Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020)

Health Alert: South African Airways Repatriation Flight Canceled– U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 7, 2020) 

Location: South Africa 

Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,808 cases of COVID-19 within its borders. 

South African Airways Flight

It was announced that South African Airways will be required to cease all operations on May 8.  Unfortunately, due to that timeline, SAA informed us that they had to move their May 9th planned flight to the U.S. to repatriate South Africans to early this morning, making it impossible for us to put U.S. citizens on the outbound leg.  We know this will be very disappointing news to many of you who had hoped to participate in this flight, as it is for all of us working to make it happen.

While we will continue to inform citizens of opportunities as they arise, we have no information on any other potential repatriation flights at this time.

We have no information on when commercial flights will resume.

Please see all past alerts at the U.S. Embassy website: 

If you are a U.S. citizen in South Africa and your visa is expiring, please visit the South African Department of Home Affairs (DHA) website for information on extending your visa.  We are unable to extend your visa or contact DHA on your behalf. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Notice for South Africa.

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Operating Status:  Effective March 26, 2020, U.S. Consulates General JohannesburgCape Town, and Durban have suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our websites for additional information.