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TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: November 23, 2021 4:00 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 (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.

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.

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

*** Effective November 8, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, including fully vaccinated individuals, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test (fully vaccinated traveler’s test must be conducted no more than 3 days before the departing African flight and non-fully vaccinated traveler’s test must be conducted no more than 1 day before the departing African flight) OR 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 more details, visit the following CDC link: Requirement for Proof of Negative COVID-19 Test or Documentation of Recovery from 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.

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

 

EGYPT

International travel resumed on July 1, 2020. 

New requirements to facilitate entry into Egypt are in place as listed in the Getting there section.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:

Vaccination Status:

  • The Government of Egypt will allow travelers to enter with proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate. The certificate must comply with the rules of the issuing country and contain a QR code OR travelers must present a printed negative PCR COVID-19 test with the laboratory name visible, if a QR code is not issued.

  • To monitor your health while traveling in Egypt, the Egyptian government has required vaccinated travelers to register at vsafe.cdc.gov. For how to register, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/register-for-v-safe.html.  A smartphone and information about the COVID-19 vaccine listed on the vaccination record card are needed. Follow the instructions.  V-safe is a smartphone-based tool that uses text messaging and web surveys to give personalized health check-ins after you receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This information helps CDC monitor the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in near real time.

For ALL Travelers

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

  • 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 if arriving without a negative COVID-19 test result.

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

Is a COVID test needed?

  • All travelers of all nationalities arriving in Egypt with NO COVID-19 vaccination certificate must be in possession of 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. A hard copy of the PCR test is required and not electronic.  Passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris, and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide the test certificate performed at a maximum of 96 hours prior to flight departure, due to the long travel and transit period from these airports.

  • The goverment of Egypt will allow travelers to enter with proof of a WHO-approved COVID-19 vaccination.  The vaccination certificate must comply with the rules of the issuing country and contain a QR code.   If a QR code is not issued, a printed negative PCR COVID-19 test result, in English or Arabic, issued and stamped by an authorized accredited laboratory and taken at a maximum of 72 hours or 96 hours, depending on point of origin, is required. 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.

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 2

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.

 

MADAGASCAR

Madagascar ended the State of Health Emergency.   All regions are open, but restrictions remain.  Domestic flights are operating.  International flights, previously authorized in and out of Nosy Be, have resumed.  Flights from within the Indian Ocean region will be admitted. As of 6 November 2021, borders have partially reopened for flights from Europe to Antananarivo via Air Madagascar and Air France. 

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

  • Travelers are required to complete a health form on arrival in Madagascar.

  • Travelers must quarantine until they have a negative test result.

  • If the test is negative, the traveler is free to move around. In the event of a positive result, traveler will be quarantined for another 14 days.

Is a COVID test needed? For travelers allowed to enter Madagascar, a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours prior to arrival is required.

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.

Other things to know: 

  • Mask wearing and physical distancing in public is mandatory.  Failure to wear a mask in public can result in arrest for 24 hours.

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

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

 

MAURITIUS

Effective October 1, 2021, Mauritius began its Phase 2 of travel entry requirements.  Fully vaccinated travelers can explore the island freely.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there: (effective until September 30, 2021)

  • Fully vaccinated international travelers will be allowed to enter the island without quarantine provided they present a negative PCR test taken in the 72 hours before their departure and COVID-19 insurance health coverage.

  • Non-vaccinated travelers will need to show a negative PCR test result 72 hours from the last point of embarkation, COVID-19 insurance health coverage, and proof of purchase of a stay package in one of the certified COVID-19 safe resorts for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine. For details, please click here

  • Complete the Public Health Passenger Locator Form and Public Health Covid19 Passenger Self-Declaration form to be presented to immigration and health officials on arrival OR alternatively, complete this All-In-One Mauritius Travel Form.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure is required to enter Mauritius.

  • For vaccinated travelers, COVID-19 testing will be required on arrival as well as on day 5 of your stay.

  • For unvaccinated travelers, PCR tests will be taken on arrival, day 7 and day 14.  After a negative result on day 14, you will be allowed to explore the island and move to your preferred accommodation.

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.

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, 12 years of age and over.

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:

  • Mandatory curfew in Maputo, provincial capitals, municipalities, and towns throughout Mozambique is from midnight to 4:00am.

  • 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

Namibia aligned itself with the African Union, which has implemented the Trusted Travel System, an online platform for travelers to register their personal and covid-test related details prior to travel.  From December 1, 2021, only COVID-19 certificates obtained on the Trusted Travel platform or verified on the Global Haven systems will be valid for entry or exit into Namibia at certain points of Entry. Travelers are advised to keep abreast with new updates that will be shared on the platform from time to time.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

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.

  • Before arriving in Namibia, all travelers older than 5 years must take a PCR test within 7 days from when the test sample was taken and upload it onto the Trusted Travel (TT) platform. Visitors will also be required to present the negative test certificate upon arrival in Namibia.

  • Travelers with results from non-Trusted Travel-compliant laboratories must upload results to the Global Haven system for authentication.

  • Technical support for Trusted Travel and Global Haven systems are available by email to globalhaven@panabios.org

  • The Trusted Travel Platform will be available at the following ports of entry: Oshikango Border Post, Walvis Bay International Airport, Walvis Bay Harbor, Omahenene Border Post, Hosea Kutako International Airport, Muhembo Border Post, Katima Mulilo Border Post, Ngoma Border Post, Lüderitz Harbour, Ariamsvlei Border Post, Noordoewer Border Post, Trans- Kalahari Border Post

Is a COVID test needed?

  • All non-Namibian arriving by air, regardless of vaccination status, are required to present a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test result from their country of departure that is not older than 7 days calculated from day of sample of test.  If the traveler meets this requirement, no quarantine or additional testing is required.

Additional visa/documents:  None required

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

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.

  • Nationwide curfew from 10:00pm to 4:00am.

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

  • Sale of alcohol is restricted from 09:00 am to 18:00 pm from Monday to Friday.

  • No sale of alcohol is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays and Public Holidays. Liquor may only be sold to and purchased on those days by guests booked in or staying at establishments such as hotels and guesthouses

 

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. 

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting there:

As part of Government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of October 14, 2021:

  • Arriving travelers are required to complete the Passenger Locator Form found at www.rbs.gov.rw, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. 

  • All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, arriving or transiting for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test conducted at the airport on arrival.  The cost of the test is USD60.00 per person, as indicated on the passenger locator form. For passengers who opt for a cash payment on 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.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to quarantine at a designated quarantine hotel while awaiting the results of the COVID-19 test taken immediately after arrival at the airport.

  • 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 which case, passengers will be tested using RT-PCR Test and wait for the results at transit hotels before proceeding).

  • Unvaccinated travelers must wait for up to 24 hours for their test results at a transit hotel. Travelers are not required to quarantine in Rwanda unless they receive positive test results from their test on arrival

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

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 travelers to Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks must provide a negative SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travelers to Akagera National Park must provide a negative Rapid Antigen Test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival

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), 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 https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/selfreg/

  • 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.

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.

  • A nationwide curfew is in place between midnight and 4:00am (businesses are required to close by 11:00pm).

 

SEYCHELLES

Seychelles welcomes all visitors who have been to Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan 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 certified licensed establishments.

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 3

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 12:00am until 4:00am daily.

  • Restaurants close at 11:00pm.

 

TANZANIA

Tanzania is open to international flights arriving and departing from the country, following necessary health protocol.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

  • All travelers are required to complete the Health Surveillance Form https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/online 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, entering Tanzania from the following countries, or those who have traveled to the following countries in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken, 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. These countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Rwanda, and South Africa

  • 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 (moh.go.tz) Travelers arriving in Zanzibar can pay via Home (zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz)

  • 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.

Is a COVID test needed?  All arriving travelers, aged 6 years and older, entering Tanzania are required to present a negative Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) carried out at a nationally accredited/ approved laboratory within 96 hours before departure to Tanzania.  

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. 

All arriving passengers, including children above 6 years, irrespective of vaccination status or country of origin, will be required to undertake a mandatory COVID-19 PCR test on arrival at the Airport. This is in addition to the negative PCR test certificate required to have been obtained within 72 hours prior to departure from country of origin.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:  

  • 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.

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 2

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 1

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

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 for COVID-19 within the first 48 hours of arrival, and on the third, fifth, and tenth days of quarantine, at the traveler’s expense.  If found to be positive, they will be taken to a government isolation center.  The Government of Zimbabwe has not clearly defined which countries are included in these categories.

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 2

Getting there:

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

  • Passengers without a test result or displaying COVID-19 symptoms may be denied entry or detained until they can be tested for COVID-19.  If tested and found to be positive, travelers may be detained a government facility for 14 days.

  • 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 10:30pm – 5:30am

  • 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:

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

 

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

 

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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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