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Domestic Screening at International Airports Withdrawn

November 26, 2020

Department of Health

Domestic screening by Port Health officials at all international airports is being withdrawn.

In a statement, the health department pointed out that the re-opening of international travel has resulted in the need to redirect the port health capacity to international travel to minimize the risk of importation of cases.

Domestic travel resumed when South Africa entered Alert Level 3 of the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel re-opened in the 3 major airports during Alert Level 1.

According to the department, “current reports on the outbreak indicate that most province are reporting lower number of cases when compared to the numbers reported during the peak of the outbreak”.

The department emphasized that Airport Authorities, in line with the Disaster Management Regulations and applicable Directions, are still expected to ensure compliance with COVID-19 protocols including ensuring that all persons entering terminal buildings are screened, sanitised and wearing masks.