On May 1, 2021, the Kenyan government relaxed the lockdown of the five counties: Nairobi, Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, and Nakuru and ravel can resume with strict adherence to MOH guidelines. The curfew has been amened from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m with bars, restaurants, religious services and schools allowed to reopen.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —–All international travellers are required to submit their Covid-19 test certificates before arriving in Kenya, in order to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code. You can click here to create your TT account, upload your PCR test certificate and generate the TT code.
International travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and the test must have been done within 96 hours prior to departure from their home country.
Arriving passengers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms.
All passengers arriving in Kenya must complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health. The form must be completed online prior to disembarkation. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration. Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.
Quarantine policy —– All passengers arriving on international flights are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence. These countries are exempt from mandatory quarantine.
Countries allowed to travel to Kenya – ALL
The Mozambican government has extended their lockdown for another 30 days from April 25th, 2021, with the following closures: Beaches, nightclubs, bars, recreational and leisure sports and games.
Gymnasiums, cinemas, casinos, theatres, museums, galleries religious services and conferences can operate with limited capacity. Hotel swimming pools may open for the use of hotel guests only. Commercial establishments will be open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. Restaurants may remain open until 8 p.m. every day.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- All travellers must provide a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate conducted within 72 hours of departure in their country of origin. Arriving travellers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms
Quarantine policy —- Not required
Countries allowed to travel to Mozambique – ALL
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of boarding the plane. Arriving travellers must submit their full itinerary on arrival and will be subject to health screenings on arrival.
Quarantine policy —- Not required, unless travellers arrive with a test that is between 72 hours and 7 days old, they will have to stay in quarantine for 7 days.
Countries allowed to travel to Namibia – All
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- All travellers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative PCR COVID-19 certificate for a test performed within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda. Note that a Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDT) is not accepted.
Prior to arrival, all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload their COVID-19 test certificate via https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/formstart.php
All travellers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19, with the RT-PCR test performed within 120 hours before departure. The Rwanda Development Board has advised that as long as travellers depart within 72 hours of their RT-PCR test on arrival, they do not require another test.
Preventive measures must be followed while travelling in Rwanda: physical distancing where possible; the wearing of masks is mandatory; and temperature screenings before entering certain buildings are mandatory. Travellers who are visiting any national park in Rwanda, are required to schedule their visit within 72 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result. If their visit/s are more than 72 hours after the initial test on arrival in Rwanda, travellers will be required to take another COVID-19 test before visiting any of the national parks
Quarantine policy —- All travellers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done prior to arrival. You will be required to wait about 24 hours for these test results in a designated transit hotel. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24-hour waiting period.
Countries allowed to travel to Rwanda – All
Airports open to international travellers are: OR Tambo Johannesburg airport, Lanseria Johannesburg airport, Durban King Shaka airport, Cape Town airport and Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- Travellers must present a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, obtained not more than 72 hours from the time of departure. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and the certificate must have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test. All travels must complete a Traveller Health Questionare not more than 2 days before arriving – the same applies when departing South Africa. Travellers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms. Travellers will be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.
Quarantine policy —- Quarantine is not mandatory unless :
Travellers fail to present a valid and negative COVID-19 PCR test. This will require quarantine at own cost.
Travellers display any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with an infected person. A mandatory COVID-19 test will be required at their own cost. If this test result is positive, travellers will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site, at their own cost.
South Africa moved to Level 1 Lockdown Regulations. The curfew requires every person to be at their place of residence from 00:00 to 04:00. If a flight arrives during curfew hours, passengers may need to show proof of their boarding passes or flight tickets if stopped by law enforcement en route to the airport, hotel or home.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —-Travellers are required to complete a online Health Surveillance Form, submitted within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Travellers will receive a Unique Health Code that must be presented on arrival at their health screening. All travellers arriving into Tanzania must provide a negative PCR Test issued within 72 hours prior to arrival. Travellers from specific high infected areas may also be asked to take a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival at a cost of approximately USD 25 per person payable by clients directly. Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19. While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.
Quarantine policy —- Not required
Countries allowed to travel to Tanzania – All
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- Arriving travellers must have a COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in their country of origin, issued within 120 hours of departure for Uganda.
All visitors will undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival. All departing travellers must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 120 hours of departing from Uganda.
Quarantine policy —- Mandatory quarantine is not required. Travellers who show signs and symptoms will be transported to an isolation centre for a COVID-19 test. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. If foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 and wish to be repatriated to another facility outside Uganda, they can do so at their own cost and according to COVID-19 medical evacuation protocols.
Zambia is open to foreign nationals and issuing visitor visas upon entry into the country. Depending on your nationality, travellers can arrive without a visa, obtain a visa on arrival, or apply for an e-visa before travelling to Zambia – see the Zambia Department of Immigration website for more info. Limited domestic flight schedules are operating twice-weekly between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Mfuwe International Airport, and between Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- All travellers must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 72 hours of arriving in Zambia. Departing travellers will only require a negative Covid-19 test certificate if they destination country or airline requires it
Quarantine policy —- If travellers show any signs of COVID-19, they will be required to quarantine for 14 days.
Countries allowed to travel to Zambia – All
The Zimbabwean government updated their national lockdown on the 1st March 2021. Air travel remains open for leisure travelers, with an overnight curfew still in place from 10 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Businesses, restaurants and schools are open but supermarkets must close by 8 p.m.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- All travellers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe. All travellers will undergo health screening and temperature testing.
Quarantine policy —- Mandatory quarantine is not required unless travellers show symptoms or don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival. There is a $60 fee for travellers needing a test at the port of entry. Travellers are then required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self- isolate for another 7 days.
Countries allowed to travel to Zimbabwe – All
Air travel resumed as of 9 November at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun and Kasane International Airports.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —- Travellers must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana.
Quarantine policy —– Travellers showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days.
On departure, travellers must present a negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours of departure. Two options are available for this:
a) A nurse can be flown to the lodge where guests are staying, perform the swab test and be flown back to Maun for processing the results
b) The PCR test can be done in Maun or Kasane airport a day before your departure, as there is a 24hour turnaround time for test result
Countries allowed to travel to Botswana – ALL
From March 25, 2021 most travellers are allowed to enter Seychelles, except travellers who have been to South Africa within the 14 days preceding arrival – or additional details, please click here. New travel restrictions have also been implemented on April 21, 2021, for travellers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Brazil due to the worsening COVID-19 outbreaks – for more details, please click here.
All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation and provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test result taken in the 72 hours before departure. This travel authorisation (pdf) must be printed out or saved on a mobile phone and presented upon arrival in the Seychelles. All travellers must have comprehensive international travel insurance that also covers Covid-19 and travellers must stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority Visitors may only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Click here for details.
COVID-19 protocols and screening —-Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained less than 72 hours prior to travel and submit an authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate from their national health authority.
Arriving travellers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms. Regular measures like wearing a mark, sanitizing and social distancing are expected to be followed at all times.
TRAVELLERS FROM THE US: Since January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.
International flights into Southern & East Africa
Most of the international airlines require passengers to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate that has been performed within 72 hours of departure. The same may be required when arriving at any transit airport / country. Contact us for updated details as to which airlines are flying into the destination.
We are keeping a close eye on the Southern and East African travel regulations & will keep you updated about any news in the next days. If you have any specific questions relating to travel in Africa, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
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