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Viva Air France! Airline ups flight offering between Joburg and Paris

Air France is growing its network on the continent and has increased the frequency of its flights between Johannesburg and Paris.

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There has been a notable absence of international airlines operating flights to destinations in Southern Africa since the onset of the global pandemic. The situation has worsened by the discovery of the South African COVID-19 variant in December 2020 and subsequent travel bans.

Air France however, is increasing its presence and expanding its operations on the African continent. While other carriers continue to suspend flights to destinations in Africa, the French airline has been expanding its footprint on the continent.   

Air France expands African footprint with Maputo

In the latest development this month, Air France has increased the frequency of flights between Paris and Johannesburg and will be adding Maputo to two of its weekly Johannesburg flights from June.  The launch of its Maputo flight route takes Air France’s African footprint up to 43 cities on the continent. 

From 20 June Air France’s Sunday and Thursday flights to Johannesburg will continue on to Maputo, in Mozambique. These flights will leave Paris, stopping in Johannesburg before continuing to Maputo.                                                                        

“In recent years, Mozambique has emerged as an important business destination, due to its rich natural energy reserves. We will connect Maputo to all major cities in Europe and the rest of the world, thanks to our extensive global network,” Air France’s general manager for Southern Africa, Wouter Vermeulen told Travelnews.


Since the start of April, the French national carrier has been operating five flights a week between Paris Charles de Gaulle and Johannesburg OR Tambo Airport. This is up from the previous three weekly flights a week on this route.

Flights depart from Paris on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and return from Johannesburg on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Entry only under ‘exceptional circumstances’

Despite the increased frequency in flights between Johannesburg and Paris, as well as the introduction of Maputo in its network, French regulations do not permit entry to international visitors, including travellers from South Africa and Mozambique.

These nationalities are only permitted to enter France under “exceptional circumstances” and if they have documentation attesting to this.

Exemptions exist for spouses and children of French nationals, long-term residents with French residence permits and their spouses and children, and healthcare professionals. Airline crew, personnel of diplomatic and consular missions and international organisations with offices in France and their spouses and children, and merchant seamen may also still enter.

Quarantine policy

Travelers who are permitted to enter France will need to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival and test again at the end of the self-isolation period, even if they tested negative prior to boarding.