Lockdown Level One – everything you need to know about international travel requirements

Lockdown Level One may mean to you that you are able to visit your friends or family overseas or that finally you are able to welcome international guests who you haven’t see in a very long time. The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown policies world over, played havoc with our freedom of movement which meant that many friends, families, and colleagues have been kept apart for months on end.

With Level One comes a lifting of restrictions on international travel to and from certain countries. What does this mean for us and what are the requirements we need to know before rushing out and booking our air tickets?

Only certain airports are open for international travel.

If you live in George or Nelspruit for example, do not think that you will be able to catch an international flight from your nearest small airport. The only airports open for international travel in South Africa are O.R Tambo International, King Shaka International, and Cape Town International airports.

Only certain destinations are permitted

During level one there are only certain countries that you will be allowed to travel to but there are  certain “no-fly” countries such as USA, UK, Ireland, Brazil and Maldives that you cannot travel to. The list of high risk countries can be found on the SA Government’s website here

You need to present a negative COVID-19 test

According to government regulations, a passenger, must present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test certificate or valid COVID-19 negative test certificate that is not older than 72 hours before the date of travel to the operator with which you will be flying. These requirements are in line with the WHO requirements, just in case you thought our government was being overly cautious.

Wear a face mask at all times

This one goes without saying and we are becoming so accustomed to wearing our face masks in general as South Africans. During check-in, boarding and in-flights, passengers will always be required to wear their masks (except when eating and drinking of course) unless indicated otherwise by cabin crew like for example during an emergency.

If you show symptoms, prepare for quarantine

Every flight operator will pre-screen you before boarding even if you present a COVID-19 negative test. If you show any of the key symptoms of the disease, the operator reserves the right to require you to take another test and then quarantine (at your own cost) when you arrive at your destination. This will include all the members of your travel party or family that you will be travelling with. It is a huge risk and cost to take, so be sure you are negative before flying or reschedule your trip if you show any signs and symptoms that may be worrying.

It truly is an unprecedented time for so many of us. We all feel isolated from our family and friends especially if they live far away from us. But as long as you follow the rules and have all your requirements in place, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy a wonderful reunion during level one of the lockdown. For more information on the services and products we offer at Future Motor Lease  , call us today on 011 026 0003.