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Some domestic flights allowed in SA but T&Cs apply

South Africa moved to a more relaxed lockdown level 3 on 1 July and that means domestic travel for business purposes is now allowed from all the major airports as well as seven others. Stringent safety measures remain in place though, and you'll need the following documents before you board.
Some domestic flights allowed in SA but T&Cs apply

Since 1 July, South Africans could once again book FlySafair flights, and Mango flights among others for a list of clearly defined purposes. These are:
  • Business reasons.
  • Relocating to a new place of residence.
  • To care for an immediate family member.
  • To travel back to school or university.
  • To attend a funeral.
The reinstatement of domestic flights in South Africa is great news for the struggling aviation industry, but it comes with a range of strict requirements and no shortage of red tape. According to FlySafair spokesperson, Kirby Gordon, several passengers have been turned away due to non-compliance, so make sure you arrive prepared for your domestic flight.

ACSA’s Gopolang Peme has also reiterated that passengers without the correct documentation will not be allowed access to any airport terminal building, even if they have already booked a ticket.

In addition to the original four airports - OR Tambo, Cape Town, King Shaka and Lanseria International Airports that are currently operational, a further seven of South Africa’s airports opened 1 July - these include:
  • Bram Fischer International Airport
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Pietermaritzburg Airport
  • Port Elizabeth International Airport
  • Richards Bay Airport
  • Skukuza Airport
  • Upington International Airport
Documentation requirements for domestic flights in South Africa

The following measures are in place to avoid unnecessary travel and movement of people during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In complying with them, you’re doing your bit to help stop the spread of the virus.

Those travelling for business purposes must have a letter signed and stamped by their employer, stating the nature of their travel. This letter must be an original copy – no photocopies will be accepted.

Self-employed people should write, sign and stamp a letter detailing the nature of their travel, or complete an affidavit. Some airlines have generated a standard form that you can download from the internet, print out, and complete.

If you’re flying for reasons apart from business and don’t have a letter from your employer, you need an essential service permit or an affidavit from the SAPS.

Travelling to take care of a family member in another province

If you need to assist or care for a family member outside of your home province, you need to complete Form 6 of the disaster regulations. This form should be accompanied by a doctor’s letter or an affidavit stating the reason for travel.

You can download Form 6 off the government websites at www.gov.za. The form is basic and easy to fill out. Once completed, take it to your nearest police station or magistrate’s court for certification.

The same procedure applies for those people travelling in order to move to a new residence.

Forms required for students travelling back to educational institutions

If you’re travelling to resume your education in another province, you should complete Forms 3A and 3B off the www.gov.za website.

While only some of these documents need to be certified, regulations change all the time, so it’s best to err on the side of caution and get everything certified if possible.

What’s in the future for airline travel?

It’s worth noting that airplane travel is generally a safe way to move around the country, since all aeroplanes have HEPA air filters in place to curb the spread of viruses onboard. These innovations kill almost 100% of viruses.

With the easing of restrictions on domestic travel, relief is on the horizon for the embattled aviation and tourism industries in South Africa. All travellers are urged to exercise extreme caution until infection rates start on a steady downward trend in South Africa.

9 Jul 2020 11:50

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