covid-19

Adjusted Lockdown Level 3

South Africa is open to international travel, subject to health and safety protocols. South African citizens and permanent residents are allowed entry into South Africa regardless of where you are travelling from, provided you adhere to the entry requirements. Any South Africans wanting to travel overseas must check the destination entry requirements and latest international travel information, as many borders are still closed to South Africans.
South Africa is currently under Level 3 lockdown where a curfew of 9pm – 5am has been instated. This curfew may affect your flight schedule, so please check with the airline you are flying.

TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS 

Travellers are advised to prepare well for their journey by checking the travel and health restrictions of the countries to which they travel. This can be done via the  IATA Travel Centre website.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW TRAVEL REGULATIONS MAP

All travellers departing from South Africa are required to complete the South African exit health screening form.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD HEALTH SCREENING FORM

TRAVELLERS ENTERING SOUTH AFRICA

All travellers are required to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, not older than 72 hours prior to the date of their travel.

A negative test result is not required for children under the age of 5 years old.

Upon arrival in South Africa, all travellers will be subjected to screening by Port of Health officials. In the case where a traveller shows suspected COVID-19 symptoms (elevated body temperatures and flu-like symptoms), he/she will have to take a mandatory COVID-19 test. This test will be at the traveller’s expense. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller has to go into a 10-day quarantine at a designated hotel at his/her own cost.

Passengers in transit in South Africa also need to bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate not older than 72 hours prior to the date of their travel.

It is recommended that all travellers download the COVID-Alert APP (COVID Alert SA) so that they are able to monitor and minimise their risk of exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

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DOMESTIC TRAVEL

•  All domestic flights for business and leisure are available from all commercial airports within the borders of South Africa.
•  Only passengers will be allowed inside the terminal buildings.
•  Temperature screening will be conducted at terminal building entrances before any passenger is allowed entry. All passengers must wear masks.
•  Car rental companies are allowed to operate.
•  Long-distance public transport is allowed to operate for inter-provincial travel.

HEALTH & SAFETY PROTOCOLS

From social distancing at the airport, boarding procedures, hygiene on the busses to the regulations of onboard health and safety, Airlink has it all. Please click the link below to view all the protocols.

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AIRPORT PARKING

If you are travelling from or to O.R. Tambo International Airport
• Drop-off and Pick up, including taxis and ride hailing, are confined to Level 2 in Multi-Storey Parkade 1 (MSP 1 L2)
• The upper and lower roadways are closed to all traffic, except for official vehicles.
• If you plan to leave your car at the airport, follow the signs directing you to the car park.

VIEW ACSA WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

THERMAL SCREENING

Public health authorities* require that we all have our temperatures checked several times during our journeys. For this purpose, dedicated personnel at the airports have been equipped with infra-red digital thermometers. These devices are calibrated and do not rely on physical touch.

• You will be temperature screened as you enter and exit the airport and possibly again before reaching the check-in counter.
• For your safety and theirs, our check-in agents will be wearing face shields/ cloth masks and sit behind transparent protective screens. They will ask you some questions about your recent and current health.
• Your temperature might be measured again at the boarding gate and once more on arrival at your destination.
• If, at any screening point, your temperature is higher than 37.5°C, you will not be allowed to board your flight.
*CAPSCA (Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation)

The process to access the terminal building and check in will take much longer than before. Passengers should plan to arrive at the airport earlier in to be at the designated check in counter (domestic travel) 2 hours prior to departure. We recommend that passengers check-in oline.

BOARDING PROCEDURES

Because it is crucial that we maintain social distancing and minimize the opportunities for physical contact, boarding will be done differently to how it was done before.
• Boarding will be organised sequentially. The same process will be used for all flights, whether it requires walking across the tarmac, using a jet-bridge or getting on a bus, to reach the aircraft.
• Passengers will be required to scan their own boarding pass at security check points and at the boarding gate, present identification and will be requested to remove their face mask to verify their identification.
• Always remember to wear your mask while the flight is boarding, even after you are seated. If you don’t, we are required to offload you.
• You will be required to wear your mask throughout the flight.
• You are welcome to bring your own hand sanitisers, please don’t wipe any of the seat, tray-tables or surrounding aircraft surfaces with your hand sanitizer as they may cause damage.
• Cabin crew will have hand sanitizer wipes available should you wish to wipe your seating area.
• Liquid and gel security restrictions still apply, so please limit your containers of 70% alcohol- based hand sanitisers to 100ml. Security officials will confiscate any bottles that exceed the limitations.