Following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the South African National Department of Health is on high alert and would like to assure all tourists travelling to South Africa about all precautions being taken to prevent the EVD.
The department is working in close coordination with key organizations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) among others. South African Airways give utmost priority to the health, well-being and safety of our passengers and staff.
South Africa is taking such precautions because, it falls under the category of 'low risk countries', the same as India, Europe and most other nations. So, to prevent the entry of the virus into the country through tourists, they are providing a FAQ sheets to the passengers.
The following steps are also being taken in the interest of tourists:
Installation of thermal scanners at OR Tambo Johannesburg Airport, Johannesburg that detect inbound travellers with raised temperatures. These travellers, when identified, are quarantined and assessed at the medical facilities at the airport
Regular fumigation and disinfection of South African Airways' aircrafts
Increased surveillance by Port Health Officials for travellers with EVD signs and symptoms
All foreign nationals who test positive and all citizens of affected nations denied entry in South Africa