Transport minister outlines Level 1 Transport Directions

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, on 2 October announced the Directions for the reopening of Regional and International travel from and into South Africa and provided some additional clarifications.

Key points addressed by the minister include:

* Operators are allowed to provide catering on-board an aircraft, i.e. provided that they take all risk mitigation, health and safety measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the provision of pre-packed meals.
* Passengers are required to wear face masks at all times and may only remove face masks during emergencies or when instructed by cabin crew to take them off, and must observe social distancing, ensure hand washing, and sanitize regularly.
* A passenger who is unable to wear a face mask due to an underlying medical condition must submit a medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner to the Operator prior to departure.
* A child under the age of two years may be exempted from wearing a face mask. This is because masks can restrict breathing for small children as their airways are smaller than older children and adults.
* A passenger must provide to the Operator a negative PCR test certificate or a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate, obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel, from an accredited laboratory and in line with the World Health Organization requirements: Provided that South African Authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of presented PCR or COVID -19 test certificates;
* In the event of the passenger’s failure, for whatever reason, to submit a certificate as proof of a negative PCR test certificate or a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate upon arrival in South Africa, the passenger shall be subjected to a compulsory quarantine at a government-designated facility as contemplated for in Health Directions, at his or her own cost. (It is ASATA's understanding from the ministerial briefing on 30 September that South Africans can self-quarantine at their place of residence provided they have the necessary facilities in place.)
* A passenger in transit must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate or a valid COVID-19 negative test certificate, obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel, from an accredited laboratory.

In a Q&A with press, the Minister further clarified that:

  • Airlines from high-risk countries are not restricted or banned to fly to South Africa. Only leisure travellers from those countries will be restricted. It is ASATA’s understanding therefore that South African travellers can transit through high-risk destinations without any issues.
  • South Africans don’t require a 72-hour COVID-19 test prior to departing South Africa. At the airport, they will be screened at the airport and anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be prohibited from boarding. Any additional requirements will be stipulated by the country of destination.
  • South Africans are free to travel to any country in the world. South Africans will always be allowed to return home, whether or not they are travelling from or through a high-risk country.

CROSS-BORDER ROAD TRANSPORT
Cross-Border Road Passengers from all countries in the continent is permitted and travelers can only enter through permitted land ports determined by Minister of Home Affairs and would be subjected to all health protocols determined by Minister of Health.

MARITIME

As of 1 October 2020 all commercial sea ports are operational. Signing on crew must produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction ("PCR") test certificate or a valid certificate of COVID-19 negative test results, obtained not more than 72hours before the date of travel, from an accredited laboratory and in line with World Health Organization requirements at the first South African Port of Entry.

Passenger ships are allowed to call at any South African sea port only for the following purposes:

(a) Disembarking returning South African citizens and holders of South African permanent residence permits;
(b) Replenishing fuel,stores and provisions;
(c) medical evacuation; and
(d) search and rescue.

The Department of Home Affairs has detailed the full list of ‘high-risk’ countries from which inbound leisure travellers are banned, as well as specifications around the application for business travel. The Department is also resuming services for applications in respect of identity cards or documents and all types of passports.

About us

With 16 years’ experience in the Travel Industry, it was time to take the next step and start my own company. During 2013 I have put together a business plan, believing that it will one day fall in the right hands. While working as an Operations Manager (2017) at a Labour Placement Company, I did a client visit at a construction company and the owner of the construction company was one of my clients at a Travel Agency I used to work for. We started talking during September 2017 and joined forces opening Imani Adventure Travel in January 2018.

With my years of experience and joint partnership, I believe that Imani Adventure Travel will succeed and grow to be one of the best Travel Agencies in Bloemfontein.

Imani Adventure Travel has joined eTravel who has over 200 affiliated Independent Travel Companies (ITCs) around the country with supporting offices in Bryanston, Johannesburg and Century City, Cape Town. eTravel was founded in 1999 and is registered with IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ASATA (Association for South African Travel Agents). The group has grown to become one of the largest independently owned travel companies in South Africa with an annual turnover and market share that ensures a buying power large enough to have access to the best rates and supplier relationships.

We adhere to the Industries rules and regulations as we pride ourselves on honesty and integrity with personalised service to outmatch our competitors.

Our values are also reflected in our logo. Imani comes from Swahili and is translated to Faith. The five stones below the name is a reminder of the Faith David had when he defeated Goliath.

Company Basics

Our core business is to book travel requirements for our clients and assist in planning their trips whether it is for business or leisure. We assist with visa applications where possible, flight reservations, accommodation bookings, car rental bookings etc. We also cater for local events, from festivals to music concerts etc.

One aspect that would make Imani Adventure Travel stand out is our adventure side of the business. With the Adventure pillar of our business we arrange events such as team building sessions, adventure travel in South Africa for instance, Mountain Bike weekends in the Drakensburg, Kite Surfing in Langebaan, hunting and green hunting packages.

Client Portfolio
  • Private clients
  • Mazars Central
  • T Roos & Kie Professional Accountants
  • ARC Sakhile Chartered Accountants
  • RiG Adviesdienste
  • Môreson Poultry Farm
  • Youth Sport Academy
  • Aire Control Supplies
Mission

Imani Adventure Travel strive to deliver personal, exclusive, efficient, fast and friendly service to its clients on all levels that involve travel. We believe that your trip (leisure or business) starts the moment you think about it and that we will do everything and more to make it an unforgettable experience. We treat all our clients with the utmost respect, honesty and integrity.

We will source the best available options with the highest standards that our clients require. We deliver a turnaround of maximum 24 hours depending on the urgency of the request.

 Our slogan is “Believing is Seeing” and we focus on putting our clients’ needs first and to make a positive impact on our clients lives and to exceed their expectations.

Vision

Our core business is to book travel requirements for our clients and assist in planning their trips whether it is for business or leisure. We assist with visa applications where possible, flight reservations, accommodation bookings, car rental bookings etc. We also cater for local events, from festivals to music concerts etc.

One aspect that would make Imani Adventure Travel stand out is our adventure side of the business. With the Adventure pillar of our business we arrange events such as team building sessions, adventure travel in South Africa for instance, Mountain Bike weekends in the Drakensburg, Kite Surfing in Langebaan, hunting and green hunting packages.

Values
  • Faith
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Friendliness
  • Helpfulness
  • Transparent
  • Trustworthy