ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about | travelling to South Africa | airlines | our vaccination & covid numbers | travelling without quarantine

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about | travelling to South Africa | airlines | our vaccination & covid numbers | travelling without quarantine

Here in South Africa, things are looking good as travel becomes a whole lot easier! As more countries open up entry from South Africa for the fully vaccinated, there is no quarantine for most when you fly back home after a shoot and no quarantine when you arrive here.  Scoll down for full info. All of Moonlighting staff & many crew are now fully vaccinated and our Covid numbers are decreasing daily as we edge our way towards Summer. We SAFA’s don’t do long winters too well so thank goodness ours is short; everything is open and we’re already enjoying 12 hrs of sunshine a day. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

VACCINATIONS

South Africa is leading the African continent with our vaccination drive which started in April with over 60’s and is now open to all ages from 18+. Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson are being administered throughout the country. Here at Moonlighting, we can happily say that 100% of us are now vaccinated. FYI – The Cape Town Convention Centre – known to many as the location for many “airport” scenes – is currently playing a major role as one of central Cape Town’s world-class Vaccination Centres of Hope.

FLYING TO SOUTH AFRICA

Flights: Airlines currently operating to South Africa include: Air France, British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, KLM,  Lufthansa, Qatar,  Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic

Entry to South Africa is open to all countries subject to a negative Covid test and all usual visa requirements. For more information on what documentation you need, please check with Beccy Kellond or scroll down.

FLYING HOME FROM SOUTH AFRICA

  • Most countries have now waived the need for quarantine for fully vaccinated travellers returning from South Africa. We have included details of many of them here.
  • NB – This list is subject to change at any time and is for guidance purposes only. We also add more countries daily as we gather the updated info.
  • A person is only considered fully vaccinated after the designated amount of time has passed after their single dose vaccine or second double-dose vaccine. Please check that you have the required, approved vaccination documentation.
Country Any quarantine? Rules for citizens arriving from South Africa    
Austria No quarantine for the fully vaccinated As of 15 August, South Africa is no longer considered to be a virus variant country; fully vaccinated travellers from South Africa can now enter the country without having to quarantine. See source site here.    
Belgium No quarantine for the fully vaccinated provided you test negative on day 1 or day 2 after arrival.  Travellers arriving in Belgium from South Africa must be fully vaccinated and must take a test on day 1 or day 2 after arrival. If the test is negative, there is no quarantine required. Info can be found here.    
Canada No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Canadian citizens can enter Canada from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. See source site here.     
Egypt No quarantine for the fully vaccinated  Travellers can eneter Egypt from South Africa without testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See here for info.    
France No quarantine for the fully vaccinated No quarantine is required for fully vaccinated; as per source site: “Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer subject to restrictions to travel to or from France, whatever the country of departure.”    
Germany No quarantine  As of 19 September, Germany no longer lists South Africa as a risk country. No quarantine is required for any travellers who present one of the following: proof of full vaccination, a negative PCR test or proof of recovery from Covid. source site here    
Ireland No quarantine subject to proof of vaccination, negative PCR or proof of recovery. as of 21 August, South Africa is no longer on the list of designated states. This means that arrivals from South Africa are not required to quarantine provided you present proof of eiter full vaccination or a negative PCR test no more than 72 hours old or proof of recovery from Covid. Info from source site here.    
Lebanon No quarantine if fully vaccinated Arrivals from South Africa are exempt from testing or quarantine provided they are fully vaccinated. See info here.    
Netherlands 10 days which may be reduced to 5 days after Day 5 PCR test As of 4 September, fully vaccinated travellers may enter the Netherlands from South Africa subject to presenting a negative test + mandatory quarantine on arrival. Quarantine may be shortened subject to testing negative for Covid on day 5 after arrival. Info subject to change so please always check; current info from source site here.     
Norway No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Norwegian citizens can enter Norway from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.    
Poland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Travellers from South Africa do not have to quarantine provided they have been fully vaccinated with an EU approved vaccine. source site here    
Sweden No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swedish citizens can enter Sweden from South Africa without having to quarantine if fully vaccinated. Info from source site here.    
Switzerland No quarantine for the fully vaccinated Swiss nationals can return to Switzerland from South Africa without quarantine if fully vaccinated. For all other nationalities and statuses, please check     
UAE No quarantine subject to negative Covid test Required for arrival from South Africa – A valid negative COVID‑19 PCR test certificate with a QR code issued within 48 hours of the time the sample was collected from an approved health facility. View source site here    
UK all arrivals from SA must qurantine as per link. UK residents and citizens may enter the UK from South Africa but they must quarantine for 10 nights in a UK government-arranged quarantine hotel at their own expense. View source site here    
USA No quarantine for the fully vaccinated

Currently only US citizens or those with permanent US residency may travel to the USA if they have been to South Africa within 14 days travel; however, this will open up to all travellers from South Africa in November (details to be confirmed).

All air passengers coming to the USA, including U.S. citizens and fully vaccinated people, are required to have a negative COVID-19 test result no more than 3 days before travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the past 3 months before they board a flight to the United States. Once in the USA, travellers must be tested 3 – 5 days after travel. View source site here

   

SHOOTING IN THE TIME OF COVID

Strict safety protocols have ensured that not one of our many visiting clients have tested positive for Covid while with us. We have streamlined and perfected our remote capability with clients who could not be physically present joining us for every aspect of a shoot – from recce’s and casting through to the shoot itself and even digital safari’s during downtime.

“We were able to have seamless communication with our team in SF who were joining remotely. For us on the ground, we felt 100% safe and would have not changed being on set for anything.” Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism

VISA REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME AS USUAL

Nationals of a visa-exempt country: if you are categorised as “Oversight” (this includes producers, directors, DPs, agency and clients), then you will need to present an Oversight Visa Authority letter to immigration upon arrival, as usual. No need to visit the Embassy. As your service company, we will provide this Letter of Authority for you. 

Travellers from non-visa exempt countries and any crew categorised as “specialist” (including talent) will need to apply to their nearest South African Embassy in person for a visa, as before. 

For any information on flying to or from South Africa and Visa requirements please contact Beccy Kellond.

May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

May 21st is World Diversity Day. We’re proud to be using #diversitytype today

In honour of World Diversity Day, we’re proud to show off our Moonlighting logo in Diversity Type – the world’s most diverse typeface that was created specially for World Diversity Day by UK agency Distillery with designs from creatives across the world.

To create the logo, Distillery called upon designers from every part of the world and sourced creators from underrepresented networks to help design each unique letter. 308 creatives across 54 countries were involved in the project.

Distillery founder Steve Wheen explains:”We  embarked on this project to further the conversation and importance of diversity and
inclusion within the creative industry. Diversity isn’t something to be solved; it’s an ongoing journey that will be forever changing, and the industry needs to recognise this. We hope that by creating awareness around this initiative, we will encourage others to think about how we can positively promote diversity and cultural intelligence, and act on improving their knowledge and understanding of diversity in all walks of life.”

In partnership with the Diversity Standards Collective, an organisation specialising in connecting brands to diverse audience research, the Diversity Type Project will raise money for three organizations around the world who champion diversity, the Disaster Emergency Committee, The Diversity Trust and UN Women.

#diversitytype #worlddiversityday wearedistillery.co

 

CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

CNN: “South Africa reminds us what is possible!”

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE CNN REPORT or click on the image.

At last – the media is acknowledging South Africa’s low Covid numbers despite the so-called “South African variant”- and the success of wearing masks and social distancing. Thank you CNN! As medical commentator Dr Sanjay Gupta explains:  “They detected the variant in October, had a surge and now it’s come way way down. And that steep decline is not because of vaccines….This a reminder that basic public health measures work. South Africa reminds us what is possible”

 

 

FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

FACTS A-Z: Shooting safely in South Africa now: from flights to streaming, Covid testing & virtual safaris …

AIRLINES: Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airlines are among the airlines that are flying in and out of South Africa, with Emirates resuming flights from 28 February and Qatar increasing to 28 weekly flights from 1st March. There have been many changes but replacement flights are always booked.

AIRPORTS AND IMMIGRATION: South Africa is open to all travellers (business and tourist) of all nationalities, subject to presentation of a negative PCR Covid test dated within 72 hours of their departure flight; the usual visa requirements apply. All arriving passengers will be screened at the airport; provided they do not have any symptoms and can present all necessary documents, they will be allowed to enter the country without any quarantine.

Where travellers must be able to prove that they are traveling for work. we have been providing invitation letters as well as the Visa Letters of Authority.

BEACHES: have remained open for filming throughout and are now fully open to the public.

BRINGING AFRICA TO THE AGENCY: for the agency and clients who cannot travel, we recently arranged a virtual safari with the film industry’s own Luke Cornell over lunchtime on one of our shoot days. One US client also arranged to have gift packs including some of the Moonlighting kit delivered to their clients in various cities in the USA.

COVID TESTING – Antigens & PCR Covid tests are readily available in South Africa. Testing crew with Antigens or PCR tests before a shoot is the “new normal” and crew are well-used to it. We arrange pre-flight PCR tests for our clients either at clinics or with doctors who come to them. To date, all crew and clients have tested negative, through our early January peak as well as now, at the end of our second wave.

COVID PROTOCOLS: NO MASK, NO ENTRY – Masks, social distancing and sanitizing are mandatory throughout South Africa. This has become very normal and it’s surprising how quickly we all get used to it.  At Moonlighting, we screen everyone when they arrive at the office and have created safe, screened workstations with numbers limited in all areas to allow several production teams to work comfortably and safely.

CURFEW: Our curfew applies from 11pm – 4am but can be worked around for shoots. Restaurants close slightly earlier than normal to allow staff to get home before curfew.

LEISURE TIME: We will let our client’s comments speak for themselves:

“While we all wish we could be in CapeTown without any restrictions, we had a chance to see all the beautiful nature, all the different neighborhoods and beaches, and tried a few delicious restaurants. I felt like I had a complete Cape Town experience albeit with a mask. The restrictions are something we all learned to live with and are very comparable to what we have to follow in the US.” – Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism

PRODUCTION SAFETY PROTOCOLS – We test all crew and talent prior to shooting. On shoot days, we employ Covid safety officers who screen all those who come to set upon arrival and who ensure that our government approved safety protocols are strictly followed at all times.   All locations are assessed by Covid safety officers to determine maximum safe numbers with a maximum limit of 75 at any one location or basecamp. Screening on arrival at set has been streamlined to ensure that it does not cause any delays.

RESTAURANTS: are all open and apply strict protocols. Tables are spaced out, all staff wear masks and patrons wear masks when they are not at their tables.

RESTRICTIONS: while officially on “Level 3” our restrictions are minimal and mainly based around social distancing and mask wearing. Gatherings are limited by numbers; we have a curfew from 11pm – 4am (which can be worked around for shoots); alcohol is available from liquor stores from Monday to Thursday and daily from restaurants and wine farms.

SHOPS: are all open. Numbers are limited to allow for social distancing and you must sanitise at the door.

SOUTH AFRICAN COVID NUMBERS:  our numbers are right down.  Numbers at 22 Feb are:

New cases: current daily rate of around 1200 new cases per day with a total of 42728 active cases. 

Western Cape: current daily rate of 110 – 250 new cases per day with approx. 4900 active cases.

When comparing numbers and deaths per million, South Africa remains much lower than many 1st world countries and our numbers continue to decline daily while essentially being open.

STREAMING: Moonlighting’s focus is on recreating the onset experience no matter where the participants are, with a robust video embedded communication system. 49 streaming days later with 100% uptime, we have managed to refine this into a world class offering. While no-one can 100% guarantee bandwidth, we have always managed to harvest it if it’s there. Even the notoriously difficult Kogelbaai Beach was conquered using a microwave link.  Our experience over the past few months’ shoots has covered the full range of situations and options; it’s like pioneering all over again!

Some client feedback on streaming:

“We were able to have seamless communication with our team in SF who were joining remotely.” – Veronika Fontaine, Mekanism

“the infrastructure Moonlighting has set up for streaming for the Video Village is amazing and better than anything I have experienced. It’s really well set up and has worked really well.”- Michaela McKee, 1stAveMachine

VACCINATION PROGRAMME: South Africa’s vaccination drive is in its second week with vaccines that have been proved to be effective against the so-called South African variant. South Africa has so far secured 9 million J&J vaccines, some 20 million Pfizer vaccines, a further 12 million from the global WHO COVAX scheme and more through the African Union.

VILLAS & HOTELS – most hotels are open and offering competitive rates. Some clients – especially those who have come for a few projects – have chosen to stay in gorgeous villas with pools and are making the most of the South African summer.

VIRUS VARIANTS: there has been much talk of the South African variant which, international scientists have emphasised, was discovered here but did not necessarily originate from here. South Africans are being vaccinated with vaccines that have been proven to be effective against the variant.

“Despite the news regarding this new variant of Covid, I never felt in danger because everything had been put in place to ensure that we were as safe as possible. I was able to focus on the work without being stressed by Covid.” – Maud Chalard, Photographer / Director

 

 

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS and visas (updated 24 Nov)

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS and visas (updated 24 Nov)

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS and visas

South Africa is open and it’s business as usual for film industry travellers and tourists from all countries. Read our walkthrough covering visas and COVID requirements.

No quarantine is required unless you fail to produce a negative test or show symptoms on arrival – see below.  

NEW COVID REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL TRAVELLERS

  • A certified, negative PCR Covid test, dated no more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Proof of accommodation.
  • Proof of travel insurance with proven cover for personal Covid expenses (medical expenses, quarantine etc). 

ON ARRIVAL

  • All passengers will be screened upon arrival in South Africa. Provided you show no symptoms and have presented a negative PCR Covid test, then you will be permitted to proceed into arrivals. No quarantine required.
  • Anyone showing any possible Covid symptoms will be required to go into mandatory self-isolation (at their own accommodation) until they test negative. Moonlighting will assist you at all times in this.
  • All travellers must download the Covid App on arrival purely for any track and trace requirements. We will send you the details.

VISA REQUIREMENTS ARE THE SAME AS USUAL

Nationals of a visa-exempt country: if you are categorised as “Oversight” (this includes producers, directors, DPs, agency and clients), then you will need to present an Oversight Visa Authority letter to immigration upon arrival, as usual. No need to visit the Embassy. As your service company, we will provide this Letter of Authority for you. 

Travellers from non-visa exempt countries and any crew categorised as “specialist” (including talent) will need to apply to their nearest South African Embassy in person for a visa, as before. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or questions about any of the requirements. Beccy is your go-to person for this and she will walk you through every step of the process. Reach her at beccy@www.moonlighting.co.za

Feel free to get in touch any time if you’ve got questions or want us to quote on a board. We’re #reloaded

For questions or more info about any travel and visa requirements, contact Beccy at beccy@www.moonlighting.co.za. For production info and bids, contact Shayne at shayne@www.moonlighting.co.za

REMOTE PRODUCTION & its unexpected benefits

SAFETY IS KEY: pandemic proof production protocols

THE EXCHANGE RATE ADVANTAGE: up to 23% cheaper than in 2019

SHOCKPROOF: Moonlighting’s approach to a changing world

10 REASONS WHY South Africa is still the best production destination in the world

SOUTH AFRICA praised by the World Health Organisation

 

 

7 THINGS TO KNOW about shooting in South Africa in this new world

7 THINGS TO KNOW about shooting in South Africa in this new world

It’s Summer! Our borders are open for all business & film industry travellers,  our grass is green thanks to a wet winter and the exchange rate means 23% more production value than last year. 

Working safely and efficiently: Our approach is to embrace and adapt to this new production environment, apply strict safety protocols, and leverage this changing world to find new efficiencies, giving you the best bang for your buck.  

South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy meant that we’ve moved from the world’s strictest lockdown in March to Level 1 and open borders in October, with support and approval from the WHO. 

This has resulted in South Africa being a stable alternative to other production destinations that are struggling with second waves.    

We’ve included links to 7 articles which sum up everything you need to know to shoot in South Africa this season, and plenty of good reasons to do so. 

Feel free to get in touch any time if you’ve got questions or want us to quote on a board. We’re #reloaded

For questions or more info about any travel and visa requirements, contact Beccy at beccy@www.moonlighting.co.za. For production info and bids, contact Shayne at shayne@www.moonlighting.co.za

1.TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS & visas

2.REMOTE PRODUCTION & its unexpected benefits

3. SAFETY IS KEY: pandemic proof production protocols

4,THE EXCHANGE RATE ADVANTAGE: up to 23% cheaper than in 2019

5. SHOCKPROOF: Moonlighting’s approach to a changing world

6.10 REASONS WHY South Africa is still the best production destination in the world

7.SOUTH AFRICA praised by the World Health Organisation

 
 

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