Update for the weekend

27 Mar 2020

The Embassy is in touch with other Nordic embassies and the EU group regarding the question of exploring options for Swedes in South Africa who wish to return to Sweden. The situation however remains unchanged, which means that all passenger flights and other passenger transport in and out of the country is cancelled during the lockdown which has now entered into force and which will last until 16 April 2020. If there are any changes to this we will put information up on our website and in our social media.

The Embassy is in touch with other Nordic embassies and the EU group regarding the question of exploring options for Swedes in South Africa who wish to return to Sweden. The situation however remains unchanged, which means that all passenger flights and other passenger transport in and out of the country is cancelled during the lockdown which has now entered into force and which will last until 16 April 2020. If there are any changes to this we will put information up on our website and in our social media.

 

The Embassy wishes to thank all Swedes in South Africa who have already registered on the list of Swedes present in South Africa. Those who haven’t yet done so we ask to kindly do so as soon as possible on this link: https://www.swedenabroad.se/sv/svensklistan/, and to download the Ministry for Foreign Affairs’ app UD Resklar and to activate push notifications to receive updates. Learn more about UD Resklar: https://www.swedenabroad.se/sv/om-utlandet-för-svenska-medborgare/reseinformation/ud-resklar-mobilapp/

 

We ask all Swedes in the country to follow instructions from South African authorities during the lockdown. South African authorities have the right to take the measures they deem necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 and it is now up to each and everyone to follow the rules that apply during the lockdown. This means that everyone should stay in their homes and leave only for trips to by food or medicines, or for doctor’s appointments.

 

For Swedes who have tried to leave South Africa and are now looking for accommodation during the next three weeks the Embassy has been in touch with AirBnB and some hotels, that are still taking bookings. Those looking for accommodation should go to Airbnb’s website (https://www.airbnb.co.za) to make the necessary bookings.  

From the Department of Home Affairs we have received information that those whose visa expires during the lockdown and haven’t been able to leave because of the current situation will not be subject to punitive measures when they leave the country.

 

The Embassy will remain open during the lockdown and can be reached on 012-426 64 00 and on email (ambassaden.pretoria@gov.se). During the weekend Swedes in South Africa can contact the consular on call service at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (+4684055005) for urgent queries.

Last updated 27 Mar 2020, 3.07 PM