Industry Blog (Robusta)

New COVID regulations published – Good news for families

ASATA is delighted with last night’s announcement that families with children between the ages of five and 12 years no longer need to provide a negative PCR test when returning to South Africa. Family travel is a significant segment of South Africa’s travel industry and without the option to vaccinate under 12-year-olds, this has meant […]

Learn how to become a 21st-century travel agent

Join industry leaders like Sure Travel CEO Vanya Lessing, TBCSACEOTshifhiwa Tshivhengwa and Airlink CEO Rodger Foster for a must-attend day of discussions on how leisure and corporate travel has evolved and how you can tap into the action, hosted on the sidelines of World Travel Market Africa. Date: 13 April Venue: Spotlight Theatre

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Airlines resume frequencies to SA

Qatar Airways: Will operate 21 weekly flights to and from South Africa starting 13 January 2022. The airline will resume double daily services from Johannesburg, a daily service from Cape Town and four weekly tagged flights to Durban. Only transit passengers will be allowed to board QR services, and transit via Hamad International Airport to the airline’s […]


UK scraps pre-departure testing

The British government has confirmed the removal of its pre-departure test requirements for fully vaccinated passengers travelling into England. PCR tests and self-isolation on arrival has also been scrapped, with the government reverting to its previous requirement of a lateral flow test to be taken within 48 hours of arrival and, if positive, a PCR test to […]


Seychelles lifts travel ban against SA

Seychelles has lifted its travel ban against South Africa and several other Southern African countries. The requirements for inbound travellers include: Negative PCR test done within 72 hours of departure Complete Health Travel Authorisation at Valid Travel & Health insurance to cover COVID-19-related quarantine, isolation or treatment Entry / stay conditions are not affected by […]


France lifts South Africa from ‘Scarlet Red’ list

France has lifted South Africa from its ‘Scarlet Red’ list. Vaccinated travellers can now visit France without quarantine. Travellers will also need to present a negative PCR test done less than 48 hours before departure.  ASATA will forward the official Gazette in English as soon as this is made available. Please see this notice directly from the French […]


Mauritius removes travel ban against South Africa

As of Friday 7 January 2022, the COVID-19 travel ban imposed by the Republic of Mauritius on South Africa and several other Southern African countries was lifted and commercial passenger flights from these countries to Mauritius can resume. Travellers are requested to get in touch with airlines and tour operators to confirm the availability of […]

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Latest Government Regulations issued 31 Dec

Government approved several changes to the Adjusted Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations. While the Omicron variant is highly transmissible, there has been lower rates of hospitalisation than in previous waves. This means that the country has a spare capacity for admission of patients even for routine health services. There is a marginal increase in the number of […]

Mauritius Travel Ban was “unscientific” – ASATA wrote

Writing to the Mauritian Government twice over the December holidays, ASATA highlighted its deep frustration with the extension of its travel ban to South Africans. The Mauritian Government quickly followed on the heels of the French government on 6 Jan lifting its travel ban. Click here to read the Sunday Times article.

ASATA Cape Talk interview on Travel Scams

ASATA issued a warning to travellers to beware of popular travel scams during the December holidays. ASATA CEO Otto de Vries was interviewed by Lester Kiewit on Cape Talk on how travellers looking for last-minute deals needed to be vigilant for scam artists.  Listen to the Cape Talk interview with Otto de Vries.

Airlink apology to the trade

Please see below a letter to the trade as received from Airlink: Airlink would like to apologise for not attending to your enquiry as quickly as we would like to, due to the sudden changes in the travel regulations where we are experiencing high volume cancellations at short notice.  Like yourselves, we understand the frustrations that […]

Air Mauritius check-in guidelines

Air Mauritius has issued the following guidelines to ensure a smooth, timeous check-in: Proof of accommodation, private lodging, letter confirming address or invite or Hotel booking confirmation with name and dates Travel insurance indicating Covid cover Covid-19 Travel Insurance Passengers should ensure that their Mandatory Travel Insurance, mentions COVID-19 cover. Mauritius requires that the wording of […]