ACCOUNTABILITY AT THE HEART OF TRUST
Since the reopening of domestic flights in May, Port Health Services were required to conduct compulsory COVID-19 screenings and passengers has to fill in health questionnaires which asked about possible contacts with infected people.
This was one of the precautions undertaken by the department of health to reduce the spread of the fatal virus.
However, as of today, 25th November 2020, that requirement is no longer valid as South Africans travelling on domestic flights won’t have to complete a questionnaire about their health and possible contact with people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
Although minister of health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has expressed his worry about the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, particularly in the Eastern Cape, travellers with confirmed COVID-19 symptoms like a fever, cough or difficulty breathing in the last 14 days will be permitted to fly locally.
According to the Department of Health, they scraped the screening for domestic flights to focus on screening international travellers.
All passengers are still required to wear masks.