THE start of 2022 has ushered in good news for travellers from Southern Africa with new travel regulations introduced after Namibia and South Africa have been removed from the Variant of Concern list.
As of 4 January 2022, the Robert Koch Institute in Germany has removed South Africa and Namibia as Areas of Variant of Concern, and reclassified both the countries as Covid-19 High Risk Areas.
With this reclassification, Lufthansa Airlines has issued new travel regulations which apply to travellers from South Africa and Namibia to Germany.
Dr. André Schulz, general manager of Lufthansa in southern and east Africa, stated that throughout the difficult time after the detection of the Omicron variant, airlines of the Lufthansa Group were able to maintain important lifeline flights to and from South Africa and Namibia, without having to cancel any of their frequencies serving the region.
“This further underlines our commitment to our customers in Southern Africa,” Dr. Schulz said.
He said Lufthansa shall maintain its flight schedule to Namibia, but with a slight adjustment.
From 23 January until 28 February 2022, due to operational requirements, the airline will reduce its capacity to and from Windhoek and offer four weekly flights. During this period, flight 4Y132 from Frankfurt to Windhoek will not operate on Sundays. Flight 4Y133 from Windhoek to Frankfurt will not operate on Mondays.
“Thereafter, we will resume our five weekly frequencies,” Dr. Schulz said.
The new travel regulations require all passengers to be in possession of valid travel documents and all passengers from the age of six years and above must be in possession one of the following medical certificates at the time of departure:
Analogue or digital proof of a vaccination series completed more than 14 days before departure with a vaccine released by the Paul Ehrlich Institute in Germany; proof of recovery, done with a digital or analogue PCR-/LAMP-/TMA-test, at least 28 days old and at most six months old; or a negative test result, either PCR, antigen, RT-LAMP or TMA. The test must not have been carried out more than 48 hours before the scheduled departure time. If the test is an antigen test, it must have been carried out within 48 hours before arrival in Germany.
Online registration on the website www.einreiseanmeldung.de is required.
All passengers must observe the local German quarantine regulations. Information can be found on the website of the German Federal Ministry of Health.
Furthermore, all passengers with an international connecting flight must be aware of and comply with the entry regulations of the relevant destination country.
Surgical masks or face masks with the standard FFP2, FFP3, KN95 and N95, each without a valve and not made of fabric, are mandatory on all Lufthansa flights.
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