Who do we test?
A number of airlines and countries have imposed requirements on passengers from South Africa because we are considered a high COVID-19 risk by many countries. These countries require travellers to provide proof that they have recently tested negative for COVID-19 before they will be allowed to enter that country. For more information: IATA news.
What does the PCR test consist of?
The purpose of a PCR test is to detect the presence of genetic material (RNA) from the COVID-19 virus in your nasal or oral cavity. A sample is taken from your nose and throat using a swab. Our laboratory partners will perform this test and make sure that the results are available within 24 – 48 hours. You will then receive the result in the form of a certificate in English by e-mail.
Does the test result guarantee entry to my destination country?
You can find out whether restrictions apply to your destination via this IATA website. The requirements and guidelines vary from country to country and also change regularly. It is important for you to check the current status yourself (e.g. on your destination country website) and whether any additional certificates are required. You should follow the information provided by your travel agent or airline.
What if you test positive?
If you test positive, you will not be allowed to travel by your airline / destination country. You will have to self-quarantine for ten days from the date of your positive test.
JANNIE OTTO SAFARIS WILL ASSIST WITH SELF-QUARANTINE ACCOMMODATION
Arrival in South Africa
Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.
Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveller will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.
Departure from South Africa
Some international commercial airlines are requiring that passengers produce a certificate of a negative Covid-19 test that has been conducted within 72 hours (sometimes 96 hours) of departure.
The same may be required when arriving at any transit airport/country.
JANNIE OTTO SAFARIS WILL MAKE ARRANGEMENTS FOR YOU TO TAKE THE COVID-19 TEST, AND RECEIVE THE REQUIRED COVID-19 TEST CERTIFICATE ON DEPARTURE.
Covid-19 tests cost between R850 to R1,200. Here’s where to get one done:
PathCare is offering tests specifically for travel purposes at any of its 67 testing facilities nationwide. The turnaround time is 48 hours and results will either be sent via e-mail or a hard copy can be collected from your nearest branch.
Travellers will need to present their ID and provide their passport number and passport expiry date, which will be captured on the report. Find a full list of nationwide testing facilities and contact details here.
Lancet is offering Covid-19 tests that are accepted for travel purposes without a doctor’s referral. The turnaround time is 24-48 hours and results will be sent via SMS or e-mailed to you upon your request.
You will need to present your ID and pay for the test upfront. Find a full list of dedicated testing sites in each province, their contact details and operating hours here.
You can do a Covid-19 test for travel purposes without a doctor’s referral but will need one if you plan on claiming back from your medical aid.
Results will be available within 24 hours. After doing the test you will be sent a link to register for Patient Results on the Ampath website where you will be able to access your results. Alternatively, you can request your results to be e-mailed to you.
You will be required to present either an ID or passport for identification purposes. Find a list of dedicated testing sites in each province, their contact details and operating hours here.