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Ryanair Requires Language Tests for South African Passengers


Ryanair Imposes Language Test: The South African government said on Tuesday that passengers traveling to the UK by Ryanair airline would be required to take a test in the Afrikaans language to prove nationality. He is by the decision to force. The government called this move a “backward profiling system”. The Irish low-cost airline began forcing passengers traveling to the UK with South African passports to take tests in the Afrikaans language since last week. The Afrikaans language is spoken by only 12 percent of the country’s population and is often associated with apartheid and white minority rule.

Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers (which does not operate flights to and from South Africa), said it was doing so to stem the high prevalence of counterfeit South African passports.

What did the South African government say?
The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa said the local government has measures in place to prevent any incidents of counterfeit documents that it regularly shares with airlines.

“We are appalled by this airline’s decision as the department regularly communicates with all airlines on how to verify South African passports, including look and feel,” the department said.

‘Govt also runs 24-hour service’
The department said, “All airlines have access to the ‘Advance Passenger Processing’ system which enables them to check passengers before departure and the government also runs a 24-hour service which is used by airlines. To authenticate the passport of South Africa.

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