Department of Transport
Directions to combat Covid-19 in the air services have been amended.
The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 45379 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.
Direction 6 on international and domestic flights is amended.
A new subregulation 2(a) stipulates that travellers must provide a valid certificate with a negative Covid-19 test outcome obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
According to the notice, South African authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of the certificate.
A new paragraph (l) stipulates that an operator shall not board any passenger without a valid negative Covid-19 certificate.
Paragraph (o) specifies that pre-packed catering is allowed on board an aircraft and self-service complimentary magazines can be made available upon boarding.
If left behind, such magazines must be disposed of.
Paragraph (p) stipulates that a passenger in transit must be in possession of a valid negative Covid-19 certificate obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel from an accredited laboratory.
A new subdirection 6(3) adds Lanseria and Kruger Mpumalanga international airports to the list of airports allowed for international flights.
A new direction 7A on aviation training organisations and aviation security training organisations is inserted.
The amended Directions came into effect on the date of publication.