Covid News & Updates
Covid related travel restrictions and requirements are constantly changing in every country. This page will always be updated with the latest travel, vaccine and testing requirements, as well as general restrictions and the overall situation in Cape Town and South Africa.
frequently Asked questions
- South Africa’s international air borders are open with the only requirement being a negative PCR test, visa (if normally required) and a completed arrival form.We urge all students to travel with sufficient Medical Cover for their stay in South Africa.
- All international travellers arriving at the above airports must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
- There are no travel restrictions within South Africa, other than adherence to government protocols, including limited-sized gatherings (250 people indoors and 500 people outdoors).
- South African Immigration and Visa Laws are as per pre-COVID regulations.
- Testing is widely available in SA through private laboratories, airports, and private providers. There is a testing centre 300m from the school, for your convenience!
- The cost is between R400 – R850 and takes around 24hrs for results.
- Regulations require mandatory wearing of masks plus social distancing of 1.5m in public. Temperature checks, hand sanitising and contact registration is mandatory at entry of all establishments.
- Private healthcare in South Africa is world-class. Private healthcare facilities such as Mediclinic, Life Healthcare and Netcare have high doctor to patient ratios. We strongly urge all students to enter South Africa with sufficient travel and medical insurance.
- Day-to-day life in Cape Town has adjusted to a new normal, where protocols are strictly adhered to, whether you’re visiting the grocery store or having a meal at a restaurant. South Africa has instituted strict health and hygiene protocols for hospitality establishments. They include social distancing, limited gathering size, hand sanitising, obligatory mask wearing, recording of contact details for track and tracing purposes and temperature checks.
- Residents and visitors may attend conferences, go out for a meal with friends and family, travel across the country with ease to the extent where it feels very safe and normal for us to travel.
- Students and staff are required to sign in, get temperature checked and sanitise their hands every morning when they arrive at school.
- Students and staff are required to wear masks at all times when in the school. Classrooms have been set up with social distancing measures in place.
- Hands free hand sanitisers are available all throughout the school. Classrooms are sanitised during break times and after school.
- Students’ time in communal areas are minimised and students are encouraged to leave the school premises once their classes are done for the day.
- If a student tests positive during his/her course, they must immediately go into quarantine.
- The student’s course end date will automatically be extended. If the student cannot extend their stay in Cape Town, they will be offered extra make-up/PSP/online lessons. This will be determined case by case.
South Africa consistently ranks as a favourite destination for travellers seeking a soul-stirring escape featuring wide-open spaces, fair weather year-round, life-changing outdoors experiences and value for money.