South Africa covid statistics & travel advice

The latest Covid-19 statistics on new cases and vaccine rollout in South Africa plus up-to-date travel advice and resources from government organisations and international agencies.

  • Vaccine rollout (%) Partially · Fully
  • New cases/100k 7-day · 14-day
  • Travel status South Africa · UK

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South Africa Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Below are the latest statistics on Covid-19 vaccinations in South Africa showing the number of people and percentage of the population who are partially and fully vaccinated.

As of 05/12/2021 Number of people Percentage of population
Partially vaccinated 17,840,592 29.7%
Fully vaccinated 14,948,436 24.9%

The Covid-19 vaccination statistics for South Africa is provided by Our World in Data. Last updated on 05/12/21.

South Africa Covid-19 statistics - new cases

The figures below show the average numbers of new cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa recorded in the latest 7-day and 14-day period and the percentage difference from the week before, plus charts showing the numbers of new cases recorded over the past 10 weeks.

Week ending 7-day average 7-day weekly change 14-day average 14-day weekly change
2021-11-21 6.6 97.8% 10.0 54.5%
2021-11-28 53.2 704.1% 59.8 500.5%

New cases 7-day average

The 7-day average number of new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa recorded over the past 10 weeks.

24.1
16
9.6
7.5
5.1
4.2
3.1
3.3
6.6
53.2
26/09
03/10
10/10
17/10
24/10
31/10
07/11
14/11
21/11
28/11

New cases 14-day average

The 14-day average number of new Covid-19 cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa recorded over the past 10 weeks.

65.3
40.1
25.6
17.1
12.6
9.3
7.3
6.4
10
59.8
26/09
03/10
10/10
17/10
24/10
31/10
07/11
14/11
21/11
28/11

The number of newly recorded cases per 100,000 of population for South Africa is provided by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and is updated weekly.

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South Africa travel status

Below is the latest information on the travel and tourism status of South Africa including entry rules, pre-departure & in-destination Covid-19 testing and quarantine requirements plus current status on the UK travel list for returning to the UK.

Are there entry restrictions to South Africa due to the coronavirus?

South Africa is open for tourism from the UK.

Negative PCR or NAAT test results required for arrivals from the UK.

Check out South African Government for more information.

Destination status

  • Open for tourismO
    Open for tourism
  • Vaccine passport acceptedV
    Vaccine passport accepted
  • Test requiredT
    Test required
  • Quarantine excl. vaccinatedQV
    Quarantine excl. vaccinated
  • Test + quarantine excl. vaccinatedTQV
    Test + quarantine excl. vaccinated
  • Fully vaccinated onlyV+
    Fully vaccinated only
  • Test + quarantine requiredT+Q
    Test + quarantine required
  • Quarantine requiredQ
    Quarantine required
  • Closed for tourism/Travel banC/B
    Closed for tourism/Travel ban

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Do I need to quarantine in the UK if I travel from South Africa?

South Africa is on the Red list in the UK.

If you have been in or through South Africa in the previous 10 days, you will be refused entry to the UK unless you are a British or Irish national, or you have residence rights in the UK.

All arrivals who are permitted to enter must quarantine in a government approved hotel for 10 days at their own expense.

A pre-departure test in South Africa is required as well as PCR tests on days 2 & 8 in the UK while in quarantine.

UK status - traffic light system

  • ROW (Rest of the world)ROW
    ROW (Rest of the world)
  • Common Travel AreaCTA
    Common Travel Area
  • Red list countryR
    Red list country
  • International travel banB
    International travel ban

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