(1) Aerial work is permitted. All passenger vessels are prohibited from-(i) disembarking any passengers at any South African port;(ii) calling at any of the ports, except for the disembarkation of returning South African crew, South African citizens and holders of permanent residence permits.Signing-off crew of a passenger vessel may -(i) disembark from a passenger vessel at the port of Cape Town and at the port of Durban; and(ii) directly transit to the airport. This is subject to various containment and mitigation measures,” announced the President. Shore leave is allowed for Foreign Crew in line with South African Immigration requirements and Port Health protocols. Owners of cross -border road transport facilities must put measures in place to adhere to social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19. (1) All international and domestic passenger flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin except those flights especially authorised by the Minister of Transport for the evacuation of South African Nationals in foreign countries. South Africa has moved to Level 1 lockdown restrictions from 21 September 2020. This risk will be mitigated through the adoption of effective sanitization and personal hygiene protocols. (2) Operators must ensure that all public transport vehicles door and window handles, arm -rest and hand rails are sanitized before picking up and dropping off passengers. Reopening of Borders & Services during Alert Level 1. In respect of maritime transport, there will be no changes to the Directions regulating the movement of ships. Permitted overseas travel for South Africans, Approved essential travel for South Africans who want to return to countries where they are based. South Africa will reopen its international borders on 1 October 2020, under alert level 1 of lockdown. Travel to South Africa is allowed if the country of departure has a low rate of COVID-19 infection and transmission. (4) All public transport operators must provide disinfection information materials and procedures. Maintenance vehicles will only be permitted to move around the system in these hours only. South African citizens and holders of permanent residence permits are advised to refrain from making use of international maritime transport or cruise ships. Charter services will be subject to the same rules as other road-based public transport modes. Copyright 2020 Government of South Africa. The National Development Agency (NDA) has set aside R32 million for 200 civil society organisations to stimulate local economic development. Buses will be allowed to transport 70% passengers of their licensed loading capacity, with requisite social distancing, wearing of masks by all passenger and other mitigating measures. (1) No person is allowed to stand in a public transport vehicle. 51. (c) disembarkation of a declared medical emergency of foreign nationals must be approved by the Port Health Services. There will be no immediate resumption of Metrorail commuter services until we have satisfied ourselves that the risk of transmission is manageable on a corridor by corridor basis. Private vehicle are permitted to carry their maximum licensed passenger capacity. International air travel is restricted to the following airports-(a) OR Tambo International Airport;(b) King Shaka International Airport; and(c) Cape Town International Airport. (3) South African citizens and permanent residents are advised to refrain from use of this form of travel until further notice.(4). We will issue Directions to limit the daily numbers of people that can be attended to, while restricting bookings to online platforms. This comes after the Zurich-based industrial giant, ABB, was fingered in suspicious payments relating to contracts awarded in 2015 involving the control and instrumentation work at Kus... KwaZulu-Natal will take a zero-tolerance stance against COVID-19 lockdown regulation transgressors as the province anticipates an influx of visitors ahead of the festive season, says Premier Sihle Zikalala. Long-distance rail services(1) All long- distance rail services, both public and private operations, are permitted. Restrictions on international travel will gradually be eased. – SAnews.gov.za, Follow South African Government News on Facebook. Temporary shelters that meet the necessary hygiene standards will be identified for homeless people. Travellers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR  (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. All other cargo vessels must be allowed to dock at sea ports for purposes of cargo works, repairs, replenishing fuel and provisions. (5) (a) Repatriation of South African seafarers:(i) South African seafarers returning to South Africa via any of the sea ports will be allowed to disembark;(ii) South African seafarers returning to South Africa via any means other than a ship calling at a sea ports will be subjected to the provisions of the applicable laws that govern the respective mode of transportation they use; and(iii) All returning seafarers will be subjected to a quarantine period of up to 21 days as well as any measures put in place to prevent the spread of the virus. (2) The Cabinet member responsible for home affairs, or a person designated by him or her, may allow entry into or exit from the Republic for-(a) emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition;(b) the evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident to the Republic;(c) the repatriation of a foreign national to his or her country of nationality or permanent residence;(d) the return of a South African national or permanent resident to his or her place of employment, study or residence, outside the Republic; or(e) daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in the Republic, and who are allowed entry and exit into and from the Republic, subject to compliance with protocols relating to-(i) screening for COVID-19 and quarantine or isolation, where necessary;(ii) wearing of a cloth face mask or a homemade item that covers the nose and mouth when in a public place, or another appropriate item to cover the nose and mouth;(iii) transportation; and(iv) sanitisation and social distancing measures as per the relevant health protocols on safety and prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Cross-Border road passenger movement remains prohibited. The ban on both domestic and international passenger flights remains in place. Public transport services, private vehicles and loading capacity of public transport vehicles. People applying as a group can send one email with the supporting documents for each member of the group. All these movements will be subject to approval and permits will be issued on a case by case basis. “The easing of restrictions on international travel under level 1 must be done with extreme caution, especially as some countries experience a new surge in infections," said Ramaphosa. (b) bus services are permitted to carry not more than 70% of their licensed passenger carrying capacity for long distance intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel. The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational, and the 34 land borders which were closed, will remain closed. (https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-fikile-mbalula-relaxas-hours-public-transport-vehicles-grant-beneficiaries-29-mar), Prohibition to provide cross -border road transport (Gazette 43158 of 26 March 2020). Effective from 30 March 2020 until Friday, 3 April 2020, buses and taxis will be permitted to operate from 05:00 until 20:00 in order to cater to the transportation needs of society’s most vulnerable. South Africa’s Business for Ending Lockdown (B4EL) Campaign has welcomed the country’s move to a level 1 lockdown but has raised concerns around ‘unnecessary and … “Countries that have used this type of app have been able to manage the Ccoronavirus pandemic quite effectively,” said the President. Vehicle Services Servicing of vehicles of personnel performing emergency services is permitted under Level 4. (3) (a) Evacuation of South African citizens who desires to come back home is allowed provided:(i) He or she has a fully paid return flight ticket;(ii) On arrival they will be subjected to mandatory quarantine for a period of up to 21 days; and(iii) The crew shall be allowed to disembark subject to mandatory quarantine laws as may be applicable. Traveling to and from the Republic is allowed, subject to subregulations (3). A person - (a) must when in a public place, wear a … International travel will be permitted once more within the next two weeks, after Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed the country would move to Level 1 of lockdown … Mandatory protocols when in a public place. (7) (a) The following ships are allowed:(í) Cargo working ships;(ii) Passenger vessels allowed only for purposes of disembarking SA crew and returning SA citizens;(iii) Ships calling for refuelling and supplies. Persons undertaking work responsibilities or performing a service permitted under Alert Level 3, provided they are in possession of the requisite permit. PRASA will similarly adopt a gradual re-introduction of its services based on its capacity to manage crowds, implement effective social distancing and implement other mitigation measures that include cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, trains and stations. No public transport is allowed on the road between 20h00 and 05h00. Therefore, no accompanying members of the public will be allowed inside the terminal buildings. Cruise ships are prohibited from calling at any of the South African sea ports, except for the disembarkation of returning-(a) South African crew;(b) South African citizens; or(c) holders of South African permanent residence permits. Gautrain will mark out areas of the station to demarcate where to stand and queue appropriately, based on one passenger per square metre. International travel Government guidelines confirm that ‘ all air travel is permitted ‘ at Level 1 of lockdown. International flights to and from the Republic, as well as domestic flights within the Republic, are permitted in terms of regulation 75, read with regulation 76(2)(a) of the Regulations. (3) South African citizens and permanent residents are advised to refrain from use of this form of travel until further notice. Level 1 To 5: Here Is What The Different Lockdown Levels Mean ... South Africa will transition to a system of alert levels to ensure we can ease restrictions as safely as possible. (a) A person who needs to travel to his or her new place of residence or business and to transport goods which are limited to household or office furniture and effects. The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost. Driving schools will be permitted to resume their activities subject to effective social distancing and sanitizing measures. The current approval procedures to permit departure or landing of such flights remains unchanged. Cruise ships are prohibited from calling at any of the South African ports, except for the disembarkation of returning -(a) South African crew; or(b) South African citizens or holders of permanent residence permits. (3) Public Transport permitted to ferry essential services workers will operate from 05h00 to 10h00 and from 16h00 to 20h00. (i) Port Elizabeth;(ii) Bram Fischer;(iii) Upington;(iv) Polokwane;(v) Kruger Mpumalanga. All travellers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app. Under Alert Level 1, the country eased some of the stringent restrictions which were imposed on citizens under lockdown. ". (b) The evacuation of foreign tourists may be allowed where arrangements, including an arrangement for evacuation by air charter, have been made by the relevant embassy: Provided that a tourist who is escorted to the point of exit may be screened again. We are ready to open our doors again to the world, and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence,” said the President. (3) The private rail operators such as Rovos Rail must cease operation. At boarding gates, boarding will be staggered and prioritized in terms of the number of passengers to board. This has brought about further relaxation of the restrictions that have been in place, and a … Drivers’ Licence Testing Centres and Vehicle Testing Centres will gradually re-open for essential service workers to renew their drivers’ and vehicle licenses. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site. For purposes of this regulation "long distance travel" is a trip of 200 km or more. These are manufactured to the same standard as those used in hospital operating theatres and industrial clean rooms, with the same efficacy of 99.97% in removing viruses. All international flights are prohibited, except those conducted for-(i) the transportation of fuel, cargo and goods;(ii) humanitarian operations;(iii) the evacuation of a South African national or permanent resident to the Republic;(iv) the repatriation of a foreign national to their country of nationality or permanent residence;(v) medical emergencies in respect of a life-threatening condition;(vi) the movement of staff of diplomatic and international organisations;(vii) the return of a South African national or permanent resident to their place of employment, study or residence, outside theRepublic; or(viii) other categories, as authorised by the Minister of Transport, but excluding international passenger air travel for leisure purposes. South Africans who wish to leave the Republic are permitted to depart only for the following reasons: South Africans wishing to return to the countries where they reside should have the following: (a) A copy of their valid South African passport. South Africa enters the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown alert level 4 on Friday as the country gradually eases movement restrictions in the fight against COVID-19.. (4) All commuter rail services must stop operations for the duration of the lockdown including all Metrorail and Gautrain. (3) Embarkation and disembarkation is permissible under the following circumstances: -(a) disembarkation of a returning South African citizen and permanent residents. To allow for travelling of operating staff and completion of service, the Gautrain will operate from 05h00 to 12h00 and 15h00 to 20h00 with an appropriate peak hour service.Maintenance staff will be permitted to move in and around the system during curfew-hours (22h00pm – 04h00). Provision of improved access to hygiene and disinfection control at cross-border public transport facilities. (3) All public transport operators must put measures in place to adhere to social distancing to curb the spread of COVID -19. (6) Any marshal who interacts with members of the public in public transport facility should wear a mask. Emergency spares are also allowed to be on sale. (4) (a) The following technical flights are allowed:(i) Medical evacuation flights;(ii) Aircraft in a state of emergency;(iii) Overflights;(iv) Technical landings for refuelling ;(v) Aircraft operations related to humanitarian aid, relief flights and other safety related operations. In the next few days, the updated regulations will be published and Ministers have been tasked with ironing out the details through briefings. The following category of persons are exempted from provisions of subparagraph (3)(b) but must comply with applicable entry requirements set out by the Department of Home Affairs;(a) Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend or teach at a school in the Republic;(b) Children below the age of five years;(c) cross border freight operators;(d) Airline crew who upon arrival in the Republic do not disembark and;(e) Medical evacuation crew undertaking medical evacuations subject to having medical surveillance plans stipulating routine screening and testing of crew. The Premier made the vow during the launch of Operation Vala in Durban on Friday. With the increase in the number of people returning to work and learners and students returning to institutions of learning, long distance public transport crossing Provincial, Metropolitan or District boundaries is permitted to operate. ", Prohibition of standing in a public transport vehicle (Gazette 43157, 26 March 2020). At Level 5 South Africa would be in the hard lockdown it has come to know, and at Level 1 the only restrictions would be on international travel. eHailing and Metred Taxis remain at 50% loading capacity. (c) the crew must comply with all the travel requirements and health protocols at ports of entry;(d) crew changes may take place at port and off port limits;(e) signing-on crew may directly transit from the airport to board the vessel: Provided that, if a layover is necessary, the crew must be quarantined as per the Port Health Protocol at the employer's costs and the name of the quarantine facility must be specified in the form referred to in paragraph (a); and(f) signing-on and signing-off crew may only in exceptional circumstances be permitted to layover. We have therefore revised our timelines in respect of the resumption of the Metrorail commuter service. Domestic passenger flights are permitted at the following domestic airports, as approved:(a) Bram Fischer International Airport;(b) Cape Town International Airport;(c) East London;(d) George Airport;(e) Hoedspruit Airport;(f) Kimberly Airport;(g) King Shaka International Airport;(h) Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport;(i) Lanseria International Airport;(j) Margate Airport;(k) Mthatha Airport;(I) OR Tambo International Airport;(m) Phalaborwa Airport;(n) Pietermaritzburg Airport;(o) Pilanesburg Airport;(p) Plettenberg Bay Airport;(q) Polokwane Airport;(r) Port Elizabeth International Airport;(s) Richards Bay Airport;(t) Sishen Airport;(u) Skukuza Airport; and(v) Upington International Airport. Embarkation of cross-border road transport vehicles. Persons moving to a new place of residence; Persons caring for an immediate family member; Learners or students who have to commute to and from those schools or institutions of higher learning during periods when those schools or institutions are permitted to operate. (2) Cruise ships are prohibited from calling at any of the sea ports except the disembarkation of a returning South African crew and a permanent resident. (5) Notwithstanding the provisions of direction (3), public transport is provided with the following grace periods for picking up and dropping off, of passengers:(a) Minibuses and Midibuses Public Transport is permitted to proceed to a pickup point an hour before the operating times, which is from 05h00 to 10h00 without loading passengers; and(b) Minibuses and Midibuses Public Transport is permitted to proceed to drop off points an hour after the drop off time of 10h00 which would be 11h00. (Statement by Department of Home Affairs). A crew member's failure to adhere to the requirement contemplated in paragraph (a), will warrant quarantine, at the crew member's own cost. The SADC Protocol on COVID-19 is applicable. All long distance intra-provincial and inter-provincial travel by private vehicles and public transport services are permitted. (3) (a) A foreign tourist who arrived in the Republic prior to the period of lockdown, which ended on 30 April 2020, and who remained in the Republic-(i) must remain in his or her place of temporary residence until otherwise determined by the Cabinet member responsible for international relations and cooperation; and(ii) may be subject to screening for COVID-19 and be quarantined or isolated, as required. (b) Sanitisation of cargo must be applied to air cargo carried by any South African aircraft coming from medium to high risk countries. Level 5 is the hard lockdown South Africa has come to know: only essentials may be bought, and only essentials may be made. (Gazette 43521 of 12 July 2020). Allow for the once off travel of final year medical students studying at public higher education institutions to travel from their homes to the university campus where they are registered for study during the period 8 -31 May 2020. This test will be at the traveller’s cost. While the better-than-expected latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures indicate that more people became employed in the third quarter of 2020, this does not mean that South Africa is out of the woods, says the Department of Employment and Labour. Gautrain operations will be gradually re-introduced in all rail-based services, covering 8 of their 9 stations. Charter Operators (Gazette 43105 of 18 March 2020), (1) All Charter Operators for the duration of this regulations, are required to operate in the International Airports that have the Ports Health capability and be subjected to Health assessment. Restrictions on international travel for business and leisure and other travel will be gradually eased from 1 October 2020. It also details the goods that should to be allowed by member states to move across land borders. South Africa could move to level 1 lockdown next week, when president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation as promised during a recent meeting with the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef). The Metro based DLTCs will be opened first from 1 June 2020. (1) A public transport sedan is limited to carrying not more than 50% of its permissible passenger carrying capacity. Similarly, full operations for the port of Mossel Bay and port of Saldanha Bay for movement of Cargo will be permitted. To this extent, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) shall be directed to issue a Marine Notice to this effect. A driver, owner or operator of public transport may not allow any member of the public who is not wearing a face mask, to board or be conveyed in a public transport owned or operated by him or her. (1) Despite any permit issued in terms of the Act, no person may provide cross -border Road Passenger transport for the duration of lockdown. Re-opening of borders (As updated from Gazette 43897 of 11 November 2020). A full list of essential personnel will be published. No scheduled domestic flights will be permitted in Level 4. South Africa could move to level 1 lockdown next week, when president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation as promised during a recent meeting … This will be done through the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and recruitment of volunteers in all district municipalities. All international travel will resume subject t o-(a) the traveler providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and(b) in the event of the traveler's failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative test, the traveler will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own costs. Both the instructor and the learner must wear face masks at all times. “The tourism sector is one of our greatest economic drivers. Last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the 2020 matriculants would rewrite the two exams after quality assurance council Umalusi concluded that the inte... Eskom’s coffers will this month be bolstered after the power utility struck a deal to recoup over R1.56 billion irregularly paid to service provider ABB. Repatriation (Gazette 43189 of 31 March 2020). South Africa will move into Level 1 of lockdown when the rules set out by Cyril Ramaphosa are officially published in the Government Gazette. (c) Technical landing flights are allowed on condition that no passenger may disembark. However, a list of permitted countries will be published based on the latest scientific data. Embarkation and disembarkation of foreign nationals at international airports designated as Ports of Entry (Gazette 43105 of 18 March 2020). ... Level 1: 'restrictions' on international travel. Minimum restrictions. The permit must correspond with Form 1 to these Directions;(ii) indicate the persons who are part of the household who will be required to move; and(iii) have in his or her possession the relevant lease agreements indicating the date of expiry of the old lease or the date of commencement of the new lease, or the proof of purchase of residence and occupation date. Sites are also being identified for quarantine and self-isolation for people who cannot self-isolate at home. 67. Due consideration will be given to the mining and agricultural sector to allow limited movement of aircrafts, either to transport essential workers by chartered aircrafts or to spray pesticides on crops. The categories of people who will be exempted from this lockdown are the following: health workers in the public and private sectors, emergency personnel, those in security services – such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers – and other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic. as required by the circumstances in paragraph 2 of these Directions. On arrival, travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure. All road-based public transport services are permitted to operate from 05h00 until 19h00, with a grace period of 1 hour in the afternoon to complete their trips and drop off passengers. Loading capacity of 50% is equally applicable to these services. It is not yet clear whether South Africans will be allowed to party over weekends, or whether foreign visitors will be welcome, under Level 1. Cross-border freight transport and logistics in respect of specified cargo and permitted retail goods to neighbouring countries, which include goods imported through the South African Ports of Entry for re- export to neighbouring countries, is permitted. (b) The circumstances in subparagraph (a) require the once-off movement of persons who are relocating to their new place of residence, as permitted in terms of regulation 16(5): and(c) The transport of goods within the Republic is permitted in terms of regulation 22(1)(f). 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