Category: Covid-19

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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November 24, 2020 0

Photo essay: Safety assured from check-in to take-off

High health and safety standards are being upheld by the Air France KLM group at OR Tambo International Airport. Tourism Update was invited to see, first-hand, the efforts taken to ensure the health and safety of passengers. Gm of Air France KLM Southern Africa, Wouter Vermeulen, said, as an airline, safety was “100% of what we sell”. “It’s…
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November 19, 2020 0

Relief as borders open

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s November 11 announcement of the opening of borders to all comers (with a 72-hour negative Covid-19 PCR certificate) from any country, and the abolition of the “Red List” of ‘high-risk’ countries, South Africa’s tourism industry has let out a collective sigh of relief. While the National State of Disaster has been extended to December…
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November 19, 2020 0

Virgin Atlantic offers free COVID-19 cover

Virgin Atlantic will cover all new and existing bookings with free COVID-19 insurance for up to £500 000 (R11m). In the event that a traveller becomes ill with COVID-19 while travelling with the airline, costs will be covered, regardless of the trip’s duration or destination. The insurance policy is fulfilled by Allianz Assistance and covers emergency…
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August 25, 2020 0

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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July 28, 2020 0

Covid-19 and flying: Compulsory bag wraps, no food and stringent temperature checks

No touching, self-scanning your digital boarding ticket and compulsory bag wrapping are some of the measures that have been taken as domestic flights are set to resume this month.  The Department of Transport and its state-owned partners, including the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), the Civil Aviation Authority, Port Health, and airliners, say they believe…
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June 4, 2020 0

Here’s the new normal for flying in South Africa as airports reopen

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined how domestic air travel will work under South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown. Limited domestic air travel for business purposes is allowed under level 3, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel. The resumption of domestic flights will be rolled…
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June 4, 2020 0

These airlines will operate during level 3

As the country moves to level 3 lockdown from June 1, many airlines have decided to take to the skies to cater to the domestic travel market.  Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula revealed during a media briefing on Saturday that the resumption of domestic flights will be rolled out in three phases.  He also revealed that…
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June 4, 2020 0

Tourism in level 3 lockdown

South African Minister of Tourism, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, announced over the weekend that parts of the tourism sector would be operating under level 3 lockdown from June 1. Tourist guides, nature guides, tour operators, travel agents and tourism information officers will be allowed to operate during level three lockdown as long as they are able to ensure safe…
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June 4, 2020 0

Level 3 flights – what passengers need

With limited domestic air services resuming under level 3 of the national lockdown, agents have called for clarity on the documentation that will be required. FlySafair domestic operations will resume from June 15, CemAir from June 5, and Airlink from June 8. Comair has said it is unlikely to begin flying before November and SAA And Mango…
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June 4, 2020 0