Travel Requirements During Covid

What are the requirements for travel to Africa now?

Once on safari, game reserves are wide open, camps are welcoming, and it is like being on safari in the 1960s. But first you have to plan carefully, and that is what we are here for.

Since flights as well as entry and exit requirements are changing frequently, planning your trip requires close monitoring of all the current regulations. We are here to ensure that your travels are safe and worry-fee. Whether it be finding alternative flights due to cancellations, testing at camps, or making last minute itinerary modifications during the current COVID-19 pandemic, we are available 24/7 to assist.

Botswana

All persons traveling to Botswana must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Persons who lack such proof must, at their own expense, undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival. All land border checkpoints with South Africa are closed. All persons seeking to depart Botswana must obtain proof of a negative PCR test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to their intended departure. Traveling between domestic regions in Botswana requires special documentation. More information including on domestic travel documentation is available at the following URL: https://covid19.gov.bw/

Ethiopia

All persons traveling to Ethiopia must present proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 120 hours prior to departure using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. This policy does not apply to children 10 years of age or younger or to transit passengers. All persons traveling on diplomatic or service passports, including their immediate family members, who do not carry proof of a negative RT-PCR test result must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival.

Ghana

From September 1, 2020, persons arriving at Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra must hold proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed by an accredited laboratory. This policy does not apply to persons returning to Ghana within 7 days of their last departure. Upon arrival, all persons age 5 and older must, at their own expense, undergo an additional test for COVID-19. Pre-payment for testing in the amount of US$150 must be made online prior to departure at the following URL: https://myfrontierhealthcare.com/Home/Ghana . Travelers must also submit a health declaration form online at the following URL: https://www.ghs-hdf.org/hdf/ .

Kenya

All persons arriving in Kenya must carry proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 96 hours prior to departure and performed by a testing provider recognized under the African Union’s new “Trusted Travel Initiative.” Persons whose COVID-19 test results were not issued by an authorized testing provider must submit their results for certification prior to boarding transpiration bound for Kenya. Information about this procedure is available from the follow URL: https://globalhaven.org/

All persons must fill out and submit a “Travelers Health Surveillance Form” online and receive a valid QR code to show upon arrival in Kenya. Persons exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are subject to quarantine upon arrival. Travelers Health Surveillance Forms are available at the following URL: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/

Malawi

From September 1, 2020, all persons traveling to Malawi must have proof of a negative test result for COVID-19 issued no more than 10 days prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Travelers must undergo an additional PCR test upon arrival and all returning residents must self-isolate for 14 days.

Mozambique

Persons traveling to Mozambique must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test performed in the country or region of departure. This policy does not apply to children 11 years of age or under. All persons who have had close contact with persons confirmed to have COVID-19 or who have tested positive themselves must undergo a 14-day quarantine. Most land border checkpoints are closed.

Namibia

Persons arriving in Namibia must have proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Those with valid PCR test results are not subject to quarantine; however, they must undergo an additional PCR test on the 5th day following their arrival. Persons traveling to Namibia for tourism must hold medical insurance valid in Namibia with coverage sufficient for any unexpected health-related expenses. Additionally, they must complete a health declaration form and provide a full travel itinerary to airport officials upon arrival. All international flights are required to arrive at Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) in Windhoek. All land border checkpoints are closed except to persons holding a valid work permit. Heath declaration forms and additional information are available at the following URL: http://www.namibiatourism.com.na/page/tourism-revival-initiative

Rwanda

Persons traveling to Rwanda must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Upon arrival, all persons must, at their own expense, undergo an additional PCR test for COVID-19 at the cost of US$60. Additionally, all persons must self-isolate for 7 days at their home or a suitable accommodation and undergo a third test for COVID-19 at the end of the self-isolation period. This policy does not apply to business travelers intending to remain in Rwanda for less than 7 days or to foreign tourists visiting national parks. All persons must fill in and submit an online “Passenger Locator Form” at the following URL: https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/

A nightly curfew is in effect nationwide between 21:00 (9:00 p.m.) and 05:00 (5:00 a.m.) and several districts in Kigali are under confinement orders. Masks must be worn in public and all land border checkpoints remain closed.

South Africa

Travelers arriving by air are restricted to the following airports: Cape Town International Airport (CPT), King Shaka International Airport (DUR), and O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB). All persons must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Upon arrival, all persons must, at their own expense, undergo an additional antigen test for COVID-19. Persons who test positive must undergo quarantine at their own expense. Land border checkpoints are partially restricted. More information is available at the following URL: https://sacoronavirus.co.za/

Uganda

From October 1, 2020, foreign nationals traveling to Uganda for business or tourism must have proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. All tour operators and domestic hosts shall ensure travelers arriving from abroad do not have contact with local Ugandans. Tourists are required to proceed directly from the airport to their destination or to a designated transit hotel. Ugandan nationals returning from abroad with proof of a negative PCR test result must provide their contact information to the Ministry of Health for contact tracing purposes.

Zambia

Persons arriving in Zambia must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 7 days prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Additionally, travelers must complete a medical questionnaire and undergo screening for COVID-19. Persons exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must undergo testing and quarantine at a designated location. All persons seeking to travel to Zambia may submit a visa application online at the following URL: https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/home

Zimbabwe

Travelers must carry proof of a negative result for COVID-19 issued no more than 48 hours prior to departure using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. Persons who lack such proof or who are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine in a dedicated facility. Upon arrival, all persons must self-isolate for 14-days at their residence or a suitable location. Persons seeking to depart Zimbabwe must show proof of a negative PCR test result issued no more than 72 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

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