COVID-19 Information

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