Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Eswatini on the TravelHealthPro website

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

There are no direct commercial options to return to the UK from Eswatini. All air travel is via South Africa. There are regular Eswatini Air Link services between Johannesburg OR Tambo and Sikhuphe International Airport in Eswatini. See the Air Link Services website or contact the airline for the latest information. For further information, follow our travel advice for South Africa.

Other countries may restrict movement or bring in new quarantine rules with little warning. You should check the travel advice for the countries on your route for the latest information.

Entry and borders

Entry and exit to South Africa via some land borders is restricted. All travellers must be able to provide evidence, in paper copy, of a negative COVID-19 PCR test on entry to Eswatini. This test must have been taken no more than 72 hours before entry.

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Eswatini.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Eswatini

Travel within Eswatini is possible, but road blocks or unexpected protests and road closures could occur. You should avoid protests, demonstrations, or marches. Stay alert for signs of disturbances.

It is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. There is a requirement for 1.5 metres of social distance with others.

Accommodation

Hotels are open for business. Strict hygiene measures are in place to ensure guest safety.

Public places and services

Only outdoor entertainment is allowed and is subject to COVID-19 precautions. All sporting events are permitted but must adhere to strict COVID-19 precautions. Up to 2,000 vaccinated spectators may attend sporting events in stadiums and up to 500 vaccinated spectators at open grounds.

It is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. There is a requirement for 1.5 metres of social distance with others.

Healthcare in Eswatini

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should call the Government of Eswatini’s coronavirus hotline for further advice on 977.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Eswatini.

For contact details of English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Eswatini

Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Eswatini announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Eswatini national vaccine programme started in March 2021 and is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The Government of Eswatini has stated that British nationals resident in Eswatini are eligible for vaccination. People wishing to access a vaccine should register on the Eswatini Ministry of Health website. Once registered you will receive a message with your SMS code. You will need to show this code when you go for your vaccination, along with your national Identity document.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad..

If you’re a British national living in Eswatini, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.