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SAA Voyager Miles: what happens next?

With uncertainty over SAA’s future, and Voyager Miles redemptions suspended, both agents and Voyager members are unsure of what will happen to the Miles. Voyager members received communication on May 9, stating that there would be a temporary redemption restriction until July 31, which might be extended. Now, SAA business rescue practitioners (BRPs) Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana have told Travel…
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Emirates covers customers’ COVID-19 expenses

Emirates will cover medical expenses of up to €150 000 (R2,9m) and quarantine costs of €100 (R1 900) per day for 14 days, for passengers diagnosed with COVID-19 during their travel while they are away from home, according to a press release from the airline. This cover is offered free to its customers regardless of class…
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Airlink adjusts flight times

Airlink will adjust departure times for the Johannesburg-Cape Town and Johannesburg-Port Elizabeth routes from July 27, according to a communication sent to travel trade partners. The JNB-CPT service will depart at 07h10 and arrive in Cape Town at 09h20. The flight from Cape Town will depart at 07h20 and arrive in JNB at 09h25. On…
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Repatriates can now self-isolate

Travellers returning to South Africa following repatriation can apply to self-isolate at home, under certain conditions, instead of staying at state-allocated quarantine facilities. Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, introduced the new directive in the Government Gazette of July 17. A written application must be submitted for approval to the Director General of Health 72 hours prior to the…
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Airlink’s back on Cape Town to George route

AIRLINK will re-introduce services between Cape Town and George starting Monday, July 27, following the opening of additional airports for domestic operations which was announced last week. Flights will depart from Cape Town at 15h40 and arrive at George at 16h35. The return flight from George will depart at 17h00 and land back in Cape Town at…
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Hong Kong restricts entry for South Africans

Hong Kong has introduced new restrictions for travellers from high-risk areas, including South Africa, effective from July 25, according to the HK government website. Following an increase in new COVID-19 cases, travellers from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal Pakistan, Philippines and South Africa will need to produce a negative test (conducted within 72 hours before departure)…
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States prepare for open borders

To stay abreast of the changing travel and tourism landscape, we bring you ongoing updates on which countries have announced the reopening of their borders, and when. July 10-16 Kenya announced a phased reopening of the country, including the resumption of international flights from August 1. Domestic flights will resume on July 15. The Seychelles will open its…
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CITY LODGE HOTEL GROUP LAUNCHES NEW AMENITIES RANGE MINUS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

The City Lodge Hotel Group (CLHG) has been working hard behind the scenes to strip out single-use plastic from guest bedrooms. In a bold move, the group, together with its South African supplier The Bespoke Amenities Company (TBAC), is launching an all-new range of bathroom amenities, including a Zero Bar. These will be available across…
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UK visas resume

The TLS Visa Application Centre in Johannesburg will reopen on July 13 as part of the phased resumption of services by UK Visas & Immigration, according to the TLS website. The centre will be open only on Mondays and Wednesdays for biometrics. The TLS online appointment booking table is now open for new applications, and…
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UK drops quarantine, but not for SA visitors

The UK will ease quarantine restrictions for 59 countries – excluding South Africa – from July 10, according to a list published by the UK government. Travellers arriving in the UK from the listed countries will no longer be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period, which also means that British visitors to these countries will not…
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