Shortly after the government had announced the opening of its international borders, Lufthansa became the very first international long-haul airline to arrive on South African soil with regular commercial flights – LH572 from Frankfurt touched down at O.R Tambo International Airport at 08:30 on 01 October 2020. Additionally, our very first commercial flight from Zurich, operated by Swiss International Air Lines also touched down in Johannesburg later that evening.
The Lufthansa Group now offers three weekly flights between Johannesburg and Frankfurt, one weekly flight between Johannesburg and Zurich – and on the 9th October, we will introduce a twice weekly service between Cape Town and Frankfurt. This further signifies our continued commitment to the sustainability of South African tourism and commerce.
As of now, all flights can be booked immediately through the usual distribution channels.
The Lufthansa Group continues to follow stringent hygiene and safety measures to ensure that the on-board experience protects the safety of our passengers. All Lufthansa crews arriving in South Africa will carry a negative PCR CoVid-19 test. Our SWISS crews will remain quarantined at the hotel upon arrival until their departure, thus our operations to and from South Africa remain uninterrupted.
In line with the clarification from government: All German tourists are allowed to enter South Africa for 90 days without a visa.
Passengers are required to check travel and destination entry requirements before departure.