The British High Commission in South Africa has announced chartered flights for its citizens from SA back to the UK, pending approval from the SA government. This is open to all UK citizens and nationals, as well as anyone whose “permanent home is in the UK”. There is a chance they may also be used by South Africans stranded in the UK to head back to their families in SA.

The flights are not free – they will cost passengers from SA between £655.50 and £855.43 per person.

Nigel Casey MVO, British High Commissioner to SA, said: “We are delighted to announce that agreement has been reached with Virgin Atlantic to provide a series of charter flights to bring home British travellers stranded in South Africa.

“Our aim is to run a series of seven flights, starting from Cape Town on 9 April, with subsequent flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg (all dates will be subject to South African Government clearances).”

Can South Africans stuck in the UK catch Virgin Atlantic’s flights home to SA?

If the flights are approved, then South Africans stranded in the UK will be able to use these flights to get home, according to DIRCO spokesperson Elphus Ravhudzulo.

Ravhudzlo told SAPeople on Monday that many of the flights and quarantine details for South Africans wanting to return home are currently being kept confidential until finalised.

However he said, these Virgin Atlantic flights would be made available to South Africans if they are approved.


He said South Africans in the UK should make sure they are registered. If you don’t know already – please call the Corporate Services Manager at the SA Embassy in London on 075 9527 2083 OR email: mcubej@dirco.gov.za AND cc ccic2@dirco.gov.za and adamr@dirco.gov.za

Important Info for British Citizens etc. in South Africa wanting to head home to the UK

Anyone who’s eligible (British citizens, nationals and those whose permanent home is in the UK) and wishes to book on these flights, should now do so here for Cape Town, or here for Johannesburg.

The cost of the flight is £855.43 per person from Cape Town and £655.50 per person from Johannesburg.

The British High Commission said: “It’s very important that you provide all the details you’re asked for when making your booking. This is essential for flight clearances. Any passengers with serious health conditions who require special assistance please contact us on 0027124217500.”

WATCH Update on special charter flights from the British High Commission in South Africa

Update on special charter flights from the British High Commissioner

Update on special charter flights from the British High Commissioner.

Posted by UK in South Africa on Sunday, April 5, 2020