Being a travel hero means supporting the local tourism and hospitality industries but often heroes need to stretch their wings or capes and take flight. Travel heroes yearn to sore high above the clouds and with the recent adjustments to South Africa’s lockdown restrictions to allow for leisure and travel across all provinces and International Travel, the sky is the limit this Heritage Month!
Whether you are looking for cheap flights or planning to take to the skies for a business or leisure trip then here’s what you need to know:
Level 1 Restrictions
Flying under level 1 is going to be a bit different from years gone by. It now also makes the provision for South Africa’s borders to be open for international travel. To gain access to the airport terminal, passengers must wear a mask and will have to pass a temperature screening. Passengers who have a temperature higher than 38 degrees, will not be permitted to enter the airport. Passengers are asked to ensure they adhere to a physical distancing of 1.5 meters.
You will also need to ensure that you have the following things on you:
1. Face Mask
Face masks have to be worn to enter the building.
2. Boarding Pass
You can display the boarding pass barcode on your smartphone to be scanned at the airport barcode readers just before the security check, or if you prefer, it can also be printed at home and presented at the security checkpoint.
3. Identification Document
Please ensure each passenger has a valid form of ID like an ID Book, South African Driver’s Licence or Passport. Children must have a Birth Certificate or a certified copy of a Birth Certificate no older than 3 months. This does not need to be an Unabridged Birth Certificate.
4. Health Declaration Document
The Health Declaration is a form that has been put together by the Department of Health. Each passenger will need to complete this document for the purposes of tracking and tracing and to declare that they believe themselves to be in good health. Each passenger will need need to print out this document and sign it – one copy will have to be given to the Port Health Authority agent at the entrance to the airport terminal. Return Flight passengers have to print out two copies: One for the departure flight and one for the return flight.
Which Domestic Airlines are Operational?
The following domestic airlines are currently operational under Lockdown Level 1:
Which Airports are Operational?
The following airports are currently operational under Lockdown Level 1:
- O.R. Tambo International Airport
- Cape Town International Airport
- King Shaka International Airport
- Bram Fischer International Airport
- East London Airport
- George Airport
- Kimberley Airport
- Port Elizabeth International Airport
- Upington International Airport
Airport arrival and check-in
Arrive a minimum of 2 hours prior to your flight departure. It is recommended that you check-in online prior to departure (to minimise contact, queues and waiting time). Only passengers are allowed to enter the airport, no visitors will be allowed entry.
South Africa’s official level 1 lockdown regulations, published by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, confirm that country’s borders will reopen on 1 October.
On this date, all travellers from the African continent and from countries outside the African continent with a low rate of Covid-19 infection and transmission, will resume.
This will be subject to:
- The traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and
- In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine at his or her own costs.
To temporarily control entry into South Africa from countries outside the African continent, the relevant cabinet members shall, after consultation with the cabinet member responsible for health, determine in directions:
- Criteria for controlling entry into the Republic, from such countries with a high Covid-19 infection and transmission rate;
- The list of such countries with a high Covid-19 infection and transmission rate, which list may, from time to time, be amended.
- International travel from countries listed as having a high Covid-19 infection and transmission rate, will remain prohibited except for business travel which may be allowed with the approval of the Cabinet member responsible for home affairs.
The following post was discussed on Goodhope FM’s Travel Tuesday segment (15 September 2020) on The Morning Show with Leigh-Anne Williams.