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CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: January 8, 2020 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 to the experiences we can deliver to 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) and the rapidness at which things are changing around us, we are continually adapting our operations to serve the needs of our customers and the travel advisor community. Countries in Africa are restricting foreign visitors. 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.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Use this helpful tool to determine what entry requirements and travel restrictions may be in place for your safari. View Passport & E-Visa Tool 

You can also use the following as a guide to current restrictions. For the most up to date information on countries of interest, please check this list from the State Department which contains the most current status of travel restrictions put into place.

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.

The following countries have limited access and/or quarantine restrictions for international travelers: 

  • Botswana: Air travel resumed on November 9 at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport.  On December 1, ground crossing resumed at the commercial border points of Kazungula road, Kazungula ferry, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo.  International air travel resumed on December 1 at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.  All arriving travelers will be screened upon entry and expected to present a valid negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) result within 72 hours of arrival in Botswana. Quarantine for 14 days in a Government of Botswana approved facility (usually a hotel or guesthouse) is mandatory for all incoming travelers who do not meet testing requirements or who are symptomatic. Travelers must pay for their food and lodging during quarantine. An additional COVID-19 test is required on day 10 of the quarantine period.  Masks are mandatory in all public areas. All travelers exiting Botswana are also required to present a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their departure from Botswana. The remaining Points of Entry will be considered in due course subject to disease burden and harmonization with other neighboring countries.

  • Egypt: Effective September 1, 2020, all arriving international travelers, including Egyptian citizens, will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken 72 hours prior to their flight to Egypt.  Only paper copies of the test results are acceptable; 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.   All arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks, must complete the required Public Health Card, and must show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Masks are mandatory in public areas. Travelers arriving without a valid negative COVID-19 test result will be required to undergo a test on arrival at their own expense. Travelers will be required to self-isolate for 14-days in a government isolation hospital if they test positive for COVID-19. 

  • Jordan: On September 8, The Kingdom of Jordan approved the resumption of international flights at Queen Alia International Airport.  However, Jordan suspended flights from the United Kingdom as of December 21, 2020 until further notice.  Visitors entering Jordan must present a valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of their intended visit; complete and submit a passenger health declaration form found at visitjordan.gov.jo, including proof of a negative PCR test; pay $40 JD (US$50) in advance for a PCR test conducted on arrival in Amman; receive a QR code 24 hours prior to boarding the flight; present proof of a negative PCR test before boarding the flight; and, install the Aman.jo tracking app on a mobile device.   All incoming arrivals that test negative for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days regardless of their country of origin.  Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will be subject to the Government of Jordan regulations for quarantine.  Masks are mandatory in public areas.  King Hussein Bridge, Sheikh Hussein Bridge, and Al-Mudawara border crossings have reopened with a limited capacity and only to certain nationalities.  At this time, US Citizens will not be allowed to cross these borders. Jordan has imposed a weekly nationwide comprehensive curfew, starting every Thursday evening at 11:00 p.m. for businesses and 12:00 a.m. for individuals and ending every Saturday morning at 6:00 a.m.  In addition, nightly nationwide curfew is in effect starting every evening at 11 p.m. for businesses and 12 a.m. for individuals and ending the following morning at 6 a.m. 

  • Kenya: International flights resumed on August 1, 2020. All arriving and transiting travelers must have PCR COVID-19 negative certificates, conducted within 96 hours of travel. All arriving travelers will be screened on arrival, and subject to temperatures checks at the airport. Travelers with a high temperature will undergo further assessment.  US Citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine. All travelers, including those in transit, are required to complete the "Travelers Health Surveillance Form" online before departure to Kenya.  This will be used to track passengers entering Kenya. Click here to complete the form  https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/.  It will be mandatory to wear a mask and observe Kenya protocols as directed. Currently, there are no inland border crossings except for commercial trucks. 

    Effective January 1, 2021, all travelers are required to apply and obtain an e-visa before boarding an aircraft bound for Kenya.  Obtain your visa through www.evisa.go.keNo visas will be issued on arrival.

  • Madagascar: On October 1, 2020, Nosy Be’s Fascene Airport has reopened for international flights.  Other airports in Madagascar remain closed to international travel. Travel from countries experiencing high numbers of COVID cases, including the United States, is currently suspended.  For travelers allowed to enter Madagascar, a negative PCR test taken with 72 hours prior to arrival is required.  A second PCR test will be conducted on arrival and travelers will remain in quarantine, at their own expense, at a facility approved by Madagascar health authorities, until results are received.  If the test is positive, travelers may be required to go to a state-mandated facility for treatment. If the test is negative, travelers can continue with their trip.  Travelers are required to complete a health form on arrival in Madagascar.  All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and are not permitted to travel outside of Nosy Be.  Mask wearing in public is mandatory. 

  • Mauritius: Effective October 1, 2020, all long-stay arrivals may be approved with a mandatory 14-day quarantine at an establishment recognized by Mauritian authorities, which includes multiple COVID-19 PCR tests.  All arriving travelers must present a valid air ticket to Mauritius and proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation on a full board basis, at an approved hotel for the mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.  Travelers who have had possible exposure to COVID-19 are placed into quarantine for at least 14 days. As of December 22, 2020, individuals with physical presence in the UK and South Africa within 15 days may be prevented from entering Mauritius.

  • Mozambique: The Ministry of Health (MISAU) continues temperature-screening of all travelers at airports and other points of entry.  Travelers are required to provide proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test, administered in their country of origin within 72 hours of departure.  U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine for as long as proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test is presented upon arrival.  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.

    For purposes of 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.  The Government of Mozambique does not require a COVID-19 test to exit the country. However, acting as agents for the airlines, officials at the airport will request a negative COVID-19 PCR test before permitting you through immigration.

  • Namibia:  Effective September 1, 2020, entry into Namibia is allowed via Hosea Kutako International Airport.  Arriving international tourists must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, not older than 7 days before entering Namibia and adhere to health screening procedures at the airport.  All non-Namibian travelers arriving with a negative result that is older than 7 days will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day at their own cost.  If the results of this test come out negative, they will be released from quarantine.  If positive, they will be isolated at their own cost, according to Namibia’s isolation protocols.

    The Government of Namibia has implemented the following restrictions in response to the pandemic: closure of most land borders for tourism purposes. Only Katima Mulilo, Ariamsvlei, and Noordoewer border posts and Walvis Bay Harbor can be used for tourist entries by land and sea.

    A nationwide curfew is in place between 9:00 pm and 4:00 am daily.

  • Rwanda: Rwanda has resumed international air travel, but its land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents. Travelers to Rwanda, including transiting passengers, must present a negative COVID-19 test. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours before departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted.  It is recommended that travelers carry a printed copy of their negative test results during all legs of their flights to Rwanda. All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance. Upon arrival in Rwanda, visitors will be tested at the airport (at their expense) and taken to a designated quarantine hotel of their choice. They will be required to quarantine in their hotel room until they receive a negative COVID-19 result, approximately 24 hours after arrival.  Before travel to Rwanda, passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form.  Click here https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/.  To fill out this form, passengers must be able to provide passport information, travel details, negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and a booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for a 24-hour quarantine upon arrival.   Travelers are encouraged to carry a printed copy of their Passenger Locator form during all legs of their flights to Rwanda. All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours before departure and are encouraged to book their accommodations and pay for their tests at least two days prior to departure through the online platform. Info available at https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/

    The Government of Rwanda has a zero-tolerance policy for exporting positive COVID-19 cases. If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival or during your time in Rwanda, the severity of your symptoms will determine whether you are isolated in a government-run treatment center or a hotel at your own cost. You will not be permitted to leave Rwanda until you receive a negative PCR test result, which could take several weeks.

    Masks are required in public areas.  Curfew has been enforced from 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM.

  • Seychelles: Seychelles opened its borders to commercial flights on August 1. Currently, USA is not allowed to enter the Seychelles. Visitors coming from high-risk countries will not be authorized to enter. Visitors from low and medium risk countries must have a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate from an authorized laboratory dating no more than 72 hours from the date of travel. All travelers coming to Seychelles must submit the approved test results to their respective airlines upon check in. Visitors must ensure that they have valid travel insurance with full medical coverage for the duration of their entire stay in the Seychelles.  

  • South AfricaInternational air travel to South Africa has resumed but restricted to the following airports: OR Tambo International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Cape Town International Airport.  All travelers are subject to necessary health protocols.  The 18 land borders which were partially operational, will be fully operational and the 34 land borders which were closed, will remain closed except for the Kosibay Port of Entry which reopened on 1 January 2021.

    On November 11, 2020, South Africa opened to all international travel, subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a valid negative Covid-19 certificate, A PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.  Travelers are required to complete and produce an online travel health questionnaire on their personal device no more than 2 days before departure to South Africa.  Click here https://sa-covid-19-travel.info/

    Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveler will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.  Travelers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival into the country.  Should the traveler display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), traveler will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at own cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveler will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site, at traveler’s expense.  All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app for the duration of their stay in South Africa. South Africa does not require a negative PCR test for departure, unless it is required by the country you’re travelling to.

    Masks are mandatory in public areas.  Curfew has been enforced from 9:00pm until 6:00am daily.

  • Tanzania: All travelers, whether foreigners or returning residents, whose countries or airlines, as a condition for traveling, require a negative COVID-19 PCR test administered within 72 hours before departure, must present a certificate on arrival. Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival.  Passengers are required to complete a Health Surveillance Form while in the plane or any other transport means and submit the form to Port Health authorities upon arrival. Travelers with a fever will be diverted for further examination and must cover their own expenses for quarantine. Everyone must follow social distancing suggestions, including proper hand hygiene and wearing masks.

    The Tanzania Ministry of Health has issued a directive that departing travelers whose onward destinations and airline require a COVID-19 Negative Certificate, may undergo testing in Tanzania five (5) days before departure, at traveler’s own expense. This is not mandatory, but the testing facility is available for those returning home or traveling to other destinations where a negative COVID-19 certificate is a requirement after touring in Tanzania.

  • Uganda: Entebbe International Airport opened on October 1, 2020.  Tourists are required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, in English, taken no more than 120 hours before boarding aircraft in-bound to Uganda.  Tests must have been done by a health facility accredited by the government of the country in which the test is conducted. Travelers will be required to present their test results to the airline to receive confirmation of their flight booking and will be subject to temperature and health screening upon arrival.  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.  All passengers leaving Uganda must arrive at Entebbe International Airport four hours before departure and are also required to present a negative PCR test, in English, taken within 120 hours prior to their departure.   This requirement is mandatory for all departing passengers out of Uganda even if the destination country does not require it.  COVID-19 tests for departing passengers must be taken at an accredited laboratory or a COVID-19 sample collection point approved by the Ministry of Health.  A full list of approved testing facilities can be found on the Ministry of Health’s website.  Travelers are expected to cover all costs associated with their COVID-19 test and test results must indicate that they are for the express purpose of travel with the annotation “TRAVEL” clearly marked.

    Masks are required in public areas.  A nationwide curfew is enforced from 9:00pm to 6:00am daily.

  • United Arab Emirates: The National Crisis and Emergency Management Authority (NCEMA) states that all travelers, including Emiratis, residents, tourists, and transit passengers, must have a negative COVID-19 PCR (nasal swab) test result within 96 hours in order to board commercial flights to the UAE. Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable or a hotel, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine. Once any quarantine period is complete, you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities.

    All travelers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete a health declaration form and give it to the staff at check-in. This form will also be available at check-in.  https://c.ekstatic.net/ecl/documents/dubai-health-declaration-form.pdf.  Travelers must also download the COVID19-DXB Smart App when they arrive in Dubai.  Travelers are encouraged to have a valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of their intended visit.  Masks are mandatory in public areas.

    For travelers arriving into Abu Dhabi, you are required to wear a GPS bracelet for 14 days. Guidance can change regularly. For additional information about quarantine and travel restrictions for arrivals in Abu Dhabi, please visit Etihads websiteofficial Abu Dhabi government sources, and official media sources.

  • Zambia: All arriving passengers must present a certificate of a negative (SARS-CoV-2) PCR test that has been conducted within the previous 14 days prior to arrival to Zambia. Travelers who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed into Zambia. All international travelers are subject to temperature and symptom screening on arrival and will be asked to complete a travel health questionnaire.  Visitors will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 regulations such as physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene, as well as, monitor themselves daily for 14 days after arrival for symptoms of the virus and report any incidence to the nearest health facility. Symptomatic individuals will be tested for COVID-19 (SARS-Cov-2) at the airport and will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility.  Persons arriving are not required to quarantine at a government-designated facility but must communicate to Ministry of Health officials where they intend to reside and provide accurate contact information for regular follow-ups. This includes those entering Zambia at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (KKIA) and all other Zambian international airports, as well as land borders.  Masks are mandatory in public areas.

  • Zimbabwe: As of December 1, 2020, the Government of Zimbabwe requires all new arrivals to the country to present a negative COVID-19 test result issued within the previous 48 hours.  The government provides no option for testing upon arrival for such travelers.  All arrivals will be subject to strict screening procedures, including rigorous enforcement of a 14-day self-quarantine. The Government of Zimbabwe has instituted a new nationwide lockdown on January 5, 2021.  Curfew is in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.  International air travel is still permitted, subject to testing requirements.  International land travel and inter-provincial/inter-city travel are largely prohibited.  Masks in public areas and social distancing are mandatory. 

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

  • South African Airways: South African Airways (SAA) advises that all SAA operated flights, both domestic and regional routes, continue to be suspended until end of February 2021.  All international flights operated by South African Airways will be suspended until end March 2021.    For now, the South African Airways code (SA) is available for booking on the domestic route network as their subsidiary low-cost carrier, Mango, is operating.  Click here for more details on their travel advisory. 

  • Air Botswana: The airline has resumed domestic operations from July 17, 2020. 

  • Kenya Airways: The airline started domestic flights as of July 15 and international flights on August 1.  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  https://kenya-airways.traveldoc.aero/

  • Emirates:  Passengers must carry a negative PCR certificate issued by a local government approved laboratory to be accepted on the flight. Certificates must be issued no more than 96 hours before departure. 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: Is 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.

 

CURRENT OPERATIONS

African Travel is in constant contact with our partners throughout Africa. For travelers, the majority of bookings have the option to postpone travel for up to 1 year from your travel date, without penalties* with details below.

FUTURE TRAVEL PLANS

For those who haven’t booked a trip yet to Africa but are considering travel in the next year, we remain flexible. We continue to evaluate possibilities and provide flexibility in changing plans with no African Travel change fees and can guide you to destinations that offer flexibility. Once booked, if restrictions are still in place or situations arise, African Travel will adapt programs to provide options to other destinations or within our TTC family of brands.

Our commitment is to consistently deliver outstanding service and value to each and every customer. You can travel with peace of mind, when you book with African Travel.

OPTIONS TO POSTPONE YOUR SAFARI FOR UP TO 1 YEAR - WITHOUT PENALTIES*

African Travel is in constant contact with our partners throughout Africa. Concerned travelers have the option to postpone travel for up to 1 year from your travel date, without penalties*. Travelers can also opt for a future travel credit (FTC) valid for travel by December 31, 2022. FTC can be transferred to another person (travel insurance premium cannot be transferred to another guest). There are some exceptions, so please call us at (800) 421-8907 or (818) 507-7893 or email with questions.

The health, safety and overall well-being of all of our travelers is a top priority for African Travel and we want everyone who books with us to enjoy their dream trip to Africa! If you have any questions at all, our Safari Specialists are here to answer your call. See below for some important details before you consider re-booking your vacation.

IMPORTANT NOTES*

  • Provided that you talk to us at least 7 days before your departure, almost all of our programs can be re-booked to a future date of the exact same safari (up to 1 year from your original travel date)
  • If deciding to re-book your safari, you have up to 60 days from the date that you notify us to rebook to confirm new plans
  • If the new date is priced higher than the currently booked departure, travelers are responsible to pay the difference in price
  • Postponed trips may incur change fees from airlines, and some of our partners in Africa
  • Flexible cancellation penalties apply to all bookings. You can view our booking terms and conditions here 
  • This offer is valid until further notice, and this policy may change at any time

Our five-star service doesn’t 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 more than 40 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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