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TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: January 18, 2022 13:00 PM PST

At African Travel, Inc. our commitment has always been to make your dream of Africa a reality. That also means being able to safely connect you with the people and wildlife and show you Africa like no one else. 

With the ongoing changes in travel due to COVID-19, we are continually adapting our operations to serve the needs of our customers and the travel advisor community. We are monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and state departments to ensure when it’s safe to travel.

Africa awaits and countries are welcoming travelers. Below are the current travel requirements and tools to help plan travel.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Use this helpful tool to determine what entry requirements and travel restrictions may be in place for your safari.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Most countries have relaxed their entry and exit requirements. Please continue to adhere to the protocols established by each country that you are visiting as well as those required by the airline that you are using.

The CDC continues to recommend that all travelers remain up to date with vaccinations against COVID-19, test for current infection before and after travel, test after any known exposure to a person with COVID-19, and to take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of transmission. Further, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

For detailed information on international travel, please view the following CDC link: International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC

 

For visitors entering the United States:

Effective June 12, 2022, airline passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result, nor show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  However, the CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizens and non-immigrants traveling to the United States is still in effect. Please refer to Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants: Travel to and from the United States | CDC. For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC.

 

BOTSWANA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • Effective September 28, 2022, Botswana no longer has any COVID-19 restrictions on entry.   Proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test, and testing at port of entry for unvaccinated travelers are no longer required.   Mask-wearing is optional in public spaces.  The Botswana Ministry of Health advises residents to ensure they are fully vaccinated, get booster shots when due, and to use discretion in following some protocols to safeguard their health.

Additional visa/documents: None required at this time.

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense.  Please check with your airline and onward travel arrangements. 

 

EGYPT

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All foreign visitors and Egyptian citizens will enter without the need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

  • Anyone that tests positive for COVID-19 while in Egypt is required to quarantine for 14 days.

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required. For the fastest and most convenient way to obtain a visa, apply for an e-visa at least 7 days prior to travel.

  • Show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate for updated information on Egyptian government policies regarding required proof of insurance and PCR testing timelines.

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense. A passport sized photo is needed.

 

JORDAN

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2 

  • The Government of Jordan will no longer require travelers to Jordan to take a pre-travel PCR test nor a PCR test upon arrival. 

  • Complete the required declaration form and obtain a QR code prior to boarding flight by visiting the platform www.gateway2jordan.gov.jo/index.html

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required

  • Valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of intended stay

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense. 

 

KENYA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting There

  • Fully vaccinated travelers, over 12 years of age, are required to show proof (printed copy) of their vaccination certificate on arrival

  • Unvaccinated travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test (printed copy) conducted not more than 72 hours before departure

  • Any traveler above the age of 12 arriving at any point of entry with no proof of vaccination or a PCR test or those with flu-like symptoms shall be subjected to a rapid antigen test at their own cost of USD30.  Any person who tests positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to entry PCR test, at own cost of USD50 and self-isolate as per Kenyan Ministry of Health guidance on isolation.

  • Any traveler arriving at any port of entry into Kenya with flu-like symptoms will be required to fill the passenger locator form on the ‘jitenge’ platform: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/ and to undergo rapid antigen test at own cost, regardless of age or vaccination status. If positive on antigen test, they will be required to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test at own cost.

Additional visa/documents:  An e-visa is required before entering Kenya. Obtain an e-visa at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Departure:  Passengers traveling out of the country, will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the transit and destination country

 

MADAGASCAR

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • Effective August 11, 2022, the Government of Madagascar has ended all COVID-19 testing requirements for entry.

  • Proof of vaccination is not required for entry.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Madagascar

Departure:  A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

MAURITIUS

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • The Mauritius Government announced as of July 1, 2022, that COVID-19 regulations have been repealed. Travelers entering Mauritius are no longer required to produce vaccination certificates or recent negative PCR tests.

  • Prior to travel, all travelers should fill out the digital Mauritius All-In-One Travel Digital form, which will generate a PDF document with a QR Code, required to be presented to Health Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport. 

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in airports, during airport transfers and on public transport, plus in all public and private healthcare facilities, including hospitals and pharmacies.

Additional visa/documents: None Required

Departure:  A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

The Mozambique Ministry of Health continues health screening at airports and other points of entry.  The use of protective masks, covering the nose and mouth, is mandatory in all enclosed places.

All arriving passengers, 12 years of age and older, must fulfill one of the following:

  • Present a valid certificate showing complete vaccination against SARS COV-2; OR

  • Present proof of a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) for SARS COV-2, valid for 72 hours on arrival in the country; OR

  • Perform the Antigen-based Rapid Test upon entry into the country, at own expense, for those who do not present a certificate proving complete vaccination against SARS COV-2 or a valid PCR Tes

All passengers and crew with symptoms, regardless of age, arriving in Mozambique must be tested for COVID-19 at the point of entry.

Additional visa/documents: Visa is required and strongly encouraged to be obtained in advance to avoid being denied entry.

Departure: Acting as agents for the airlines, officials at the airport will request a negative COVID-19 PCR test before permitting you through immigration.

 

NAMIBIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

All COVID-19 restrictions in the country and requirements to enter Namibia have been lifted.

Additional visa/documents:  None required

Departure: A negative COVID-19 test certificate departing Namibia based on the requirements of your next travel destination.

 

RWANDA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

Effective July 29, 2022, the following Covid-19 travel guidelines and procedures are in place for visitors to Rwanda.

  • Covid-19 testing is no longer a requirement prior to boarding the flight to Rwanda

  • Regular Covid-19 testing is encouraged

  • An additional Covid test is no longer required upon arrival at Kigali International Airport.

  • Certain meeting venues and national parks require Covid-19 tests. Testing is available at health facilities and other designated sites

    • 5,000 RWF (or US$5) for rapid antigen tests. 

    • 50,000 RWF (or US$50) for PCR tests required for all visits to primates in Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks.

  • The country continues to support the use of a face mask in public indoors/closed spaces and observe preventive measures such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

Additional visa/documents: 

  • A visa is required to enter Rwanda.

  • All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.

Departure:

  • A Covid test is no longer a requirement to depart Rwanda by air.

  • Covid testing (at own cost) at health centers and other designated sites is available for all travelers whose final destination requires one.

 

SEYCHELLES

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • Seychelles remains open to visitors all over the world.  Visitors are encouraged to remain conscious of the health and safety measures put in place by the country.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated visitors disembarking in Seychelles are no longer required to present a negative PCR or antigen test to be allowed entry into the country.

  • Fully vaccinated passengers are not required to show proof of vaccination.

  • All visitors are required to complete a Health Travel Authorization (HTA) at https://seychelles.govtas.com/ before boarding flight.

  • Visitors must have a valid travel and health insurance to cover potential COVID-19 related costs (quarantine, isolation, treatment).

  • Face masks must be worn at all times within the airport terminals.

  • Visitors will be subjected to temperature screening, symptom checks, document checks prior to border security screening.  Random testing may be conducted upon arrival.

Departure:  A COVID-19 test may be required and additional documentation submitted before departure.  Please check the requirements as per the regulations of the airline and destination country.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Current Travel AdvisoryLevel 2

  • The South African Government announced on June 22, 2022, that the remaining COVID-19 regulations have been repealed. Travelers entering South Africa are no longer required to produce vaccination certificates or recent negative PCR tests.

Departure:

  • Outbound travelers from South Africa must comply with the requirements of the country of destination.

 

TANZANIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Effective 15th September 2022, United Republic of Tanzania (URT) has implemented the following COVID-19 entry measures:

Travelers entering URT, including Tanzanians, returning residents, and those in transit through land borders who are:

  • Fully vaccinated (having completed administered dose/s of the vaccines as prescribed by manufacturer and approved by the World Health Organization and URT) will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival.

  • Not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policies will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT- PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure.

  • Not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policies and have no negative COVID-19 RT- PCR certificate will be tested for COVID 19 upon arrival using a Rapid Antigen Test, at own cost of TZS 23,000 (USD 10) for Tanzania Mainland, except children aged 12 years and below. Positive cases will be further confirmed by RT-PCR at a cost of USD 50 (at own cost). For ground crossings, positive cases will be handled according to Bilateral and Joint Border agreements.

  • All travelers entering Tanzania are required to complete an online Health Surveillance Form at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ for Tanzania Mainland within 24 hours prior to arrival.  Travelers will then receive a Unique Health Code (UHC), which they will present to health officials upon arrival.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers entering Zanzibar, including those in transit through land borders, are required to complete an online Health Surveillance Form at https://healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tz.

  • within 24 hours prior to arrival.Travelers will then receive a Unique Health Code (UHC), which they will present to health officials upon arrival, along with proof of a valid vaccination certificate with a QR code.

     

  • Travelers in transit by air transport are exempted from both vaccination and COVID 19 testing requirements unless stated otherwise by the conveyance to be used or countries of their final destinations

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Tanzania. Obtain an e-visa in advance https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

Departure: 

  • Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country.

 

UGANDA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test result on arrival.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate upon arrival.

  • Unvaccinated travelers, excluding those below five years old, must obtain a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before boarding their flight to Uganda. COVID-19 certificates must specify TRAVEL as the intended purpose of the test.

  • All travelers will undergo temperature screening upon arrival.

  • Travelers who are asymptomatic or with mild disease will be managed in designated tourist hotels. The tourists who may progress to severe disease will be transferred to hospitals of their choice, at own expense.

  • Effective November 14, 2022, the Ministry of Health requires all inbound and outbound travelers to complete the Uganda Travel Health Declaration form within 24 hours of arrival. The form can be accessed online at POE.::.Registration (health.go.ug).  After submitting form, receive a QR code and either save to your phone or print out to present to the immigration officer.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Uganda. Obtain an e-visa at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Departure: 

  • Complete the required Uganda Travel Health Declaration form 24 hours prior to departure.  POE.::.Registration (health.go.ug).

  • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country requires a negative COVID-19 test certificate prior to departure can be facilitated by Government laboratories in cities and various safari destinations.

  • Passengers whose airline or destination country do not require a negative COVID-19 test certificate are able to leave Uganda without testing.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • U.S. citizens in the United Arab Emirates are subject to the health and safety policies of the local government. Quarantine requirements for individuals exposed to COVID-19 or who test positive vary depending on the emirate. Additional information on quarantine rules can be found here.

  • Travelers to Abu Dhabi who are fully vaccinated must present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate containing a QR code.  Travelers to Abu Dhabi who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must present a negative PCR test result taken within 48 hours of their scheduled departure. 

  • Unvaccinated travelers must present an approved negative PCR test result within a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure or a QR code-accompanied certificate of recovery from a COVID-19 infection obtained within one month from the date of travel. 

  • Printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code.  SMS certificates are not accepted.

  • Entry requirements may differ depending on Emirate, COVID-19 testing results, and additional government guidance. Refer to Etihad Airlines for Abu Dhabi and Emirates Airlines for Dubai.

  • Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required.

Departure: A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

ZAMBIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • Fully vaccinated travelers (having completed and received the first and second doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine) are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival into Zambia and will no longer need to present a negative PCR test.

  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated MUST show proof of a COVID-19 PCT test conducted within 72 hours before departure from country of origin.  Anyone who does not meet this requirement will be retested upon arrival in Zambia, at own expense.  If tested positive, self-quarantine, at own expense, will be mandatory, following Zambian protocols.

  • All arriving passengers into Zambia must create a TrustedTravelPanabios account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where test results / vaccination information will be uploaded. Travelers with results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to the Global Haven System for authentication.

Additional visa/documents:  None required.

Departure: 

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for vaccinated travelers for departure from any Zambia international airport or land border unless the onward destination or airline requires it.  If required, travelers departing Zambia must use an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory for their antigen test. Get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed and create an account at panabios.org,  TrustedTravelPanabios, where your results will be uploaded.

 

ZIMBABWE 

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • All arriving travelers in Zimbabwe will be asked to show valid proof of full vaccination (two doses of a two-dose regimen or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) against Covid-19 and do not need proof of a negative PCR test to enter the country.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 24 hours before arrival into Zimbabwe.

  • Children below the age of 12 do not need a PCR Test even if not vaccinated.

  • All arrivals into Zimbabwe are required to register on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform. Create a TrustedTravelPanabios account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where your test results or vaccination information will be uploaded. Results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to Global Haven for authentication.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required. Obtain an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.zw/home

Departure:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for vaccinated travelers for departure from any Zimbabwean international airport or land border unless the onward destination or airline requires it.  If required, travelers departing Zimbabwe must use an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory for their antigen test. Get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed and create an account at panabios.org, TrustedTravelPanabios, where your results will be uploaded.

  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required for departure from Zimbabwe if required by onward destination.

 

Below are additional updates from air carriers who serve the continent: 

 

South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) resumed both domestic and regional Africa service.

 

Kenya Airways:

Click here for frequently asked questions on health requirements and COVID protocol and the required Health Surveillance Form here.

To see COVID alerts and entry requirements for your desired destination, visit TravelDoc Passenger View - TravelDoc.Website

 

Emirates: 

Passengers must carry a negative PCR certificate issued no more than 96 hours before departure and issued by a local government approved laboratory.

All travelers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form here

Find out all you need about current flights, COVID-19 requirements, travel to/from Dubai https://www.emirates.com/us/english/help/covid-19/

 

Etihad Airways: 

Operating flights around the world and working with the UAE government. Some flights require PCR tests.

Click here for more details on updates and policies.

 

Ethiopian Airlines:

In an effort to control cross border public health concerns, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute requires all passengers traveling to Ethiopia to fill the e-Health Declaration Form for Monkey Pox and get a QR code. The e-forms can be accessed at https://forms.gle/zpDUEyHzEByyQw4A8

As part of the ongoing effort to fight the pandemic, all international and domestic passengers are required to wear face masks during check-in, boarding, in-flight, deplaning and at the airport.  Bring your own masks or face coverings. 

Children under the age of 6 and passengers with underlying medical conditions are exempted from the above face mask requirement. However, passengers with underlying medical conditions shall be required to present medical certificate ascertaining that they cannot wear face masks due to health reasons.

 

Qatar Airways:

To find out what requirements you need to comply with before you travel, depending on your country of origin and final destination, visit Travel requirements | Qatar Airways.

  • Passengers who are transiting through Doha, and not leaving the airport, are not required to present any test results or certifications above the requirements of their departure or destination country. 

  • All arrivals into Doha, including those in transit, are advised to complete and sign the Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form prior to arrival into Qatar. 

  • In case that government regulation requires you to present a negative COVID-19 test result on departure and/or arrival, Qatar Airways will verify this information at check-in and retain a copy of the test result. We request that you bring a filled-out copy of the Customer Acknowledgement Form, which will be collected at the airport’s check in counters. 

  • All passengers are required to wear masks on board and at the airport.  Please bring a mask with you so that you can be sure it is suitable for you.   Passengers in possession of a mask exemption card or medical certificate due to a health condition and children under 6 years of age are excused from the mask requirement.

 

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