UPDATE 18 AUGUST: It’s Level 2 & Inter-Provincial Travel is Here!
What we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: you can now travel interprovincially! What this means is that under Lockdown Level 2, you are now allowed to travel to other provinces within South Africa. Let’s start planning!
Whether you’ve been desperate for a trip to the beach, the bush or just another city, the time is now. Check out our self-catering holiday healthy and safety checklist for some tips on what to expect from travelling locally.
UPDATE 31 JULY: It’s official – intra-provincial leisure travel is allowed!
Your weekend plans are sorted! But before you book your getaway, make sure you understand the new Level 3 leisure travel definition: you can’t cross provincial borders, but you can travel within your home province and explore all the attractions and activities you’ve been missing since lockdown was announced.
So, what are you waiting for? Pack those bags and hit the road! Here’s some inspiration for the best road trips from your city. Just make sure you travel safely with our Level 3 safe travelling guide.
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UPDATE 18 JUNE 2020
UPDATE 12 June 2020: International flights open for travel under strict conditions
Not only can you now travel between provinces in South Africa, but government has announced that some international travel will be allowed too. However, the conditions in which you can travel abroad are extremely strict, and you’ll only be permitted to travel for one of these reasons: returning to your place of work or study outside of South Africa, and for repatriation and evacuation purposes.
Government is strongly discouraging non-essential travel, especially to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, US and the UK, as these are considered “high risk” destinations. Flights will already be available from this weekend, to selected destinations including Buenos Aires, Sao Paolo and Washington. Destinations scheduled for next week include Hanoi and Bangkok.
If you are planning to travel internationally during this time, you will need to make arrangements directly with the Department of Home Affairs and provide them with the following (at least five working days ahead of the intended date of travel):
For more information, please visit: https://www.flysaa.com/za/en/repatriation.action
UPDATE 8 JUNE 2020
Good news! You can now travel between provinces in South Africa. As of 8 June, selected airlines have reopened for domestic travel… but only for business travel and special circumstances, and with a fair whack of rules and limitations attached – like needing a permit.
So, if business travel is allowed, will holiday travel follow soon?
It all depends on how well the new system holds up. In the meantime, we’ve noticed you’ve been snapping up our incredible deals for travel later in the year! Good planning on your part, because despite leisure travel still being prohibited under the current regulations, there’s a strong chance that the tourism industry will open sooner than expected.
Just like lockdown is being eased level by level, so too must air travel resume one step at a time. Under the current conditions, limited air travel is allowed between OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport.
Besides travelling for business, there are 9 reasons why you’ll be allowed to cross provincial borders – whether by air, road or rail. You can travel if you are:
For business travellers, you will need a “Form 2” permit (regulation 16 (2)(b) and 28(4) declaring that your travel is for business reasons along with a letter on a company letterhead signed by a manager. There are instances in which an affidavit will pass muster, but rather be safe than sorry and check with the airline directly.
In other instances, you will need the relevant particulars, for example a death certificate to attend a funeral. Check with your Pentravel Expert when making your travel arrangements.
The same rules apply if you’re self-driving from one province to another or are using public road or rail transport.
Welcome to a new era of travel. Things will probably never go back to the way they were before, and you can expect strict hygiene measures and safety regulations to become the norm. Some of the advancements to be fast-tracked include WhatsApp boarding passes and e-bag tags.
For now, these are the do’s and don’ts of flying in the time of coronavirus:
According to research from IATA, blocking the middle seat is not a significantly effective measure in actually preventing the spread of COVID-19 from one person to another as long as other important measures are being implemented. However, most airlines will be seating passengers strategically, and filling window and aisle seats first. Some carriers are also offering you the option to make sure the middle seat is blocked out – for a small fee of course.
Breathe easy! Over and above the middle seat, it’s important to know that the air up there, is clear. Aircrafts are fitted with sophisticated air recycling systems that completely renew the cabin air every 2- 3 minutes. These systems employ High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters that are identical to those used in operating theatres.
While accommodation remains closed to the public for most purposes, South African hotels are steadily coming online to meet the demand from business travellers, with several already accepting bookings and others planning on opening from mid-June. Hotels will in all likelihood request proof that you’re allowed to travel, and you may be required to pay cash. For hygiene reasons, don’t expect a breakfast buffet.
With all the dotting of i’s and crossing of t’s needed, there’s never been a better time to let a pro handle your travel plans. Our Pentravel experts are standing by to make the process as seamless as possible for you, so book an appointment now.
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