SOUTH AFRICAN CORONA VIRUS HOTLINE NUMBER: +27 80 002 9999
Please use this hotline if you display any signs of the virus, don’t go to your Doctor and infect him and everybody in the waiting room. Share this number with everyone you know as well as your household staff‼
Update on South African travellers to/from UK
Clarification of who can & cannot travel…
UK citizens are allowed to leave.
For other destinations, citizens are allowed to ‘Go home’ but there are restrictions put in place by each country regarding self-quarantine, etc.
Please check the final destination if they will be allowed to go.
For inbound customers, all South Africans are allowed to ‘Return Home’.
Any customers from high risk countries will need to apply for a visa (even if previously these countries did not require visas).
This includes the UK and the US, amongst others.
The British High Commission has set up a Coronavirus SA Travel Advice website especially for South African travellers with regards to travel
AIR FRANCE SUSPENDS FLIGHTS TO SOUTH AFRICA
In view of the travel restrictions being implemented by countries as a result of the COVID-19
outbreak, Air France is making adjustments to its network worldwide, including South Africa.
Air France flight operations from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Paris will remain at full capacity
until 23 March 2020. With effect 24 March 2020, Air France will suspend its flights from Johannesburg
and Cape Town to Paris until further notice. Contact XL Oceanair for further information.
Covid-19: Mauritius closes borders to all foreign nationals, including South Africans
Mauritius is the latest country to close its borders to all foreign nationals, including South Africans. It will come into effect from Thursday, March 19.
The island destination has long been a to destination for all types of travellers, including couples and families.
The Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth confirmed on Wednesday revealed that three people tested positive for covid-19.
According to Garda World, the people with the virus were Mauritian nationals, two worked on a cruise ship, and one who returned home from the UK.
They are currently in isolation at the Souillac Hospital.The country issued additional travel restrictions due to the covid-19 outbreak.
It revealed that no passengers will be allowed entry or transit in Mauritius and the crew members entering the country will be confined to their hotel rooms.
Air Mauritius revealed in a statement that the additional travel restrictions did not apply for passengers travelling on the Mauritius – Rodrigues route.
“No passenger will be uplifted on our flights to Mauritius.
Flight schedules are currently being amended accordingly, and the passengers travelling out of Mauritius will be informed of revised schedules in due course,” the airline stated in a press release. Air Seychelles also announced that the airline will temporarily suspend its services to Mauritius.
“The decision was taken following travel advisory issued by the Mauritius government restricting all foreigners from entering the Mauritian territory for the next 14 days due to the outbreak of covid-19.
“Air Seychelles advises all travellers to and from Mauritius to review their travel plans accordingly,” said the statement.
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Precautionary measures for travellers to take to keep virus at bay
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Maintain at least three feet distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then dispose of the tissue safely.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wearing a mask is not necessary unless you are taking care of an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does recommend that only infected people wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water when hands are visibly dirty.
- If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention immediately.
- Keep in mind the travel advisory set out by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.