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Country Entry Requirements | COVID-19 Info

We can help you prioritize private space…where you have a feeling of being more like at home than a hotel…

In Africa…there are no lobbies and elevators on safari.. most of your time is spent socially distanced outdoors…

We realize not everyone is comfortable with traveling just yet, but all the destinations we sell are completely COVID-safety-compliant,

WE are sure you are going to be blown away by the wonders of Africa! If you still aren’t convinced, please feel free to get in touch with us about your concerns. 

 

Some Tips to Make Your Trip GREAT:

1. As far as possible keep to a single country
This just eliminates the stress of multiple PCR tests and border movement.

2. Stay longer and where possible book private villas
The days of bouncing around with 2 night stays are over! Immerse with longer stays giving you time to slow down, breathe, be and truly appreciate where you are.

                                                        3. Did you know that all Covid testing will be arranged for you during the planning process?

We make sure that for each destination that requires a PCR-test for entry, you have your tests pre-booked. With the understanding of all the requirements in each country, this is booked at the correct stage in the itinerary (48/72 hours before etc). Whether it be flying a nurse out to the lodge in the remote Okavango Delta to perform the test or fitting it in during a city sightseeing adventure in Cape Town or Nairobi, leave it with us!

 

Update August 2021

 

QUICK GUIDE FOR 10 COUNTRIES:

  1. Botswana – Test within 72 Hours & Test on Arrival
  2. Kenya – Test within 96 Hours of Arrival
  3. Rwanda- Test  within 72 Hours and Test on Arrival & Quarantine while waiting for result
  4. Namibia – Test with 72 Hours
  5. Tanzania – Test within 72 Hours and Test on Arrival
  6. Zambia – Test within 72 Hours
  7. Zimbabwe – Test within 48 Hours
  8. Seychelles – Test within 72 Hours
  9. Uganda – Test within 72 Hours

 

IN FULL DETAIL FOR ALL COUNTRIES:

Botswana
Botswana Visitors will need to present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of arrival for Botswana, and undergo a health screening for COVID-19 symptoms.  Additionally, a further Rapid Antigen test is currently required on arrival, and offered free of charge to all incoming passengers. Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine.

 

Ethiopia

Travelers entering Ethiopia must have a negative RT PCR test within taken within the 3 calendar days preceding a flight’s departure.  The certificate validity shouldn’t exceed 120 hours on arrival from the date sample is given.  Guests must also self quarantine for 7 days upon arrival.

 

Kenya

All travelers must complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form before departing for Kenya found on this link  https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/. They must also be in possession of a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from their home Country that are considered low or medium risk. U.S. Citizen are not required to quarantine.  Some countries do require a 14-day quarantine. Our experts can advise you.. All travelers will be screened on arrival and required to quarantine if they display symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days.Kenya has a nationwide curfew from 9pm -4am.  Passengers departing from Kenya with the exemption of those inbound will be expected to have a TT code on their PCR test result certificates if the destination and transit airports require PCR test.  For passengers flying KLM airlines, in addition to the mandatory PCR test, a rapid COVID-19 test made 4 hours before your flight departure is now mandatory. These tests can be done at Jomo Kenyatta Airport but you need to book an appointment 48 hours earlier.

 

Madagascar – International flights are temporarily suspended from 27 March 2021

Only the island of Nosy Be will open for international travel on 1 October 2020. Travel will be limited to Nosy Be and the surrounding archipelagos -no travel to mainland Madagascar. All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test, carried out 72 hours before arriving in Madagascar.A letter of commitment must be signed by arriving passengers, acknowledging the COVID-related health measures in Madagascar.All visitors must complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures like temperature scans and using a disinfectant corridor. Mauritius Passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 5 days prior to travel. Upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory at an establishment approved by the authorities. Aimed at travelers seeking longer stays & Mauritian Nationals / Residents. Centralized Booking platform is the best / only way to book until further notice.

 

Malawi

Travelers CANNOT ENTER AT THIS TIME>  

Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test result issued within 72 hours prior to arrival.  A test can also be done on arrival taking up to 48 hours to get the result and quarantining until then at a lodge or hotel. A completed “Travel Surveillance Form” must be presented upon arrival.  You must provide proof of a negative COVID19 test taken within 72 hours before departure, where 72 hours start to count from the time the sample is collected.

 

Mauritius –Passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 7 days prior to travel. Upon arrival, a 14-day quarantine will be mandatory at an establishment approved by the authorities. Aimed at travelers seeking longer stays & Mauritian Nationals / Residents. Arriving passengers will also have to undergo PCR tests (at their own expense) on the day of arrival, day seven and day 14 after arrival. If tested positive for COVID-19, travelers will be transferred to a public medical institution for treatment.

 

Mozambique

All arriving travelers are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, conducted in their country of origin within 72 hours of arrival into Mozambique. No quarantine is required if guests present a negative test, and children up to the age of 11 are exempt from the test requirement to enter Mozambique.All travelers will undergo health screening and temperature testing, and are to complete a Traveler Health Questionnaire which we will supply the link to.

 

Namibia

All tourists must take a PCR COVID19 test within 72 hours at the time of  entry into Namibia. Negative Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) will also be accepted.  Travelers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health questionnaire.  Tourists must complete an epidemiological questionnaire to be submitted together with a full travel itinerary to health staff on the ground at the airport.

Mozambique

All passengers arriving in the country must present proof of a Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) with a negative result for SARS-CoV-2, carried out in the country of origin in the last 72 hours before departure, being exempt from the quarantine regime and be subjected to mandatory isolation, when the test performed on entering the country is positive, according to the rules of the health authorities.  Children from 0 to 11 years of age are exempt from presenting the COVID-19 test when entering

Rwanda

All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. Passengers must complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate. We will supply the link. The only accepted test is a  SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid  Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.This follows mandatory quarantine at a designated hotel for 24 hours whilst awaiting results of a second COVID-19 test, conducted on arriva which will be returned after 8 hours.Curfew from 9pm to 5am. However, we can apply for police pass to allow after-hours transportation should it be required.  While the requirements state that all arriving travelers are required to self-quarantine for 7 days, international tourists scheduled to visit national parks will not be required to undergo 7-day quarantine however, they are still subject to departure tests and strongly advised to limit their interactions with the local communities to a minimum.  Proof of visit will be verified upon entry at Kigali International Airport by competent authorities.  All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. The only accepted test is a SARSCoV-  2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours before departure;

 

South Africa

On arrival, travelers will need to present a certified, negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure.Where a traveler has not done a COVID-19 test prior to departure, they will be required to remain in 10-day mandatory quarantine at their own cost.All travelers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to remain in quarantine until a repeat COVID-19 test is conducted. All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app. You can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store.  Children who are 5 years and below are exempted from COVID 19 PCR test requirements in South Africa. On departure travelers will be subject to screening by Port Health Officials and complete a Traveler Health Questionnaire.

A Note on South Africa: Important information and misconceptions about the 501Y.V2 variant

There has been much speculation about new Covid-19 variants. One of which is correctly called the 501Y.V2. variant, but it was first genetically sequenced and identified in South Africa which has lead to many misconceptions.

It is important to understand that this 501Y. V2 variant could have originated anywhere in the world and is, in fact, present all over the world, but due to the widely applauded South African scientists, it has been identified first in South Africa. This helps the rest of the worldwide scientific community hugely as it allows for a deeper understanding of how the pandemic is playing out across the globe.

“According to Prof Tulio de Oliveira, director of KZN Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform (KRISP): “It could easily have emerged elsewhere but it’s only thanks to our excellent genomic surveillance here in South Africa that we know more and more about it.”

Unfortunately, the media has unfairly and irresponsibly categorized this 501Y. V2 variant as ‘The South African Variant’ which has had a hugely negative effect on the perception of our country during this pandemic, which has, in turn, negatively affected the travel industry as a whole.

It’s important to understand that all viruses, including the one that causes Covid-19, constantly mutate into new versions or variants and that there are many new variants that have been identified around the world. As far as our research and advice go, this 501Y.V2. variant is more transmissible (meaning it passes more quickly from person to person than the original variant Identified in 2019) but it has not been shown to produce worse symptoms or more fatalities than the original variant. Age and co-morbidities still increase a person’s risk but this has remained the same from the original variant to the 501Y. V2 variant.

 

Seychelles – visitors may not enter if they have been to South Africa or Brazil within the last 14 days preceding arrival.

All travelers must apply for a Health Travel Authorization form 72 hours before the day of their departure to Seychelles. Links to the HTA and full information on the arrival details will be given to all our clients. .. Applicants must have at hand their passport, a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 72 hours. All visitors are also required to have travel and health insurance cover for Covid-19 related quarantine and medical card.

Tanzania

All travelers (including children)are required to complete a  Traveler Surveillance Form https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ . Travelers will receive a confirmation code including a Unique Health Code that will be requested by immigration officials during primary screening upon arrival in Tanzania.  A negative COVID19 PCR test certificate is required for entry into Tanzania,taken no more than 72 hours before arrival.  All travelers will be subjected to enhanced screening upon arrival for COVID-19 including a rapid test. The cost for rapid test is US$25 per traveler.    Zanzibar:Guests can now book an appointment for a COVID-19 test and obtain certificate through www.zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz  PCR Test cost -US$80, Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test -US$25, Payment online.

 

Uganda

All travelers must present a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out no more than 72  hours before boarding the aircraft to Uganda. Testing of all incoming travelers, including children from USA (and other Cat. 1 countries) will be carried out upon arrival at the airport at a cost of $65pp. Those who test negative will be permitted to continue on their journey. Those who test positive will be taken to a designated Covid19 isolation facility.  Outgoing passengers are also required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within 120 hours before travel.

 

Zambia

All arriving passengers must have a COVID-19 negative certificate taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Zambia. All passengers must fill out a traveler health questionnaire on board and present the completed form to the health staff at the airport. All passengers entering the airport will be subject to temperature and symptom screening. If a traveler’s temperature is 38 degrees or above or they show symptoms of Covid-19, they will be subject to a Covid-19 test.Tourists are to maintain COVID standards whilst in Zambia such as maintaining physical distance and wearing of masks. Travelers leaving Zambia will only be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate when flying with an airline or to a country that requires said certificate.  If travelers require a COVID-19 Clearance Certificate for re-entry to their home country or to board their onward flight, this can be performed 24 hours prior to departure at the Med Prof Clinic in Livingstone or elsewhere in Livingstone.  They must obtain a Travel Certificate from the Ministry of Health, originating from Zambia only. To obtain the Travel certificate customers must present their passport along with their COVID19 test results at one of these offices: University Teaching Hospital (UTH) | District Health Office (DHO) | Public Health Office (PHO) | Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) | Adult Infectious Disease Center (AIDC) at UTH

 

Zimbabwe – land borders still closed in Zimbabwe

All travelers arriving to the international airports (whether returning residents or foreign nationals) must have a negative PCR test, from within 48 hours before arrival at the border. Without this you will be denied entry. All travelers will undergo health screening and temperature testing. social distancing, hand sanitation and the wearing of masks are mandatory.Mandatory quarantine not required unless travelers show symptoms of the virus or don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival –they are then required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self-isolate for another 7 days.  PLEASE NOTE: Although the Zimbabwe land borders are closed, travelers can transit through the borders to catch flights.