President Cyril Ramaphosa and thousands of front-line healthcare workers in line for immunisation. The rolling out of the single-dose vaccine with ...
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New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions for the United States

Press Release | January 28, 2021 Effective at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 30, 2021, entry into the United States will be suspended for all foreign nationals who were physically present within the Republic of South Africa during the 14-day period preceding their travel to the United States. This Presidential Proclamation is being ...
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CDC Expands Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement to All Air Passengers Entering the United States

Media Statement January 14, 2021 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test to all air passengers entering the United States.  Testing before and after travel is a critical layer to slow the introduction and spread of COVID-19. This strategy is consistent with the current phase of ...
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Partnership Sparks Local Production of COVID-19 Protective Equipment

South Africa, 8 October 2020  – Over a hundred thousand locally produced COVID-19 masks are helping to save lives in a high need area in the Western Cape, thanks to an innovative partnership between the U.S. government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the British High Commission in Pretoria to support ...
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U.S. Department of Defense aircraft delivers critical supplies for the COVID-19 response in South Africa 

Press Release | August 15, 2020 The U.S. government has delivered approximately $340,000 (R5.9 million) worth of personal protective equipment to the South African National Department of Health (NDoH).  The equipment, delivered via C-130 military aircraft and consisting of masks, gloves, medical gowns, and sanitizing supplies, is bound for Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and ...
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The United States Provides Oxygen Support to South Africa

Press Release | July 15, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional US$3.5 million (R59 million) to support the National Department of Health’s (NDoH) oxygen supply, demand, and reticulation strategy and their efforts to procure supplies and equipment needed for critical care beds.  The funds will ...
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The United States Expands Ventilator Support to South Africa to Battle COVID-19

Press Release | July 6, 2020 The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered a second shipment of 100 ventilators to South Africa to assist with its national response to COVID-19. “Patients deserve the best possible care we can provide. Ventilators are an important part of supporting that care, which ...
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Press Release: Update On Visa Operations

In response to significant worldwide challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of State temporarily suspended routine visa services at all U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide beginning March 20, 2020, and that suspension continues at this time. The U.S. Mission to South Africa will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but is unable to provide a specific date at this time. Please ...
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All-of-America, including U.S. Business, Supports South Africa in Fight against COVID-19  

In addition to providing South Africa with direct support from the U.S. government of more than R410 million to fight COVID-19, our “All-of-America” approach is assisting South Africa through the generosity of American citizens, including private businesses. Globally, American businesses, nonprofit groups, charities, faith-based organizations, and individuals have committed more than R120 billion in donations ...
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U.S. government adds R250 million to its support to South Africa to combat COVID-19 

Press Release | April 22, 2020  The United States government through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committing funds to support South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new tranche of global health funding of $13,200,000 (R250,000,000). This brings this total United States government commitment to the COVID-19 response ...
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United States stands firm on its commitment to help the world fight Covid-19

Opinion Editorial News24 2020-04-17 09:10 Just as the US has made the world more healthy, peaceful, and prosperous for generations, so will we lead in defeating our shared pandemic enemy, and rising stronger in its wake, writes US ambassador Lana Marks. The story of US leadership in the global battle against Covid-19 is a story of ...
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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (March 18, 2020) Location:  South Africa Event: The government of South Africa has implemented enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice.U.S. citizens who are considering returning ...
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