Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London (April 20, 2020)  

Health Alert: Information on Repatriation Flight to London – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (April 20, 2020) 

Location: South Africa

Event:  The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 3,158 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.

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.

On April 9, 2020, the government of South Africa announced an extension to its period of “lockdown” for an additional two weeks until April 30.  The lockdown measures were implemented to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The repatriation flights organized by the U.S. government have departed and no future U.S. government-coordinated flights are planned.  

The High Commission of Canada in South Africa has notified the embassy of a planned repatriation flight that will depart Johannesburg on Friday, April 24 for London Heathrow Airport (via a stop in Cape Town to pick up additional passengers), and will allow U.S. citizens to join the flight, if space permits.

Please note the following terms and conditions of this flight:

  • The flight originates in Johannesburg and will stop in Cape Town.  U.S. citizens in other parts of South Africa would need to make their way to either Johannesburg or Cape Town.  

  • This flight ends in London, U.K.,  and it will be up to you to book any onward flight.  Neither the U.S. government nor the Canadian High Commission can assist with booking onward flights from London.

  • You must be eligible to enter the United Kingdom to participate in this flight.  The U.S. Mission to South Africa is unable to advise the United Kingdom’s entry eligibility criteria.  Please visit the country information page on travel.state.gov for further guidance.

  • The cost of the flight must be paid directly to the Canadian High Commission in order to reserve your seat.  The estimated cost for the flight is $1,600 CAD for economy and $3,050 CAD for business class; however, this is subject to change.  

  • Seat allotment and boarding is at the discretion of the Canadian High Commission, not the U.S. Mission to South Africa.

If you are committed to taking this flight and would like to register your interest and begin the process, please complete this form.  You must complete all fields and you must submit the form by 11:59PM on Monday, April 20.  This form is the only way to register your interest for this flight.  Please note that by completing the form, you are permitting the U.S. Mission to South Africa to share your information with the Canadian High Commission.  Please do not complete this form to express interest in future flights.  There are no future flights planned and we are not collecting information for that purpose.    

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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