SA will not allow any traveller into the country without a valid Covid-19 test.
Home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this on Wednesday during a media briefing on immigration matters and border law enforcement under adjusted Covid-19 alert level 3. He outlined the government’s intervention procedures as the country expected volumes of people to return to SA between January 2 and 14.
Motsoaledi said the department will deploy an additional 160 officials at the six busiest land ports to process returning travellers until January 14. These are:
Beitbridge border post with Zimbabwe;
Lebombo with Mozambique;
Oshoek with the kingdom of Eswatini;
Maseru Bridge with Lesotho;
Ficksburg with Lesotho; and
Kopfontein with Botswana.
He said another 60 immigration law-enforcement officers will be deployed to support the SANDF at identified high-risk areas along the border where people tend to cross illegally into SA.