DURBAN – As the country moved to alert level 2 this week and the ban on inter-provincial travel lifted, flying for leisure purposes to and from the airports is expected to pick up significantly in the coming weeks.
There has been a few updates and regulations at some of the airports across the country regarding air travel that needs to be noted which are as follows:
- Arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure time
- Masks have to be worn throughout the airport building.
- Passengers have to download and print and complete a mandatory questionnaire that forms part of the screening process. The form can be found here.
- All staff and passengers entering an airport will have their temperature taken and will be visually screened.
- Regular deep cleaning and surface sanitisation takes place throughout each open airport.
- Staff have been equipped with necessary PPE and sanitizer
- Access points have been restricted at each airport. The access points that are open will have screeners.
- Port Health is carrying out passenger screenings at airports.
- Online check-in is encouraged to reduce the touching of personal identity documents.
- Passengers will scan their own boarding cards at security.
- Baggage handlers will wear full PPE.
- Baggage will be fully sanitised and must be wrapped as an additional safety measure.
- To find out about open prayer facilities and restaurants click here.
- Bathrooms will be open at domestic departure arrival facilities and will be sanitised in accordance with the public health procedure approved by SACAA.
- If people do not adhere to the airport rules, they will not be permitted in the terminal building or they will be escorted off the premises by airport security.
In a statement from the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) said: “Only travelling passengers will be allowed, hand sanitiser stations at strategic points, physical distancing, self-checking in and Perspex screens to avoid unnecessary physical interaction.”
The airports that are open currently include:
- O.R. Tambo International Airport
- Cape Town International Airport
- King Shaka International Airport
- Bram Fischer International Airport
- East London Airport
- George Airport
- Kimberley Airport
- Port Elizabeth International Airport
- Upington International Airport
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