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Doors close at the Hilton Durban

The Hilton Durban, which is strategically located on the Golden Mile next to the Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, has closed its doors. Hotel staff say the closure is temporary but no confirmed date for a reopening has been set. The Hilton Group has not yet responded to questions from Travel News about the closure, but reservations…
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Delta delays flights to SA again

Delta Air Lines has again delayed its return to South Africa. According to the airline’s new schedule, flights to Atlanta will now commence on March 28, 2021. When South Africa’s borders reopened on October 1, Delta initially announced that it would restart its Johannesburg Atlanta route in December. These plans were then postponed and a…
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Will Latam return to SA?

Latam has not resumed flights to South Africa following the reopening of borders on October 1. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, Latam was the only airline operating direct flights between South Africa and South America According to flight schedules in the GDS, Latam flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo and Guarulhos Airport in São Paulo…
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Dlamini-Zuma outlines new hotspots rules for South Africa

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a series of gazettes which officially introduce localised hotspot restrictions in South Africa. The gazettes give effect to an address made by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening (3 December), in which he announced that local restrictions will be introduced for the Nelson Mandela Bay…
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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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