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TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: September 14, 2021 11:00 AM

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 (coronavirus), 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 its safe to travel.

Africa awaits and various 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.

Enter the country you are traveling from and your destination(s), inputting each leg (including airport layovers) separately. Provide the passport you intend to use during your trip and remember to check back closer to your departure to see any changes and to arrange your visa.

Sherpa - Travel Restrictions and E-Visa Tool

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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.

*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, including fully vaccinated individuals, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within 72 hours before you board your flight back to the United States from Africa. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  

Fully vaccinated people do not need to self-quarantine after returning to the United States, unless required by a state or local jurisdiction.  For detailed information on international travel, please check the following CDC link: International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC

 

BOTSWANA

International travel resumed in December 2020. Travelers are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before travel.  Passengers arriving from high-risk countries may be required to quarantine at a designated facility and may be released after a COVID test is taken on Day 07.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

  • All arriving passengers are screened for COVID symptoms and must have a rapid antigen test upon entry regardless of PCR test results.

  • Symptomatic individuals upon entry or who develop COVID after entry must self-isolate, at own expense, for 10 days with a test in the second half of the isolation period.

  • Close contacts with positive COVID patients will be asked to isolate for up to 14 days.

Is a COVID test needed? Present a valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) result within 72 hours of departure for Botswana

Additional visa/documents: None required at this time.

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

Other things to know: 

  • Mask-wearing is mandatory in all public areas.

  • Curfew for Gaborone only through September 30, 2021 between 10:00pm and 4:00am.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours.

 

EGYPT

International travel resumed on July 1, 2020. Vaccinated passengers may be exempt from showing proof of PCR test on arrival but is required to present as proof that they are fully vaccinated conducted by an accredited facility and completed at least 14 days prior to arrival.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting there:

  • Travelers are required to complete a health declaration before boarding the flight and must be presented to immigration upon arrival in Egypt. Egypt Health Declaration form

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • Complete the required Public Health Card

  • Travelers who are not vaccinated may be required to quarantine on arrival.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • Travelers arriving from certain countries, including North America, must have a printed negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result, in English or Arabic, issued and stamped by an authorized accredited laboratory and taken at a maximum of 96 hours before flight departure time to Egypt.  Digital copies will not be accepted.

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required. An e-visa is the fastest and most convenient way to obtain a visa.  Apply 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. 

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing is mandatory in public areas. 

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours

 

JORDAN

 

International travel resumed on September 8, 2020.  Incoming flights from India to Jordan has been suspended. Non-Jordanian nationals arriving from India are only allowed to enter Jordan after spending at least 45 days outside of India.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there: 

  • Complete required declaration form Declaration-Form.pdf (carc.jo) prior to boarding flight to Jordan.

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • A second PCR test will be conducted on arrival in Amman with the payment of JD 28, for travelers aged 5 and over.

  • Fully vaccinated passengers from certain countries, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, must provide the following to qualify for this exception to PCR testing upon arrival in Jordan:  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 Gateway2Jordan platform to obtain a QR code.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 at the airport on arrival will be subject to the Government of Jordan regulations for quarantine, which includes at least ten days of isolation.

  • Travelers are required to download the AMAN app prior to departure to Jordan for contact tracing. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=jo.gov.moh.aman&hl=e https://apps.apple.com/us/app/aman-aman-jo-jordan-covid-19/id1511595289

Is a COVID test needed? A negative result for COVID-19 from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival

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.

Other things to know:  

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in public areas.

  • Border crossings operate with limited capacity.  Check the appropriate embassy for restrictions and health precautions.

 

KENYA

 

International flights resumed on August 1, 2020. All travelers arriving from India or having traveled through India will also not be allowed entry.  It is important to note that international flights may be cancelled on short notice.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening.  Entry is permitted if passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5C (99.5F), does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms, and has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours prior to travel

  • Scan the QR code from the completed Port Health forms found at https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration. Complete this in advance as Wi-Fi connections may be unreliable upon arrival.

  • All passengers on scheduled and charter flights, departing from or arriving at the following airports with Port Health Authorities - Wilson Airport, Kisumu Airport, Lamu Manda Airport, Malindi Airport, Diani Ukunda Airport and Mombasa Airport, are required to complete the online form via bit.ly/LOCALCOVID19MOH  24 hours prior to their flight. Receive a QR code upon submission and present to airport Port Health officials.

Is a COVID test needed? All passengers arriving in or transiting through Kenya must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate for a test conducted within 96 hours prior to travel. 

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

Departure:

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in public areas.

  • There are no inland border crossings except for commercial trucks.

  • PCR testing is widely available but turnaround times for results vary, typically between 24 to 96 hours, depending on laboratory and location.

  • The curfew in the 13 “hotzone” counties (Busia, Vihiga, Kisii, Nyamira, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kericho, Bomet, Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori ) is restricted from 7pm to 4 am. Other counties will maintain the existing curfew of 10 pm to 4 am

 

MADAGASCAR

 

On Aug 9, 2021, the President of the Republic of Madagascar announced that borders are still closed to travelers from overseas

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

 

MAURITIUS

Mauritian borders re-opened for a first phase from July 15 to September 30, 2021.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

 

Getting there:

  • All arriving travelers will be screened upon entry.

  • From Sep 01-30, 2021 all vaccinated travelers will quarantine for 7 days at an officially designated accommodations and allowed to explore the island freely after a negative PCR test on day 7.

  • Unvaccinated Guests are required to book a 14-day quarantine in an officially designated hotel and required to stay in your hotel room for 14 days, meals delivered to your room; undergo a PCR test on arrival day and on days 7 and 14; After a negative PCR test on day 14, you will be free to explore the island

 

Is a COVID test needed? A negative COVID-19 PCR test administered at least 3 to up to 7 days before boarding at the last departure point.

 

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

  • A valid air ticket to Mauritius

  • Proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation on a full board basis at an establishment recognized by authorities for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.

  • 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.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing is mandatory in all public places.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours

 

MOZAMBIQUE

 

A limited number of commercial flights are arriving and departing regularly.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:  

  • Temperature-screening of all travelers at airports and other points of entry

  • 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.

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

Is a COVID test needed? A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours of departure from country of origin is required, including children over 5 years old.

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.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing is mandatory in all public places.

  • Commercial establishments hours of operation - Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 4:00pm; Sunday 9:00am to 1:00pm

  • A curfew from 9:00pm- 4:00am is in place in the Greater Maputo area and all provincial capitals, cities, municipalities and towns.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours

  • For land border crossings, COVID-19 tests remain valid for 14 days for those requiring multiple entries over a short period of time or leaving Mozambique for a short duration.

 

NAMIBIA

 

Effective September 1, 2020, entry into Namibia is allowed via Hosea Kutako International Airport.  Effective June 1, 2021 all travelers coming from or transiting through “hotspot” regions such as India, are required to repeat the SARS COV-2 PCT test, 7 days after arrival in Namibia.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there: 

  • All incoming travelers must complete required HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE FOR TOURISM REVIVAL INITIATIVE TRAVELERS and COVID-19PRIMARYSURVEILLANCE before arrival into Namibia.

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • 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 will only be released if test results return negative. If positive, traveler will be isolated at their own cost following Namibia's quarantine protocols.

  • From June 01, 2021 Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) results for incoming travelers will no longer be accepted at Points of Entry into Namibia.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result valid for 72-hours upon arrival is required

  • Covid-19 vaccinated individuals still need to show a negative COVID-19 test result.

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.

Other things to know:

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

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • Nightly curfew from 10:00am to 4:00a.m.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours

  • Restaurants are allowed to sell alcohol only between 9am - 6pm M-F

 

RWANDA

 

Rwanda has resumed international air travel, but its land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents. Travel for tourism within Kigali and other provinces and districts is permitted with strict adherence to COVID-19 measures. 

Effective June 15, 2021, all passengers arriving from India and Uganda in the last 7 days are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a designated hotel at their own cost.  Airlines are encouraged to check if passengers have booked 7 days in the mentioned designated hotels before boarding.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of June 15, 2021:

  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the Passenger Locator Form where you can find a list of designated transit hotels and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. 

  • All travelers arriving or transiting for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test on arrival. Sample collection will be conducted at the airport upon arrival and passenger will wait for the results at the designated transit hotel. The COVID-19 Test Results for transiting passengers for more than 12 hours will be fast-tracked so that passengers can get the results before their next flight.

  • Travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport and the payment of 60 USD (50USD for covid-19 test and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) will be done as per the indications of the passenger locator form. For passengers who opt for a cash payment at arrival, the balance will be given in Local currency (FRW). The passenger who wouldn’t use the payment methods on the passenger locator form may be required to pay again at arrival and claim for refund for any previous payment made.

  • All travelers transiting/connecting who are not leaving the airport and those who will leave the airport to the designated transit hotel for less than 12 hours will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test (This is not applicable for transiting passengers by land border, in that case, passengers will be tested using RT-PCR Test and waiting for the results from the designated transit hotels before proceeding).

  • All travelers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test taken upon arrival in a designated transit hotel. All COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be respected during waiting period.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • A negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours of departure is required to board a plane to Kigali (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight).  The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV2 Real Time Polymerase (RT-PCR).  COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.

  • All international tourists visiting national parks are required to schedule their visit within 72 hours of receiving a negative test result. The only accepted test for tourists visiting Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks is the SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).  A negative Rapid Antigen test (RDT) will be accepted for Akagera National Park. If your visit/s falls more than 72 hours after the initial test on arrival, you will be required to take another COVID-19 test before visiting the parks.

Additional visa/documents: 

  • A visa is required to enter Rwanda.

  • All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.

Departure:

  • 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).  COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years

  • Departing travelers are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on https://rbc.gov.rw/ and wait 48 hours for the results from the time of sample collection. Contact BIOS LAB HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 787793446 or (+250) 784026239 if results are not yet out within 48 hours

  • Departing passengers are required to print out the travel certificate, available through the COVID-19 Test Results Portal, and hand carry them to enter the airport for departure

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

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours.

  • There is a daily 8:00pm to 4:00am curfew in place. Businesses, including restaurants, must close by 7:00pm.

  • Curfew measures in place from September 2 - 22, 2021: Curfew in Kigali is from 10:00pm to 4:00am and businesses close by 9:00pm. The rest of the country curfew is from 9:00pm to 4:00pm.  Businesses close by 8:00pm

 

SEYCHELLES

 

Seychelles welcomes all visitors who have been to Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa within the 14 days preceding arrival.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Arrivals before March 25 from permitted countries and who have not been vaccinated must follow below entry/exit guidelines:

Getting there:

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • Upon check in, all visitors coming to Seychelles must show approved Health Travel Authorization (HTA) to their respective airline companies for verification.

  • Visitors must adhere to ALL public health measures and protocols in place in view of the pandemic and comply with airline protocols.

  • Any visitor who disembarks with fever and respiratory symptoms such as cough, runny nose or shortness of breath will be isolated from other travelers and be subjected to further assessment and COVID-19 testing.

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 may be subject to 10 days of strict hospital or hotel room isolation, which may prevent or delay departure.  Airlines may refuse boarding to individuals who are unable to provide negative COVID19 test results.

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

Is a COVID test needed?

A negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dated no more than 72 hours from date of travel is required, regardless of vaccination status.

Additional visa/documents:  

  • Valid travel health insurance that covers, at a minimum, COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.

  • Online Health Travel Authorization (HTA) is required prior to boarding flights to Seychelles.  Visitors must submit their negative PCR test results, flight, and accommodation details for HTA before departure.  Visitors must submit their application for approval through the designated platform at this link:  https://seychelles.govtas.com/ Completed forms should be submitted via email to visitor@health.gov.sc.

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.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

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

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense, booked at least 5-7days prior.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

 

On November 11, 2020, South Africa opened to all international travel, subject to the necessary health protocols.

The country also recently announced a relaxation of many lockdown regulations.Restaurants and businesses may remain open until 9:00 p.m. Alcohol sales for on and off-site consumption are permitted from a licensed retail outlet Monday-Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on-site consumption is allowed until 8:00 p.m. Gatherings are permitted and leisure travel between all provinces is allowed with lodges and hotels allowed full capacity of available rooms. Social distancing, sanitizing, and wearing a face mask remains mandatory.

Current Travel Advisory:  Level 4

Getting there:

  • Complete the required Entry Traveler Health Questionnaire

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

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • 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.

Is a COVID test needed? Present a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin and should have the name and signature of the conducting certified medical practitioner.

Departure:

  • 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

Other things to know:

  • 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 cost of a COVID-19

  • PCR test (for those showing symptoms) and quarantine cost, if required.

  • PCR tests subject to availability and at own expense; return results may take more than 72 hours, depending on testing facility. Rapid tests available, results within 24-hours

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public areas

  • Curfew enforced from 10:00pm until 4:00am daily.

  • Restaurants close at 9:00pm; alcohol can only be served until 8:00pm

  • Alcohol sales restricted Monday to Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm

 

TANZANIA

 

Tanzania is open to international flights arriving and departing from the country, following necessary health protocol.  All travelers arriving from India or having traveled through India in the last 14 days will be subjected to a rapid test at the Point of Entry followed by 14-days mandatory quarantine at their own cost.  Travelers in transit more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

  • All travelers are required to complete the Health Surveillance Form – Ministry of Health - Traveller's Health Portal (moh.go.tz) within 24 hours before arrival into Tanzania.  Upon completion, you will receive a Unique Health Code (UHC) to present to health officials on arrival.

  • All arriving and transiting travelers will undergo health screening upon entry, including a rapid test.  Rapid test cost is $25 per traveler.

  • Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival. Those who test positive upon arrival are required to quarantine at own expense.

Is a COVID test needed?  All arriving travelers entering Tanzania are required to present a negative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test carried out within 72 hours before arrival.  Travelers in transit more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.  The rapid test cost is $25 per traveler.

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. 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.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense

 

UGANDA

 

Entebbe International Airport and land borders opened on October 1, 2020. 

Effective September 3, all travelers arriving in Uganda, regardless of age, vaccination status and country of origin, will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival.

The Ministry of Health's requirements that COVID-19 tests be taken at an approved within 120 hours of departure for both inbound and outbound travel to Uganda remains in place for all travelers, regardless of vaccination status.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting there:  

  • Prior to departure for Uganda, all travelers are required to submit the Test and Fly document  Click here  Test and Fly Laboratory

  • All arrivals are required to undergo another PCR Test, at the cost USD55 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.

  • Travelers aged 18 years or older who test positive will be transported by the Ministry of Health to a designated isolation facility. Travelers under the age of 18, who test positive, will be allowed to isolate in a location of their choice with their parent or guardian.

Is a COVID test needed?  All arriving travelers are required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of boarding the first flight to Uganda. 

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

Departure: 

  • 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"

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

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

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results within 72 hours

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

 

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

Getting there:

  • 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.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their flight departure is required. Some airlines require test results be presented within 72 hours. All travelers arriving from the United States must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within a maximum of 72 hours prior to their flight departure to UAE. 

  • 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.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense; results with 72 hours

 

ZAMBIA

Countries deemed “High Risk” currently Argentina, Columbia, Chile, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Peru, Maldives, Iraq, Costa Rica, Panama, Tunisia, Fiji, Paraguay, Uruguay, Mongolia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Surinam. 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.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there: 

  • 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.

Is a COVID test needed? Travelers will have to present a negative PCR certificate both at check-in and on arrival (from a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their departure). Children younger than five are exempt from this requirement.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required and can be obtained in advance e-Services (zambiaimmigration.gov.zm)

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

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Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense, results within 72 hours

 

ZIMBABWE

International air travel is permitted, subject to testing requirements. Visitors arriving from, or transiting through, countries with Alpha or Delta COVID variants will be quarantined upon arrival at their own expense, regardless of COVID-19 test results, and will be tested on days 1, 3, 5, 10 before being released from quarantine.

The Kazungula border between Zimbabwe and Botswana, and the Victoria Falls Bridge border between Zimbabwe and Zambia are both open to fully vaccinated travelers with a negative PCR Test.  Unvaccinated travelers can only cross land borders into Zimbabwe when in transit.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:

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

  • Passengers who show symptoms of the virus or don't have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival will be 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 travelers tested at port of entry.

  • Non-resident visitors to Zimbabwe, regardless of citizenship, are not required to quarantine after arrival.

  • 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

Is a COVID test needed? A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognized facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.

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

Departure:

  • Persons departing the country must present a negative COVID-19 test obtained within 48 hours of departure.

  • 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.org, PanaBios CAS | Login , where your results will be uploaded.

Other things to know:

  • Mask-wearing and social distancing are mandatory in all public places.

  • Curfew is from 6:30pm – 6:00am

  • PCR and/or antigen tests available at own expense, results within 72 hours

 

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

 

South African Airways:

  • SAA has confirmed the first flights will commence on September 23, 2021.  SAA will as an initial phase operate flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, Accra, Kinshasa, Harare, Lusaka and Maputo. More destinations will be added to the route network as it ramps up operations in response to market conditions.

  • The South African Airways code (SA) is available for booking on the domestic route network as their subsidiary low-cost carrier, Mango, continues to operate.

  • Click here for more details on their travel advisory.

 

Air Botswana:

Scheduled regional operations resumed on November 10, 2020.

Click here for more information www.airbotswana.co.bw

 

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

 

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.

 

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 https://www.qatarairways.com/en/travel-alerts/requirements.html?iid=ALL11567830

 

CURRENT OPERATIONS

 

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.

To view information on our our booking and wellbeing policy, click here

 

LIVE THE AFRICAN DREAM 

 

Here are inspiring ideas to get you started. Every one of our trips are tailor-made. We guide you to lodges and camps to meet your needs and take care of every detail, including any COVID-19 testing at the appropriate time and location, even when you are in the bush.

Call 1-800-421-8907 or fill out a safari questionnaire and submit it to a safari specialist to plan a trip. 

 

 

NEW SAFARI ADVENTURES

 

 

Wildlife, Flying and Desert Safaris

 

Sleep under the African skies and enjoy immersive wildlife experiences on our new safaris filled with staff favorites and hidden gems. 

 

 

TOP 10 SOUTH AFRICA SAFARIS

 

Where to Travel in Southern Africa


Plan your dream African safari with one our 10 must-do journeys featuring the 'Rainbow Nation'. Use it to customize a trip to South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Victoria Falls. 

 

 

 

OUR PRESIDENT'S WANDER LIST

 

Top Destinations to Consider


African Travel's President shares his bucket list to connect with Africa's wildlife, people and culture, including meeting local artists, visiting Egypt and enjoying a bold new bush experience.  

 

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