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CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: October 19, 2020 9:00 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 is 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.

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

  • Egypt: Effective September 1, all arriving international travelers, including Egyptian citizens, will need to present a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 taken prior to arrival in Egypt. PCR tests must be taken within 72 hours before arrival. Travelers must present paper copies of the test results taken within 72 hours before arrival; digital copies will not be accepted.  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. Commercial flights have restarted from July 1, allowing a limited number of flights to Egypt. 

  • Jordan: On September 8, The Kingdom of Jordan approved the resumption of international flights at Queen Alia International Airport to countries which have been categorized by the scale of the Covid-19 outbreak within their own borders. Based on these categories, specific quarantine requirements have been put in place.  The United States fall under the red category, which calls for a 14-day home quarantine at this time.  All non-Jordanian nationals are required to present a valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of intended visit along with proof of a negative PCR test taken 120 hours before boarding the flight into Jordan; submit a completed passenger health declaration form found at  click here; pay 40 JOD (US$50) online, in advance, for a second PCR test conducted on arrival at the airport; receive a QR code 24 hours prior to boarding the flight and install the jo application at click here on a mobile device.  Non-Jordanian nationals who test positive on arrival will comply with quarantine procedures mandated by Jordanian authorities.

  • Kenya: International flights resumed on August 1. All arriving travelers must have 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. US Citizens coming from the United States are exempted from quarantine.  All arriving travelers must complete Passenger Locator Cards, which will be used to track passengers entering Kenya. It will be mandatory to wear a mask and observe Kenya protocols as directed. 

  • Madagascar: As of October 1, Nosy Be’s Fascene Airport has reopened for international flights.  Other airports in Madagascar remain closed to international travel.  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.  All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and are not permitted to travel outside of Nosy Be. 

  • Mauritius: Effective October 1, 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.   

  • 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.  The Mozambican Government has mandated a 10-day self-quarantine for all arrivals, regardless of citizenship or prior travel, followed by a negative PRC-based COVID-19 test.  Following the 10-day self-quarantine, travelers will be required to pass a second PCR-based COVID-19 test to confirm continued negative test results.  The traveler will incur the cost of the test.  Alternately, travelers can complete a 14-day self-quarantine day period without undergoing a second PCR-based COVID-19 test.

  • Namibia:  Effective September 01, entry into Namibia is allowed via Hosea Kutako International Airport.  Arriving international tourists must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, valid for 72 hours before entering Namibia.  Travelers do not have to quarantine, however, on day five the traveler must be available for COVID-19 testing wherever they find themselves.  The traveler must be reachable on day seven to receive the results of their COVID-19 test. If the result is negative, the traveler is released from any surveillance. If the result is positive, the traveler will be taken to the isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and treated, at their own expense, and according to national case management guidelines.

  • Rwanda: has reopened tourism activities as well as the resumption of international travel for visitors arriving by charter flight, and for visitors arriving by scheduled commercial flights as of August 1. All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours of departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 5 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. A second PCR test will be conducted upon arrival, with results delivered after 24 hours during which time they will remain in designated hotels at their own cost. Travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 within 120 hours before departure, and are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least two days prior to departure through the online platform. Info available here.  All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.

  • 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 Africa: Effective October 01, South Africa reopened its international borders using one of the 8 land border posts or one of three main airports, namely, King Shaka, OR Tambo or Cape Town International Airport.  There are restrictions for travel to and from certain countries that have COVID-19 high infection rates apply. Currently, Americans are not allowed to enter South Africa except for approved business travel. A list of countries will be reviewed every two weeks.  See the current list. Travelers will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure signed by a certified medical practitioner.  All travelers will be screened on arrival and those who present symptoms or have no/invalid certificate will be required to remain in quarantine for 10 days, at their own expense. 

  • 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.  Tourists are required to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, in English, taken no more than 72 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 72 hours prior to their departure.   

  • United Arab Emirates: All passengers flying into the UAE, including those on transit flights, must present an official negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate that has been issued by an accredited laboratory within 96 hours prior to boarding the flight.  Passengers, including those with a connecting flight must complete a health declaration form.  All tourists will undergo thermal screenings when they arrive at the Dubai airport.  Travelers with symptoms will be re-tested, even if they bring their negative PCR test with them.  For positive cases, currently a 14-day quarantine is imposed, and travelers will comply with all measures that the UAE government has in place.  Passengers departing UAE may need to do PCR tests only if mandated by the country they are traveling to.

    For quarantine and entry restrictions to Abu Dhabi, please visit Etihad Airways website click here.

  • Zambia: Tourists and any persons visiting friends and/or relatives in Zambia, will not be allowed into the country if they do not produce a negative SARS CoV2-PCR test conducted within the previous 14 days. Once in the country, travelers have to adhere to the recommended COVID-19 prevention measures such as maintaining physical distance, wearing masks and observing personal hygiene. Traveler Health Questionnaires will be provided to all airlines entering Zambia. These will be given to passengers on board to complete before disembarkation and to hand over to health staff on the ground. Symptomatic individuals will be required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility. 

  • Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwe Cabinet has approved the opening of Zimbabwe's airports for international travel starting October 1. All arrivals will be subject to strict screening procedures, including rigorous enforcement of a 14-day quarantine. All travelers will need to present an official Covid clearance certificate proving a negative test result within 48 hours of departure.    

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.

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 International and Regional routes are suspended until October 2020, and all Domestic routes are cancelled until the end of October 2020. 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 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. Click here for more details on updates and policies.   

  • 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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