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  • Passengers on domestic flights won’t have to complete a department of health questionnaire about possible Covid-19 symptoms and contact with infected people any longer.
  • The department says it is focussing its resources on screening international travellers.
  • Mango advised passengers to still arrive two-and-half hours prior to flights.
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From Wednesday, South Africans travelling on domestic flights won’t have to complete a questionnaire about their health and possible contact with people who have tested positive for Covid-19.

Since the end of May, when domestic flights were resumed in South Africa, all passengers had to complete a mandatory questionnaire, which was checked by government’s Port Health Services at the airport.

The questionnaire included questions about whether the passenger has been in contact with someone with a “confirmed or suspected case” of Covid-19, and whether you have been to an event with more than 50 people during the past 14 days.

If you confirmed symptoms of Covid-19 – fever, cough or difficulty breathing in the last 14 days - as part of the questionnaire, it could have meant that you may not have been permitted to fly.

But the questionnaire for domestic travellers has now been scrapped, the department of health announced on Tuesday.

This is due to officials now focussing their efforts on screening international travellers.

“The re-opening of international travel has resulted in the need to redirect the port health capacity to international travel to ensure the risk of importation of cases is minimised. The Department has therefore taken a decision to withdraw the implementation of domestic screening by Port Health officials at all international Airports,” the department said in a statement.

Still, all passengers must still wear masks and their temperatures will be checked and they will receive sanitisers at airport entrances.

Mango said that while travel permits are no longer required for domestic travel, airports will only allow entry to those with the applicable paperwork for flights, including tickets and identity documents.

While not completing health questionnaires will cut down on travel time, the Airports Company SA said passengers should still arrive two hours before departures.

 

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