Qatar Airways extends ban on SA passengers

Qatar Airways banned passengers from a number of southern African states from departing on its flights, after the discovery of the Omicron variant by South African scientists last month. This was in an attempt to prevent the spread of the new variant of the coronavirus.


Many travellers were pleased when Qatar Airways announced on 10 December that it would resume scheduled flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg on 12 December and that it would accept SA-based passengers on these flights. However, shortly after this, the airline made a u-turn on this decision.

Qatar Airways then announced that it would not be accepting passengers from several states including South Africa on its flights, going back on what it had announced just two days earlier.

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Qatar Airways has announced that it has now extended its ban on passengers flying out of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban (South Africa), Luanda (Angola), Maputo (Mozambique), Lusaka (Zambia) and Harare (Zimbabwe).  Local passengers will not be permitted on the airline’s flights from these destinations until 12 January 2022, as the airline tries to limit the spread of the new variant of the virus.

Travel News states that all outbound passengers with confirmed tickets from the listed destinations over this period will be rebooked to travel on flights operated by Qatar Airways’ partner airlines.

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