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TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: June 17, 2021 8:00 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.

VIEW PASSPORT & VISA TOOL 

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.

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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

 

Air travel resumed on November 9 at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport.  International air travel resumed on December 1 at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

Getting there:

  • On December 1, 2020 ground crossing resumed at the commercial border points of Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo. 

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • Symptomatic individuals upon entry or who develop COVID after entry must self-isolate 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 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.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

Getting there:

  • All arriving travelers will undergo health screening upon entry.

  • Complete the required Public Health Card

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

Is a COVID test needed?

  • Present a paper copy (in English) of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19, taken at a maximum of 72 hours before flight departure time.  Digital copies will not be accepted.  

  • Travelers arriving from certain countries, including North America, are allowed to present their test certificate performed within 96 hours prior to flight departure due to long travel and transit times.  Please check with appropriate airline.  

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required.

  • 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.  Jordan suspended flights from the United Kingdom and India until further notice. 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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. 

  • Nightly curfew 11:00pm to 6:00am for individuals and 10:00pm to 6:00am for businesses.  (Curfew does not apply to individuals headed for the airport for a departure flight during curfew hours.)

  • The border crossings of King Hussein Bridge, Sheikh Hussein Bridge, and Al-Mudawara operate with limited capacity.  U.S. Citizens will not be allowed to cross at this time. 

 

KENYA

 

International flights resumed on August 1, 2020 with the exception of all flights banned from the United Kingdom starting April 9, 2021.  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-bsed 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 or https://www.mhealthkenya.org/covid-19 .  Complete this in advance as Wi-Fi connections may be unreliable upon arrival.

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.

  • Curfew is from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.

 

MADAGASCAR

 

The state of health emergency is in effect and tourists are not allowed to enter Madagascar.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 4

 

MAURITIUS

 

International flight arrivals have been suspended until further notice; however, there are limited commercial flight departures.  Currently, US citizens are not allowed to enter.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

 

MOZAMBIQUE

 

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

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting there:

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

  • All persons displaying respiratory symptoms or fever must stay home

  • All persons who test positive for COVID-19 or have been directly exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days.

Is a COVID test needed? A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken with 72 hours of departure from country of origin is required.  Children aged 11 and younger are exempt.

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 7:00pm; Sunday 9:00am to 6:00pm

  • Nightly curfew in the Greater Maputo area (Maputo, Matola, Marracuene, and Boane) 11:00pm – 4:00am. The curfew also applies in Manhiça, Chokwe, Maxixe, Gondola, Moatize, Mocuba, Nacala, Montepuez, and Massinga.

  • 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

 

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 4

Getting there: 

  • 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 7 days 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.

Is a COVID test needed?

  • A negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result that is not older than 7 days (168 hours from the time sample was taken) at Port of Entry 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:

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

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

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

 

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. Passengers arriving from India are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a designated hotel at their own cost.

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 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 June 15, 2021:

  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form and list of designated transit hotels on www.rbc.gov.rw.
  • 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 (Designated Hotels.pdf (rbc.gov.rw)).
  • All COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Health of Kenya must be respected during the waiting period. Please note that this is mandatory for all incoming travelers, including those who have received COVID-19 vaccine.

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

  • 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.

  • In Kigali, non-essential movement is prohibited. Businesses permitted to operate until 8:00pm.

  • Nationwide curfew from 9:00 PM to 4:00 AM.

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

 

SEYCHELLES

 

Within immediate effect, Seychelles is ready to welcome all visitors irrespective of their vaccination status on the condition that they, including infants and children, have a COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate that must be taken within 72 hours prior to travel.  However, visitors who have been to Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and South Africa within the 14 days preceding arrival are not permitted entry.

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 or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Visit List-of-Certified-Tourism-Businesses-as-at-30.03.21.pdf

Is a COVID test needed?

  • Visitors from permitted countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dating no more than 72 hours from the date of travel. 

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 here:  https://seychelles.govtas.com/

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. International air travel is restricted to OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport; and recently, Lanseria International Airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Current Travel Advisory:  Level 3

Getting there:

  • Download and complete the online entry travel health questionnaire here https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/  on a personal device no more than 2 days before departure to South Africa.  Print the document and be ready to hand over the document to the Port Health Official.

  • 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.

  • Download and complete online exit travel health questionnaire here https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/ on a personal device no more than 2 days before departure from South Africa.   Print the document and be ready to hand over the document to a Port Health Official.

Other things to know:

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

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

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

  • Curfew enforced from 11:00 pm until 4:00am daily.

 

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:

  • Effective April 25, 2021, travelers can complete the required Health Surveillance Form https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ online within 24 hours before arrival into Tanzania.  

  • 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.

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. 

As of June 11, all arrivals into Uganda from Category 1 India and Category 2 countries - USA, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan, including children, will be subjected to PCR COVID-19 testing on arrival, regardless of vaccination status.

Above travelers will be transported to a holding area near the airport (3-6 miles away) to be tested and wait for their test results. Travelers have an option to wait at that location or to check into a designated hotel at their own cost until they receive their results

Any traveler who tests positive for COVID-19 will be evacuated by the Ministry of Health to a designated COVID-19 isolation facility, at the traveler's expense.

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 3

Getting there:

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

  • All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms and have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 120 hours before boarding the aircraft shall be exempt from quarantine

  • Any arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of an infectious disease will be transported to an isolation center for a COVID-19 test where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of the test are received. Travelers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment or given the option to be repatriated (for foreigners), at their own cost.

Is a COVID test needed? A negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in your country of origin, issued within 120 hours of departure for Uganda is required regardless of vaccination status.

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

Departure:

  • All departing passengers are required to present a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out no longer than 120 hours before departure from Uganda (the 120 hours begins from the moment of sample collection) 

  • Out-bound travelers should review and comply with the testing requirements for transit and destination countries. For example: The United States requires a test be done within three calendar days of departure for those in-bound to the United States.

  • COVID-19 test must be taken at an accredited laboratory or a COVID-19 sample collection point approved by the Ministry of Health, found here Accredited Laboratories to carry out COVID-19 testing in Uganda: - Ministry of Health | Government of Uganda

  • 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 9:00pm 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.  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 within 72 hours

 

ZAMBIA

All travelers, including India, Iran, Turkey, France, Germany, Russia, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, Egypt, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Italy and Tanzania, may be asked to undergo additional COVID-19 testing with rapid antigen test upon arrival in Zambia.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

Getting there:

  • Travelers are required to complete a Travel Health Questionnaire and present it on arrival, where they will also be screened. The Traveler Health Questionnaire form is available on www.flyairlink.com on the Plan Your Travel – COVID-19 Travel Update page. Traveller Health Questionnaire.pdf (flyairlink.com)

  • 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? With immediate effect, 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.

Departure: Travelers leaving Zambia will only be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate when flying with an airline or to a country that requires said certificate.

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

As of June 14, 2021 all travelers arriving to Zimbabwe from or who have transited through COVID "hot spots" while traveling to Zimbabwe will be placed in designated quarantine centers at traveler's own expense, regardless of COVID-19 test results.  Only India has been identified as a hot spot by the Government of Zimbabwe to date.

International air travel is permitted, subject to testing requirements.  Land borders are closed, except for cargo and other authorized persons.  Intercity and interprovincial travel are now allowed.

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

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.

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.

Other things to know:

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

  • Curfew is from 10:30pm to 5:00am

  • 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:

 

  • All South African Airways (SAA) operated flights, both domestic and regional routes, continue to be suspended until July 31, 2021. 

  • All international flights operated by South African Airways are suspended until October 30, 2021. 

  • 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:

 

 

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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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