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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in the Air Services Amended

December 4, 2020

Department of Transport

Directions on measures to combat Covid-19 in the air services for alert level 1 have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43956 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

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

It sets down the conditions for international passenger flights to and from South Africa.

Failure to provide a valid negative Polymerase Chain Reaction test certificate upon arrival will result in the traveller being subjected to a compulsory quarantine or undergo Covid-19 testing in line with the National Health Regiments.

Children under the age of five years can be exempted from wearing a face mask and a child or a person with disabilities may be exempted from Covid-19 testing if “testing will prove to be a challenge”.

The deletion of subdirections (1) and (2) in Direction 5A means that anyone can now enter airport terminals again.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43957, the department published amended Directions on measures to combat Covid-19 at sea ports for alert level 1.

A new subdirection (4) is inserted into Direction 6.

It stipulates that foreign crew can stay at a designated quarantine facility for a maximum of seven days at their own cost, but must then proceed directly to Ports of Entry and comply with South African Immigration requirements and Port Health protocols.

A new Direction 7A stipulates that small craft can call at the Ports of Durban, Cape Town and Richards Bay for repairs, stores, provisions, refueling and leisure.

In Gazette 43958, the department published amended Directions on the extension of the validity period for learner’s licences, driving licence cards, licence discs, professional driving permits and registration of motor vehicles for alert level 1.

An amendment to Direction 6 stipulates that all learner’s licences, driving licence cards, temporary driving licences and professional driving permits that expire in the period from 26 March 2020 up to and including 31 December 2020 are deemed to be valid until 31 August 2021.

All the amendments came into effect on the date of publication.