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In light of the new measures adopted by the South African Government regarding the gradual reopening of borders, from 1 October 2020 temporary entry into South Africa (for a maximum of 90 days) is allowed to passengers from Italy who have not stayed in the previous 10 days in countries considered “at high epidemic risk” (the list is available at the following link: minister-of-home-affairs-regarding-the-reopening-of-borders-and-services-during-alert-level-1  and will be updated every two weeks). Entry into South Africa is subject to the display of a negative Covid-19 test carried out no earlier than 72 hours prior to departure. The visa requirement also remains in force at the moment, even for short stays, reintroduced for Italian citizens last March. South African Embassies and Consulates around the world will be able to receive visa applications.

The visa free status of citizens of some countries and territories was temporarily suspended at the start of the lockdown period. In line with the commitment of Government to take urgent steps to address the economic and tourism stagnation brought about by the outbreak of Covid-19, the visa free status of citizens from Italy has been reinstated

However, it should be noted that according to the Italian legislation in force (DPCM of 7 September 2020), travel to and from South Africa is allowed only in the presence of precise reasons to be proven by means of a specific self-declaration, such as: work, health or study reasons, absolute urgency, return to your home, home or residence. Therefore, travel for tourism is NOT allowed.