A list of countries now open to fully vaccinated South African travellers


South African Travellers
Northen Lights, Tromso, Norway. Photo by Lightscape on Unsplash

After being one of the most restricted countries during the first half of 2021, (with close to 120 bans) travel prospects might just be returning for South Africans – who are fully vaccinated, of course.

The collaborative information project, Sherpa, reveals that at least ten European countries are currently open to all fully vaccinated South African travellers. Only travellers who have completed their full dose or course f vaccines and have received a vaccine that is approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) – are considered fully vaccinated and eligible to enter the following countries:

  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Montenegro
  • Lithuania
  • Estonia
  • Iceland
  • Norway

While a negative Covid-19 test certificate may still be required for South African travellers to enter, fully vaccinated visitors will not be required to quarantine open arrival. Unvaccinated visitors are allowed to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine but will be required to undergo additional Covid-19 testing and acquire mandatory travel insurance. While Albania and North Macedonia are two of the only countries in Europe that allow unvaccinated travellers (including South Africans) to visit.

The United Kingdom (UK) remains off-limits to South African travellers regardless of their vaccination status. While the USA recently added South Africa back on to its ‘Do Not Travel List’ on Tuesday, “This week, the following Travel Advisories have been assessed and reissued with updates, raised to a Level 4 – Do Not Travel,” the State Department said in a media note. “Bhutan, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone [and] South Africa.”

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