Repatriation flights from the United Kingdom to South Africa will resume on Tuesday, November 30 according to the Department of International Relations.
The UK High Commission has confirmed that British Airways will resume direct flights to South Africa from Tuesday, with the first flight to London on Wednesday, as spokesperson Clayson Monyela reports. Virgin Airlines will also continue flying three times a week into South Africa.
Info received from @ukinsouthafrica.
– @British_Airways will resume direct flights to #SouthAfrica from Tuesday (30 Nov) with the 1st flight to London on W/day. It’ll be 1 daily flight to Cape Town & ORTIA.
– Virgin flies 3 times a week into ORTIA. They haven’t stopped theirs.
— Clayson Monyela (@ClaysonMonyela) November 28, 2021
South Africa currently remains on the UK’s travel Red List following the discovery of the Omicron Variant. It’s required that passengers are British or Irish Nationals, or UK residents. A British National booked on the Wednesday BA flight has confirmed that further requirements include:
- A PCR test within 72 hours prior to departure
- Completion of a passenger locator form
- A confirmed booking at a registered quarantine hotel in the UK including two COVID-19 tests.
As @British_Airways & @VirginAtlantic prepare to resume direct flights to 🇬🇧 please be aware that entry is still restricted to UK/Irish nationals & those with residence rights & they will need to undertake 10 days quarantine in a government approved hotel. Full details in this 🧵 https://t.co/pNwXIprSE5
— UK in South Africa🇬🇧 (@ukinsouthafrica) November 28, 2021
Meanwhile, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his disappointment after addressing the travel bans that have been unfairly placed on South Africa. He called it unjustified and discriminatory and not backed by science.