Special flights from Australia to Johannesburg

As the national carrier, we're proud to operate selected flights to bring more people home during this unprecedented time.

If you’re an Australian citizen or a permanent resident you cannot leave Australia due to COVID-19 restrictions unless you have an exemption. Visit the Australian Department of Home AffairsOpens external site in a new window website for more information.

Visit the South African GovernmentOpens external site in a new window website for information on entry requirements for travel to Johannesburg.

Last updated: 16 July 2021

Flights from Australia to South Africa

We’ll be operating the following flight:

  • QF63, departing Sydney at 8.55am on 16 August, arriving Johannesburg at 3pm on 16 August 2021.

What's different about these flights?

These flights are being operated for repatriation purposes and services will be significantly reduced, including the following:

  • limited onboard food and bottles of water. Should you wish to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks for your flight, you’re welcome to do so. Note: as galley storage space is restricted, items you bring will need to be stored in your carry-on baggage. Drinks you choose to bring will also need to comply with any powders, liquids, aerosols and gels screening requirements where applicable.
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer benefits (Status Credits, Qantas Points and the option to upgrade with points) will not apply. 
  • Seat selection is unavailable.


  • Seats are available until sold out.
  • It may not be possible to provide seat separation for all passengers, and you may be seated next to other passengers.

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Before you travel

Government travel requirements

Republic of South Africa Government requirements:

  • Visit the South African GovernmentOpens external site in a new window website for information on entry restrictions for travel to Johannesburg, including eligibility requirements.
  • You’re required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure. The test must be from an accredited laboratory under the Australian Department of Health and the certificate must be to international standards as outlined by the World Health Organisation, with the date and time of test, the date and time of the result, and the test results clearly evidenced. Refer to the South African Government websiteOpens external site in a new window for more information, or consult your medical practitioner.
  • On arrival into Johannesburg, you'll be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus. If you display any COVID-19–related symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person(s), you're required to undergo a COVID-19 test at your own expense. 
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you'll be required to quarantine on arrival for 10 days, at sites identified by the South African Department of Health and at your own expense.
  • You must also carry proof of your accommodation and address while in South Africa in case you're required to self isolate.
  • Before departure from Australia, install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.
  • Complete the Republic of South Africa Government Traveller Health QuestionnaireOpens external site in a new window [PDF] and bring it with you to present on arrival in Johannesburg.

Health checks

Before being accepted for travel, you’ll be required to:

  • complete the pre-travel health screen form online for each person travelling including children, and
  • have your temperature taken at the airport.

Pre-existing medical conditions

If you have a pre-existing medical condition, you'll also be required to complete a travel clearance form. Go to our Medical Clearance page to review the information, download the form for completion and return to us as soon as possible.

Wearing face masks

  • On boarding the aircraft, you’ll be provided with a face mask and a disposal bag for used masks. Face masks must be worn for the duration of the flight. You’ll also be required to change your mask every two hours throughout the flight, and replacement masks will be provided.
  • You may also be required to wear a face mask in the terminals before departure and on arrival. 
  • Check the latest Government requirements for information on wearing face masks at your destination.

Baggage allowance

Business and Premium Economy:

  • Carry-on baggage must not exceed 2 pieces, weighing a maximum of 14kgs combined per passenger (one piece cannot weigh more than 10kgs).
  • Checked baggage allowance is 40kgs per passenger, where the total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in). You can calculate the dimensions by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.


  • Carry-on baggage must not exceed 1 piece, weighing a maximum of 7kgs per passenger.
  • Checked baggage allowance is 30kgs per passenger, where the total dimensions for each piece must not exceed 158cm (62in). You can calculate the dimensions by adding together the width, height and depth of the piece of baggage.

Additional baggage:

If you need an additional checked baggage allowance, you can purchase it online before travel. Note: additional baggage can't be purchased at the airport before departure. 

Find out more information on checked and carry-on baggage allowances.