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GDANSK, POLAND – 2022/05/19: Ryanair planes are seen on the Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk. (Photograph by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Photographs/LightRocket through Getty Photographs)

DUBLIN, June 6 (Reuters) – Ryanair RYA.I is requiring South African passengers to show their nationality earlier than travelling by finishing a take a look at in Afrikaans, a language utilized by simply by 12% of the inhabitants that has lengthy been recognized with apartheid and the white minority.

Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, which doesn’t function flights to and from South Africa, stated it required any UK-bound passengers from the nation to fill within the “easy questionnaire” attributable to what it described as a excessive prevalence of fraudulent South African passports.

“If they’re unable to finish this questionnaire, they are going to be refused journey and issued with a full refund,” a spokesman for the Irish airline stated.

The UK Excessive Fee in South Africa stated on Twitter that the take a look at was not a British authorities requirement to enter the UK.

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Ryanair stated it will apply to any South African passport holder flying to Britain from one other a part of Europe on the provider. The airline didn’t instantly reply to a question about why it will apply to these routes, given Britain says it’s not a requirement.

Afrikaans is the third most spoken of 11 official languages in South Africa, utilized by 12% of the 58 million folks within the nation. It was thought-about the official language till the tip of apartheid in 1994.

The language was born of Dutch settlement in South Africa within the seventeenth century, and has lengthy been recognized with racial classification and related to the ideology of apartheid which was primarily enforced and propagated by the white minority Nationwide Occasion from 1948.

Its dominance underneath apartheid was seen as a logo of inequality imposed on earlier generations by restrictions on the place folks may dwell, work, go to high school and personal land.

(Reporting by Padraic Halpin in Dublin and Promit Mukherjee in Johannesburg; Modifying by Alison Williams)

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