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Flights to Port Elizabeth in 2022

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.

COVID Restrictions

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Can I fly to Port Elizabeth from USA right now?

Information is based on travel restrictions from USA to Port Elizabeth

Most visitors from USA need to provide a negative COVID-19 test result and/or quarantine to enter Port Elizabeth.

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from USA must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 72 hours for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 48 hours for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to Port Elizabeth.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from USA are not required to quarantine after entering Port Elizabeth.

Documents
Health Declaration Form - Must be completed in 48 hours prior to arrival in South Africa.


Can I fly back to USA from Port Elizabeth?

Returning to USA from Port Elizabeth

COVID-19 testing requirements
Visitors from Port Elizabeth must present a negative RT-PCR (NAAT) or Antigen (quick-test) test taken 1 day for RT-PCR (NAAT) and 1 day for Antigen (quick-test) before departing to USA.

Quarantine requirements
Visitors from Port Elizabeth are not required to quarantine after entering USA.

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What is the cheapest month to fly to Port Elizabeth?

The cheapest ticket to Port Elizabeth found for each month in 2022 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.
February
$1,137
March
$1,242
April
$1,242
May
$1,373
June
$1,306
July
$1,217
August
$1,183
December
$1,240
At the present moment the cheapest month to fly to Port Elizabeth is currently January; with May being the most expensive. Prices will vary depending on multiple factors such as booking in advance, airline and departure airports and times.

When is the best time to fly to Port Elizabeth Airport?

Average Port Elizabeth flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2022 and 2023 by month.
LAS - PLZ
Price
$1,068 - $1,973
PLZ
Temperature
69.8 - 80.6 °F
PLZ
Rainfall
1.46 - 2.95 inches

Known as “The Friendly City” or “The Windy City”, Port Elizabeth occupies a 10-mile stretch along Algoa Bay. It was founded in 1820 to house British settlers (the Campanile Memorial was built in 1923 to commemorate this landing; there’s a climb of 204 steps to the Observation Room, which offers magnificent views of the harbour and surrounding area below) and is now part of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality, along with Uitenhage and Despatch.

Lying on the south-east coast of the East Cape province and fringed by beautiful beaches, Port Elizabeth offers a wealth of options for travelers who like to raise their adrenaline levels. Cycling, quad biking and 4×4 trails are all great things to do on land. Off shore, there’s surfing and kite surfing, kayaking, wreck diving, shark diving and deep-sea fishing.

To the west of Port Elizabeth is the Garden Route and the Sunshine Coast, Frontier Country and a million hectares of game reserves are to the east.

Port Elizabeth is the gateway to the Eastern Cape with all its fantastic parks and reserves. Go on a guided game drive of Addo-Schotia; this area is home to the densest populations of antelope, lion and elephant in South Africa. There’s whale and dolphin watching near St Croix Island and, 18 miles outside of Port Elizabeth, the Lion Park. If you’re up for it, there’s skydiving and bungy jumping off Bloukrans Bridge too!

If all that physical activity gets too much, visit the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum at St George’s Park, the South African Air Force Museum (situated on the southern side of Port Elizabeth Airport) and the Red Location Museum. Red Location is one of the oldest settled Black Townships of the city, getting its name from the rusted, corrugated iron barrack buildings. The museum tells the story of historical struggle in South Africa.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa climate

Pretty much perfect, summer temperatures in Port Elizabeth range from 140 to 176 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter temperatures hover between 104 and 158 degrees. One of Port Elizabeth’s nicknames is the “Windy City” and this refers to the frequency, rather than the strength, of the wind. The wind makes Port Elizabeth a fantastic destination for surfing.

Best Time to Fly to Port Elizabeth, South Africa

There’s no bad time to visit Port Elizabeth. 

Peak Season: 

High season is December and January. Another peak time is April, when the Splash Festival takes place. It’s a four-day festival popular with families and watersports enthusiasts. 

Off Season: 

May to August is, in general, low season in Port Elizabeth, however, this is when travelers, escaping very high summer temperatures back home, will visit the city.

Getting around Port Elizabeth, South Africa

PE is easy to navigate, whether in a car or on foot. There’s a public bus system but the main form of transport is the minibus taxi.

Port Elizabeth, South Africa Travel Information

  • St Croix Island, 12 miles from Port Elizabeth’s harbour, is a popular scuba-diving site. Penguins and cormorants thrive there, as fishing is prohibited. To get the best possible visibility, go diving in the winter months. Visibility is between 26 and 49 feet. 
  • Port Elizabeth has heaps of surfing beaches but a short distance outside the city is Jeffrey’s Bay, which is the host town for major surfing competitions. 
  • Hobie Beach is a popular place for sunbathing and swimming. Anglers cast their lines from Shark Rock Pier. 
  • Don’t forget to have a look at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium. It was built for the 2010 World Cup and is one of the few stadia in the world to have a lakeside location. 
  • The Apple Express steam train is very popular with visitors. Take a trip from Port Elizabeth to Thornhill. There are stunning views from the bridge, the world’s highest narrow-gauge bridge.

Just two miles (3km) from the central business district, Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) is sometimes called the “10-minute airport” because of its close proximity to just about everything. It’s a very small, slick and functional airport that doesn’t offer much by way of shopping and dining, but will get you through customs and baggage claim quickly and efficiently.

Known fondly as “the Friendly City”, Port Elizabeth is a popular spot with tourists who come for the beautiful beaches and game parks in the surrounding area. The city is also a major port town and manufacturing center, and an important transport hub in the region. What it lacks in blockbuster attractions, it makes up for in the warmth of the local people and laid-back atmosphere – rather like its airport.

What airport do you fly into for flights to Port Elizabeth?

Travelers will need to book flights to Port Elizabeth (PLZ) if they wish to fly to Port Elizabeth. The Port Elizabeth airport is 1.7 mi from the city center.

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