Health Alert:  Update on Today’s (May 5) Repatriation Flight via Doha on Qatar Airways  – U.S. Embassy Pretoria, South Africa

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:

Flight information: 

  • 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:
Fl No Date Origin Dest STD STA
QR 1368 05-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05
QR 1368 07-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05
QR 1368 09-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05
QR 1368 12-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05
QR 1368 14-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05
QR 1368 16-May-20 JNB DOH 19h15 05h05


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  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:

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.