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The Ocean Sailing Association of Southern Africa (OSASA) was formed by a group of seasoned ocean cruising yachtsmen specifically to represent the interests of recreational cruisers sailing around the oceans of Southern Africa and in its coastal waters.

During the severe immigration restrictions imposed on cruisers in 2020 arising from the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the OSASA team was successful in negotiating entry for foreign cruisers previously denied access into South Africa and around 80 such boats were successfully processed.


By creating an online portal at, OSASA has been instrumental in facilitating the pre-arrival notification documentary requirements that the government imposed for such entry. During these negotiations OSASA established a strong relationship with the South African Government and this is being maintained on an ongoing basis. 

Our immediate goals in OSASA are to:

  • Manage the online portal, initially for entry registration, but later for berth booking and other add-ons.

  • Manage pre-arrival notification documentation for incoming small vessels with the  South African Department of Transport.

  • Encourage local cruising in small vessels along the Southern African coast and further afield.

  • Encourage foreign small vessels to visit South Africa and to cruise in its waters.

  • Negotiate smoother “flight plans” for local coastal passages.

  • Encourage and motivate development of better facilities for coastal cruisers.

  • Collate and publish current navigation information for the Southern Africa coastline.

  • Popularise Southern Africa (Indian and Atlantic Ocean shores) as a cruising destination of choice, especially with the myriad of choices for land travel combined with cruising.


During 2020 the South African Government through the Department of Transport (DoT) introduced a mandatory requirement for pre-arrival notification of all yachts (small craft), both foreign or SA registered, proposing to enter the country, at least 96 hours before arrival at one of the designated Ports of Entry, namely Richards Bay, Durban and Cape Town.

OSASA has been authorised to collect and distribute this information to the various Government and Port Control authorities.

As most yachts do not have, or have very limited, access to the internet while at sea, OSASA has created an online registration portal, to be completed before leaving their last port of call before entering South Africa.


Yachts are asked to access Go to Forms (payment, boat pratique, Health Declarations for each crew member, and DoT information) to submit your registration: please note that a failure to pay will mean your required information will not be submitted to the Department of Transport and will not be on the required weekly DoT list of arriving vessels.


If there is a problem, use the Contact Us to get help.

As at 10 June 2021 and Government Gazette 44642 of 30 May 2021, “all commercial seaports remain open and small craft will be allowed entry into seaports, in line with all health and border law enforcement protocols.”


  • Registration and payment online before arrival at an SA Port of Entry.

  • Negative PCR tests on arrival (or valid test 72 hours before arrival).

  • Visit Customs and Immigration for your visa once Port Health has cleared you in.

  • Current regulations relevant to cruisers: It is mandatory to wear a mask in all public places, there is a curfew from 23h00 to 04h00 daily, restaurants and bars etc close at 22h00.




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