On Monday, the government released its revised list of high-risk countries based on a risk categorisation model…

“The review of the list of high-risk countries was done in such a way that it strikes a balance between saving lives and protecting livelihoods,” said a statement from The Department of Home Affairs.

The department said that it had approved 3 113 applications in the first two weeks after Coronavirus restrictions were moved to Level 1. “These numbers show that on average, 335 investors a day applied to visit the Republic, sending a strong message that South Africa remains an attractive investment destination,” noted the department.

Current Covid-19 infections in South Africa

On Sunday, 18 October, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases stood at 703 793 with 1 662 new cases identified since the last report. With a recovery rate of around 90%.

The total number of Covid-19 related deaths was at 18 471.

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Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize and his wife shared a statement to say that they had contracted the virus on Monday.

“I was feeling abnormally exhausted and as the day progressed, I started losing appetite,” tweeted Dr Zweli Mkhize. “My wife had a cough, was dizzy and extremely exhausted. Given her symptoms, the doctors advised that she must be admitted for observation and rehydration. I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus. I wish to take this opportunity to urge all South Africans to continue adhering to health protocols.”

African visitors allowed

While all travellers from the continent of Africa are welcome to travel to South Africa, there are still limits regarding international travellers. These are based on Coronavirus infections, and the risk they could pose to South Africans.

There are, however, exceptions when it comes to business travel.

“People from high risk countries who may visit SA fall in the following categories: business travellers, holders of critical skills visas, investors and people on international mission in sports, arts, culture and science,” said the statement.

European investors & long term visitors allowed

The government also noted that there are a lot of European property investors who travel to the country during the summer season. (They are often referred to as ‘swallows’)

“We appreciate the significant economic contribution that they make through their activities in the country,” noted the department. “To this end, we will also allow visitors, in whichever category, who are coming to stay for a three month period or more subject to Covid-19 protocols.”

How to apply to enter South Africa

People who need to apply must direct email requests to: Covid19BusinessTravel@dha.gov.za, supported by:

  • a copy of passport and/or temporary residence visa;
  • proof of business activities to be undertaken in the Republic;
  • proof of travel itinerary; and
  • proof of address or accommodation in the Republic.

The latest list of high risk countries includes:

Argentina

Germany

Peru

Bangladesh

India

Philippines

Belgium

Indonesia

Russia

Brazil

Iran

Spain

Canada

Iraq

United Kingdom

Chile

Italy

USA

Colombia

Mexico

France

Netherlands

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