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Airlink resumes Lesotho and Eswatini routes

Airlink relaunched its scheduled passenger services between South Africa and Eswatini and also its services to Lesotho on October 12. This follows the lifting of travel restrictions between the neighbouring countries due to  COVID-19. “Airlink is looking forward to re-establishing the vital connections that sustain the all-important trade, business, tourism and family ties between nations,”…
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October 14, 2020 0

ET offers free COVID-19 cover

Ethiopian Airlines has resumed commercial flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town and has introduced free COVID-19 Global Insurance Cover for all passengers travelling with the airline. The cover is automatically included with every ET ticket for international flights operated and booked from October 1, 2020 until March 31, 2021. It is effective following the first…
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October 14, 2020 0

AMPATH Laboratory Accepts Self-Referrals

Lynda Buitendach, National Projects Manager for AMPATH told ASATA that AMPATH is in the process of setting up a specific ‘Travellers Resource Page’ on its website, details of which will be shared with ASATA Members in due course. “This will contain what travellers need to do to have their COVID-19 test performed, the special travellers’…
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October 14, 2020 0

SA to roll out faster COVID-19 tests at ports of entry

The Department of Health has, with immediate effect, rolled out antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 at all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect. Media liaison for the Department, Dr Lwazi Manzi, pointed out that while this did not replace the required certified negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result (not older than 72 hours), this test…
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October 12, 2020 0

COVID tests: Timing is critical

In September, when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that international travel would be allowed, there was a stipulation that to travel into and out of South Africa, travellers would need to present a negative COVID polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result, not older than 72 hours. Travel News was told by an agent on the COVID-19 Public Hotline that…
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October 1, 2020 0

Here is the list of high risk countries that won’t be allowed to visit South Africa

South Africa will open its international borders for the first time in over six months on Thursday (1 October) as part of the country’s move to a level 1 lockdown. International Relations and cooperation minister Naledi Pandor said in a media briefing on Wednesday that the country’s infections rate has gone down and the country…
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September 30, 2020 0

Air travel: Return of several international airlines from October

Several international airlines have indicated a willingness to resume operations to South Africa from October. AIRLINES INDICATE A WILLINGNESS TO RESUME FLIGHTS TO SA A number of major international airlines have indicated that they will resume operations to Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town from October, once the South African government has given the go-ahead. “Now…
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September 30, 2020 0

The lowdown on Covid-19 testing for international travel

If you are travelling to an international destination, Covid-19 testing is mandatory. The requirement is one of the ways the government aims to curb the spread of the virus. Here’s the lowdown on Covid-19 testing for international travel: The testAccording to a representative at the COVID-19 Public Hotline, travellers will need to visit their doctor…
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September 30, 2020 0

South Africa about to reopen — but not to everyone

South Africa plans to begin a gradual and cautious resumption to opening its borders to international travel on Oct. 1. President Cyril Ramaphosa warned, however, that travel may be limited to countries that do not have high infection and transmission rates. The list of permitted and prohibited countries has yet to be released. For those…
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September 28, 2020 0

Emirates starts its Southern Africa comeback

Emirates has announced the resumption of flights to Johannesburg and Cape Town from October 1 and to Durban from October 4. The schedule for those routes is still unknown, pending the SA government’s disclosure of the conditions applying to the entry of passengers from a list of different countries. It also announced the reopening of…
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September 28, 2020 0