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Fikile Mbalula clarifies aviation and maritime regulations during national lockdown

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Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula has addressed various concerns surrounding aviation and maritime regulations, whilst reiterating that non-essential travel is prohibited due to the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement on Tuesday, 31 March 2020, Minister Fikile Mbalula addressed a number of queries regarding aviation and maritime regulations, mainly; foreign nationals and South Africans requesting repatriation and evacuation, technical flights, foreign crew disembarkation, and the definition of essential cargo and services.

The minister confirmed that all international and domestic travel has been banned for the duration of the national lockdown, with the exception of those given permission by the Ministry of Transport. Foreign nationals are allowed to return to their home counties, on the grounds that their residential country has charted its own aircraft. The aircraft will not be allowed to have any passengers outside of the crew, with the crew members banned from disembarking.

Finally, South African citizens who wish to return home will be allowed back into the country, provided they have a fully-paid-for flight ticket and commit to 21 days in self-isolation. Designated airports have been instructed to remain open and have operational staff on standby to receive aircrafts that are in distress. These airports are located in Port Elizabeth, Bram Fischer, Upington, Polokwane and Kruger Mpumalanga.

See the full statement below.

Sayushka Naidoo
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