African Countries Open to International Travel

AFRICA’S BORDER UPDATES 

The most important thing to know, and we know you know this, but it must be said —is that Africa is not a country. It is a continent of 54 countries that are diverse culturally and geographically.   It is so diverse because Africa is really big — about as big as the combined landmasses of China, the United States, India, Japan, and much of Europe. 

Timeless Africa Safaris are keeping track of the COVID-19 pandemic situation in each of the destinations that we operate in.  If you would like to speak with one of our Luxury Travel Managers about a specific destination, please contact us via  [email protected]

African Countries Open to International Travel

Which Safari Countries Are Open for Travel, What Are The Entry Requirements, and When Will Flights Resume?

Updated: 1 June 2021

Many of our current clients as well as potential travellers interested in safari have been asking about border closures and flight schedules. Thanks to our direct line of communication with our trusted on-the-ground partners throughout Africa, cross-referenced with official government entities, we’ve compiled a one-stop informational resource with real-time updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19.

Please check in regularly, as the situation is fluid and information changes.

A Note About Flying to/from Africa

Most international commercial airlines are requiring that passengers produce a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 72 hours of departure. The same may be required when arriving at any transit airport/country and on your return to your home country.

Many of our trusted suppliers throughout Africa are able to arrange in-lodge/hotel COVID-19 tests or transfer you safely to an authorised testing facility.

Travelling to Africa After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

Now that a COVID-19 vaccine is becoming available, many potential travellers are asking if they’ll be required to undergo COVID-19 tests and follow the current health and safety protocols when travelling to Africa after getting the vaccine.   We are keeping abreast of developments in travelling after being vaccinated and will provide updates when we have clear and conclusive information.

Hear from our clients who’ve recently been on safaris as they share their experiences of the health and safety precautions in place.

Open / To Open:

BOTSWANA

Botswana started a phased reopening of international borders from 9 November 2020. Air travel resumed at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun and Kasane International Airports.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Covid19 vaccination rollout is planned to start before the end of March and expects to complete the process by the end of December 2021.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

  • Present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana.
  • Undergo health screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If arriving at Maun Airport, a Rapid Antigen Test (free of charge) is required. Results are available after about 15 minutes.
  • Complete a traveller locator form with accurate contact information while in Botswana so that the local Health Authority can contact you, if necessary, within 14 days.

All passengers arriving from or transiting through India:

  • Required to quarantine (at own cost) at a site selected by the Ministry of Health & Wellness for a period not exceeding 10 days.
  • Undertake an exit COVID-19 test (at own cost) from day 5 to 7 to determine the end of their quarantine period.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure:

  • Present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 72 hours of departure from Botswana. This can be done via one of two options.
    • Option 1:Arrange in-camp testing – a qualified practitioner is flown to your camp or lodge to conduct a PCR test. This has to be booked 36 hours in advance, online bookings are essential, and a minimum of two guests is required. Guests are liable for all costs, which has to be paid locally.
    • Option 2:Do the PCR test in Maun or Kasane Airport – bookings are essential. Your Luxury Travel Manager can arrange this for you. Test results are available within 24 hours; overnight will be required.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Private charter flights
  • SA Airlink
  • Air Botswana
  • Qatar Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines

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CONGO

Odzala National Park – Republic of Congo

The Republic of the Congo has reopened its borders and airports for international visitors.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes
  • Odzala-Kokoua National Park due to open on 1 April 2021

Vaccine information:

  • Covax has identified Congo as part of the first wave of recipients of the vaccine (Oxford/Zeneca).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • All visitors are required to complete a negative COVID-19 test within a maximum of seven days prior to arrival and submit the test results within two days of departure for Congo.
  • All arriving passengers will be required to undergo body temperature scans and may be requested to take another COVID-19 test.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Required for 14 days.

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KENYA

Angama Mara, Kenya - Maasai Mara

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.

On 6 July 2020, the Kenyan government announced that local air travel will resume operations from 15 July 2020 and that international travel will resume from 1 August 2020. Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has implemented a reduction in park entry fees from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

** NOTE: As from 29 March 2021, all domestic flights into and out of the zoned areas of Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru will cease to operate until further notice.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • The first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign started the 1st week of March (Oxford/AstraZeneca).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

Before arriving in Kenya, passengers are required to submit their COVID-19 test certificates to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code. Click here to create a TT account, upload PCR test certificates, and generate a TT code.

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is required, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from your home country.
  • Body temperatures must test below 37.5°C (99.5°F) and visitors must have no persistent cough, no difficulty breathing, and no other flu-like symptoms.
  • If there is a reported case of COVID-19 on a flight or if the above symptoms are detected, all passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms will be quarantined for testing at designated airport hotels. If the test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave the facility.
  • It is mandatory for all passengers arriving in Kenya to complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health. The form is found here and must be completed online prior to disembarkation. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • All passengers arriving on international flights are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence.
    * These countries are exempt from mandatory quarantine.*

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure:

  • • Passengers departing Kenya are required to have a Trusted Travel (TT) code for their COVID-19 test certificates if their destination countries, airlines or transit airports require PCR tests. Visit www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel  to check the test requirements of transit and destination countries.
    See a list of laboratories that have been approved to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests and issue certificates and TT codes.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Kenyan Airways will resume international flights from 1 August 2020. All in- and outbound passengers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours of boarding.
  • All passengers aboard any Emirates flight require a negative COVID-19 certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to flight departure.

Visas:

  • Visas for Kenya can no longer be purchased on arrival and must be arranged in advance via the e-visa platform: eVisa »

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MADAGASCAR

Madagascar - Miavana - Nosy Ankao

Madagascar announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October 2020. Travel will be limited to Nosy Be and the surrounding archipelagos – no travel to the mainland of Madagascar will be allowed. Fascene Airport on Nosy Be will be ready to welcome international visitors and perform the necessary health checks and testing. Domestic travel within Madagascar resumed in September 2020, with international travel expected to resume when Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo reopens for international visitors.

Open for international travel:

  • Madagascar has suspended all routine international flights and private flights until further notice. Cruise ships are not currently permitted to berth in Madagascar’s ports.To enter Madagascar you will need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of travel. You will also be required to take a test at Ivato International Airport and to self-isolate at your own expense until the test result is received (typically 4 – 5 days). If the test is positive, you may be required to go to a state-mandated facility for treatment.

Vaccine information:

  • The nation officially joined the WHO-led COVAX programme at the beginning of April, in a move to procure COVID-19 vaccines for Madagascar’s population (Covax) and are working on logistics.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

  • Present a return air ticket.
  • Provide a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test, carried out within 72 hours before boarding the flight to Madagascar.
  • Undergo a PCR test upon arrival at the airport, at your own cost.
  • A letter of commitment must be signed, acknowledging the COVID-related health measures in Madagascar.
  • Submit a signed health letter of commitment for the Public Health Ministry.
  • Complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures like temperature scans and using a disinfectant corridor.
  • Conduct a COVID-19 PCR test at a hotel (at your own expense) 72 hours before departure from Madagascar, if the destination country requires a negative test result.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • All visitors are required to self-isolate at a hotel (at their own cost) for a maximum of 48 hours while waiting for the results of the PCR test conducted at the airport.

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MALAWI

Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, is open for international commercial and charter flights.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Received the first shipment of vaccines at the beginning of March, which is being distributed throughout the country for deployment (Oxford/Zeneca)

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

Various announcements and documents can be viewed in this folder and the current situation for arriving air passengers is as follows (last updated 26 April 21):

  • Passengers will be required to submit to the health officials a completed health traveler declaration form and a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no more than 72 hours prior to arrival (previously 10 days)
  • Passengers without a valid certificate will be required to have samples collected for COVID-19 testing and will thereafter proceed on self-quarantine for 14 days. Results will be communicated in 3 days. They will be followed up by health authorities during the period under quarantine.
  • Passengers with a negative test result will proceed on self-monitoring for signs and symptoms, they can mix with others but are required to always use face masks, observe physical distancing, practice hand hygiene. Should they experience any COVID-19 related symptoms they should contact health authorities

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours (starts when the sample is collected) before departure.
  • If you fail to produce a valid negative test certificate or if you display any COVID-19 symptoms, you will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test at
    your own expense.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines

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MAURITIUS

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

Mauritius announced a proposed phased reopening of borders for international travel. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

All except:

  • Travellers coming from or in transit in South Africa, Japan and Brazil – travel ban has been extended indefinitely.

Vaccine information:

  • Roll-out started in February with priority given to health care professionals, employees of tourism and senior citizens (Oxford/AstraZeneca).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted between five and seven days prior to boarding an airplane to Mauritius.
  • Provide proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation (on a full board basis) at a designated hotel for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.
  • Download and complete the Public Health COVID-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form, which must be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon arrival. The forms can be found here.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Required for 14 days at at a designated hotel (in-room) approved by the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA). Click here for the updated reservations platform for quarantine accommodation.
  • Arriving passengers will have to undergo PCR tests (at their own expense) on the day of arrival, day seven and day 14 after arrival. If tested positive for COVID-19, travellers will be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Air Mauritius should resume flights from 1 October 2020, subject to the opening of borders and the lifting of travel restrictions.
  • Emirates from 3 October 2020.

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MOZAMBIQUE

Azura Benguerra, Mozambique

Mozambique’s borders are open for international travel and flights have been approved from Portugal, Turkey, Qatar, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. Land borders are also open for self-drive travellers. Maputo International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Mainland – Beaches are closed along with casinos, nightclubs, bars, gymnasiums, cinemas, theatres, museums and galleries. Restaurants may open from Monday to Friday between 06:00 and 20:00, and on Saturdays and Sundays between 06:00 and 15:00.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Received its first batch at the end of February and plan to roll-out in a phases format (Sinopharm).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, conducted in your country of origin within 72 hours of departure for Mozambique.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • All of the main airlines flying from Portugal, Turkey, Qatar, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.
  • Airlink from South Africa.

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NAMIBIA

Namibia announced new implementation protocols that will guide the country’s international tourism revival initiative. These protocols will come into effect from 1 September 2020, which will signal the reopening of Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek to international visitors. Entry to Namibia will only be allowed via this airport.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Has commenced with the roll-out of the vaccine (AstraZeneca).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of boarding the flight to Namibia.
  • All travellers will undergo health screening and temperature testing and must submit their full itinerary on arrival.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required, unless a traveller’s PCR test is older than 7 days.
  • If PCR test is older than 7 days, a traveller will be placed in quarantine and required to take a COVID test on the same day at own cost.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure:

  • A negative COVID-19 test certificate, conducted within 48 hours of departing Namibia, if your country of origin requires it.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All
  • Travellers arriving in England from Namibia will not be required to quarantine for 14 days. This ruling comes into effect from 21 November 2020.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Airlink
  • Eurowings
  • Qatar Airways

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RWANDA

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

Tourism activities across the country resumed from 17 June 2020 and Rwanda’s airports reopened for scheduled commercial flights on 1 August 2020. Kigali International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Commenced their vaccinations early in March (Moderna, Oxford/AstraZeneca, Pfizer/BioNTech).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), performed within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDT) are not accepted.
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload your COVID-19 test certificate via www.rbc.gov.rw/travel prior to arrival.
  • If you are visiting any national park in Rwanda, you are required to schedule your visit within 72 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result. If your visit/s are more than 72 hours after the initial test on arrival in Rwanda, you will be required to take another COVID-19 test before visiting the parks.
  • Follow preventive measures while travelling in Rwanda: physical distancing where possible; the wearing of masks is mandatory; and temperature screenings before entering certain buildings are mandatory.
  • All travellers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19, with the RT-PCR test performed within 120 hours before departure. The Rwanda Development Board has advised that as long as travellers depart within 120 hours of their RT-PCR test on arrival, they do not require another test.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done prior to arrival. You will be required to wait about 24 hours for these test results in a designated transit hotel. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24-hour waiting period.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All tourists will be allowed to visit Rwanda’s attractions and destinations after testing negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Charter flights (individual and groups).
  • Commercial airlines from 1 August 2020.
  • RwandAir between Dubai and selective African routes from 1 August 2020, and between London and Kigali from 3 October 2020.
  • RwandAir will start flying to Cape Town via Harare from December 2.

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SEYCHELLES

Image Credit: Blue Safari, Seychelles

*The Seychelles announced that it will be open to all visitors from all countries, irrespective of their vaccination status as of 25 March 2021.*

As of 25 March 2021, the Seychelles is open to all visitors from all countries (except South Africa and Brazil), irrespective of their vaccination status. There is no restriction on movements upon entry into the Seychelles, but visitors are required to adhere to the COVID-19 public health measures in place.
Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed establishments or live-aboards that have been certified by the Seychelles Public Health Authority. See the list of certified establishments for visitors from countries allowed to travel to the Seychelles.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All except travellers from South Africa and Brazil

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate from an accredited laboratory, obtained within 72 hours before departure.
  • Apply for Health Travel Authorization and submit authenticated certificates of vaccination (if applicable), negative PCR test results, flight and accommodation details before departure via this designated platform.

If travelling from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh:

  • Provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination which must be presented with an application for Health Travel Authorization via this designated platform.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Private jets and direct chartered flights from the above countries.
  • Commercial flights from the above countries from 1 August 2020.

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SOUTH AFRICA

Cape Town is an Approved and Recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.

South Africa announced on 16 September 2020 that the country’s borders will reopen for tourism on 1 October 2020.

As from 11 January 2021, all land borders into and out of South Africa are closed until 15 February 2021. International air travel is restricted to and from OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport. The aforementioned airports are members of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • South Africa commenced its vaccination roll out in February and is being done in phases (Johnson&Johnson)

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • Provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, obtained not more than 72 hours (3 days) from the time of departure for South Africa. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and the certificate must have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
  • Undergo screening for any COVID-19 symptoms and/or for contact with people who have been infected with the virus.
  • Download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app – more information here.
  • Complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire (THQ) not more than 2 days before arrival.  The same applies when leaving South Africa.

Mandatory quarantine:

Not required unless:

  • Arriving passengers fail to present a valid and negative COVID-19 PCR test. This will require quarantine at own cost.
  • Travellers display any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with an infected person. A mandatory COVID-19 test will be required at their own cost. If this test result is positive, travellers will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site, at their own cost.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All

Airlines flying into the destination:

Following the president’s announcement that South Africa will institute adjusted Level 1 Lockdown regulations, the curfew requires every person to be at their place of residence from 00:00 to 04:00. If  a flight arrives within the curfew hours, passengers will be able to show proof of their boarding passes or tickets for their flights if stopped by law enforcement en route to the airport, hotel or home.

  • Air France
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Emirates
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Edelweiss Air
  • Virgin Atlantic

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TANZANIA

Sanctuary Kichakani, Serengeti, Tanzania
Sanctuary Kichakani, Serengeti, Tanzania
*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

The government of Tanzania announced on 18 May 2020 that it will lift the ban on international flights arriving and departing from the country. All hotels and other tourist facilities in the country must go through a COVID-19 certification process, and official documents must be placed at the entrances of all facilities. The Tanzanian government has also directed all the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Currently no plans in place.

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • All arriving travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania are required to present a negative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out within 72 hours before arrival;
  • All arriving travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection including a Rapid Test, the cost of which is USD 25 per person per test;
  • All travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania are required to complete a Traveller Surveillance Form via https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Travellers will receive a confirmation code, including a Unique Health Code, to be presented during primary screening upon arrival in Tanzania;
  • Travellers arriving in Tanzania following a transit period of longer than 72 hours, will be subjected to a Rapid Test upon arrival at a cost of USD 25 per person per test;
  • All flights to and from India are banned until further notice;
  • All travellers arriving from India, or those who have travelled through India in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken, shall be subjected to a Rapid Test upon arrival in Tanzania at a cost of USD 25 per person per test, followed by stringent contact tracing and 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost. The mandatory quarantine location can be selected by the traveller, from the list provided at https://moh.go.tz/en/ ;
  • Travellers arriving in Tanzania from all other countries are not required to quarantine;
  • All travellers entering the United Republic of Tanzania will undergo temperature screening upon arrival and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry;
  • Upon arrival, all travellers will be provided with health information cards with toll-free numbers and advised to self-monitor themselves for symptoms and signs. In the case that the traveller develops COVID-19, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities at their own cost;
  • Requirements for travellers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travellers’ respective airline or destination country. COVID-19 PCR testing is currently available as follows, with payments made directly by travellers;
    • Dar es Salaam, USD 100 per person per test, test results available between 24 and 48 hours of sample collection;
    • Serengeti Seronera (availability depending on the guest’s location and logistics), USD 150 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection;
    • Karatu, USD 100 per person per test and USD 15 per person per test (payable directly in cash), test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection;
    • Arusha, USD 100 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection; or
    • Zanzibar, USD 120 per person per test, test results available between 48 and 72 hours of sample collection
  • Please note that the current government advice is for travellers to undergo COVID-19 testing a minimum of 5 days prior to departure (depending on the specific airline and destination country requirements) to ensure adequate time is allowed for test results to be received;
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and
  • Social distancing of 1.5m apart is required at all times.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • All, except India

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Tanzania could resume operations to other countries that have re-opened for international travel, or for passengers looking to fly with the airline – to be confirmed.

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UGANDA

Image credit: Bwindi Lodge

Uganda released a tentative phased reopening schedule for all its land borders and the resumption of international passenger flights to Entebbe International Airport, effective 1 October 2020.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Countries allowed to travel to the destination:

  • As from 1 May 2021, all flights and passengers arriving from India (Category 1) will not be allowed entry into Uganda. Flights and passengers arriving from any other countries (Category 2 & 3) are allowed entry into Uganda.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

All arriving passengers (Category 2 & 3):

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in your country of origin, issued within 120 hours of departure for Uganda.
  • Undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
  • Wear masks, maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet) where possible, and practice good personal hygiene.

Category 2 passengers: 

  • All travellers arriving from USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Tanzania will have to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test at their points of entry, including Entebbe International Airport.
  • Travellers will be transferred in official vehicles to a testing lab approved by the Ministry of Health, located about 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10 kilometres) from the airport. The PCR test will cost USD 65 per traveller and results should be available within about 4 hours. Travellers can wait for results in comfortable waiting areas, or book into a government-approved hotel.
  • Travellers who have completed a full COVID-19 vaccination course are exempt from additional PCR testing on arrival.

Category 3 passengers: 

  • All arriving passengers from countries not in Category 1 and 2 are exempt from additional COVID-19 protocols listed above.

All departing passengers: 

  • Arrive at the airport at least four hours before their scheduled flights.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 120 hours of departing from Uganda, even if the destination country does not require it. If the destination country requires a negative test result in less than 120 hours, the destination country’s time frame takes priority.
  • Undergo temperature checks and health screening.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required. Passengers who exhibit signs and symptoms of infectious disease will be transported to an isolation centre for a COVID-19 test. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. If foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 and wish to be repatriated to another facility outside Uganda, they can do so at their own cost and according to COVID-19 medical evacuation protocols.

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines

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ZAMBIA

Royal Chundu, Zambia
Royal Chundu, Zambia

Zambia is open to foreign nationals and issuing visitor visas upon entry into the country. Depending on your nationality, travellers can arrive without a visa, obtain a visa on arrival, or apply for an e-visa before travelling to Zambia – visit the Zambia Department of Immigration website for more info. Limited domestic flight schedules are operating twice-weekly between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Mfuwe International Airport, and between Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Zambia has been allocated doses secured by the African Union.  The government is committed to bringing vaccines into the country and plans to vaccinate in a cautious, efficient way.

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols on arrival:

  • Provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 72 hours of arriving in Zambia.
  • Adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene. You will also need to monitor yourself daily for 14 days post arrival for symptoms of the virus and report any occurrence to the nearest health facility.
  • Travellers leaving Zambia will only be required to produce a negative COVID-19 certificate when flying with an airline or to a country that requires said certificate.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure:

Obtain a Travel Certificate from the Ministry of Health, originating from Zambia, if your destination or airline requires a COVID-19 test certificate. To obtain a Travel Certificate, travellers must present their passports and COVID-19 test results at one of these offices:

  • University Teaching Hospital (UTH)
  • District Health Office (DHO)
  • Public Health Office (PHO)
  • Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)
  • Adult Infectious Disease Center (AIDC) at UTH

Mandatory quarantine:

  • All international visitors are screened on arrival. If you show any signs of COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • RwandAir
  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates is set to start flying to Zambia from 1 September 2020.
  • Proflight Zambia is operating limited domestic flights.

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ZIMBABWE

Victoria Falls - Zimbabwe

The government instituted a national lockdown until 1 March 2021 and a curfew from 20:00 to 05:30. Air travel remains open for leisure travellers, but land borders are only open to returning residents and essential services – including commercial and transit cargo carriers. Inter-city and inter-provincial holiday travel, as well as visiting national parks and designated tourism facilities are allowed, but will be bound by the country’s curfew hours. Visitors who are travelling between destinations are required to provide documentation of bookings at national parks and other designated tourism facilities. Hotels and lodges in Zimbabwe are exempted from the mandatory lockdown business closures.

Open for international travel:

  • Yes

Vaccine information:

  • Rolled out its vaccine programme in February with health care workers receiving the first doses (Sinopharm).

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols:

  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • Social distancing, hand sanitisation and the wearing of masks are mandatory.

Mandatory quarantine:

  • Not required unless travellers show symptoms of the virus or don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival – they are then required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self- isolate for another 7 days. A fee of $60 will be levied on travellers tested at ports of entry.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Air Tanzania
  • Fastjet flights between Johannesburg and Victoria Falls are suspended until 15 March 2021.

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