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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in the Air Services Amended

September 10, 2020

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 43695 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

Direction 5 is amended by the substitution of paragraph (a) in subdirection (1).

Paragraph (a) stipulates that all international flights are prohibited except those conducted for, inter alia, the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods; humanitarian operations; the evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident to the Republic; the repatriation of a foreign national to their country of nationality or permanent residence; medical emergencies in respect of a life-threatening condition and the return of a South African national or permanent resident to their place of employment, study or residence, outside the Republic.

International passenger air travel for leisure purposes remains prohibited.

A new Direction 5B on general aviation is inserted stipulating that aerial work, general aviation and recreational aviation is permitted.

A new subdirection 1 in Direction 6 lists the International Airports designated as Ports of Entry that have port health capability and are permitted to handle air cargo.

The amendments came into effect on the date of publication.