COVID-19: Vitality travel information

 

Should you travel to areas affected by COVID-19? Considering the risks around COVID-19, should you travel at all? South Africa now has a set of rules about travelling.

The virus that causes COVID-19 is highly transmissible and its swift spread has meant new hotspots presenting almost daily across the world, forcing a rethink of travel plans. Some countries have gone so far as to cancel international travel outright, in the short-term.

For Vitality members that have booked a flight through one of our Vitality travel partners

Please contact our travel partners directly, to manage all bookings and refunds. Kindly note that our travel partners are experiencing high call volumes at the moment.

For domestic flight bookings, please refer to our travel partner websites for more information or to manage your booking - kulula.com or British Airways (operated by Comair).

For international bookings, please email vitalitytravel@comair.co.za with the departure date in the subject line.

For local accommodation booked through the Vitality Hotel Collection, please contact kulula.com on 0861 585 852 (option 2).

Our flight partners recognise the increased uncertainty that the coronavirus (COVID-19) may be causing and will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates. For individual flight partner updates, view their latest travel news pages.

British Airways International

Please see the Latest Travel News for updated information regarding you travel arrangements with British Airways International.

Qantas

All policies in relation to the Coronavirus and other disruptions can be found on the Coronavirus Travel Update page.

Emirates

Please see the latest Travel Updates for information regarding you travel arrangements with Emirates.

We recommend that Vitality members heed President Ramaphosa's call to limit all non-essential travel. For essential travel, members should:

  • Check with the airline and accommodation provider to see if they have any travel restrictions in place and ask them about their cancellation policies.
  • Check the destination's risk level and find out what type of travel or lifestyle restrictions are in place.
  • Visit the websites of the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates.
  • We will update members with any information shared by our travel partners as swiftly as possible. However, please refer to partner websites directly for immediate updates.

For more information

Visit the NICD website at www.nicd.ac.za for further information. For medical/clinical related queries by health care professionals only, contact the NICD Hotline +27 (0) 82 883 9920 (for use by healthcare professionals only). For laboratory related queries call the Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis (011-555- 0315/7/8 or 011-555-0488).

Guidelines and case definitions are available on the NICD website

Visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 Information for Travel for regular updates.

Discovery Vitality follows local and global guidelines on COVID-19 developed by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases and the World Health Organization. We cannot advise our members whether they should travel or not; however, if you are planning to travel during the COVID-19 outbreak, read more here.

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