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Are there currently restrictions on travel to Upington related to COVID-19?
Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Upington along with the rest of South Africa. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: South Africa is expecting to reopen its borders to international commercial flights on October 1.
South Africa has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not South African nationals and foreign nationals with valid residence permits.
South Africa has suspended all flights into the country except for flights authorized by the Ministry of Transport and flights for medical evacuations, humanitarian aid, emergency landings or refueling stops.
Travelers can transit without a visa to South African international airports on their way back to another country, providing they remain airside and have not been in any ‘high-risk’ countries since March 15, 2020. However, travelers should be aware that international flights from South Africa are limited.
Travelers cannot transit South African airports on their way to third countries, if traveling from any ‘high risk’ countries.
Nationals of South Africa who arrive in the country will be subject to medical screenings including temperature measurements and will need to quarantine for 10 days. Airline crew will also be subject to quarantine laws as applicable.
Travelers are now able to apply to self-isolate at a place of their choosing as long as it complies with the criteria set out by the Department of Health. This application must be submitted 72 hours prior to the intended date of travel to the Department of Health. If you are looking to book a trip to Upington and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about traveling during COVID-19.