Form 2, downloadable from Government Gazette No. 43258 of April 29, is the appropriate travel permit that employers need to complete to authorise domestic air travel for business purposes in Alert Level 3. This is the same form used under Alert Level 4 for permission to perform essential services, Asata advises.
This week FlySafair and Mango join Airlink (which started services last week) in offering limited domestic air services on the Golden Triangle including OR Tambo, Lanseria, Cape Town and King Shaka international airports.
Asata has urged travel consultants to familiarise themselves with gazetted Alert Level 3 regulations, which allow only certain categories of people to travel on presentation of documentation stipulating their reasons for travel.
The following documents – downloadable from http://www.cogta.gov.za, Asata’s coronavirus website https://coronavirus.asata.co.za/9391-2/ or airlines’ websites – are needed for travel in Alert Level 3:
- Business travel permit for travel by air or road between provinces for work or services permitted under Alert Level 3: Form 2 – must be signed by the head of business;
- Moving residence: Form 6 affidavit– must be sworn at a police station or Magistrate’s Court;
- Moving to care for an immediate family member: Form 6 – must be sworn at a police station or Magistrate’s Court;
- Student travel: Form 3A/3B as applicable – must be signed by the head of school/tertiary institution;
- Attendance at funerals and transportation of mortal remains: Form 4 and Form 5 as applicable – must be sworn at a police station or Magistrate’s Court;
- Movement of children: Form 3 – must be sworn at a Magistrate’s Court.
Asata advises that travellers also have to complete a health declaration form, downloadable from https://coronavirus.asata.co.za/9391-2/, which allows authorities to track and trace suspected COVID cases. This form needs to be completed, signed, printed and a copy given to Port Health officials before entering airport terminal buildings. Return flight passengers must print two copies (one for the flight there and one for the flight back). Passengers will also be required to wear masks and present their IDs/passports and online boarding pass (on their smart phone or printed out at home).
Airlink and Mango have loaded all necessary documents on their websites. FlySafair has created a facility on its website where travellers can generate the travel permit/Form 2. FlySafair chief marketing officer, Kirby Gordon, says data provided by passengers to generate the form (including ID number, contact details and physical address) is not stored or used by the airline but merely used to create a PDF document. He says bookings are slow and FlySafair expects to start off with 18 to 20 flights a day on weekdays across the Golden Triangle and 12 flights daily on weekends. He says voucher holders are eligible for 20% discounts.
Airlink is running two same-day returns (JNB-CPT-JNB and CPT-JNB-CPT) at the moment, but demand is low, particularly because of this week’s public holiday, says marketing manager, Karin Murray. She says flights to DUR have been suspended for the time being due to lack of demand. Mango says passengers who booked before May 25 for travel until July 31 will be issued with vouchers. Bookings made on or after May 25 for travel to JNB, CPT and DUR from June 15 to July 31 will be re-accommodated on to flights operating during Alert Level 3.