February 25, 2020
· Country-Specific Information:
o South Africa has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
o The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) has activated its Emergency Operations Center that is closely monitoring COVID-19 developments. In addition, NICD is performing laboratory testing for the disease.
o Only the Minister of Health Dr. Zwelini Mkhize is designated to officially confirm COVID-19 cases, should they occur in South Africa.
· Entry and Exit Requirements:
o South Africa has no apparent restrictions on travel to and from China. All travelers arriving from China must complete a traveler questionnaire with contact information and recent COVID-19 exposure. There are infrared thermometers and health personnel at all ports of entry (air, sea, and land) for screening passengers.
· Quarantine Information:
o No quarantine procedures are currently in place. South Africa has designated 10 hospitals as primary treatment sites for COVID-2019, if needed.
· Local Resources: o COVID-19 information page on NICD o Department of Home Affairs page for latest information on travel requirements for South Africa
· Other links: o COVID-19 information page on travel.state.gov o CDC page on COVID-19
o Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
The United States Embassy and Consulates in South Africa remain unable to resume routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa services at this time. We will resume routine visa services as soon as possible but are unable to provide a specific date. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-za/niv or call our call center at +27 (0) 87 550 2160 to request an emergency appointment.
Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.