Travelling for Business in SA? What You Need to Know About Level 3 Regulations

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COVID-19 lockdown measures have been downgraded to Level 3, which means from Monday the 1st of June, domestic flights have been made available for the exclusive use of South African business travellers once more. At TravelManor, our team has been hard at work decoding the new regulations so we can ensure that our valued clients travel safely in the coming weeks and months.

Here are the answers to the most frequent questions we’ve received about Level 3 domestic flight regulations:

Are There Any Specific Documents I Need?

Yes, an additional medical questionnaire is required to be completed by all business travellers. Furthermore, all companies must provide a confirmation letter of the purpose and destination of the travel.

Which Airports Can I Fly From?

South African airports are being opened in three phases. This gives the authorities time to stress test their systems to ensure that everything is in working order and that they are able to keep their passengers as safe as possible.

The first four airports that are already open for domestic travel include:

  • Cape Town International Airport
  • King Shaka International Airport
  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • Lanseria Airport

Under phase two, the following airports will be operational as well:

  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Polokwane International Airport
  • Bram Fischer Airport

Phase three will see the following airports opening in addition to those mentioned above:

  • Kimberley Airport
  • Upington Airport
  • East London Airport
  • Umtata Airport
  • Port Elizabeth Airport

If you are unsure whether the airport at either end of your intended journey will be operational when you need to leave on your business trip, it is recommended that you get in touch with your preferred corporate travel agency, or contact the airport directly.

Will Airplanes Be Flying at Full Capacity?

Yes, aeroplanes will be travelling at maximum capacity. Commercial aircrafts feature high-efficiency air filters that are manufactured and maintained according to the same standards as those in hospital theatres. These filters are said to remove up to 99,7% of viruses, which effectively renders the air supply in aeroplanes sterile. Certain airlines are offering travellers the option of purchasing seats next to theirs at a reduced rate if they prefer to take extra precautions while they travel.

Will There Be Catering Onboard?

No, there will be no catering onboard local airlines at this time. In-flight magazines will also be taken out of the rotation.

What Can I Expect When I Arrive at The Airport?

1. You will be required to wear a mask and maintain a strict 1.5 m distance from other people at all times.

2. Your temperature will be taken before you’ll be permitted to enter the airport.

3. Drop off and pick up will only be permitted outside the terminal building.

4. Boarding will be staggered and prioritised in terms of the number of passengers at each gate.

5. Markings on the floor will indicate where you need to stand when queueing at security checkpoints, airport lounges and check-in counters.

If you have any more questions about business travel in South Africa under Level 3 regulations, please feel free to reach out to the TravelManor team. We’re here to make sure that you enjoy a fuss-free journey from start to finish, despite the necessary restrictions we all currently face.

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