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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Air Services Amended

August 26, 2020

Department of Transport

Directions on measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the air services have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43651 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new Direction 5 on international flights and domestic flights is inserted.

All international passenger flights remain prohibited except flights authorized by the transport minister.

The list of airports from which domestic passenger flights are permitted is set down.

Hoedspruit Airport, Margate Airport, Mthatha Airport and Phalaborwa Airport have been added to the list.

In Gazette 43652, Directions on measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the public transport services have been amended.

A new Direction 7 on public transport services, private vehicles and loading capacity of public transport vehicles is inserted.

It stipulates that all long distance intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel by private vehicles and public transport services is permitted.

Busses cannot carry more than 70% of their licensed passenger carrying capacity for long distance intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel.

Trains on short distance travel cannot carry more than 70% of their licensed passenger capacity.

A new Direction 9 stipulates that the transportation of liquor is permitted.

The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.