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NEWSFLASH – FEBRUARY 2020

Download Newsflash – FEBRUARY 2020 SAA to Cancel Selected Flights SAA will cancel selected domestic, regional and international flights on current forward bookings for the month of February. The airline is implementing cost reduction measures and this includes the scrapping of flights where there is low demand. China – Coronavirus More airlines are cancelling flights …

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NEWSFLASH – JANUARY 2020

Download Newsflash – JANUARY 2020 SAA to be put into Business Rescue President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered that embattled National carrier SAA urgently go into voluntary business rescue. Air Madagascar Suspends JHB Flights Air Madagascar has suspended its twice-weekly service to Johannesburg from Antananarivo. Qantas Opens Luxury Lounge Qantas opened its luxury lounge brand First …

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NEWSFLASH – DECEMBER 2019

Download Newsflash – DECEMBER Grayston Travel’s management & staff would like to wish our valued and loyal clients a Merry Christmas. Grayston Travel Grayston Travel would like to thank all our valued clients for their support though out 2019. Grayston Travel staff will not be in the office from the 23rd of December 2019 and …

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NEWSFLASH – NOVEMBER 2019

Download Newsflash – NOVEMBER SA Express will add more Regional Services SA Express will be offering services to Zimbabwe, Angola and Botswana. The airline will add seven new flights between Cape Town International Airport and Gaborone as well as seven flights between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Bulawayo and three to Luanda. Passports for …

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NEWSFLASH – OCTOBER 2019

Download Newsflash – OCTOBER VISA Information Australia Visa Applications The Australian High Commission are now entering their peak season. The processing time for tourist applications is roughly +-1 calendar month. You can apply up to three months in advance. USA Visa Appointments Delayed Please note there is currently a delay in the availability of visa …

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NEWSFLASH – SEPTEMBER 2019

Download Newsflash – SEPTEMBER British Airways Plan Pilot Strike The British Airline Pilots Association has confirmed that British Airways pilots will strike for three days next month. The pilots will strike on the 9th, 10th and 27th of September. BALPA has warned that further strike dates could be announced. The airline has said it will …

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NEWSFLASH – AUGUST 2019

Download Newsflash – AUGUST Rwanda Shuts Border with DRC Rwanda has shut its frontier with the Democratic Republic of Congo after a third case of the Ebola was detected in the border city of Goma. A unilateral decision was made by the Rwandan authorities that affected citizens from both countries who had to cross the …

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NEWSFLASH – JULY 2019

Download Newsflash – JULY VISA Information Australia Visa now processed through VFS Global Please be advised that the Australian High Commission’s processing time is approximately 45 days from the date of biometric submission at the VFS application Centre. The Australian High Commission strongly suggests that tickets should not be confirmed or purchased prior to visa …

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NEWSFLASH – JUNE 2019

Download Newsflash – JUNE Europcar – Link to View Fines Europcar now have a link to view fines and eliminate the frustration of a rental. Please see below the link for fines http://www.cancomsa.co.za/Common/ViewFine2.aspx OR Tambo International Airport – Baggage There have been instances of client’s baggage have been tampered with that had been wrapped with …

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NEWSFLASH – MAY 2019

Download Newsflash – MAY Australian High Commission Please be advised that the Australian High Commission’s processing time for a visa is approximately +-45 days from the date of biometric submission at the TLS application Centre. The Australian High Commission strongly suggests that tickets should not be confirmed or purchased prior to visa approval. All applicants …

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NEWSFLASH – APRIL 2019

Download Newsflash – APRIL UK – Duty Free Drinking Rules World Duty Free now requires alcohol to be sold in sealed bags to prevent the contents being accessed before or during a flight. World Duty Free shops are found at most large UK airports including Bristol, Manchester, Heathrow, Gatwick, Belfast City and Edinburgh. The new …

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NEWSFLASH – MARCH 2019

Download Newsflash – MARCH Air Botswana Reinstates Regional Flights Botswana’s national airline Air Botswana will resume Harare, Zimbabwe, Lusaka and Zambia flights from the 2nd of April 2019. The airline says that increased commercial activities and movements of people between the two countries has resulted in flights into Zambia being resumed. Air Botswana recently resumed …

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NEWSFLASH – FEBRUARY 2019

Download Newsflash – FEBRUARY African Union to Reveal African Passport Details African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson revealed the AU will present specific details on the production and issuance of the African passport in February 2019, which will aid the free movement of Africans across the continent. The Pan-African passport was launched with the intention to …

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NEWSFLASH – JANUARY 2019

Download Newsflash – JANUARY South Africa – Gauteng Facing Day Zero Water Crisis The Gauteng provincial government has set up a “war room” to tackle a water crisis in the province. At a local, national and provincial level the government is working with civilian and military water experts to devise a plan to prevent ‘day …

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NEWSFLASH – DECEMBER 2018

Download Newsflash – DECEMBER Grayston Travel’s management & staff would like to wish our valued and loyal clients a Merry Christmas. Grayston Travel Grayston Travel would like to thank all our valued clients for their support though out 2018 and wish all our valued clients a fantastic festive season. UK – Gatwick International Airport Plan …

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NEWSFLASH – NOVEMBER 2018

Download Newsflash – NOVEMBER New Zealand – Travellers to Unlock Electronic Devices Visitors to New Zealand can be fined NZ$5,000 for refusing to provide passwords to unlock electronic devices and allow customs officials to examine them under a new law. It also gives customs officials authority to copy data found on searched devices. SA Exprss …

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NEWSFLASH – OCTOBER 2018

Download Newsflash – OCTOBER E-Gates and E-Visas to be Piloted South Africa plans to pilot e-gates at airports and e-Visas in a bid to stimulate tourism in the country. The Department of Home affairs will begin piloting e-Gates at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports by 2019 allowing returning South African citizens …

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NEWSFLASH – SEPTEMBER 2018

Download Newsflash – SEPTEMBER OR Tambo – New Baggage Restrictions OR Tambo International Airport is cracking down on irregularly shaped baggage in a bid to prevent blockages and delays in the baggage handling process from the 1st of November the airport will implement its ‘irregular bags solution’ which will prevent travellers from checking in luggage …

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NEWSFLASH – AUGUST 2018

Download Newsflash – AUGUST Spain – Barcelona Airport Strike Iberia airline’s ground staff will strike in Barcelona El Prat Airport over the next couple of weeks. Over 2,000 workers in billing, disembarkation, boarding, baggage loading and unloading will be striking, affecting more than 700 flights. The action has been set for the 3rd and 4th …

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NEWSFLASH – JULY 2018

Download Newsflash – JULY South Africa – More Airports Go Silent Passengers departing on flights from Airports Company South Africa’s (Acsa) six regional airports should be alert and aware of their boarding time as the airports will no longer be making passenger boarding calls from July. Acsa confirmed Port Elizabeth International Airport, Bram Fischer International …

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NEWSFLASH – JUNE 2018

Download Newsflash – JUNE SARS Regulations South African authorities are tightening the screws on a law that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) introduced in the 1980s but has not been proactively enforced for decades. The law which is outlined in the Sars handbook and on its websites states that travellers need to register their …

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NEWSFLASH – MAY 2018

Download Newsflash – MAY Air France Workers to Decide on More Stike Action Air France workers are to meet to decide on which days in May to continue strike action. Previous strikes have caused severe disruption both domestically and internationally. Meanwhile a general strike is planned for the 22nd of May. Air France workers as …

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NEWSFLASH – APRIL 2018

Download Newsflash – APRIL Wishing all our clients a blessed Easter Cape Town Airport Goes Silent Cape Town International Airport has joined the global movement to ‘silent airports’. Airports Company South Africa advise that passenger boarding calls will no longer be made in the domestic and international check-in areas and boarding gate areas. Only limited …

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NEWSFLASH – MARCH 2018

Download Newsflash – MARCH SAA Hand Luggage The amount of hand luggage you may carry depends on which service class you are flying on SAA. Business – two pieces 8kg, each dimensions per piece 56cm(L) 36cm(W) 23cm(H), Economy – one piece not exceeding 8kg dimensions per piece 56cm(L) 36cm(W) 23cm(H). If your hand luggage does …

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