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Lockdown Level 3 Travel: Permits, Flights & Busses


To our excitement, lockdown level three allows us to cross provincial borders in selected instances. This has allowed airlines and bus companies to resume limited services. Both bus and domestic flight bookings can now be made online. Travellers need to be in possession of a valid permit (or affidavit) in accordance with the Disaster Management Act (s33(4)) in order to board a bus or flight. Passengers will also have to wear a face mask covering the mouth and nose for the duration of the journey.



How To Get A Travel Permit


People are only allowed to move between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts and hotspots for one of the following reasons (Section 33(4))
1) For work - carrying out work responsibilities or performing any service permitted under Alert Level 3 (Form 2) (Section 33(4)(a))
2) If you're travelling to move to a new residence (Form 6) (Section 33(4)(b)(i))
3) If you're moving to care for an immediate family member (Form 6) (Section 33(4)(b)(ii))
4) If you are a member of Parliament performing oversight responsibilities (Section 33(4)(c))
5) Learners or students referred to in regulation 34(5) who have to commute to and from those schools or institutions of higher learning during periods when those schools or institutions are permitted to operate (Form 3A or 3B)(Section 33 (4)(d))
6) The attendance of funerals limited to close family members as in section 35 (Form 4 or 5) (Section 33 (4)(e))
7) The obtaining of medical treatment (Provided by doctor/medical centre) (Section 33 (4)(g))
8) If you are leaving a quarantine or isolation facility and you need to return to your place of residence (Section 33 (4)(h))
9) Any movement permitted under regulation 41 (Section 33 (4)(i))

In addition to a valid permit, all travellers also need to complete a domestic screening form.

Busses


Eldo, APM and Intercape have resumed their domestic operations, with additional safety measures in place. You can find all routes currently available here.

Passengers need to keep the following in mind:
  • A valid permit will be required in order to board a bus.
  • Buses will operate at a 50% load factor to allow for social distancing.
  • Strict hygiene measures are in place.
  • Passengers have to wear a mask for the duration of the bus journey.
Passengers without a mask or permit will not be allowed to board.

Flights


Only selected airlines are resuming operations with reduced schedules to meet the lower demand. 
You can book the below flights here.
  • FlySafair will start operations again on 15 June 2020 with flights between Cape Town - Durban, Cape Town - Johannesburg & Johannesburg - Durban. 
  • Mango Airlines will start operations again on 15 June 2020 with flights between Cape Town - Durban, Cape Town - Johannesburg & Johannesburg - Durban. 
  • SA Airlink started flying between Cape Town - OR Tambo and Johannesburg - Durban from 8 June 2020. 
  • Cemair started flying between Cape Town - Johannesburg and Johannesburg - Durban from 5 June 2020.
  • SAA previously indicated they wanted to resume domestic operations by the middle of June, but they have since announced that they won't be able to resume domestic operations this month.

Passengers will also find additional safety measures in place at the airports and during flight to encourage social distancing.

  • Airports will only allow valid ticket-holders into the airport building, so you'll have to meet and greet family at the pick-up and drop-off parking lot zones. 
  • Expect your temperature to be taken before being admitted into the airport building and possibly at other stages during the boarding process again.
  • Passengers have to wear a mask from the moment they enter an airport building to the moment they leave, including during the flight.
  • To enforce social distancing, airports will have markings to indicate where to queue and possibly manage other movements.
  • Most airlines are introducing self-scanning of all documents and are not offering in-flight meals or magazines. 
  • Boarding could be staggered to encourage social distancing.
  • Reduced capacities on bus facilities offered on the tarmac. 
  • All staff will wear PPE.
  • Middle seats will not be kept open, but should be filled only after all window and aisle seats have been allocated. Selected airlines are also allowing passengers to purchase the middle seat at an additional price.
Passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 or who run a fever could be denied boarding. Passengers also won't be allowed to board without a mask or permit.

* We have taken great care to ensure that information provided is accurate, although it is still possible for government to announce amendments or clarifications to any regulation mentioned above. Airlines can also make changes as and when necessary. Therefore we recommend you check with the relevant coach company or airline whether the documentation in your possession will be sufficient to travel with.

The wearing of cotton masks has been proven to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Although uncomfortable, a cotton mask worn over the mouth and nose protects both yourself and those around you.


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