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International Travel – Repatriation Flights
Currently South African borders are closed, which means that there is no regular scheduled air traffic in and out of South Africa.

Some airlines are currently getting special permits to organise repatriation flights out of South Africa. These flights will occur at passengers’ own cost and are subject to the capacity available on international flights permitted for evacuation and repatriation.
Who is eligible for getting on these flights?
- Foreign Nationals who wish to return to their home country.
- South Africans citizens or permanent residents for the purposes of travelling to their place of employment, study or residence.
- Foreign Expatriates. 

Here is a list of some of the flights that are planned to take place over the next couple of weeks:
These flights are out of Cape Town or Johannesburg to the respective airline’s hub from which onward travel can be arranged if the destination is in the airline’s network and subject to open borders.

Flight prices vary depending on class of travel and end destination from R14 000 - R30 000 for one way tickets. We are adding a R800 service fee when you book through us.
- 09th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 11th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 14th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 16th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 18th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 21th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- 24th August: Johannesburg to Dubai (onwards)
- Tourists travelling to Dubai (download documents)
- 09th August: Johannesburg to Istanbul (and onwards)
- 13th August: Cape Town to Istanbul (Approved)
- 13th August: Istanbul to Cape Town (Approved)
- 20th August: Cape Town to Istanbul (Awaiting)
- 20th August: Istanbul to Cape Town (Awaiting)
- 27th August: Cape Town to Istanbul (Awaiting)
- 27th August: Istanbul to Cape Town (Awaiting)
- 15th August: Cape Town to Paris (and onwards)
- 16th August: Cape Town to Amsterdam (and onwards)
- 16th August: Johannesburg to Paris (and onwards)

Flights need to be requested with us at least 6 days in advance.
- 08th August: Johannesburg to Amsterdam (onwards)
- 09th August: Cape Town to Amsterdam (onwards)
- 15th August: Johannesburg to Amsterdam (onwards)

Flights need to be requested with us at least 6 days in advance.
- 14th August: Johannesburg to Frankfurt (and onwards)
- 28th August: Johannesburg to Frankfurt (and onwards)
- 8th August: Johannesburg to Zurich (and onwards)
- 22nd August: Johannesburg to Zurich (and onwards)
- 15th August: Johannesburg to Luanda (and onwards)

How to book:
If you are interested in taking one of these flights contact us on: service@travelcheck.co.za

Please provide the following information:

Subject line: Repatriation flight
Name and surname and a contact number to contact you for more details.
Final destination you need to travel to.
More Info:
South Africans wishing to travel on these flights should have the following documents for approval:

(a)  A copy of their valid South African passport
(b)  A letter confirming their admissibility under the current circumstances from the embassy or other diplomatic/consular representative of the country they want to travel to. If returning by road or connecting via flights, the proof submitted needs to include permission from each transiting country.
(c)  Proof of means of travel such as air or bus tickets and the intended date of departure. South Africans who fall in these categories and satisfy the criteria can send an email to covid19travel@dha.gov.za

An email will then be sent to travellers who meet the criteria to enable them to proceed with their travel arrangements.

Foreign Expatriates:
Foreign expatriates are now allowed to enter South Africa under exceptional circumstances following amended regulations stipulated on July 3 by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Categories allowed:
Long-term temporary residency visa holders, such as n intra-company transfer and critical skill work visas.

Categories excluded:
Expatriates who are travelling from visa-exempt countries for short-term visits, which include business trips and holiday/tourism. Also excluded are Expatriates from high-risk countries – China, US, UK, Germany, Iran, Spain, Italy and South Korea.

The minimum requirements for a successful application to enter SA are:

- Compelling motivation outlining need to enter South Africa
- Copy of passport title page
- Copy of temporary residency visa for South Africa

After the application has been submitted directly to the Minister of Home Affairs, it will undergo adjudication by a joint multi-departmental committee meeting held once a week. Approval is at the discretion of the Minister. Approval must be obtained to proceed with any flight bookings to ensure a secure entry into South Africa.

Once approved for entry to South Africa, the expatriate will be subject to prescribed screening and quarantine measures.