There has been a few updates and regulations at some of the airports across the country regarding air travel that needs to be noted.

What to expect at the airport in the era of Covid-19

“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.”

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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