Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020) 

Health Alert: Announcing June 14 Repatriation Flight on South African Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (June 8, 2020)

Location: South Africa

Event:  The South African Ministry of Health has confirmed 48,285 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

Announcing June 14 South African Airways Flight

We have been notified of a special commercial repatriation flight to the United States operated by South African Airways on Sunday, June 14.

Flight information:

  • The flight will depart from Johannesburg and then Cape Town on Sunday, June 14 before proceeding to Washington Dulles International Airport.
  • Passengers will be responsible for onward travel to their final destination in the United States.
  • This flight is open to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, and visa holders who have received DHA approval to depart South Africa.
  • Passengers will be responsible for finding transportation to the required assembly point, which will be communicated prior to the flight departure.
  • For any questions regarding cost, baggage allowance, or other flight details, please contact SAA directly.

To confirm your participation in the June 14 South African Airways special repatriation flight, you MUST express your interest by completing this form by 11:59pm on Wednesday, June 10.  Note that completing the form does not guarantee you a seat.  Please complete the form even if you have filled out a previous form with the U.S. Mission to South Africa – this will confirm your interest in this specific flight only and does not track interest in future flights.  SAA will sell tickets directly to passengers who have completed the above form.

For South African Citizens wishing to travel to the United States for residence, work or study as allowed by the Government of South Africa

DHA is not requiring individualized letters from the US Embassy or Consulate for South African citizens with valid US visas or travel documents.  Please contact DHA with the additional information they require to issue permission to depart South Africa.

U.S. Mission Repatriation Efforts

If you would like to depart South Africa, we highly recommend you avail yourself of any available opportunity, even if it is not your desired flight route.  We cannot guarantee frequency of special repatriation, nor can we guarantee that previously scheduled commercial flights will depart as planned.  We do not have further information about when regular international commercial flights will resume.

To date, the U.S. Mission to South Africa has coordinated on over a dozen repatriation flights with many airline and friendly mission partners since the government lockdown, returning over 1500 U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and visa holders to the United States.  We will continue to advertise any information we receive about special repatriation flights via STEP.

Please see all past alerts at the U.S. Embassy website: https://za.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information//.

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.

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