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TRAVEL UPDATE FOR AFRICA

Last Update: September 14, 2022 17:00 PM PST

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 with the people and wildlife and show you Africa like no one else. 

With the ongoing changes in travel due to COVID-19, we are continually adapting our operations to serve the needs of our customers and the travel advisor community. We are monitoring the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization and state departments to ensure when it’s safe to travel.

Africa awaits and countries are welcoming travelers. Below are the current travel requirements and tools to help plan travel.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Use this helpful tool to determine what entry requirements and travel restrictions may be in place for your safari.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Most countries have relaxed their entry and exit requirements. Please continue to adhere to the protocols established by each country that you are visiting as well as those required by the airline that you are using.

The CDC continues to recommend that all travelers remain up to date with vaccinations against COVID-19, test for current infection before and after travel, test after any known exposure to a person with COVID-19, and to take appropriate precautions to reduce the risk of transmission. Further, the CDC continues to recommend that people wear masks in indoor public transportation settings.

For detailed information on international travel, please view the following CDC link: International Travel During COVID-19 | CDC

 

For visitors entering the United States:

Effective June 12, 2022, airline passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result, nor show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  However, the CDC’s order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizens and non-immigrants traveling to the United States is still in effect. Please refer to Non-U.S. Citizen, Non-U.S. Immigrants: Travel to and from the United States | CDC. For more information, see Requirement for Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for Air Passengers | CDC.

 

BOTSWANA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are not required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Partially vaccinated or non-vaccinated travelers are required to present a negative 72-hour PCR test result and undergo Covid-19 testing at the port of entry, at own expense.  If the test result is negative, traveler can proceed into the country. If positive, traveler will be isolated, at own expense, in the district of the port of entry and allowed to proceed into the country only after recovery.

Additional visa/documents: None required at this time.

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense.  Please check with your airline and onward travel arrangements. 

 

EGYPT

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • As of 17 June 2022, Egypt has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions for travelers coming into the country. All foreign visitors and Egyptian citizens will enter without the need to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test.

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required. For the fastest and most convenient way to obtain a visa, apply for an e-visa at least 7 days prior to travel.

  • Show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate for updated information on Egyptian government policies regarding required proof of insurance and PCR testing timelines.

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense. A passport sized photo is needed.

 

JORDAN

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2 

Additional visa/documents:  

  • A visa is required

  • Valid health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of intended stay

Departure: If required by onward destination, PCR tests are available at own expense. Results available within 72 hours.

 

KENYA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

Getting There

  • Fully vaccinated travelers:

    • All fully vaccinated travelers are required to upload their certificate of COVID-19 vaccination onto Global Haven before boarding flight. The system will generate a QR Code which you need to download to your device and present on arrival in Kenya. No paper verification on arrival.

    • All vaccinated international arrivals, including those in transit, must complete the required Traveler Surveillance form 48 hours before arrival into Kenya. After completing the form, you will receive a QR code which you will present to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration. 

  • Unvaccinated travelers:

    • Unvaccinated travelers (above the age of twelve) must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours prior to departure for Kenya regardless of the route of entry. Upload valid COVID-19 negative PCR test result onto Global Haven prior to departure. The system will generate a QR Code which you need to download to your device and present on arrival in Kenya. No paper verification on arrival.

    • All unvaccinated international arrivals, including those in transit, must complete the required Traveler Surveillance form 24 hours before arrival into Kenya.  After completing the form, you will receive a QR code which you will present to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration. 

  • The mandatory antigen testing for travelers who have visited or have transited through certain African countries within the previous 14 days has now been lifted. These countries include Botswana, Eswatini, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Additional visa/documents:  An e-visa is required before entering Kenya. Obtain an e-visa at http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Departure:

  • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country require a negative PCR based COVID-19 test are required to utilize the Trusted Travel website TrustedTravelPanabios or Global Haven if the test certificate is from a jurisdiction where Trusted Travel is not available.  After testing, you will receive an SMS and/or email from PanaBIOS admin@panabios.org with instructions on how to generate a Travel Code from http://trustedtravel.panabios.org/ to be approved by airlines and immigration authorities on departure.

  • All departing passengers whose destination country requires a Rapid Antigen Test hours before travel will be required to undertake a pre-travel Rapid Antigen Test at the Ministry of Health testing facility at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and upload the results to the TrustedTravelPanabios.

  • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country requires a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate prior to departure can use our laboratory partners in Nairobi and in various safari destinations.

 

MADAGASCAR

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • Effective August 11, 2022, the Government of Madagascar has ended all COVID-19 testing requirements for entry.

  • Proof of vaccination is not required for entry.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Madagascar

Departure:  A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

MAURITIUS

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • The Mauritius Government announced as of July 1, 2022, that COVID-19 regulations have been repealed. Travelers entering Mauritius are no longer required to produce vaccination certificates or recent negative PCR tests.

  • Prior to travel, all travelers should fill out the digital Mauritius All-In-One Travel Digital form, which will generate a PDF document with a QR Code, required to be presented to Health Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport. 

  • It is mandatory to wear a face mask in airports, during airport transfers and on public transport, plus in all public and private healthcare facilities, including hospitals and pharmacies.

Additional visa/documents: None Required

Departure:  A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

MOZAMBIQUE

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • Vaccinated travelers must present an an electronically verifiable proof of a complete vaccine schedule to enter the country. The last dose of the vaccine must have been administered at least 14 days prior to arrival. It remains unclear of a booster shot is required.

  • Unvaccinated international arrivals in Mozambique must present a negative result from a COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure for the country. 

Additional visa/documents: Visa is required and strongly encouraged to be obtained in advance to avoid being denied entry.

Departure: Acting as agents for the airlines, officials at the airport will request a negative COVID-19 PCR test before permitting you through immigration.

 

NAMIBIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test result upon arrival at a Namibian Points of Entry, but are instead required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at Point of Entry.

  • Travelers, five years and older, who are not fully vaccinated must produce a negative COVID-19 PCR test result not older than 72 hours calculated from the date the sample for testing was taken, issued by a certified laboratory to issue SARS-Co V-2 test results in the country of issue.

  • Complete the required Health Questionnaire For Tourism Revival Initiative Travelers and COVID-19 Primary Surveillance before arrival into Namibia.

  • Travel insurance coverage that will cover an unexpected extended stay.

  • Only COVID-19 certificates obtained from providers participating in the Trusted Travel (TT) platform will be valid for entry into and exit from Namibia.  For technical support, send email to globalhaven@panabios.org.  Travelers are strongly recommended to also bring paper copies of all COVID-19 test results to the airport or port of departure.

  • Travelers with results from non-Trusted Travel-compliant laboratories must upload results to the Global Haven system for authentication. For technical support, send email to globalhaven@panabios.org

Additional visa/documents:  None required

Departure: A negative COVID-19 test certificate departing Namibia based on the requirements of your next travel destination.

 

RWANDA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

Effective July 29, 2022, the following Covid-19 travel guidelines and procedures are in place for visitors to Rwanda.

  • Covid-19 testing is no longer a requirement prior to boarding the flight to Rwanda

  • Regular Covid-19 testing is encouraged

  • An additional Covid test is no longer required upon arrival at Kigali International Airport.

  • Certain meeting venues and national parks require Covid-19 tests. Testing is available at health facilities and other designated sites

    • 5,000 RWF (or US$5) for rapid antigen tests. 

    • 50,000 RWF (or US$50) for PCR tests required for all visits to primates in Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks.

  • The country continues to support the use of a face mask in public indoors/closed spaces and observe preventive measures such as social distancing and hand hygiene.

Additional visa/documents: 

  • A visa is required to enter Rwanda.

  • All travelers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.

Departure:

  • A Covid test is no longer a requirement to depart Rwanda by air.

  • Covid testing (at own cost) at health centers and other designated sites is available for all travelers whose final destination requires one.

 

SEYCHELLES

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Pre-travel COVID-19 testing requirements are eased for fully vaccinated travelers to Seychelles. (Fully vaccinated typically has received a primary series of 2 doses plus booster, if more than 6 months has passed from completion of primary series.)

  • Partially vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors to Seychelles must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 72 hours before departure or negative COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test within 24 hours before departure.  Children under age 12 are exempted.

  • All visitors are required to complete Travel Authorization at https://seychelles.govtas.com/

  • Visitors must have a valid travel & health insurance to cover potential COVID-19 related costs (quarantine, isolation, treatment).

  • Where recent past COVID-19 infection (between 2 to 12 weeks prior to travel), proof of infection and completion of isolation is required for exemption from pre-travel COVID-19 testing.  Proof must be uploaded while completing the Travel Authorization process.

Departure:  A COVID-19 test may be required and additional documentation submitted before departure.  Please check the requirements as per the regulations of the airline and destination country.

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Current Travel AdvisoryLevel 2

  • The South African Government announced on June 22, 2022, that the remaining COVID-19 regulations have been repealed. Travelers entering South Africa are no longer required to produce vaccination certificates or recent negative PCR tests.

Departure:

  • Outbound travelers from South Africa must comply with the requirements of the country of destination.

 

TANZANIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

Effective March 17, 2022, the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania has updated its COVID-19 entry measures.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers entering Tanzania, including Tanzanians and those in transit through land borders, will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate (vaccines approved by WHO) with QR code for verification upon arrival.

  • Travelers without a QR Code on their vaccination certificate should contact their healthcare provider or visit https://vams.cdc.gov/ and create a login by selecting VAMS recipient login. Alternatively, for those who cannot get a QR code from their state or healthcare provider, use https://gogetdoc.com/vaxyes. For frequently asked questions on accessing a QR code, click on  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vams/recipient-certificate.html. Travelers may also be able to generate a QR code through services such as Global Haven: https://globalhaven.org/ .

  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT- PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure.  

  • Travelers will be subject to enhanced screening, such as temperature screening and sanitization, at the point of entry. Guests entering Tanzania Mainland will be required to fill in a paper copy of the Health Surveillance Form on arrival.  If rapid tests are required, travelers will also be requested to pay on arrival.

  • For Zanzibar, all travelers are required to complete the Health Surveillance Form  within 24 hours before arrival into Zanzibar. Upon completion, you will receive a confirmation code, including a Unique Health Code (UHC) to present to health officials during primary screening upon arrival in Zanzibar. The COVID-19 rapid test cost for travelers arriving in Zanzibar is $25.

  • Symptomatic travelers that test positive on a Rapid Antigen test will be isolated for treatment at government-designated health facilities unless stated otherwise by the conveyance to be used or their final destinations.

  • Travelers in transit by air transport are exempted from both vaccination and COVID 19 testing requirements unless required by their airline or final destination countries.

  • The government continues to promote mitigation measures such as handwashing, masks, and social distancing.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Tanzania. Obtain an e-visa in advance https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

Departure: 

  • Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country.

 

UGANDA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 1

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from presenting a negative COVID-19 Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test result on arrival.

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate upon arrival.

  • Unvaccinated travelers, excluding those below five years old, must obtain a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before boarding their flight to Uganda. COVID-19 certificates must specify TRAVEL as the intended purpose of the test.

  • All travelers will undergo temperature screening upon arrival.

  • Travelers who are asymptomatic or with mild disease will be managed in designated tourist hotels. The tourists who may progress to severe disease will be transferred to hospitals of their choice, at own expense.

Additional visa/documents: A visa is required to enter Uganda. Obtain an e-visa at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Departure: 

  • Departing passengers whose airline or destination country requires a negative COVID-19 test certificate prior to departure can be facilitated by Government laboratories in cities and various safari destinations.

  • Passengers whose airline or destination country do not require a negative COVID-19 test certificate are able to leave Uganda without testing.

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Current Travel Advisory: Level 3

  • Travelers do not require a PCR test if they present an approved COVID-19 vaccination certificate containing a QR code.

  • Unvaccinated travelers must present an approved negative PCR test result within a maximum of 48 hours prior to departure or a QR code-accompanied certificate of recovery from a COVID-19 infection obtained within one month from the date of travel. 

  • Printed or digital PCR test certificates or vaccination certificates are accepted in English or Arabic and must include a QR code.  SMS certificates are not accepted.

  • Entry requirements may differ depending on Emirate, COVID-19 testing results, and additional government guidance. Refer to Etihad Airlines for Abu Dhabi and Emirates Airlines for Dubai.

  • Children under the age of 12 and those with severe and moderate disabilities may be exempted from the test requirement.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required.

Departure: A COVID-19 test is not required for departure at this time, but requirements will depend on the airline and destination country.

 

ZAMBIA

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

  • Fully vaccinated travelers (having completed and received the first and second doses of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine) are required to present proof of vaccination upon arrival into Zambia and will no longer need to present a negative PCR test.

  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated MUST show proof of a COVID-19 PCT test conducted within 72 hours before departure from country of origin.  Anyone who does not meet this requirement will be retested upon arrival in Zambia, at own expense.  If tested positive, self-quarantine, at own expense, will be mandatory, following Zambian protocols.

  • All arriving passengers into Zambia must create a TrustedTravelPanabios account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where test results / vaccination information will be uploaded. Travelers with results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to the Global Haven System for authentication.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required and can be obtained in advance e-Services (zambiaimmigration.gov.zm)

Departure: 

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for vaccinated travelers for departure from any Zambia international airport or land border unless the onward destination or airline requires it.  If required, travelers departing Zambia must use an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory for their antigen test. Get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed and create an account at panabios.org,  TrustedTravelPanabios, where your results will be uploaded.

 

ZIMBABWE 

Current Travel Advisory: Level 2

 

  • All arriving travelers in Zimbabwe will be asked to show valid proof of full vaccination (two doses of a two-dose regimen or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) against Covid-19 and do not need proof of a negative PCR test to enter the country.

  • Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must be taken a maximum of 48 hours before departure to Zimbabwe.

  • Children below the age of 12 do not need a PCR Test even if not vaccinated.

  • All arrivals into Zimbabwe are required to register on the Trusted Travel Initiative Platform. Create a TrustedTravelPanabios account and generate a Trusted Travel Code where your test results or vaccination information will be uploaded. Results from non-trusted travel compliant laboratories will be required to upload test results to Global Haven for authentication.

  • Travelers who test positive will be required to go into local isolation at own expense and retest 3 days after testing positive.

  • Kazungula border & Victoria Falls bridge border are open for fully vaccinated tourists. All other Zimbabwe land borders remain closed, except for transportation of goods and for returning residents. All travelers still need to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours of crossing.

Additional visa/documents:  A visa is required. Obtain an e-visa at https://www.evisa.gov.zw/home

Departure:

  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for vaccinated travelers for departure from any Zimbabwean international airport or land border unless the onward destination or airline requires it.  If required, travelers departing Zimbabwe must use an authorized Trusted Traveler laboratory for their antigen test. Get a Trusted Travel code from the laboratory where the test was performed and create an account at panabios.org, TrustedTravelPanabios, where your results will be uploaded.

  • For unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers, a negative COVID-19 PCR test is required for departure from Zimbabwe if required by onward destination.

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

 

South African Airways:

South African Airways (SAA) resumed both domestic and regional Africa service.

 

Kenya Airways:

Click here for frequently asked questions on health requirements and COVID protocol and the required Health Surveillance Form here.

To see COVID alerts and entry requirements for your desired destination, visit TravelDoc Passenger View - TravelDoc.Website

 

Emirates: 

Passengers must carry a negative PCR certificate issued no more than 96 hours before departure and issued by a local government approved laboratory.

All travelers to Dubai, including passengers with a connecting flight, must complete this health declaration form here

Find out all you need about current flights, COVID-19 requirements, travel to/from Dubai https://www.emirates.com/us/english/help/covid-19/

 

Etihad Airways: 

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.

 

Ethiopian Airlines:

In an effort to control cross border public health concerns, the Ethiopian Public Health Institute requires all passengers traveling to Ethiopia to fill the e-Health Declaration Form for Monkey Pox and get a QR code. The e-forms can be accessed at https://forms.gle/zpDUEyHzEByyQw4A8

As part of the ongoing effort to fight the pandemic, all international and domestic passengers are required to wear face masks during check-in, boarding, in-flight, deplaning and at the airport.  Bring your own masks or face coverings. 

Children under the age of 6 and passengers with underlying medical conditions are exempted from the above face mask requirement. However, passengers with underlying medical conditions shall be required to present medical certificate ascertaining that they cannot wear face masks due to health reasons.

 

Qatar Airways:

To find out what requirements you need to comply with before you travel, depending on your country of origin and final destination, visit Travel requirements | Qatar Airways.

Passengers who are transiting through Doha, and not leaving the airport, are not required to present any test results or certifications above the requirements of their departure or destination country. 

All arrivals into Doha, including those in transit, are required to complete and sign the Undertaking and Acknowledgment Form prior to arrival into Qatar. 

In case that government regulation requires you to present a negative COVID-19 test result on departure and/or arrival, Qatar Airways will verify this information at check-in and retain a copy of the test result. We request that you bring a filled-out copy of the Customer Acknowledgement Form, which will be collected at the airport’s check in counters. 

All passengers are required to wear masks on board and at the airport.  Please bring a mask with you so that you can be sure it is suitable for you. Passengers in possession of a mask exemption card or medical certificate due to a health condition and children under 6 years of age are excused from the mask requirement.

 

 

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Now more than ever we are here to answer your questions about when and how to best fulfill your dream. For 45 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.  

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