Direct flights between the UK and South Africa will resume on Tuesday

The Department of International Relations said that repatriation flights between the United Kingdom to South Africa will resume on Tuesday, 30 November.

Direct flights from the UK to South Africa

According to Cape Town etc, 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, spokesperson Clayson Monyela reports.

Virgin Airlines will also continue flying three times a week into South Africa.

UK’s travel red list

South Africa currently remains on the UK’s travel Red List following the discovery of the Omicron variant.

This means that from 26 November, only British/Irish citizens and those with residence rights can enter England. UKVI will pause issuing visit visas for the moment.

Other requirements for flying with British Airways reportedly includes:

  • 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.

The UK High Commission also said that they will continue to process other visas in South Africa, including work, study and settlement routes. If granted, customers will be subject to quarantine requirements.

The Omicron variant

The new variant was discovered first by Southern African nations, which led to a number of countries implementing travel bans on those coming from Mzansi and its neighbouring nations. But, South Africa will stay on lockdown level 1.

“The National Coronavirus Command Council met yesterday to consider the recent rise in infections and the possible impact of the Omicron variant. This was followed by meetings earlier today of the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet, where a decision was taken that the country should remain on Coronavirus Alert level 1 for now and that the National State of Disaster should remain in place,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said during an address to the nation.

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