Month: November 2020

Mobile COVID19 test unit opens in CT

The National Health Laboratory Service is operating a mobile COVID-19 test unit from a Mercedes van in the pause area in the international arrivals hall at Cape Town International Airport. The operating hours are from 10h00-18h00 daily, and appointments are not required. PCR tests are done at a cost of R600, and both cash and…
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Mauritius – closed for December

Mauritius borders will remain closed for leisure travel during the peak December/ January period following the Mauritian government’s decision to extend the quarantine regulation until January 15 2021. The news is a blow to South Africa’s outbound agents and operators, many of whom have year on year depended on Mauritius bookings from families wanting to…
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Health forms scrapped for domestic travel

Acsa has announced via Twitter that, from midnight yesterday, November 24, there is no longer a requirement for the health questionnaire to be filled in by domestic travellers. Mango also tweeted this but, as yet, there has been no confirmation from the Department of Health. “We have also been advised in this regard, that health…
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Comair is back in business!

Comair has opened bookings for domestic services and will operate flights from December 9, despite a last-minute attempt by Numsa to get an interdict from the Labour Court to declare that Comair employees were not bound by the terms of the collective agreement signed during September. A spokesperson for the airline confirmed to Travel News that the…
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COVID-19 testing, 24/7, at ORTIA

Good news for travellers departing South Africa from OR Tambo is that they can get COVID-19 PCR-tested and collect their certificate at the airport prior to departure. National Health Laboratory Service (www.nhls.ac.za/) is operating three mobile COVID-19 Test Units in clearly identifiable vans located opposite the InterContinental Hotel, in front of the Police Station, on…
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Cathay delays comeback

Cathay Pacific has no immediate plans to return to South Africa and has suspended flight schedules until March 31, 2021.  “Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, sluggish international travel demand as well as the dynamic travel and quarantine restrictions, Cathay Pacific Airways has temporarily suspended flights between South Africa and Hong Kong until March 31, 2021,” said a…
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CemAir eyes Africa

CemAir has applied for a licence to operate scheduled flights between Johannesburg and Lagos, Luanda, Lusaka, Ndola, Lubumbashi, Dar es Salaam, Maputo and Accra. Currently, CemAir operates only domestic routes on a scheduled basis, although it has operated and continues to operate charter flights into Africa. The airline joins Airlink in expanding its network into…
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FlySafair and Emirates tie the knot

Emirates and FlySafair have announced an interline agreement, opening up connections for each airline’s passengers to the network of the other. This means that outbound South Africans have access to the vast EK network and inbound passengers may book straight-through tickets to FlySafair destinations in South Africa. The issuing of a single ticket and through-tagging…
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Emirates relaunches STPC programme

Emirates relaunched its Dubai Connect (STPC) product this month. The programme has introduced a new minimum transit time of 10 hours for first-, business- and economy-class passengers. Minimum fare qualifications have also changed for some regions and can be viewed on the Emirates Partners Portal. Dubai Connect packages include hotel accommodation for passengers who meet…
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No Qantas bookings for SA until Q4 2021

Qantas has announced that no bookings on the South Africa, UK and US routes can be made until late October 2021. In a recent statement about changes to its Northern summer booking schedule, the Australian carrier said: “Qantas has temporarily stopped selling some international routes until the end of October 2021, due to market uncertainty…
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