In a statement, the Department of Health clarified the requirements for verifiable vaccination proofs for international travellers. The Health Department noted the incidents at certain ports of entry involving international travellers.
A number of travellers were recently stranded
This follows news of travellers being stranded, with OR Tambo International Airport topping the trends list online. The statement said that travellers presented proofs of vaccination that are “not defined in the current regime of health regulations”.
“According to current regulations regarding the incoming international travellers (Gazette No. 46319), all inbound travellers should present either a valid certificate as proof of vaccination against COVID-19. It is critical that these proofs of vaccination must be verifiable,”the statement read.
Government acknowledged the different types of vaccination proof. Some countries use vaccination cards that have a QR Code while others use certificates with a QR Code as proof.
From 27 May, Government will recognise verifiable proof of vaccination
From Friday, 27 May, Government will recognise all verifiable vaccination proofs with QR Codes – whether it’s paper or electronic.
“The details on the certificate/card should correspond with the information of the traveller as they appear on the passport. However, in cases where the vaccination certificate or card is not verifiable, the Department officials have got the right to contact the relevant embassy or High Commission in South Africa to confirm a type proof of vaccination issued by respective countries,”said the statement.
The Department of Health further reminded travellers that onsite COVID-19 testing services are available at ports of entry. This is for individuals who cannot present their proof of vaccination.
Travellers who test positive for COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms, will be required to self-isolate.
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South Africa is making headway with the adult COVID-19 jabs Deputy Minister in the Presidency Pinky Kekana says that the country is making it to the halfway mark for adult COVID-19 jabs.
While this is a step in the right direction, South Africa is not anywhere close to the 70% of vaccinations the Government was hoping to be at by this stage. On Thursday, 26 May, Kekana was part of a webinar on Government research into COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.
Kekana said that research found that vaccine hesitancy is at 25%, which has dropped by 3%. Read the full story here.