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The new rules for travel and transport under lockdown level 3

Intra-provincial domestic leisure travel is now allowed

Last updated: 31 July

On Thursday, 30 July, Minister of Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that accommodation for leisure is open for travel within provinces under level 3.

YOU CAN TRAVEL WITHIN THE PROVINCE FOR LEISURE
“What this means is that families who live in the province can now spend a weekend away at their favourite getaway spot and enjoy the best that the Western Cape has to offer, while doing so safely and responsibly,” says Western Cape minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities David Maynier.

Travelling between provinces for leisure purposes is still not permitted.

METRORAIL'S SOUTHERN LINE IS OPERATING IN CAPE TOWN
The Metrorail service is being slowly rolled out, and as of 1 July only the Southern Line is operating, on a new, reduced schedule. Safety measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of infection for commuters. These include temperature checks, limited capacity, and signs placed on seats to ensure physical distancing between passengers. 

LEVEL 3 TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT REGULATIONS
On 30 May, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula issued new travel regulations, which include new rules about public transport, flights and rail travel under alert level 3 of the national lockdown

THE CURFEW RETURNS FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT
You may only travel between 4am and 10pm when using public transport, including buses, minibus taxis, metered taxis and e-hailing services. According to the City of Cape Town:

  • Minibus-taxis undertaking local trips are allowed to transport 100% of their passenger capacity (70% occupancy for long distance trips);

  • MyCiTi buses, GABS buses, e-hailing services and metered-taxis are now allowed to load 100% of their passenger capacity; and

  • The Airport, Neptune, and Grey MyCiTi bus stations will remain closed until further notice.

Cleaning efforts have also increased at minibus-taxi facilities, from ablution facilities to communal areas

TRAVELLING BETWEEN PROVINCES
When travelling between provinces, public transport vehicles are only permitted to transport people who are travelling for work purposes or performing a service permitted under level 3 (such as obtaining medical treatment or attending a funeral). You will need a permit for such travel.

AIR TRAVEL TO RESUME FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES
Domestic flights have resumed, but only under the strict conditions. You may not travel for recreational, leisure or tourism purposes: only work-related travel is allowed. You will need to provide written authorisation or proof of travel. You will be screened before entering the terminal building, and if your temperature is too high or you show signs of being infected with Covid-19, you won’t be allowed to enter. All travellers must wear a mask at all times. 

Only Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, OR Tambo International Airport, and Lanseria Airport will be open for domestic flights.

Only employees, crew and passengers are allowed in the building. Nobody may enter the building with you and drop-off and pick ups are only allowed outside the building.


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