Need to know information when travelling

Updated 28 November 2021:

Whew! Deep breath Mzansi, we remain on Level 1. And that means December holidays have not been cancelled! With international travel up in the air, you’ll likely be thrilled to travel locally and it’s not too late. Support your local tourism industry and enjoy the amazing experiences on your doorstep. Time to get #BacktoTravel.

Get your travel dreams LIT by flying kulula, but first things first - your safety is our top priority. And although we've put protective measures in place to create safe spaces for our fans and crew, we can each do our part in curbing the spread of COVID-19.   

Here is what you need to know about the travel measures we've put in place and what you can do to be a responsible passenger.


  • Please wear your mask correctly, ensuring that you cover both your mouth and nose throughout your entire journey. Children under the age of 6 years may be exempted from wearing a mask.
  • Passengers who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons are required to bring along a medical certificate from their doctor and latest COVID-19 test result not more than 72 hours old from their first point of departure. These passengers will be isolated from the other passengers on board.
  • Passengers do not need to present a PCR test when travelling domestically.
  • All international travellers arriving either at the O.R Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport, Cape Town International Airport must provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation. which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
  • In the event of the international traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the traveller will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and in the event of a traveller testing positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate him or herself at his or her own cost, for a period of 10 days
  • Passengers are requested to maintain social distancing throughout their travel experience.
  • Passengers who are feeling ill, suspect that they are COVID-19 positive or are awaiting their COVID-19 results should not travel and contact our Contact Centre on 0861 KULULA (585852) for further assistance.

Packing and preparing for your trip

  • Check in online to save time and reduce contact by using an electronic or printed boarding pass.
  • Pack enough masks for your trip.
  • Pack a valid form of identification or passport document.
  • Keep hand luggage to a minimum and pack light to reduce contact onboard.

Arriving at the airport

  • Customers are requested to be at the airport at least 2 hours prior to their domestic flight departure and 4 hours prior to their international flight to accommodate for any unforeseen delays in the processing time.
  • We recommend customers regularly make use of the hand sanitisers provided throughout the airport. You should be able to locate them at the entrance to the terminal building, check-in counters and boarding gates.
  • It is compulsory to wear a mask in public areas and customers who arrive at the airport terminal without a mask will be denied entry. Face shields are not allowed since they don’t provide adequate protection. Children under the age of 6 years may be exempted from wearing a mask and passengers that have pre-existing medical conditions and cannot wear a mask would need a medical certificate.
  • Only customers with the relevant travel documentation for a flight, will be allowed entry into the airport terminal.
  • Temperature screening checks by ACSA will continue for all customers entering the airport terminal.
  • Please note that customers will forfeit their tickets as a result of denied or delayed entry.

Checking in for your flight

  • Customers are requested to use online check-in to reduce contact and queues at the check-in counters.
  • If you don’t have any bags to check-in, simply proceed to the Security gate.
  • If you do have bags to check-in, look out for the Bag Drop counter where you will be requested to place your bag on the scale. A check-in agent will disinfect your bag handle before attaching the bag tag and dispatching to the basement.
  • kulula staff will be adhering to a ‘no touch policy‘ on any customer documents or personal items, unless assisting passengers who have special needs. Please assist staff by visibly holding up your ID and lowering your mask when requested.
  • Remember to observe social distancing at check-in & throughout the airport terminal.

Boarding gates

  • kulula staff will again be adhering to a ‘no touch policy’ on any customer documents or personal items, unless assisting passengers with special needs. Please assist staff by scanning your own boarding pass, visibly holding up your ID and lowering your mask for facial recognition.
  • Remember to observe social distancing at the boarding gates.

Boarding the Aircraft

  • Passengers are requested to social distance while queuing for boarding.
  • Passengers are also requested to ensure their masks are correctly fitted over their mouth and nose.
  • Where buses are provided for boarding or disembarking, passengers are invited to make use of the sanitising stations.

In flight

  • Once you board, simply sit back, relax because we have ensured that our entire fleet is cleaned from top to bottom to make sure it meets government regulations. All the key surfaces are spick and span and ready for each flight.
  • To ensure that we keep everyone as safe as possible we ask that you wear your mask throughout the journey and that it always covers your nose and mouth.
  • Passengers are requested to keep movement within the cabin to a minimum.
  • For your added peace of mind, our aircraft are equipped with HEPA filters that recycle the cabin air every 3 minutes to remove germs and viruses.
  • As a precautionary measure we have temporarily suspended our catering onboard. To read more about these safety measures click here.
  • For your onboard entertainment please download the digital version of our khuluma magazine.

Disembarking from your flight

  • When we arrive at your destination, we request that you remain seated and listen to our friendly Cabin Crew for further instruction.
  • For our passengers who require special wheelchair assistance, we have ensured that the trucks to the terminal building are equipped with sanitisers. Also, the truck operator will ensure that (s)he sanitises his or her hands every time after assisting a passenger.
  • When we land, please keep your mask on, observe the safe distance markers and sanitise your hands frequently.

Collecting your baggage from the carousel

When collecting your baggage, to be extra safe we suggest sanitising your bag's handles as it may have passed through a few hands during the loading process. While the baggage handlers take the necessary precautions, one can never be too safe. Have a safe onward journey.

Falling ill before your flight

  • Customers can make changes to their flight booking online up to 2 hours before their departure, provided they have not yet checked in.
  • Checked in customers should call the relevant or British Airways (operated by Comair) Contact Centres to reschedule their flight.
  • Should a customer be unable to call the Contact Centre to reschedule their flight, a doctor’s note is required to facilitate a credit.