Health Alert: Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa (May 5, 2020)
Location: South Africa
Event: The South African Ministry of Health confirmed 7,220 cases of COVID-19 within its borders.
For passengers who have booked a ticket on today’s (May 5) repatriation flight on Qatar Airways:
- Please note that a 4-hour delay is currently reported.
- You will need to meet at the assembly point at the Qatar Embassy at 18:00 pm tonight, May 5.
- Please follow the communications you have received from Qatar Airways, and contact the airlines with any questions you may have.
The above information ONLY applies to passengers already confirmed on the May 5 flight. Please see below for other repatriation flight opportunities.
Other Qatar Airways Flights
Please book your flight directly with Qatar Airways here: https://www.qatarairways.com/getyouhome
- These flights will depart from Johannesburg and will land in Doha. You must make your own onward arrangements from Doha; you will not be able to enter Qatar – only transit is allowed at this time.
- You will be responsible for finding your own transportation to the required staging area. Please confirm the location of the required assembly point with Qatar Airways.
- It is our understanding that travel between provinces for the purpose of catching a repatriation flight will be permitted next week and thus no travel permission letter is needed. For travel after May 7, we will follow up with additional guidance on travel letters (if needed.)
- Please check the Qatar Airways website for information on baggage allowances, flight cost, or if business class seats will be available.
- Please see scheduled repatriation flights below:
South African Airways (SAA) Flight
A flight to the United States operated by South African Airways (SAA) will tentatively depart May 8th. More information will be forthcoming.
All U.S. government-coordinated repatriation flights have departed. Besides the options listed above, we cannot confirm when or if other future repatriation flights may arise. If you have other questions or issues, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the high volume of emails we are receiving, if your question is answered in this message or in the auto-response, we will not be able to respond to your email.
Please see all past alerts at the U.S. Embassy website: https://za.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information//
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.
- View U.S. Embassy Pretoria’s most recent alerts.
- President Cyril Ramaphosa: Extension of Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown to the end of April
- Announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of 21 day lock-down (Mar 23, 2020)
- Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on measures to combat COVID-19 epidemic
- COVID-19 information page on National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD)
- Department of Home Affairs page for latest information on travel requirements for South Africa
- COVID-19 Corona Virus: South African Resource Portal
- COVID-19 information page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
Operating Status: Effective March 26, 2020, U.S. Consulates General Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Durban have suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our websites for additional information.
- United States Embassy to the Republic of South Africa
(Note: The Embassy does not provide consular services)
877 Pretorius Street
Tel: 012-431-4000 (outside South Africa: +27-12-431-4000)
- United States Consulate General, Johannesburg
(Covering Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, and Free State provinces)
1 Sandton Drive (corner of Rivonia and Sandton Drive)
Tel: 011-290-3000 (outside South Africa: +27-11-290-3000)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1684 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-1684)
- United States Consulate General, Durban
(Covering KwaZulu-Natal Province)
Delta Towers, 31st floor
303 Dr. Pixley KaSeme Street
Tel: 031-305-7600 (outside South Africa +27-31-305-7600)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-1445 (outside South Africa +27-79-111-1445)
- United States Consulate General, Cape Town
(Covering Western Cape, Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape provinces)
2 Reddam Avenue
Tokai, Cape Town
Tel: 021-702-7300 (outside South Africa: +27 21-702-7300)
After-hours emergencies: 079-111-0391 (outside South Africa: +27-79-111-0391)
- State Department – Consular Affairs 1-888-407-4747 or 1-202-501-4444
- South Africa Country Information
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