With South Africa now in the grip of its third wave of COVID-19, those with the means to travel abroad will be pleased to know they’ve got a few dozen options to choose from. As of Friday 18 June, there are 44 ‘green list’ countries that permit travel to and from South Africa, with no quarantine requirement needed at either point of your destination.
Green list reveals unrestricted destinations for South Africans
This is likely to change in due course. COVID-19 cases are soaring in South Africa, but crucially, it would appear that this latest surge is not the dreaded ‘Delta Variant’. The mutation originally found in India is driving a resurgence in several major locations, but it seems that Mzansi has dodged this particular bullet.
However, the countries that feature on Skyscanner’s green list for South Africa won’t just wave any of us through. Many require you to provide negative PCR tests, and you’ll also be screened for symptoms at a majority of airports. Some places are also preparing to welcome visitors who are fully immunised against the virus.
Where can we travel to, quarantine-free?
The list is as comprehensive as we can get. There are still NINETY countries that haven’t provided guidance on whether South Africans can visit on a quarantine-free basis. A total of 29 countries have ‘moderate restrictions’ in place against Mzansi, whereas 84 government have imposed the strictest possible measures against SA travellers.
- So if you’re ready to take flight, here’s where you can travel to as a South African, with an extremely high degree of freedom:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Costa Rica
- DR Congo
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- The Gambia
- Ivory Coast
- North Macedonia
- Republic of Congo