Fikile Mbalula provides urgent update on travel ban for South Africans

Fikile Mbalula provides urgent update on travel ban for South Africans

- Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula provided an important update on Tuesday with regards to the travel ban

- This follows President Cyril Ramaphosa's address on the coronavirus and precautionary measures

- Travel restrictions will apply to high risk countries and airport staff will be required to wear gloves and masks

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced measures that will be undertaken by his department, as earlier reported.

In conjunction with local aviation authorities, Mbalula briefed the media at OR Tambo International Airport to provide an important update on Tuesday evening.

Mbalula and company elaborated on some of the travel restrictions that will be applied and measures taken by the aviation industry.

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To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the bulk of airport staff will be required to wear gloves and masks going forward.

Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Morsoaledi and Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan joined Mbalula and availed themselves for questions relating to their portfolios.

Passengers travelling to South Africa from high-risk countries will be redirected to a remote parking apron and the relevant authorities will be called upon.

Even travellers from high-risk countries passing through South Africa en-route to neighbouring countries will be impacted, as checks will be conducted to potentially apply quarantines.

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It was also confirmed that all South Africans returning from high-risk countries will be subjected to the necessary health checks, including quarantine.

Charter operators will be managed as well, as they will be re-routed to international airports that have Ports Health capability.

Mbalula confirmed domestic travel has not been restricted, but the government strongly discouraged unnecessary travel.

The minister also advised that government is liaising with role-players in the public transport sector and plans will be implemented in this regard.

The list of high risk countries was shared below, but during the Q&A session, it was confirmed that France is on the list as well.

  • South Korea,
  • Italy,
  • Spain,
  • Iran,
  • Germany,
  • United State of America,
  • United Kingdom, and
  • China

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