GOOD NEWS .... at last! South Africans are able to travel to Israel since 09 January 2022!
Covid-19 has certainly come to test us in March 2020, and without any warning we were all thrown into ‘disaster management’ like never before. Thank you for all the kind messages of support. This period has been really tough for the travel industry in general, and in Stargate's world, especially with Israel and it's surrounding Middle-Eastern countries, Europe and Oberammergau in Germany, the impact of Covid had obvious repercussions on the planned travel arrangements which were put in place for 2020 and 2021.
Herewith CURRENT UPDATES surrounding some of our suppliers and popular travel destinations
ISRAEL: Last updated 14 January 2022
Israel opened up for South African passport holders on 09 January 2022. The State of Israel has now also opened up its land borders for vaccinated international visitors. Travellers were limited until now and allowed entrance only through the Tel Aviv International Airport. International foreign visitors are now welcomed to enter Israel if they have received their second vaccine shot within the last six months, or if they received the booster shot at any time in the past. We have good reason to expect the restrictions to continue to relax as we move forward
EL AL AIRLINES: Offices closed until further notice. El Al will be resuming flights with one weekly departure from 15 February 2022.
El Al would like to assure you that we will make every effort to refund our customers as soon as possible and hope to get back
to regular operations very soon.... EL AL Israel Airlines
EGYPTAIR: Egyptair has returned to full operations.
The suspension of flights from 27 November until end December 2021 have been lifted and
Egyptair is currently operating 4 flights per week in 2022!
ALITALIA: Alitalia has ceased operations and closed it's offices not only in South Africa, but worldwide.
Founded on 16th September 1946 in Rome, Italy, Alitalia Airlines bid farewell on 14 October 2021.
EUROPE: Updated 14 January 2022. Most European destinations have placed a travel ban on South African passport holders,
planning to travel to Europe in the near future. Most airlines have suspended direct flights from South Africa into
Europe starting from 26 November 2021 until further notice. New travel protocols are being introduced by various European countries, which are being amended and updated on a daily basis as the Covid-impact in Europe unfolds.
Germany is currently open to vaccinated South African travellers.
JORDAN: Open to South Africans with quarantine restrictions. . COVID-19 PCR test on departure, arrival and return plus travel declarations and a 14-day quarantine period before being able to travel.
EGYPT: The Egyptian Cabinet announced on Friday night, 26 November 2021 that direct flights from seven African countries would be temporarily halted in response to the spread of a new coronavirus variant. In its statement, the Egyptian Cabinet said directs flights from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia, and Eswatini would be blocked and a range of measures would be introduced for any travellers arriving in Egypt from such countries via indirect flights, whether for transit or otherwise.
NOTE: Due to the constant change to policies and the status of developing events surrounding the above,
Stargate will not be held responsible for any inaccurate reports