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CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: July 23, 2020 10:00 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 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.

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

  • Egypt: Travel in Egypt is restricted to the coastal governorates of the Red Sea, South Sinai and Matrouh.  All arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks, must complete a Public Health Card, and must show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Commercial flights have restarted from 1 July, allowing a limited number of flights to Egypt. 

  • Kenya:  International flights will resume August 1. All arriving passengers must have Covid-19 negative certificates and expect to have temperatures checked at the airport. It will be mandatory to wear a mask. Those entering Kenya must undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a government designated facility.  Medical quarantine will be extended an extra 14 days for those who test positive for COVID-19 in government quarantine facilities. 

  • Rwanda: Kigali Airport is set to open for international flights on August 1. Visitors will need to show proof of a Covid-19 PCR negative test taken within 72 hours of their arrival - including those in transit. A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival with results delivered in 24 hours. During this time visitors will remain in designated hotels at their own cost.  

  • Seychelles: Will open its borders to commercial flights as of August 1. 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.  

  • Tanzania:  Beginning June 2020, the government lifted the suspension of international scheduled passenger flights into and out of the country. Travelers are required to complete a Travelers Surveillance Form and will be subjected to enhanced screening upon arrival. Travelers with a fever will be diverted for further examination. Everyone must follow social distancing suggestions, including proper hand hygiene and wearing masks. Visitors, including those from the US, may be required to go into quarantine upon return to their home country. All hotels in Zanzibar are currently closed.  

 

The following countries have a ban on access for international travelers: 

  • Botswana: The country is closed except to returning Nationals and permanent residents. No new visas are being issued and previously issued visas are being cancelled. Botswana has declared a state of emergency until September 2020.   

  • Madagascar: On July 5, the government announced stricter lockdown measures. Flights in and out of the country remain suspended. 

  • Mauritius: The country is on lockdown and access to Mauritius for all passengers will be denied until further notice. 

  • Mozambique: Borders have opened. Any visitors from countries with active COVID cases must complete a 14-day self-quarantine upon arrival. 

  • Namibia:  No fights are allowed until September 30, 2020, at the earliest. No visas are being issued upon arrival. A ban on visitors from affected countries has been implemented. 

  • South Africa: There is a current lockdown, and tourism facilities are closed. US Citizens are not currently eligible for the ‘visa on arrival’ option. 

  • Uganda: As of June 22, Entebbe International Airport remains closed to passenger traffic. Uganda is in a nationwide lockdown. All passenger flights in and out of the country have been suspended. All land borders are closed. 

  • Zambia: All tourist visas are suspended until further notice. The Government of Zambia is enforcing mandatory 14-day quarantine, testing, and regular monitoring at their residence or preferred place of stay for persons entering Zambia. Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility. 

  • Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s borders are closed to all human traffic except for returning Zimbabwean nationals and permit holders.  

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

  • South African Airways: South African Airways (SAA) advises that all SAA operated flights on International routes are suspended until August 2020, and all Regional and Domestic routes are suspended until mid-August 2020.  Click here for more details on their travel advisory. 

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

  • Kenya Airways: Has temporarily suspended all international services effective March 25- August 1, 2020 until further notice. The airline is starting domestic flights as of July 15 and starting international flights on August 1.  Click here for more details on updates and policies.  

  • 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. 

  • Etihad Airways: Is operating flights around the world and working with the UAE government. Some flights require PCR tests. 

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.

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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