Warning Alert


Authorities in eSwatini (Swaziland) maintain minimal COVID-19 restrictions, as of Oct. 28. International travel restrictions have eased.

 

Summary
Authorities in eSwatini (Swaziland) are maintaining minimal restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as of Oct. 28. Most businesses and services have resumed operations provided they implement strict social distancing and hygiene requirements. Individuals from different households are required to observe social distancing of at least 1 meter (3 feet). Informal gatherings of more than 100 people are forbidden. Facemasks are mandatory on public transport and many additional public spaces. Authorities continue to advise working from home where possible.

Land and air ports of entry have been reopened, including Ngwenya, Mahamba, Lavumisa, Mananga, Matsamo, King Mswati III International Airport (SHO), and Matsapa Airport (MTS). Eswatini Air Link (4Z) flights between SHO in Eswatini and O.R. Tambo (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa, were introduced Oct. 12.

Travelers entering eSwatini will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test taken no longer than 72 hours before arrival in the country. All travelers will be screened upon arrival. Those showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to take a test at their own cost. Travelers may be subject to mandatory quarantine for up to 14 days; this is likely if a traveler tests positive.

Authorities could reintroduce, ease, or otherwise amend restrictions at any time based upon disease activity.

 

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm quarantine requirements before travel. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm business appointments, deliveries, and travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

 

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