COVID-19: South Africa's International Travel Regulations

 Updated 2 March 2021

Air travel [Gazette 44208, 1 March 2021]

International scheduled operations and charter flights carrying passengers are allowed at the following airports:
(i) OR Tambo International Airport;
(ii) King Shaka International Airport; and
(iii)Cape Town International Airport.

Long-haul flight departures and landings at the airports listed in paragraph (a) are permitted during the hours of curfew as provided for in the Regulation.

Passengers affected by flights are required to present evidence of a flight ticket when stopped by law enforcement officers during curfew hours;

All international travellers arriving at the above airports must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

In the event of the traveller's failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the traveller will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and in the event of a traveller testing positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate him or herself at his or her own cost, for a period of 10 days.

An Operator conducting an international flight is allowed to provide catering on-board the aircraft: Provided that they take all risk mitigation, health and safety measures to contain the spread of COVID -19 including the provision of pre-packed meals.

An Operator conducting a domestic flight is not allowed to provide catering on-board the aircraft except bottled water;

A passenger on a domestic flight is not allowed to eat on board the aircraft.

An Operator may make available self-service complimentary magazines which passengers may pick up as they enter the aircraft, such magazine must not be shared amongst the passengers and if left behind by passengers after each use, must be safely disposed.

Airlines must adjust flight times in line with curfew time contemplated in the Regulations and as published from time to time in the Notice to Airmen.