From June 15, Mango and FlySafair will resume their daily flights between Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban.
But the level 3 restrictions stipulate that you may only fly for certain reasons and even then you will need to obtain the necessary permit and documentation before you will be allowed into the airport.
Everyone who wants to fly from next Monday must have the following:
- a face mask;
- your identity document or passport;
- your electronic (or printed) boarding pass;
- a signed health department questionnaire; and
- your signed travel permit.
There will be strict access control at airports and only passengers who meet the health requirements and have the necessary documentation will be allowed into the terminal. A face mask must be worn at all times, even on the plane.
Health department questionnaire
Before you can fly, you must complete some form of the health department.
Each passenger must complete and sign the form before each flight. So if you are booking a return flight, you must have two signed forms – one for the outbound flight and one for the return flight.
This form, which contains basic information such as your name, contact details, flight number and the like, is provided to airport officials before you fly. You should also indicate whether you have ever been in contact with someone who had Covid-19 and whether you felt feverish or ill in the last two weeks.
The questionnaire for a flight on FlySafair can here or get the necessary list here if you are on a Mango flight. Please note, the questionnaire must be completed and signed before you arrive at the airport.
Travel permitte and who can fly
According to the regulations, people may only fly for one of the following reasons:
- to move to a new place of residence;
- for caring for a close relative;
- to carry out supervisory responsibilities as a Member of Parliament;
- to return to a school or university;
- to attend a funeral;
- to receive medical treatment;
- to transport children of divorced parents;
- to return to your place of residence after quarantine or seclusion;
- for business purposes; and
- for any other reason permitted under regulation 41.
Before any person can travel for any of these reasons, he or she must have the necessary permits before booking their flights. Each permit must also be accompanied by the necessary permission. In the case of a business trip, the business owner or owner must sign a letter of consent.
For FlySafair flights, the consent letter is located here. For Mago flights, the passenger can have a letter signed by his company chief stating the reason for the trip.
Should the passenger work for himself or then act as the head of the business, he or she must submit an affidavit to the police as to why the business trip should be undertaken.
Passengers who move, return to their home, attend a funeral or accompany children moving between parents must each sign a special letter and submit an affidavit at a police station or magistrate’s court.
FlySafair lists all the different forms here on his website.
Both airlines, however, warn that the necessary letters of consent must be obtained before airline tickets are booked and that no passenger will be allowed to fly without them.
Comair, which operates British Airways and Kulula in South Africa, is currently in business rescue and is expected to resume its flights only in November.
The South African Airways, which is currently also in business rescue, has resumed flight discussions, but it is not yet clear whether the airline will be able to spread its wings again, given its financial situation.