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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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November 27, 2020 0

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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November 27, 2020 0

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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November 25, 2020 0

New airport for Berlin

After 70 years of history (including playing an important role in the Berlin Airlift at the end of WW2, and having seen the reunification of East and West Berlin), the Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) will soon shut down and its operations move to the new Berlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt Airport (BER). The inauguration of the new…
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November 19, 2020 0

More air connections to Mozambique

Airlink continues expanding and enhancing its regional network. The airline will augment its South Africa – Mozambique network with scheduled services from Jo’burg to Pemba, Vilanculos and Beira. This follows the lifting of travel restrictions that curtailed travel between the neighbouring countries. The services provide travellers with connectivity with Airlink’s new services linking Johannesburg with…
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October 21, 2020 0

Govt ‘red list’ reviewed

Yesterday (October 19) government revised the list of high risk countries based on a risk categorisation model – and it now includes another major source market for inbound leisure tourism, Germany. The wave of frustration that swept through the inbound industry was well-expressed by an anonymous DMC on the Watasapp group Tour Operators and DMCs:…
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October 20, 2020 0

Low risk of inflight COVID-19 transmission – Iata

Since the start of 2020 there have been 44 reported cases where COVID-19 transmission is thought to have been associated with a journey by air (including confirmed, probable and potential cases). These statistics, published by Iata, seem to indicate the low incidence of inflight COVID-19 transmission. “The risk of a passenger contracting COVID-19 while on…
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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