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The Kingdom of Eswatini

Getting There

Eswatini (Swaziland) is dwarfed by its giant neighbour, South Africa, but with Mbabane being only a few hours from Johannesburg, it does benefit from the good access into that international hub. Access into Eswatini from Johannesburg can be by road or air.

NOTE: The affects of COVID-19 on travel to and around Eswatini are being updated on the Travel Advice page. Meanwhile, some of the information on this page will be left unchanged and may therefore be temporarily be incorrect during the COVID pandemic.

After some periods of restricted travel during the pandemic, as at March 2022, Eswatini is open to all visitors based on the following requirements:

  • Travellers entering the Kingdom of Eswatini must produce EITHER of the following, upon arrival at the Points of Entry:
    • A valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate (hard or electronic) and must be fully vaccinated.
    • OR
    • A valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result (hard or electronic) that is not older than 72 hours, for the unvaccinated.
  • “Fully vaccinated” means complete doses of a vaccine, i.e. two doses for a two-dose vaccine, and one dose for a one-dose vaccine.
  • Valid Vaccination Certificates considered are those of COVID-19 vaccine candidates that have been prequalified by WHO. This will be updated periodically as need arise.
  • Vaccination cards are not allowed at the PoE only the Vaccination Certificates are allowed.
  • Outbound travellers from Eswatini MUST ALSO comply with requirements of the airlines and the country of transit and destination.
  • Children under 12 years are exempted from the above measures.

Click here for the March 2022 notice on Cross-border travel from the Eswatini Ministry of Health.

Click here for the Prime Minister’s Statement from July 2022

For the latest updates from people actively crossing Eswatini’s borders, the Hospitality & Tourism Association of Eswatini (HOTAES) has set up its own  Eswatini Travel Facebook Group.

International Rules & Regulations on travelling to Eswatini

The following table lists the most common countries of origin for international visitors to Eswatini. The table includes a link to their official government website detailing the current rules & regulations on travelling to Eswatini, with particular reference to COVID-19. Some countries have dedicated pages with guidance for Eswatini itself. Other countries have a general guidance for departing citizens along with rules & regulations for when they return home. Also in the table are links to a list of tour operators in each country that sell Eswatini, pre-filtered from our International Tour Operators & Travel Agents selling Eswatini page. For the countries that may not have an Eswatini-specialist tour operator, you can navigate to the full international list to find a tour operator you wish to contact.

If you believe any of the links to be incorrect, please contact us and we will update them.

 Country of DepartureCOVID-19 RegulationsTour Operators
ArgentinaLinkFull List
AustriaLinkClick to View
BelgiumLinkClick to View
BrazilLinkClick to View
BulgariaLinkFull List
CanadaLinkClick to View
Czech RepublicLinkClick to View
DenmarkLinkClick to View
EnglandLinkClick to View
FinlandLinkClick to View
FranceLinkClick to View
GermanyLinkClick to View
IndiaLinkClick to View
IrelandLinkFull List
ItalyLinkClick to View
JapanLinkFull List
Northern IrelandLinkClick to View
NorwayLinkClick to View
PolandLinkFull List
PortugalLinkFull List
RussiaLinkFull List
ScotlandLinkClick to View
South AfricaLinkClick to View
SpainLinkClick to View
SwedenLinkClick to View
SwitzerlandLinkClick to View
The NetherlandsLinkClick to View
TurkeyLinkClick to View
United States
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WalesLinkClick to View

 

Flights to Eswatini

Reaching Eswatini by air at present is only possible from Johannesburg, flying to King Mswati III International airport on Airlink. This much larger Airport has now replaced Matsapha airport. Pre-COVID, flights to Eswatini from Johannesburg were provided solely by Airlink, taking around 45 minutes. Flights departed four times per day and cost from US$175 one-way and US$350 return. An airport tax of E50 is payable when departing from King Mswati III International Airport.

Airlink resumed its flights between Johannesburg and Eswatini in mid-October 2020

Airlink schedules as at April 2021 (downloadable file): click here.

Airlink schedules (live online system): click here.

There is also an airport shuttle bus service available from King Mswati III International airport to many places around Eswatini. You can see the full bus schedule here.

Intercontinental Flights to Johannesburg

Johannesburg is very well served by airlines from around the world with a number of European, African, Middle Eastern and American airlines all flying direct. The latest details of routes into Johannesburg can be found on this link. For London, British Airways, South African Airways and Virgin Atlantic all operate two or three daily non-stop flights. Flight prices are dependent on the time of year, with flights to Johannesburg getting more expensive around the Christmas period. Non-direct flights in most cases will be cheaper, but shop around to make sure you get the best deal.

Entering Eswatini by Road

Driving into Eswatini is relatively easy, provided you drive sensibly and avoid the pot holes, ramshackle settlements, pedestrians and wandering livestock found on many of the roads leading into the country.

There is no Bureau to change currency, however the gate does accept South African rand. Most South African car hire companies will allow you to bring vehicles over the border. Find out more information here. Certain documentation is required to enter Eswatini from South Africa, depending on the ownership of the vehicle, as follows:

Company car
  • Valid Passport
  • Driver licence
  • Letter from the company that you are given the access to drive the vehicle
  • Blue book (Registration Document)
Rented vehicle
  • Letter from the Car Hire
  • Valid driver licence
  • Valid passport

Own vehicle but still paying for it.

  • Letter from the bank
  • Blue book (Registration Document)
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver licence
Own vehicle and fully paid.
  • Blue book (Registration Document)
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver licence
Borrowed from relative/friend
  • Affidavit
  • I.D  copy of the owner of the vehicle
  • Blue book (Registration Document)
  • Valid passport
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Road Toll Fees

Eswatini Revenue Authority road toll fees for vehicles entering Eswatini are as follows as from 1st November 2019:

Class of Motor Vehicle

Fee

1. A foreign registered light vehicle weighing 3500kg or below

E100.00

2. A foreign registered commercial vehicle weighing above 3500kg

E300.00

3. Local commercial vehicle

E50.00

4. Foreign registered commercial vehicle entering the Kingdom of Eswatini through Mhlumeni or Lomahasha borders

An equivalent to 100 United States Dollar (US$ 100.00) per vehicle and per trailer

For further information, please see official documentation here.

Border Opening Times

In attempts to limit the spread of Coronavirus, a few of Eswatini’s smaller border posts were temporarily closed as from March 2020. However, as of 1 August 2022, all border posts are now operational during the following opening times:

Bulembu/ Josefdal : 08.00 – 16.00
Gege/ Bothashoop : 08.00 – 16.00
Lavumiso/ Golela : 0700 – 22.00
Lomahasha/Namaacha : 07.00 – 20.00
Lundzi/Waverley : 08.00 – 16.00
Mahamba : 07.00 – 22.00
Mananga : 08.00 – 18.00
Matsamo/Jeppe’s Reef : 08.00 – 20.00
Mhlumeni/Goba : 06.00 – 00.00 (should return to 24 hrs in due course)
Ngwenya/Oshoek : 07.00 – 00.00 (24 hours pending)
Nsalitshe /Onverwacht : 08.00 – 18.00
Sandlane/ Nerston : 08.00 – 16.00
Sicunusa/Houdkop : 08.00 – 18.00

By Bus from South Africa & Mozambique

A number of companies, including TransMagnific and  Melula Travel, run luxury minibus services between Mbabane and Johannesburg (OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton). Depending on the company, there are 1-3 services a day in each direction with journey times around 5 hours. Fares are from R450 one-way and R950 return. TransMagnific also now offer regular services to and from Durban, Nelspruit and Maputo on certain days of the week. Melula Trave; can also provide transport for those routes on request. Local buses and mini-buses can also be used to get from South Africa or Mozambique into Eswatini but any such journey may need to be made in stages.

International Tour Operators

Most operators who organise tours to southern Africa will offer Eswatini itineraries, or provide a tailor-made service. Information about companies can be found on our International Tour Operators page.

Duty Free

International travellers over the age of 18 may import, duty free: 400 cigarettes and 50 cigars or 250gm of tobacco; 1 bottle (750ml max) of alcoholic beverage and up to 284ml of perfume per person.

Travelling With Children

In 2015 South Africa changed its immigration regulations with regard to travelling with children, and introduced a requirement for Unabridged Birth Certificates. In November 2019, that requirement was removed. The only document needed by for foreign children travelling from a visa-exempt country into South Africa is their passport (the exception being children who are travelling completely unaccompanied). The full regulations can be viewed on this page. And a sheet of FAQs on the South African requirements can be downloaded if you click here.
These are regulations that apply when travelling to and from South Africa. There were never any such regulations introduced for Eswatini itself.

Entry Requirements, Visas & Foreign Missions

For information about entry requirements, Visas, and Eswatini’s Diplomatic Missions around the world, see our Visa Guide.