Ryanair Holdings Plc requires South Africans traveling to the UK to complete a list of questions in Afrikaans to prove their identity.
Afrikaans is one of the country’s 11 official languages.< p>Europe’s largest low-cost airline imposed the measure to prevent the use of fake passports, the company announced on Monday.
“If you are unable to complete this questionnaire, you will be denied travel and given a full one refund,” said Ryanair.
The quiz contains 15 general knowledge questions about SA, including multiple choice to identify the country’s capital, according to an edition published by Beeld newspaper . Others asked which side of the road people drove and what the country’s highest mountain is called.
Afrikaans is the third most widely spoken first language in South Africa, behind Zulu and Xhosa.
The message from The measure sparked a backlash on South African social media platforms over the weekend.
Alex Macheras, an independent aviation analyst, called it “clearly insane and discriminatory”.
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