Map of South Africa’s “Banned International Travel List”

Updated 19 October 2020

The map below shows which countries are on South Africa’s updated “banned international travel list” which was announced on 19 October 2020. At this stage South Africans cannot visit these destinations, and residents of these countries cannot come to South Africa for leisure purposes.

On the 19th of October the original list of 60 banned countries was reduced to 22, but the share of inbound arrivals considering statistics for overseas arrivals in 2019, has increased from 63.13% to 73.15%, most significantly with the adding of Germany and Italy to the list. This only considers the impact of South Africa’s banned travel list. If you include outbound travel restrictions (such as Australia and New Zealand’s international travel bans) the effect is even more severe, and in effect it is probably closer to 75% or 80% of SA’s overseas travelers that are unable to visit South Africa.

See the full breakdown below.

No. Country Travelers in 2019 Proportion of Total Overseas
1 Argentina 15,553 0.60%
2 Bangladesh 5,813 0.22%
3 Belgium 54,233 2.08%
4 Brazil 77,261 2.96%
5 Canada 66,577 2.55%
6 Chile 5,944 0.23%
7 Colombia 2,318 0.09%
8 France 165,038 6.32%
9 Germany 322,720 12.35%
10 India 95,621 3.66%
11 Indonesia 3,604 0.14%
12 Iran 1,974 0.08%
13 Iraq 363 0.01%
14 Italy 64,764 2.48%
15 Mexico 5,286 0.20%
16 Netherlands 144,071 5.52%
17 Peru 3,919 0.15%
18 Philippines 7,802 0.30%
19 Russia 16,276 0.62%
20 Spain 41,524 1.59%
21 United Kingdom 436,559 16.71%
22 United States of America 373,694 14.31%
Total Banned Countries 1,910,914 73.15%
Total Overseas Visitors in 2019 2,612,159