Updated rules for local and international travel – airports open to all

Posted by Anita Froneman on 4 December 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced in a national address on December 3 that the Nelson Mandela Bay district is now declared a COVID-19 hotspot and as such will be subjected to additional regulations.

Updated rules for local and international travel

Government has outlined new travel rules for South Africa.

Other travel related rules have also been updated. The Department of Health and Department and Transport outlined the regulations in effect from December 4 regarding local and international travel. They are:

– Terminal buildings in all airports have been reopened to non-travellers

– Travellers entering and exiting the country must be subjected to screening including the completion of a traveller health questionnaire

– A person who is found to have had exposure to COVID-19 or is presenting with any signs and symptoms of COVID-19 must be subjected to a medical examination which may include testing

– Travellers entering the country must provide to the port health official with a completed Traveller Health Questionnaire and a valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, not older than 72 hours from the date of departure from the country of origin

– Travellers entering the country without valid health documentation or who upon entry have been screened and found to be COVID-19 positive or suspected of having contracted COVID-19 must undergo mandatory quarantine for 10 days

– Children under the age of five years may be exempted from wearing a face mask

– Travellers unable to wear a face mask due to an underlying medical condition must submit a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner to the operator prior to departure

– Flight deck crew are required to wear masks for the purpose of embarking and disembarking.

Read the full gazette here.

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