COVID-19 testing: a temporary exemption for travelers from South Africa

COVID-19 tracking: a temporary exemption for travelers from South Africa

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A temporary exemption came into effect on Saturday to allow travelers on an indirect flight from South Africa to Canada not to be required to take a drug test in a third country.

The Canadian government has indicated in an update on its website that this exemption will apply to all indirect flights, “regardless of the carrier”, from December 14, and this until January 7.

The application of this new measure will however be valid only if the “flight leaves the transit country within 18 hours of [the] arrival”.

Travelers affected by this update will still have to test negative for COVID-19 at an approved laboratory in South Africa within 48 hours preceding the flight. A positive result from 14 to 180 days prior to departure may also be allowed.

Until the exemption is in place, travelers arriving from South Africa will need to take a Lufthansa flight from Johannesburg or Cape Town to Frankfurt, Germany.

They will then be required to travel on a direct flight to Canada via Lufthansa or Air Canada, and departing from expected within 18 hours of arrival in Germany.

No changes were also announced for flights from the eight African countries targeted by obtaining a negative molecular test in a third country before departure.

Remember that these restrictions concern Botswana, Egypt, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

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