DO YOU NEED TO ISOLATE AT A STATE IDENTIFIED FACILITY WHEN RETURNING TO SA?

Anyone entering SA will be subject to screening and may be placed under mandatory quarantine for a minimum of 14 days.

You CAN secure permission to self-quarantine at a place that complies with certain criteria.

If you wish to be placed under self-quarantine you must submit a written application to the Director General: Health, 72 hours before your intended date of travel. This application must include:

  1. Particulars of the place and address where self-quarantine will take place;
  2. Written declaration committing to all the conditions of self-quarantine;
  3. Copy of your ID document or Passport;
  4. Contact details where you will be reachable during the quarantine period;
  5. Details of your itinerary for the last 30 days.

If permission is not granted, or if granted and the conditions are breached, you will be placed in a state identified quarantine facility.

The Director General of Health can also exempt certain persons from having to self-quarantine. These persons include:

  1. People arriving to attend funerals;
  2. People who cannot undergo quarantine for medical reasons;
  3. Cross border truck drivers;
  4. Commuting school learners, students, educators and persons transporting them.

CRITERIA FOR SELF-QUARANTINE AND SELF-ISOLATION:

  1. Separate well ventilated bedroom with a bathroom and toilet (or a residence not shared with persons who are not subject to quarantine)
  2. Meals served in the room in disposable utensils (or utensils that are separate and are washed properly if there are persons who are not subject to quarantine)
  3. Support from friends or family that can facilitate the drop off of food and medicine at the gate if they are not able to make use of online shopping facilities and contactless deliveries;
  4. Thermometer that will allow him or her to measure his or her temperature daily;
  5. Access to the internet and a phone that allows the daily reporting of symptoms;
  6. Access to a private physician that he or she can contact should he or she be in need of medical advice or care; and
  7. A contact number where he or she can be reached during the period of self-quarantine or self-isolation.

FOR THOSE LEAVING SOUTH AFRICA:

  1. When leaving you will be subjected to screening;
  2. Anyone with a temperature/symptoms will be subject to medical examination (which may include testing) and a decision will be made as to whether they can leave or not
  3. Persons found to have COVID 19 may be subject to mandatory isolation.
  4. These persons can self-isolate if they meet the criteria above.