Kenya

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

Starting 1 August, all international flights to Kenya are resumed once more. However, there are strict requirements for travelling to Kenya: Travellers arriving in Kenya must carry a PCR test with them which was taken a maximum of 96 hours before their arrival in Kenya. Travellers cannot have a body temperature above 37,5° C, and there can be no cases of persistent coughing, respiratory problems or other flu-like symptoms.

Before departure, travellers must fill in a Travellers Health Surveillance Form on the website of the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority. This form contains a QR code which is scanned on arrival by a customs clerk. The form is used for passengers that only started displaying coronavirus symptoms when the flight already took off.

On arrival, travellers from certain countries must spend 14 days in quarantine. Travellers from countries of which the Kenyan government believes that the risk of spreading of the coronavirus is low to average do not need to go into quarantine. This includes, among other countries, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium and The Netherlands. Each day, the Kenyan Health Department makes a new assessment of the risk profile of these countries. Keep in mind that the quarantine mandate can change on a daily basis.

https://e-visa.ie/kenya/corona

Tanzania

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

The government of Tanzania announced on 18 May 2020 that it will lift the ban on international flights arriving and departing from the country. All hotels and other tourist facilities in the country must go through a COVID-19 certification process, and official documents must be placed at the entrances of all facilities.

The Tanzanian government has also directed all the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry.

Open for international travel: Yes

Health screening and quarantine protocols: If you are travelling with an airline that requires a negative COVID-19 certificate, or if your country of origin requires a negative COVID-19 certificate upon departure, then Tanzania will also request the certificate on arrival. All other travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 certificate, although it is recommended that all travellers have the certificate as a precautionary measure. 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. Countries allowed to travel to the destination: All

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Rwanda

*Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

Health screening and quarantine protocols:

All travellers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), performed within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDT) are not accepted.Prior to arrival, all travellers must complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload their COVID-19 test certificate via www.rbc.gov.rw/travel.

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. 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 120 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.All tourists will be allowed to visit Rwanda’s attractions and destinations after testing negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Namibia

From 1 September, international travellers are permitted to enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport.

Travellers for any purpose other than tourism must notify their nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel no less than two weeks prior to departure.

  • Travellers to Namibia for tourism, business, health or education must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before arrival
  • Fill out a questionnaire prior to departure
  • International travellers must have valid insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended stay
  • Passengers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms or with a temperature above 38ºC will be tested for COVID-19
  • Arrivals must proceed directly to accommodation that has been registered with the Namibia Tourism Board and certified by the Ministry of Health, and remain there for 7 days in quarantine
  • A COVID-19 test will be conducted a few days after arrival, and travel in Namibia will only be permitted if a negative result is produced after 7 days.

Contact your airline for information on the availability of flights.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination: ALL

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Malawi

The Malawi Department of Tourism published Guidelines on COVID-19 Prevention and Management in the Tourist Industry in early July 2020 – to allow tourists to return to the country and visit it as safely as possible. The Malawi Department of Civil Aviation announced on 27 August that flights into and out of Malawi could resume on 1 September. Initially, this will be on a limited basis and travellers must have a negative COVID test obtained within 10 days of arrival, and must self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival. With the re-opening of the airports, Malawi is now open to all nationalities. The visa regime operational prior to COVID-19 is back in force to control entry.https://www.malawitourism.com/travel-advice/Kamuzu

International Airport in Lilongwe is open for international commercial and charter flights.

Open for international travel: Yes

Health screening and quarantine protocols: All arriving passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 10 days before departure for Malawi.All passengers are required to complete a health declaration form and undergo basic screening. All arriving passengers are required to self-isolate at the address they declare on arrival for a period of 14 days.Only passengers and airport staff will be allowed to enter the terminals and are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing at all times. All departing passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, conducted within 10 days before departure from Malawi.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

South Africa

*The city of Cape Town is an approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

The South African government announced on 16 September 2020 that the country’s borders will reopen for tourism on 1 October 2020. Travel to and from certain high-risk countries (to be confirmed) will be limited. Only one land border post and three international airports – OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town – will reopen to international travellers.

Date of reopening: 1 October 2020.

Health screening and quarantine protocols: Travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test on arrival, conducted within 72 hours of departure for South Africa.Travellers arriving without a negative COVID-19 test will be required to quarantine at their own cost.

Visitors will be required to download a government contact-notification app on arrival.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Zimbabwe

The Zimbabwean government announced the reopening of the country’s local tourism sector on 3 September 2020. Domestic flights will resume on 21 September 2020 with Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet, in advance of 1 October 2020: the date for Zimbabwe’s international airports to reopen.

Land borders remain closed until further notice.

Date of reopening: 1 October 2020

Health screening and quarantine protocols: All travellers will be required to present a PCR COVID-19 clearance certificate issued by a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.All travellers will undergo health screening and temperature testing.Social distancing, hand sanitisation and the wearing of masks are mandatory.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Zambia

Zambia is open to foreign nationals and issuing visitor visas upon entry into the country. 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.

Open for international travel: Yes

Health screening and quarantine protocols: All international visitors are screened on arrival. If you show any signs of COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.All arriving passengers must have a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 14 days of arriving in Zambia.Visitors will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene. They will also need to monitor themselves daily for 10 days for symptoms of the virus and report any occurrence to the nearest health facility.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s borders remain open to international travellers who meet the Ethiopian visa requirements. Airline passengers are required to follow special COVID-19 safety protocol on arrival in Ethiopia.

Procedures may be changed by the Ethiopian government at short notice, travellers must check the latest coronavirus restrictions before making plans.

All passengers are required to present a medical certificate showing an RT-PCR COVID-19 test result. The test must have been taken no more than 120 hours (5 days) before arrival in Ethiopia. A rapid diagnostic test (RDT antibody test) will not be accepted for this purpose.

Children under the age of 10 and diplomatic passport holders do not need to submit the medical certificate.

All international travellers with a negative PCR COVID-19 test must self-isolate for 7 days on arrival (previously 14). Diplomatic passport-holders who arrive without a negative PCR test must undergo quarantine for 14 days instead.

Ethiopian nationals may complete their 7-day quarantine at home, while other passengers will self-isolate at designated hotels. There is a selection of hotels for visitors to choose from, the full cost is covered by the traveler. A coronavirus test will be carried out during the self-isolation period.

Diplomats may complete the 14-day quarantine at the embassy of their country in Ethiopia.

Travellers arriving at Bole International Airport who show symptoms of COVID-19 will be quarantined at a designated government-run isolation center until cleared.

Individuals who are known to be positive for coronavirus prior to arriving in Ethiopia will not be allowed to enter.

https://www.ethiopiaonlinevisa.com/entry-restrictions/

Madagascar

The Malagasy government has announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October 2020. Fascene Airport on Nosy Be will be ready to welcome international visitors and perform the necessary health checks and testing.

Domestic travel within Madagascar resumed in September 2020, with international travel expected to resume when Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo reopens for international visitors.

Date of reopening: 1 October 2020 – only the island of Nosy Be

Health screening and quarantine protocols: All passengers are required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Nosy Be.All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and are not permitted to travel outside of Nosy Be.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Botswana

Botswana will start welcoming private charter flights from 1 November 2020. These private charter flights will be received via two ports of entry: Maun and Kasane International Airports. The government is finalising the required legislative framework to facilitate this air travel which will include protocols for compliance.

Date of reopening

  • 1 November 2020

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • Awaiting further information.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Awaiting further information.

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Private charter flights.

https://www.go2africa.com/african-travel-blog/updated-african-travel-restrictions-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Uganda

The Government of Uganda has banned entry of all visitors.

Date of reopening: Unknown

 

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