Travel and Accommodation Regulations under Alert Level 3


As South Africa has moved to the next Covid-19 alert level - level 3, find out everything you need to know about domestic travel and local accommodation as the MTPA unpacks revised regulations. While our borders remain closed to international leisure tourism and domestic or interprovincial movement remains prohibited except travel with the purpose of work, as we move through each revised alert level, the recovery of the tourism sector is in sight. Progress is made with each step taken as various industries return to their near normal operations. The tourism sector, possibly one of the hardest hit by the global Covid-19 pandemic, while it remains one of the last sectors to see a return to day to day operations, see how the risk adjusted lockdown level 3 will impact our tourism industry.


The country will see a return to domestic air travel limited to the purposes of business or work and the number of daily flights will be regulated subject to authorisation based on the reason for travel.  Domestic flights will be rolled out in a three (3) phased approach which will see commercial airlines able to fly between airports according to the following phases;

Phase 1
  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport
  • King Shaka International Airport, and
  • Lanseria International Airport

Phase 2
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Polokwane International Airport
  • Bram Fischer Airport

Phase 3
  • Kimberley Airport
  • Upington Airport
  • East London Airport
  • Umtata Airport
  • Port Elizabeth Airport

Road Travel

As more South African’s are permitted to return to work and learners return to school, while interprovincial road travel as well as movement between metropolitan or district boundaries is now permitted, domestic road travel remains regulated allowing those who travel to move only for the purpose of business and employment, education, medical reasons or with the intent to relocate.  Whether travelling inter-provincially in private or public transport, while time restrictions on all road-based transport have been lifted, capacity restrictions remain. 

These include:

Minibus-taxis remain at 70% loading capacity.
Buses must adhere to a maximum loading capacity of 50%
eHailing and Metred Taxis can operate at 50% loading capacity
Shuttle, Chauffer and Charter can operate at 50% loading capacity

Car rental companies are now also permitted to operate, authorised on condition that the reason for travel is for the purpose of work, study, family reunion, to take up permanent residency or to receive medical attention in an alternate province. 

All hotels, formal accommodation establishments, B&Bs and guest lodges are once again permitted to host guests during alert level 3, however only on condition that those seeking accommodation are travelling for the purpose of business. 

Other Tourism Services
Other professional services that fall within the tourism sector such as tour guides, travel agents and tourism information officials which include services such as nature guides and conservationists may all return to normal operations. Further to this, public and private game farms may now re-open to guests residing in the same province for day visits and self-drive excursions operating between 06:00 and 18:00 while conferences, events, entertainment activities, casinos and leisure travel remain prohibited.

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