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CORONAVIRUS TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: May 12, 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.

These are the latest travel alerts and restrictions in Africa where we operate:

  • Botswana:  The Government of Botswana has banned entry of all individuals (except Botswana and Botswana residents) from entering Botswana.
  • Egypt:  Egypt has implemented a 14-day quarantine period. Normal commercial air passenger service remains suspended.
  • Kenya:   On April 6, the Kenyan government extended the ban on all international flights in and out of Kenya for an additional 30 days. All who arrive within the last 14 days must self-quarantine.  
  • Madagascar:  Commercial passenger flights are suspended until April 20. Self-quarantine for 14 days for travelers who have recently been in affected countries. Strict confinement measures are in place. 
  • Mauritius:  On March 24, the Prime Minister of Mauritius announced that the country will be on lock-down and access to Mauritius for all passengers will be denied until further notice. 
  • Mozambique: All arrivals to Mozambique require a 14-day self-quarantine and all visas have been cancelled. 
  • Namibia:  The country has suspended the issuance of visas on arrival and implemented a ban on travel from affected countries. 
  • Rwanda:  Borders are closed, except for cargo, goods, and returning Rwandans and Rwandan permanent residents who are subject to a mandatory 14 day quarantine at designated locations.  All tourism and research activities in Akagera, Nyungwe, Volcanoes and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks have been suspended until further. 
  • Seychelles:  Seychelles has all restricted citizens from any country (except returning Seychellois) to enter and is closed to all international flights. On May 4, the gradual easing of confinement measures was implemented.  
  • South Africa:  South Africa is in lockdown.  Effective March 20 through May 31, 2020, South African Airways (SAA) is suspending all international and some regional Africa flights.  For complete information and details around cancellations and rebooking, click here.
  • Tanzania:  Effective April 11, the goverment has suspended all international scheduled and chartered passenger planes. Quarantine for 14 days for anyone coming from an affected country, at the traveler’s expense.
  • Uganda:  As of April 14, Uganda has extended its nationwide lockdown through May 5 and suspended all passengers planes in and out of the country. Land borders are closed.  
  • Zambia:  While the country has not closed its borders, there are strict quarantine measures of 14-days at one's own expense (see Botswana above for those crossing the border), additional testing and a lockdown of Kafue on April 15. The country has suspended all international flights, except for those arriving and departing from the international airport in Lusaka. There are also restrictions for public gatherings, restaurants are only doing take-away/deliver and most businesses are closed. 
  • Zimbabwe:  Zimbabwe’s borders are closed to all human traffic except for returning  nationals and permit holders.  

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

  • After careful consideration and in consistent with South Africa’s countrywide 21-day lock-down to prevent the spread of COVID-19,  South African Airways and their business rescue practitioners have made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all commercial operations at all offices throughout the world, effective Friday, March 27 through April 16, 2020.  This action is a result of previously announce suspension of flights in the domestic South Africa market until April 17 and the regional Africa and international markets through May 31, 2020. Click here for more details on their travel advisory.
  • Air Botswana has suspended scheduled services on its domestic and regional route network from March 27 to May 31, 2020.
  • Per the UAE government’s directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger services from 25 March 2020. Foreign airlines will no longer be allowed to land or transit through Dubai, Abu Dhabi or any other airport in the United Arab Emirates. Some outbound flights from Dubai to London Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Zurich and Brussels will commence from 06 April. Click here for more details.
  • The UAE goverment also expects Etihad Airways to delay flights until May 16. 

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, we are happy to say for the majority of bookings, you now 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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