Airports Company South Africa implemented air travel restrictions to high-risk countries.
Airports Company South Africa implemented air travel restrictions to high-risk countries.

Acsa implements travel restrictions

By Travel reporter Time of article published Mar 20, 2020

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Airports Company South Africa has, together with other relevant aviation authorities, implemented air travel restrictions as detailed in the International Air Services (Covid19 Restrictions on The Movement Of Air Travel) Regulations, 2020.

These regulations provide for a ban of passenger air travel from the countries deemed high risk as per the president’s declaration in terms of the National Disaster.

Countries which are deemed as high risk include South Korea, Italy, Spain, Iran, Germany, United State of America, United Kingdom, China and France.

The following revealed that should an airline from a high-risk country land in South Africa, ATNS together with Airports Company South Africa will follow the process that they have in place where the aircraft will be redirected to a remote parking apron and the relevant authorities will be notified. 

Foreign nationals from high-risk countries will not be allowed to disembark the aircraft. The inbound crew will be screened and quarantined.

Lastly, South African citizens returning from high-risk countries will be clinically assessed and immediately quarantined.

O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka International Airport will manage scheduled flights from high-risk countries.

ACSA also revealed that charter operators will be re-routed to international airports that have the Port Health capabilities to manage a suspected case.

O.R. Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, Upington International Airport, Bram Fischer International Airport, Port Elizabeth International Airport and Cape Town International Airport can handle charter flights

ACSA said in a statement: “Since the travel ban announcements, some airlines have already started cancelling their scheduled flights and have notified the affected passengers accordingly.

“Airports Company South Africa regrets any inconvenience caused to both crew and travellers on the first day of the implementation of these travel restrictions, however minimizing the spread of covid-19 for all nationalities is being prioritised. Passengers are encouraged to contact their airlines for details related to their specific flights.”

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