Travel ban | ACSA urges travellers to check flight status first

Desperate passengers are scrambling to get out of the country. eNCA/Lindsay Dentlinger

JOHANNESBURG - The Airports Company of South Africa is urging all South Africans travelling abroad to check with their airline before making their way to OR Tambo International airport.

South Africa has called travel restrictions "draconian" and the flight bans "akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker."

READ: Travellers bound for Europe scramble to leave SA

The main countries targeted by the ban include South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe.

Passengers scrambled on Saturday to find flights to Europe.

READ: WHO: Countries must work together to battle pandemic

Last-minute mandatory PCR tests are being done and there are long queues and last-minute schedule changes.

The tense situation has been exacerbated by the announcement that Emirates Airlines suspended all flights to and from South Africa.


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