Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has approved essential travel for South Africans who want to return to countries where they are based.
This follows consultations with the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC).
Wait a minute though, before you pack your bags, there are certain conditions that must be met.
SOUTH AFRICANS PERMITTED TO TRAVEL FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS
South Africans who wish to leave the Republic are permitted to depart for the following reasons only:
- 2. Study;[*]3. Family reunion;[*]4. Take up permanent residency; and[*]5. Receive medical attention.
South Africa, like many countries in the world, has implemented travel restrictions as part of the measures put in place to fight the spread of COVID-19. Travel between countries is, however, allowed under special circumstances.
HERE'S WHAT YOU WILL NEED ACCORDING TO HOME AFFAIRS
South Africans wishing to return to the countries where they reside should have the following:
A copy of their valid South African passport;
- A letter confirming their admissibility under the current circumstances from the embassy or other diplomatic/consular representative of the country they want to travel to. If returning by road or connecting via flights, the proof submitted needs to include permission from each transiting country; and[*]Proof of means of travel such as air or bus tickets and the intended date of departure.
South Africans who fall in these categories and satisfy the criteria can send an email to Covid19travel@dha.gov.za.
An email will be sent to travellers who meet the criteria to enable them to proceed with their travel arrangements. Those applying as a group can send one email with the supporting documents for each member of the group.
REPATRIATED CITIZENS ASK DIRCO IF THEY CAN LEAVE SA
Just after returning home, a few South Africans have requested to go back to their previous residences in other countries.
On Thursday 21 May, Dirco Minister Naledi Pandor, put her foot down saying:
"We cannot compel countries to take back persons, and they cannot open their borders because South Africa asks them to do so… No, we will not be assisting those who wish to return to the countries they were repatriated from after the lockdown."
Pandor said DIRCO has repatriated over 5 000 South Africans and are still to assist more.