Thursday, May 06, 2021

Travel from India to SA possible through connecting flights while India battles the rapid spread of Covid

Durban: While the debate rages on whether the South African government should impose a ban on travellers from India, there are still available connecting flights for those who need to travel.

This is according to Jennifer Morris from Travel Savvy. Morris said there were currently flights from Mumbai and Delhi to Johannesburg via Doha on Qatar Airways.

There is also a weekly flight from Delhi to Johannesburg on Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa, she said.

“While there are no current restrictions on travellers from India to South Africa, it should be noted that this could change at any time,” said Morris.

The Qatar Airlines website states that effective April 29, 2021, passengers arriving or transiting in Qatar who have been in or transited through India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines need to present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 48 hours prior to their scheduled departure time from these countries.

The airline said all passengers must take the test at a medical centre approved to conduct a PCR test for Covid-19 by the respective health authorities at the country of origin.

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said this week that all South African ports of entry employed stringent containment procedures to minimise the importation of Covid-19.

06/05/21 Karen Singh/IOL

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