Confessions of your travel expert: International Travel

13 November 2020

Here’s what the Flight Centre Travel Experts want you to know about travelling abroad right now.

International travel is complex

Be sure to consult your Flight Centre Travel Expert before making any travel decisions. For example, some of our South African favourites include the balmy Indian Ocean Islands, such as:



Currently, South Africans can travel to Zanzibar. Tanzania's borders are open, and travellers are welcome. You will be screened on arrival and could be required to take a COVID-19 test if you are showing symptoms of COVID-19. Tests can cost anywhere from $100 - $150.You may be required to quarantine for 14 days, at your own cost, if a COVID-19 test is completed on arrival. Although the government of Tanzania doesn't (currently) require a negative COVID-19 test, the airline may require one upon departure. If so, then Tanzania border control may also request one.


While Mauritius is a much-loved December getaway for South Africans and has opened its borders to long stay visitors, there are strict conditions in place (including a 14 day quarantine), along with uncertainties around which airlines are flying. Consider booking your Mauritius holiday now for 2021 instead.

The Seychelles

A little further afield, the authorities in Seychelles have permitted South African travellers to enter the country. Air Seychelles also announced weekly (Saturday) flights to Johannesburg from November 2020, as well as three times a week from December for the holiday season.

The Maldives

The Maldives is also open, with Air Seychelles offering flights from Johannesburg to the Maldives from 4 December 2020 to 9 January 2021.


Travel news & COVID-19 restrictions

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Please note: Although every effort has been made to ensure the information is up to date, information is subject to change at any time. Travel is incredibly fluid at the moment as governments continue to change border entry requirements on a daily if not weekly basis. It is always advisable to consult your Flight Centre Travel Expert for the latest information.