The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on travel, both domestically and internationally. In South Africa, domestic flights have been allowed to resume, but with strict regulations in place to help prevent the spread of the virus. One of the most important of these regulations is the requirement for passengers to undergo a Covid-19 test prior to boarding their flight.
Domestic Flights and Covid Testing in South Africa
South African Airlines (SAA) has been operating domestic flights since 1 June 2020, with strict safety protocols in place to protect passengers from the risk of Covid-19. In addition to the regular safety measures such as wearing masks, sanitising and social distancing, all passengers are required to undergo a Covid-19 test prior to boarding the flight. This is to ensure that any passengers who may be infected with the virus are not allowed to travel, thus reducing the risk of spreading the virus.
Requirements for COVID Testing Prior to Domestic Travel in South Africa
In order to be allowed to board a domestic flight in South Africa, passengers must first obtain a valid Covid-19 test result. The test must be taken within 72 hours prior to the flight, and must be a PCR test that has been conducted by an accredited laboratory. The test result must be presented at the airport prior to boarding the flight. Passengers who are unable to provide a valid Covid-19 test result will not be allowed to board their flight.
In addition to the Covid-19 test requirement, all passengers must also present a valid ID document such as a passport or driver’s license. Passengers who do not present a valid ID document will also not be allowed to board the flight.
In conclusion, all passengers who wish to fly domestically in South Africa must obtain a valid Covid-19 test result prior to boarding their flight. This is to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus and ensure the safety of all travellers. It is important to note that a valid ID document must also be presented at the airport in order to be allowed to board the flight.