Level 1 Lockdown Update: Regional and International travel is opening! Please visit our COVID-19 Information Page before booking your travel.

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International Travel Is Opening

International travel into and out of South Africa is allowed from 1 October 2020, subject to restrictions and safety protocols.

Currently, flights authorised by the Minister of Transport for the repatriation of South African Nationals from foreign countries and evacuation of foreign nationals from South Africa are available.

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Domestic flights between provinces are allowed and all accommodation, hospitality venues and tours are open, subject to safety protocols.

Travel may be restricted to and from countries with high infection rates

Travellers may use one of the 3 main airports: OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town International Airport

For overland travel, only 1 land border post will be made available

Upon arrival into South Africa, travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from departure time

Any travellers who has not done a test before departure will be subject to mandatory quarantine at their own expense

All travellers will be screened upon arrival, those presenting symptoms must remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is carried out

Travellers are required to install the COVID Alert SA mobile app

Long-term visas will be reinstated and South African visa application centres abroad will be opened

Face mask

Photo ID - ID Book, South African Driver's Licence or Passport. Children must have a Birth Certificate or a certified copy of a Birth Certificate no older than 3 months. (This does not need to be an Unabridged Birth Certificate)

Copy of E-Ticket AND boarding pass

Health Declaration Document from the Department of Health (Return flight passengers must have TWO copies for both legs of the trip).

The Health Declaration Document must be completed before your arrival at the airport.
Failure to produce this form may result in denied boarding, resulting in your ticket being non-refundable.

The following airports will be open for international air travel:

The following airports are open for domestic air travel:

Arrive a minimum of 2 hours prior to your flight departure.

We recommend that you check in online prior to departure (to minimise contact, queues and waiting time).

Only passengers are allowed to enter the airport, no visitors will be allowed entry.

Expect maximum safety protocols to be applied throughout your journey.

  • Drop-off and pick-up is ONLY permitted outside the terminal building.
  • All persons entering the terminal building and boarding aircraft are required to wear face masks at all times.
  • Temperature screening will be conducted at the terminal building entrances before any passenger is allowed entry, and will be denied access should they have an elevated temperature or present with signs of being infected with COVID-19.
  • ACSA will ensure effectiveness of the sanitisation process before entering the terminal buildings, which may result in the number of entrances being reduced.
  • All the airports will have markings on the floor for social distancing of 1.5 metres. This will be applicable at check-in counters and security checkpoints.
  • Passengers should check in online before going to the airport. Alternatively, online check-in can be done at the self-service kiosks in the terminal building.
  • A limited number of check-in counters will be open and physical distancing rules will apply in these queues.
  • All airline check-in agents will wear face shields and the counters will be installed with protective screens. Check-in counters will also be frequently sanitised.
  • All airport personnel will wear masks.
  • Passengers will scan their own paper-based or mobile device-based boarding pass on the scanner at the security checkpoint.
  • Passengers are required to remove any metal or electronic items from their person before entering the security queue (including mobile devices, watches, jewellery, wallets, keys) and place them in the tray at the security scanner to minimise the need for physical pat-downs.
  • All airline lounges are closed to all passengers.
  • At boarding gates, boarding will be staggered and prioritised in terms of the number of passengers to board. Sectional boarding will be implemented to avoid unnecessary contact inside the aircraft.
  • Loading capacity for all airport buses must be limited to 70%. These buses must be disinfected after off-loading. Drivers, baggage handlers and ground handlers must be fully equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • On arrival, all passengers must be screened as they enter the terminal building. Suspected cases must be referred to Port Health.

We will inform you on flight availability as soon as we have confirmation from the airlines.

Route Airline
Joburg-Cape Town-Joburg Airlink, FlySafair, Mango, CemAir
Joburg-Durban-Joburg FlySafair, Mango, CemAir
Joburg-Port Elizabeth-Joburg FlySafair, Airlink, Mango
Joburg-Bloemfontein-Joburg Airlink, CemAir
Joburg-Kruger MQP-Joburg Airlink
Joburg-East London-Joburg FlySafair, Airlink
Joburg-George-Joburg CemAir, FlySafair, Mango
Joburg-Kimberley-Joburg CemAir, Airlink
Joburg-Upington-Joburg Airlink
Joburg-Margate-Joburg CemAir
Joburg-Hoedspruit-Joburg Airlink, CemAir
Joburg-Pietermaritzburg-Joburg Airlink
Joburg-Mthatha-Joburg Airlink
Joburg-Skukuza-Joburg Airlink
Joburg-Richards Bay-Joburg Airlink (from 5 October)
Joburg-Plettenberg Bay-Joburg CemAir
Lanseria-Cape Town-Lanseria FlySafair
Lanseria-Durban-Lanseria FlySafair
Cape Town-Durban-Cape Town FlySafair, Mango
Cape Town-Port Elizabeth-Cape Town Airlink, FlySafair
Cape Town-Bloemfontein-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-East London-Cape Town FlySafair
Cape Town-George-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-Kimberley-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-Upington-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-Kruger MQP-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-Hoedspruit-Cape Town Airlink
Cape Town-Plettenberg Bay-Cape Town CemAir
Durban-East London-Durban FlySafair
Port Elizabeth-Durban-Port Elizabeth FlySafair

All new bookings can be made on our website or with one of our agents. Please email live@travelstart.com or phone us on 021 020 0559 or 021 468 4300 (Option 2) Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00.

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Travelstart cannot be held liable for any operational changes, cancellations or consequential damages incurred by you, or any passenger in the booking, in the event that flights are not able to operate as planned, including any disruptions, cancellations or changes to planned schedules. Please note that in the event that a flight is disrupted or cancelled due to travel restrictions being imposed that each airline will have their own policy in this regard, which will apply to your booking.

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Information on this page is accurate and reliable at time of publication, however, it may not reflect the very latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak.

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