ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about | travelling to South Africa | airlines | our vaccination & covid numbers | travelling without quarantine
Here in South Africa, things are looking good as travel becomes a whole lot easier! As more countries open up entry from South Africa for the fully vaccinated, there is no quarantine for most when you fly back home after a shoot and no quarantine when you arrive here. Scoll down for full info. All of Moonlighting staff & many crew are now fully vaccinated and our Covid numbers are decreasing daily as we edge our way towards Summer. We SAFA’s don’t do long winters too well so thank goodness ours is short; everything is open and we’re already enjoying 12 hrs of sunshine a day. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
South Africa is leading the African continent with our vaccination drive which started in April with over 60’s and is now open to all ages from 18+. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are being administered throughout the country. Here at Moonlighting, we can happily say that 100% of us are now vaccinated. FYI – The Cape Town Convention Centre – known to many as the location for many “airport” scenes – is currently playing a major role as one of central Cape Town’s world-class Vaccination Centres of Hope.
FLYING TO SOUTH AFRICA
Flights: Airlines currently operating to South Africa include: Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic
Entry to South Africa is open to all countries subject to a negative Covid test and all usual visa requirements. For more information on what documentation you need, please check with Beccy Kellond or scroll down.
FLYING HOME FROM SOUTH AFRICA
- Most countries have now waived the need for quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning from South Africa. We have included details of many of them here.
- NB – This list is subject to change at any time and is for guidance purposes only. We also add more countries daily as we gather the updated info.
- A person is only considered fully vaccinated after the designated amount of time has passed after their single dose vaccine or second double-dose vaccine. Please check that you have the required, approved vaccination documentation.
|Country||Any quarantine?||Rules for citizens arriving from South Africa|
|Austria||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||As of 15 August, South Africa is no longer considered to be a virus variant country; fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa can now enter the country without having to quarantine. See source site here.|
|Belgium||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated provided you test negative on day 1 or day 2 after arrival.||Travellers arriving in Belgium from South Africa must be fully vaccinated and must take a test on day 1 or day 2 after arrival. If the test is negative, there is no quarantine required. Info can be found here.|
|Canada||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Canadian citizens can enter Canada from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. See source site here.|
|Egypt||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Travellers can eneter Egypt from South Africa without testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See here for info.|
|France||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated; as per source site: “Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure.”|
|Germany||No quarantine||As of 19 September, Germany no longer lists South Africa as a risk country. No quarantine is required for any travellers who present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR test or proof of recovery from Covid. source site here|
|Ireland||No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination, negative PCR or proof of recovery.||as of 21 August, South Africa is no longer on the list of designated states. This means that arrivals from South Africa are not required to quarantine provided you present proof of eiter full vaccination or a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old or proof of recovery from Covid. Info from source site here.|
|Lebanon||No quarantine if fully vaccinated||Arrivals from South Africa are exempt from testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See info here.|
|Netherlands||10 days which may be reduced to 5 days after Day 5 PCR test||As of 4 September, fully vaccinated travellers may enter the Netherlands from South Africa subject to presenting a negative test + mandatory quarantine on arrival. Quarantine may be shortened subject to testing negative for Covid on day 5 after arrival. Info subject to change so please always check; current info from source site here.|
|Norway||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Norwegian citizens can enter Norway from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.|
|Poland||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Travellers from South Africa do not have to quarantine provided they have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine. source site here|
|Sweden||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Swedish citizens can enter Sweden from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.|
|Switzerland||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||Swiss nationals can return to Switzerland from South Africa without quarantine if fully vaccinated. For all other nationalities and statuses, please check|
|UAE||No quarantine subject to negative Covid test||Required for arrival from South Africa – A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility. View source site here.|
|UK||all arrivals from SA must qurantine as per link.||UK residents and citizens may enter the UK from South Africa but they must quarantine for 10 nights in a UK government-arranged quarantine hotel at their own expense. View source site here|
|USA||No quarantine for the fully vaccinated||
Currently only US citizens or those with permanent US residency may travel to the USA if they have been to South Africa within 14 days travel; however, this will open up to all travellers from South Africa in November (details to be confirmed).
All air passengers coming to the USA, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. Once in the USA, travellers must be tested 3 – 5 days after travel. View source site here
SHOOTING IN THE TIME OF COVID
Strict safety protocols have ensured that not one of our many visiting clients have tested positive for Covid while with us. We have streamlined and perfected our remote capability with clients who could not be physically present joining us for every aspect of a shoot – from recce’s and casting through to the shoot itself and even digital safari’s during downtime.
“We were able to have seamless communication with our team in SF who were joining remotely. For us on the ground, we felt 100% safe and would have not changed being on set for anything.” Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism
VISA REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME AS USUAL
Nationals of a visa-exempt country: if you are categorised as “Oversight” (this includes producers, directors, DPs, agency and clients), then you will need to present an Oversight Visa Authority letter to immigration upon arrival, as usual. No need to visit the Embassy. As your service company, we will provide this Letter of Authority for you.
Travellers from non-visa exempt countries and any crew categorised as “specialist” (including talent) will need to apply to their nearest South African Embassy in person for a visa, as before.
For any information on flying to or from South Africa and Visa requirements please contact Beccy Kellond.