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Why do you need Travel Insurance for South Africa?

Travel Insurance for South Africa will cover you for medical emergencies, including if you need to be repatriated back home. It will also cover cancellation costs if you need to cancel your holiday before you go.

To give you confidence when you travel, AllClear branded policies include Superior rated Covid-19 for FREE.

Comprehensive cover when travelling to South Africa

Did you know that 400,000 British tourists visit South Africa every year?

Some of the once in a lifetime experiences on offer are 

If you choose AllClear for your Travel Insurance when visiting South Africa, you can expect: 

  • Up-to-date travel trends and insights from around the world
  • Have a clear understanding of what’s included within your chosen policy
  • A quick and straightforward medical screening process to help you find the right cover

As the UK’s No.1 for Travel Insurance2, and winner of the 2021 British Insurance Award for Customer Care, we’ll always put you and your trip first.  

If you choose AllClear, you could benefit from the following: 

Superior Covid-19 Travel Insurance for South Africa

At least 1 in 23 of those surveyed over the age of 56 hopes to go away 2-3 times in the next twelve months. Since the pandemic, Covid cover is essential when buying Travel Insurance. 

CEO of AllClear Travel, Chris Rolland, said: “Travel insurance is more than just a document. It can save lives and offer a financial safety net should the worst happen while travelling.” 

When preparing for your once in a lifetime trip to South Africa, we recommend that you: 

  • Make yourself aware of South Africa’s entry requirements leading up to your trip by visiting the a href=”https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/foreign-commonwealth-development-office”>FCDO website/a>. /li>
  • Be aware of and follow the local Covid rules and restrictions./li>
  • Buy quality Travel Insurance that includes enhanced COVID-19 cover. /li>

What Should Travel Insurance for South Africa Cover?

When travelling to South Africa, you need Travel Insurance that will protect both you and your trip. 

Medical emergency expenses cover – you’ll need a policy that includes cover for medical emergencies. 

Travel delay and transport disruption – With travel delay and disruption cover, you may be covered for costs incurred due to transport delays.

Cancellation cover – covers financial losses for cancellation that cannot be claimed back from your holiday provider or airline.

Personal property cover – Don’t risk your personal belongings. Look for a policy that protects your luggage against loss, damage and theft while travelling. 

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Up to £15m
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Extended cover 30 days FREE 30 days FREE 30 days FREE
Friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with you if you fall ill with Covid-19 Up to £2k Up to £2k Up to £2k
Travel Delay Up to £100 Up to £350 Up to £500
Recuperation stay
Cost of return flight due to COVID-19
Personal Belongings Up to £2k Up to £2.5k Up to £3k
Personal liability Up to £2m Up to £2m Up to £2m
Legal protection cover Up to £50k Up to £50k Up to £100k
* If you buy a policy which includes cancellation cover
All these figures are per person and per trip

Will you be covered if you’re travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic?

There are three things to check so that you can make sure you're covered:

  • You must be fit to travel
  • The FCDO must NOT have advised against travel to your destination - check the FCDO travel advice
  • You must follow the local government advice for your destination, checking and following their guidelines and entry requirements

You can then be covered for emergency medical expenses and cancellation for a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, with AllClear travel insurance with enhanced Coronavirus cover. Existing policyholders should read our Frequently Asked Questions if your trip is affected by Covid-19.

Freephone to get your quote on: or

Join the UK’s most trusted Travel Insurance provider1

With AllClear, you can trust that you have a Travel Insurance policy that you can rely on. 99%4 of customers would recommend us to family and friends.

Here’s what our customers have to say about their South African Travel Insurance by AllClear:

This is the second time I have used…

“This is the second time I have used AllClear and have been very satisfied on both occasions. Helpful, efficient staff. One medical claim with no problems after a trip to South Africa. I would recommend.” – Heather.

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Simple 3 step quote process

1. Call us or click a quote button on our site

Once you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.

2. Complete our simple medical screening process

You then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.

3. Get your quotes

You will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage. Freephone to get your quote on: or

Frequently asked questions

What is the hottest time to go to South Africa?

The warmest month is February, with an average maximum temperature of 26°C (79°F), making it ideal for those hoping to escape the UK winter weather. 

Is South Africa safe for a holiday?

From October 11th, the ‘Red List’ was reduced to 7 countries. South Africa has since been categorised as safe to travel to with regards to Covid risk. Before travelling, just check the latest travel advice from the FCDO

How many days do you need in South Africa?

Various safari and holiday providers recommend that you spend at least 8-12 days in South Africa, due to the many attractions, safari opportunities and treks on offer. 

Top Tips for Travelling to South Africa

Did you know the oldest meteor scar in the world can be found in South Africa? The Vredefort Dome dates back 2,023 million years. Located in a town called Parys, it’s truly a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Need travel tips for your South African getaway? See our table below:

Area of Travel

Travel information


The currency is the ZAR or South African Rand


South Africa has 11 official languages. However, English is the most commonly spoken.

Emergency number

You can call 10111 for emergencies.


Before your trip, you can check South Africa’s latest health advice from the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC). You should be aware that there is no reciprocal health care agreement between the United Kingdom and South Africa and so Travel Insurance is essential.


All visitors need a passport to enter South Africa. However, UK citizens do not require a visa to visit.


Author notes

Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear

2  Ranked first Overall for Travel Insurance on SmartMoneyPeople.com from over 14,300 independent customer reviews on 27/01/2021.

3 Research-based those that took part in AllClear’s Summer Survey, July 2021. 1440 respondents. 

4 Based on 166 AllClear customers surveyed in April 2021.

[1] Based on Trustpilot reviews of all companies in the Travel Insurance Company category that have over 25,000 reviews as of May 2021.