The South African government have announced a move to back to Level 1 national lockdown measures from 1 March 2021. Borders were opened for International travel from 1st October, 2020 and this is still in place with limitations on land borders and travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are deemed high risk. The government has also revised the curfew again, which is now from 12am to 4am.
Cargo is still moving via airfreight, however capacity is constrained and limited to freighter flights and some passenger aircrafts (if South Africa hasn’t been banned due to the increase in infections). Ports are still fully operational. Domestic road freight is also facing significant delays due to roadblocks and the varied interpretations of existing regulations. Cross-border road freight to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and The Democratic Republic of Congo are moving with some delays due to capacity and at the borders. There are still 33 land border posts that will remain closed, while the other 20 will remain open. The government has also restricted export of essential goods, such as masks, sanitizer and vaccines etc. Export of these items requires an export permit from Department of Trade and Industry.