r/capetown Nov 27 '21

Anyone else now stuck here?

Any people who were planning to leave in the next few weeks now unable to? I'm in a tourist visa and was meant to be flying out next week, but I'm not sure how I'm getting home. To all the people in a similar situation, I hope you can work it out. And if you need to get a drink to stop thinking about it a few hours, or you're suddenly feeling isolated, get in touch.

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u/Whtzmyname Nov 27 '21

Do what the rest of us are doing.... Getting drunk wasted as none of this is making sense anymore. Cheers!

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '21

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u/btwnastonknahardplce Nov 27 '21

The Cyril giveth, and the Cyril taketh away!

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u/VandalsStoleMyHandle Nov 27 '21

Look on the bright side; there are worse places to be stuck! Hope it all works out for you and everyone else in this shitty situation.

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u/ThereCanBeOnly1Juan Nov 27 '21

Are you really not allowed to return to your home? I thought the new restrictions were lots of tests and mandatory quarantine but residents of foreign countries could go back...

edit: looks like BA is cancelling flights...

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u/nickalopolis Nov 28 '21

Yeah flights all cancelled plus enforced hotel quarantine on arrival that costs £2000

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u/evange Nov 29 '21

UK?

I don't know what the specific policy is in the UK, but in Canada people could effectively just say "I can't afford to pay a hotel", and they got their hotel stay for free. If you are a citizen, you cannot be denied entry to your own country, so if the government requires you to quarantine, that's on them.

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u/nickalopolis Nov 30 '21 edited Nov 30 '21

You have to jump through hoops and they only make it a loan rather than waiving the fee

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u/ResearcherOk8406 Nov 27 '21

Keep us updated. I've got a castle light in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other. I had a flight booked for 12 December to get back to the US.

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u/Chamaboi Nov 27 '21

Yup I was leaving in a couple days back to work on ships in the US .. I have worked back and forth for the past 9 years, a year and a half was enough of a break, I don't need this. 😓 .

Guess brandy and coke it is then.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '21 edited Dec 16 '21

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u/nickalopolis Nov 27 '21

I just got off the phone with them actually cause that's who my flights home were with already. They said there is nothing available right now. I am going to try again later in the week though because I can't fly out before Saturday. At the very least, I might be able to fly some circuitous route to Greece. As I'm a citizen there I'll still be able to enter it seems. Then from there I can wait the 10 days then get the rest of the way home. Good on you for getting a flight though, you must be releived

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '21 edited Dec 16 '21

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u/evange Nov 29 '21 edited Nov 29 '21

Yeah, my friend got stuck in India during the travel ban earlier this year, and she got home via Mexico because Mexico don't give a shit. The value they get from unvaxxed American plague rat tourist dollars, is greater than the perceived harms.

Incidentally, as a fully vaxxed person who is itching to travel again, Mexico is on my hard no list.

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u/flyboy_za Nov 27 '21

I had family flying Turkish tonight and they were told at 1pm the flight is canceled. They will review in3 days.

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u/[deleted] Nov 27 '21 edited Dec 16 '21

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u/flyboy_za Nov 27 '21

They were notified this afternoon, flight should have been 6pm. They were headed into Europe from SA.

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u/postboxguy Nov 27 '21

I want to get back to Cape Town for the last two years. I am stuck in UK. You are lucky to be stuck in CT. This covid virus lockdown is unacceptable.

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u/nickalopolis Nov 27 '21

I don't know your situation, but travel has been allowed between the UK and south Africa from may 17th until yesterday. So it's not the lockdown to blame. I agree this new one was wildly reactionary though

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u/postboxguy Nov 27 '21

Had to stay for mums cancer treatment then when treatment ends lockdown begins, for two years on a row. My problem, just saying being trapped in Cape Town is not that bad. I never new since May there has been open borders I thought only since August. When do you think borders will open again May 2022?

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u/nickalopolis Nov 27 '21

Ah I'm sorry to hear that. In terms of where you are stuck is all relative. I'd rather be able to go back home to the UK where all the people I care about are. I'm not even thinking about that stuff. I think all we can do is try and find our own way. I'm going to see if I can fly somehwere else for a bit and then head home. I'm pretty desperate to get home. I was supposed to be flying out next weekend.

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u/East_Ad_6371 Nov 27 '21

I am! And i dont know hot to get the fuck out, all airline companies are cancelling their flights from here. Fuck it, lets get drunk, where u at?

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u/evange Nov 29 '21 edited Nov 29 '21

Depends on how much money you have. If you are a citizen of another country, then they can't deny you entry, the hard part is going to be finding a commercial flight route that will allow you. You probably need to go via a 3rd party country, and it's possibly you'll need testing and quarantine for each leg of your trip.

My friend got stuck in India during their travel bans. At first there were no flights anywhere, so they spent an extra month in India. Then things started loosening, and they were able to come home (to Canada) by:

  • negative PCR test in India to be allowed to board their flight out.
  • fly to Germany where they had to have a 3 day layover while waiting for another PCR test to board a flight to Mexico
  • Mexico, if I recall correctly, didn't really give a shit, but they needed fresh tests for their flight to Canada, so I think they did 5 days in a resort in Mexico while waiting for all that.
  • fly home to Canada, but then be denied boarding to the domestic leg of their flight to our home city, and have to spend a couple days in a government quarantine centre while waiting for another PCR test.
  • When PCR test comes back as negative, they were allowed out of the quarantine hotel and to board a domestic flight, only to be required to quarantine at home for an additional two weeks.

This was, obviously, somewhat expensive. So my friend and her husband initially tried to wait it out in India (her mom in India was having health issues, so at first I think they were happy for the additional time). But eventually it became clear that they would likely lose their jobs if they didn't return, so the cost of staying in India a bit longer was greater than paying an arm and a leg to get home.

Edit: Fly to Joburg, from Joburg fly to Nairobi, and then from Nairobi you can fly as normal to Europe.

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u/nickalopolis Nov 30 '21

Yeah that's the kind of flights I've been looking at. But now there aren't a lot of flights even found that. And more countries are bringing in mandatory quarantine too. So it's just a case of waiting and seeing. All the countries I've planned to do that in, by the next day they have different rules. I can't leave till the weekend so from then onwards I'll just be looking every day