South Africa

South Africa travel safety and lockdown information

Travel and Flight Restriction 12 Nov 2021
Travel Information 22 Jul 2022
COVID-19 Data 26 Oct 2022
Total Cases 4,026,786
New Cases 349
New Cases (per 1 million citizens) 5.88
Transmission Rate n/a
COVID-19 Risk
COVID-19 Hazard & Exposure 4.1
Socio-Economic Vulnerability 4.3
Health Conditions 6
Access to Health Care 5.3
Infrastructure 5.3
Lack of Coping Capacity (Hazard-Independent) 5.2
Lack of Coping Capacity 4.7
COVID-19 Lack of Coping Capacity 4.2
COVID-19 Risk 4.7
COVID-19 Risk Class Medium
Rank 69
COVID-19 Total Vaccination 37,783,368
COVID-19 Daily Vaccination 5,993
COVID-19 Vacc. (per 100 citizens) 63.08
COVID-19 Daily Vacc. (per 1 million citizens) 100
Vaccination by Manufacturer
Date Vaccine Total Vaccinated
28 Oct 2022 Pfizer/BioNTech 28,506,758
28 Oct 2022 Johnson&Johnson 9,283,392
Air Transport, Passengers Carried 8.4
Point of Entry 6
Access to Cities 5
Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (per 100 people) 2.1
Internet Users 4.6
COVID-19 Vulnerability 5.6
Hazard and Exposure
Drinking Water 1.2
COVID-19 Hazard & Exposure 4.1
Population Living in Slums 2.9
Lack of Coping Capacity
Corruption Perception Index 5.6
Hospital Bed 6.6
Health System Capacity 7.15
Immunization Coverage 6.27
Health Capacity Specific to COVID-19 4.2
COVID-19 Lack of Coping Capacity 4.2
Indicator Data
Human Development Index 0.7
Incidence of Tuberculosis (per 10,000 people) 567
Malaria Incidence (per 1,000 people) 3.97
Estimated Number of People Living With HIV (%) 18.9
Air Transport, Passengers Carried 23,921,748.07
Mobile Cellular Subscriptions (per 100 people) 159.93
Total Population 58,558,267
Land area (sq. km) 1,213,090
Year Type Total Affected Total Deaths
2017 Drought / Drought
2017 Flood 200 3
2017 Storm / Convective storm 7,436 20
2017 Wildfire 5,500 9
2019 Drought / Drought 750,000
2019 Flood 4,500 98
2019 Storm / Convective storm 20 4
2020 Flood / Flash flood 200 3
2020 Storm / Convective storm 210 10
2021 Drought / Drought 12,000,000
2021 Flood 400 31
2021 Storm / Convective storm 8,837 23
2021 Storm / Tropical cyclone 3,200 4
2022 Flood 143,119 562

South Africa latest travel restrictions. Omicron travel ban

European Union health ministers will discuss the coronavirus pandemic and the spread of the Omicron variant on Tuesday, but are not expected to make any decision on easing travel restrictions, three sources told Reuters.

Late in November, EU states agreed to impose travel curbs on seven southern African countries after they reported several cases of the Omicron variant, which is considered highly infectious.

Bloomberg News, citing one diplomat familiar with the matter, reported on Monday that EU health ministers at a meeting on Tuesday may agree on the need for a PCR test for vaccinated third-country nationals from that region, which could allow some travel bans to be eased or lifted within a week.

The travel ban "was meant always as a time-limited measure", one senior EU official told Reuters, adding however that there was no plan at the moment to lift it. "We are not yet working in that direction."

Another two EU sources familiar with the work of health ministers said no decision on travel bans was expected at Tuesday's meeting.

Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe are the southern African countries that have been targeted.

South Africa has criticized the travel ban which it said penalized the country for having the expertise to first identify the variant. The United States, Britain, and many other countries imposed bans similar to those of the EU.

World Health Organization (WHO) advice issued after the emergence of the Omicron variant warns against blanket travel bans, which it says will not stop the global spread.

It adds that they "place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods."

They can adversely impact global health disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data," it says.

It says countries should apply what it calls a "risk-based, time-limited" approach.

After the pandemic began in 2020, the WHO made clear it didn't generally support travel bans, as they were "usually not effective."

It said: "Travel measures that significantly interfere with international traffic may only be justified at the beginning of an outbreak, as they may allow countries to gain time."