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Last Update: January 20, 2022 16:00 PM

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. We appreciate your loyalty and never take it for granted.

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.


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

Sherpa - Travel Restrictions and E-Visa Tool


The following is additional information which may help in your trip planning. 

Due to the rapid evolving situation globally, please regularly check with your airlines on the most updated travel requirements (such as mandatory Covid tests, quarantine) for your airlines, transit countries, and your final destination. 

Travelers should confirm with their air carriers on the latest flight status as some airlines are continuing flights while others are canceling flights. Please adhere to all health screening, mask-wearing, social distancing, and other safety protocols established by each country that you are visiting.

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

For visitors entering the:

  • United States: Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States, aged two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of boarding flight to the United States.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.   For quick reference to this requirement, please visit the following CDC link: TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY BY AIR (, and for more details, visit International Travel | CDC.

  • Canada: All travelers 5 years of age or older must provide proof of a COVID-19 negative molecular test result to enter Canada OR proof of a previous positive test result taken between 14 and 180 days ago (starting January 15, 2022, between 10 and 180 days ago).  Arrival testing and quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated travelers are different than those for unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers.  For details, visit COVID-19 testing for travelers - Travel restrictions in Canada –

  • United Kingdom: UK or Irish citizens or permanent residents returning from a red-listed country must quarantine in a hotel for 10 days. Citizens of other countries who have visited a red-listed destination will not be able to enter at all. Anyone entering the UK must now quarantine until they receive the results of a PCR test taken on their second day in the country. Anyone testing positive faces a 10-day quarantine.

Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.  For more details, visit the following CDC link: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from COVID-19 | CDC.

Entry into the below mentioned countries, unless otherwise stated, is conditional on travelers whether vaccinated or not providing a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted within maximum 72 hours prior to departure.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

  • From all ports of entry, travelers must provide a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result within 72 hours of arrival and a valid vaccine certificate.

  • All arriving passengers must do a rapid antigen test regardless of PCR test results. 

  • If you have or develop COVID symptoms, you will be required to self-isolate, at own expense. 

Additional visa/documents: None required at this time.

Departure: Present a valid negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure from Botswana. 



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Travelers can enter with proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate which complies with the rules of the issuing country and contain a QR code.  Alternatively, travelers must present a printed negative PCR COVID-19 test with the laboratory name visible, if a QR code is not issued. For CDC to monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines, vaccinated travelers must register at

  • Travelers with NO COVID-19 vaccination certificate must present a printed copy of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, stamped with the authorized laboratory OR with a QR Code indicating the hour and the date of the sample, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before their flight departure time. Due to long travel and transit periods, certain countries will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure.

  • Complete the Egypt Health Declaration form  before boarding flight. Quarantine is required if you are not vaccinated and without a negative PCR test and if you test positive for COVID while in country. 

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.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4 

  • Complete the required Declaration form prior to boarding flight. Download AMAN app for contact tracing - OR

  • A second PCR test, at cost of JD28, will be conducted on arrival in Amman.  Fully vaccinated passengers from certain countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, must provide the following to qualify for exception to PCR testing upon arrival: Negative PCR test conducted 72 hours prior to arrival in Jordan from the first embarking airport; medical certificate documenting full course vaccination (to be presented to airline), registration on the platform to obtain a QR code.

  • Travelers who receive a positive result on the PCR test for the Omicron variant are required to quarantine at a government-designated hotel for 14 days at their own expense.

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. Results available within 72 hours.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All arriving and transiting travelers, 5 years and older, must have a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry.  The certificate must be uploaded in Global Haven before boarding flight.

  • All arriving and transiting travelers, 18 years and older, must be fully vaccinated and be in possession of a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate.  The certificate must be uploaded in Global Haven before boarding flight.  For exemptions to this requirement, please refer to Kenya_Civil_Aviation_Authority_NOTAM_16th_January_2022.pdf

  • 24 hours before arrival, complete the required International Health Surveillance Form. A QR Code will automatically download to your device and be emailed to you to be presented on arrival in Kenya.

  • All travelers are required to submit daily health information within the first 14 days in country via

  • 24 hours prior to departure, passengers on scheduled and charter flights from a few domestic airports are required to complete and submit the online Local Travelers Health Surveillance Form. Receive a QR code on your device to be presented to Port Health officials prior to boarding aircraft.

  • A random Antigen Test may be conducted by port health officers, depending on the risk evaluation of the country of origin. Those testing positive will be required to isolate at a government designated facility for 10 days (at own cost) and must take a PCR test before being discharged.

  • All passengers with flu-like symptoms at the point of entry, or those who develop clinical symptoms within 14 days of arrival shall be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 at a government testing facility.

Additional visa/documents:  An e-visa is required before entering Kenya. Obtain an e-visa at


  • All passengers exiting Kenya will also need to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination.

  • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country require a negative PCR based COVID-19 test are required to utilize either Trusted Travel or Global Haven if the test certificate is from a jurisdiction where Trusted Travel is not available.

  • After testing, receive an SMS and/or email from with instructions on how to generate a Travel Code from to be approved by airlines and immigration authorities on departure.



All regions are open, but restrictions remain.  Domestic flights are operating. Flights to/from Mauritius and Africa are suspended. Flights to/from Europe are operating. 

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • ·All travelers will take a PCR test taken at the airport on arrival.   Cost is USD28 per person.

  • Quarantine in a hotel at own cost in Antananarivo between 24-48 hours until test results received

  • Rapid antigen test required if flying on domestic flights

  • Curfew observed in certain areas not specified at this time from midnight to 4:00am daily.

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.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Additional visa/documents:  All passengers (including children and infants) travelling to Mauritius must possess the following documents:

  • A valid air ticket to Mauritius.

  • For vaccinated travelers, provide proof of vaccination.

  • Incoming passengers to Mauritius must download and fill their Public Health Card and Passenger Locator Form to be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon their arrival 

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



Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Travelers may be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival

  • All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home

  • Travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test result, testing positive on arrival, or directly exposed to a positive case will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

  • Curfew observed in Maputo, provincial capitals, and some cities from 9:00pm to 4:00am daily.

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.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

  • Complete the required Health Questionnaire For Tourism Revival Initiative Travelers and COVID-19 Primary Surveillance before arrival into Namibia.

  • Non-Namibian travelers, aged 5 years and older, who arrive with a negative test that is older than 72 hours will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 at own expense and released if test results return negative. If positive, traveler will be isolated at own cost following Namibia's quarantine protocols.

  • Travel insurance coverage that will cover an unexpected extended stay.

  • Only COVID-19 certificates obtained from providers participating in the Trusted Travel (TT) platform will be valid for entry into and exit from Namibia.  For technical support, send email to  Travelers are strongly recommended to also bring paper copies of all COVID-19 test results to the airport or port of departure.

  • Travelers with results from non-Trusted Travel-compliant laboratories must upload results to the Global Haven system for authentication.  For technical support, send email to

Additional visa/documents:  None required

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



Effective January 2, 2022, most passengers arriving to Rwanda must quarantine for three 3 days at a designated quarantine hotel at their own cost. Tourists, including children 5+, visiting a national park map apply for exemption as outlined below. For more information, visit Rwanda’s Frequently Asked Questions or Welcome to RBC.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All arriving passengers are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form found at, and upload a COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. 

  • Upon arrival all passengers will be required to take both a PCR and Rapid Antigen test (own cost).

  • Those quarantining at a designated hotel for 3 days must on day 3 take both a PCR (at own cost) and Rapid Antigen test (free of charge) and may check out with a negative Antigen test. An additional PCR test is required on day 7 at a destination testing site (at own cost)

  • A negative PCR test taken within 24 hours is required for all visitors wishing to see primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe, and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks. Rapid antigen tests are acceptable for all other activities (other than visiting primates) in the above national parks, and all other national parks (including Akagera).  Tourists who have booked not more than two consecutive visits are required to present their negative RT PCR COVID-19 for the 1st visit only

  • Travelers with an exemption must take on days 3 and 7 a mandatory PCR tests (own cost) and Rapid Antigen (free on day 3). A tourist facilitation request must be completed 72 hours prior to arrival.

  • All air passengers transiting for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second Covid-19 PCR test at the airport and wait for the results at the designated transit hotel. Results will be fast-tracked in time for passengers next flight.

  • All air passengers transiting/connecting who are not leaving the airport for less than 12 hours will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test.

  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 10:00pm and 4:00am. Businesses close by 9:00pm.

Additional visa/documents: 

  • A visa is required to enter Rwanda.

  • All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.


  • A negative result for COVID-19 within 72 hours before departure is required.  The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase (RT-PCR), performed by the Rwanda Biomedical Center/National Reference Laboratory, Provincial or District Hospitals.  COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years

  • Travelers are encouraged to register and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on

  • Travelers are advised to check with airlines regarding COVID-19 requirements with final destination and/ or transiting countries if required.

  • Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48 hours, please contact RBC-Laboratory HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 787793446 or (+250) 784026239.

  • In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

  • All visitors require a valid Health Travel Authorization (HTA) for entry into Seychelles, using the online portal Home | COVID-19 Seychelles Travel Authorization (STA) (  to submit negative PCR test results, flight, and accommodation details.

  • Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments certified by the Public Health Authority.

  • Visitors and crew entering Seychelles by sea must apply for health travel authorization by email at

  •  Visitors who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to 10 days of strict hospital or hotel room isolation, at own cost.

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

  • Nightly curfew from 11:00pm to 4:00am 

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.



Due to restrictions related to the Omicron, please contact airlines directly for flight information and booking.

Current Travel Advisory:  Level 4

  • Complete the required Entry Traveler Health Questionnaire

  • If traveling within South Africa, complete the required Domestic Health Screening Questionnaire

  • All arriving passengers who fail to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be required to quarantine, at own expense.

  • Travelers presenting symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted.


  • Install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app for the duration of stay

  • International travelers are required to have mandatory travel insurance, and must cover COVID-19 related costs


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

  • Complete the required Exit Traveler Health Questionnaire



Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

  • Present a negative COVID 19 test certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted test is Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) done at a nationally accredited/approved laboratory using sample tested within 96 hours before arrival

  • All travelers are required to complete the Health Surveillance Form for Tanzanian mainland and https://healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tzb for Zanzibar within 24 hours before arrival into Tanzania. Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation code, including a Unique Health Code (UHC) to present to health officials. during primary screening upon arrival in Tanzania.

  • All arriving travelers, aged 6 years and older, will be required to undergo a Rapid Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD 10 per person per test for the Tanzanian mainland and USD 25 per person per test for Zanzibar.

  • All travelers who require a Rapid Test on arrival are advised to pay for the Rapid Test prior to arrival in Tanzania, to avoid any delay on arrival. Travelers arriving on the Tanzanian mainland can pay using an automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveler Surveillance Form via Ministry of Health - Traveler's Health Portal ( Travelers arriving in Zanzibar can pay via Home (

  • Travelers who receive positive results on their Rapid Tests will be allowed to self-isolate at a location of their choice for a period of 14 days or more until they test negative on a Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test and will be subjected under strict surveillance procedures.

  • Upon arrival, all travelers 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 travelers develop COVID-19, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities at their own cost

  • Children aged 5 years and below, travelers in transit, aircraft crew are exempted from both RT-PCR certificate and COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Tanzania.  Obtain an e-visa in advance

Departure: Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country. COVID-19 testing should be taken 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.

Mandatory to travelers, including travelers in transit, whose destination is the USA, India and some of European countries:

a) Have a valid RT PCR COVID-19 Test Certificate; b) Undertake COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test at the Airport 24 hours before travelling. This requirement is mandatory to travelers whose destination is to the United States of America, India and some of the European countries; c) Conduct Rapid PCR COVID-19 test to travelers travelling to the United Arab Emirates or to those on transit in Dubai (b-above is not required for (c), and vice versa) d) Have a valid COVID-19 Vaccine Certificate



Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All arriving passengers are required to complete the Ministry of Health HealthDesk form one week before their arrival.

  • All arriving passengers will be required to go through the recommended Port Health procedure of identifying body temperature and symptoms.

  • 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.

  • All arrivals are required to undergo another PCR Test, at the cost of up to USD30 per person, payable in cash. Test results take up to 4 hours and travelers are advised to either wait at the testing center or at a designated hotel.

  • Nightly curfew is from 7:00pm to 5:30am 

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Uganda. Obtain an e-visa at


  • All travelers departing from Uganda are required to have a PCR Covid-19 test taking within 72 hours of travel.  The 72 hours begins on the day the sample is collected for testing.

  • COVID-19 test must be taken at accredited Laboratories or a COVID-19 sample collection point approved by the Uganda Ministry of Health

  • All travelers will cover all costs related to the COVID-19 test and test results must indicate that they are for the purpose of travel and clearly marked with an annotation "TRAVEL"



Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE. As of June 11, the UAE has suspended the entry of passengers from Zambia, DRC and Uganda.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All arriving and transiting travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • Quarantine requirements 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.

  • Visitors who enter Abu Dhabi from another Emirate must present a negative PCR test within 48 hours. If staying for more than four consecutive days, an additional PCR test is required on the fourth day.

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.



Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • All arriving passengers into Zambia must create a PanaBios CAS | Login account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where test results 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.

  • Zambia’s Port Health authorities are performing additional swab tests on all non-vaccinated travelers before they leave the airport. The authorities will contact any passengers who test positive for COVID-19, and may require affected travelers to self-isolate or be confined to quarantine for 14 days.

  • All travelers from “High Risk” countries will be required to undergo mandatory testing upon entry and quarantine for 14 days at home or until the entry test returns negative.

  • All travelers, including those from “High Risk” countries may be asked to undergo additional COVID-19 testing with rapid antigen test upon arrival in Zambia.

  • All travelers from countries other than “High Risk” with a negative PCR COVID-19 test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin will not be asked to quarantine. All travelers without this test will be denied entry.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required and can be obtained in advance e-Services (

Departure: Travelers must have negative COVID-19 PCR test results before departure from Zambia. All departing passengers from Zambia must have a PanaBios CAS | Login account and generate a Trusted Travel Code. Travelers with results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to the Global Haven System for authentication



Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Every person arriving in Zimbabwe is required to have a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours.

  • Passengers without a test result or displaying COVID-19 symptoms may be denied entry or detained until they can be tested for COVID-19. 

  • All arrivals into Zimbabwe are required to present a negative COVID-19 test on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform. Create a PanaBios CAS | Login account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where test results will be uploaded. Results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to Global Haven for authentication

  • Travelers with results from a non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to the Global Haven System for authentication, click here Global Haven

  • Travelers that test positive will be required to go into local isolation for 10 days at own expense. After isolation, travelers will need to be retested before they are permitted to travel home or on to their next destination.

  • Kazungula border & Victoria Falls bridge border are open for fully vaccinated tourists. All other Zimbabwe land borders remain closed, except for transportation of goods and for returning residents.  All travelers still need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours of crossing.

  • Curfew is from 9:00pm – 6:00am

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required.  Obtain an e-visa at


  • Travelers departing Zimbabwe must use an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory for their COVID-19 PCR test. Get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed and create an account at, PanaBios CAS | Login , where your results will be uploaded.

  • Departing guests must show their negative PCR test upon entering the airport. The PCR test must be valid within 72 hours of departure (depending on onward country’s requirement).  If your PCR certificate expires while in Zimbabwe, you will need to be re-tested before departure.


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. The carrier’s first scheduled flight was an early morning take-off from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to Cape Town International on September 23rd and is one of three return flights per day between the two cities. Flights are also set to start to five African capitals, namely, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka, and Maputo.


Kenya Airways:

Domestic flights restarted on July 15, 2020 and international flights on August 1, 2020.

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



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


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.


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




African Travel is in constant contact with our partners throughout Africa.

Our five-star service does not stop in these times. Now more than ever we are here to answer your questions about when and how to best fulfill your dream. For 45 years our safari specialists have seen many global events and are accustomed to handling any changes.  We continue to promise excellence and look after our guests through every step of the journey.  

We are also led by our parent company, The Travel Corporation who has a century’s long commitment to serving customers while ensuring rock-solid financial independence that you can count on in a changing world.

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