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Three airlines have added some flights to South Africa. Image: Adobe Stock

Welcome back! These airlines are ramping up their SA flights

Following the news that South Africa has been removed from the United Kingdom’s ‘Red List’, three international airlines are set to increase their flights to the country.

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Three airlines have added some flights to South Africa. Image: Adobe Stock

Diplomatic interventions and the efforts of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) to drop restrictions against South Africa, resulted in the United Kingdom removing our country from its contentious “Red List” on Wednesday 15 December.

A few airlines are beginning to follow suit by putting South Africa back on their route networks.

Three airlines ramping up SA flights

With several airlines now operating reduced flight schedules to South Africa or having imposed flight bans on South African passengers, there are few options for passengers who wish to travel to the United Kingdom or elsewhere at this point in time.

The good news is that three airlines will ramp up their flights to South Africa, enabling South Africa-based passengers to travel to a number of global destinations once again.


Turkish Airlines will resume flights to South Africa on 18 December. The airline will be flying from Istanbul to both Johannesburg and Cape Town though it will not yet be offering daily flights.

Currently, passengers travelling on Turkish Airlines from South Africa may not enter Turkey. However, they may transit through Istanbul Airport on connecting flights.


Effective 16 December, RwandAir’s flights between Rwanda and South Africa have been reinstated.

All passengers arriving and transiting in Rwanda must present negative PCR test certificates, taken within 72 hours of departure. Rapid tests are not accepted. Accompanied children under five years do not need tests.

Rwandan Government regulations require all travellers (including those transiting in Kigali) to complete a passenger locator form and upload their PCR test certificates before departure. See   


Another airline that offers convenient connections to several global destinations is EgyptAir. The airline reduced frequencies to South Africa in November as a result of the discovery of the Omicron variant.

EgyptAir has announced that from 11 January 2022, it will offer four flights a week between Johannesburg and Cairo.