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...

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...

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...

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...

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...