You will now need a travel document before leaving or entering South Africa


South Africans will soon be required to obtain a travel pass before leaving or entering the country after international travel.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced that the country will introduce a new online traveler reporting system from November 2022, with OR Tambo International being the first airport to implement it.

Movement of passengers

Sars said the new system aims to simplify the movement of passengers in South African airports Across the country.

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According to Sars, the new system requires all travellers, including South African citizens and residents, children and infants, leaving or entering South Africa by air to complete and submit an online Traveler Declaration, as well as receive a pass before travelling.

Collection of travel information

Sars said the new traveler declaration process is an online system that collects travel information and returns a traveler pass via email.

“On arrival in South Africa, there will be instructions at the airports that will guide and inform travelers on what to do.”


“The new South African online traveler declaration system will be rolled out to all South African international airports from OR Tambo International Airport in November 2022,” Sars said.

Sars added that the new online South African traveler declaration system will be added by other international airports in the first quarter of 2023.

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