Airlink advises customers on new Zambia travel restrictions

New Zambia imposes Airlink, the independent Southern African regional airline has advises travellers to Zambia that new restrictions have been introduced, which may affect their travel plans.

The airline, in a statement made available to Aviation Metric, said with immediate effect, all travellers must test negative for COVID-19 in a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure to Zambia.

Travellers will be required to present the negative test result certificate upon check-in for their flight to Zambia.   Children younger than five years are exempt from this requirement.

Travellers are also required to complete a Travel Health Questionnaire and present it upon arrival, where they will also be screened.

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The Traveller Health Questionnaire form is available on on the Plan Your Travel – COVID-19 Travel Update page.

Zambia’s Port Health authorities are performing additional swab tests on all non-vaccinated travellers before they are permitted to leave the airports.


Passengers board an Airlink flight

The authorities will contact any passengers who test positive for COVID-19 and may require affected travellers to self-isolate or be confined to quarantine for 14 days.

“Airlink supports all efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 and with our own stringent application of globally-recommended health security measures, we have successfully demonstrated to health authorities and our customers that air travel on Airlink flights is safe.  Similarly, we have helped countries take full advantage of the catalytic benefits that air connectivity offers for the recovery and growth of their economies,” said Airlink CEO and Managing Director, Rodger Foster.

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          About Airlink

Airlink was established in 1992 and is an independent, privately-owned and BBBEE airline.  It offers travellers a wide choice of flights across its comprehensive network of Southern African destinations, which it serves with a fleet of more than 50 modern jetliners.

Like its industrious sunbird icon, in 2019 Airlink carried more than two million customers on more than 63 000 flights and its network includes more than 35 destinations in 9 African countries.

Airlink’s flight schedule is regularly updated and reflects the effects of COVID-19 and associated travel restrictions.  The latest information is available on the Airlink website here. 

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Airlink was South Africa’s most punctual airline in 2020**.  In April 2021 97.17% of Airlink flights departed on-time, illustrating its laser-focus on providing customers with excellent and reliable service.

Wole Shadare