Planning travel mid-pandemic is a bit confusing, overwhelming and frustrating, to say the least. And if you’re planning an excursion outside of the country, to places like Africa, it can feel downright scary! That’s why we’re here to help!

If you’ve been dreaming of an African Safari but aren’t sure if it’s safe to plan your travels yet, then review the updates below so you know what’s going on with travel to and from Africa during COVID-19.

Updated 2020/11/24

Botswana

  • Botswana started a phased reopening of international borders from 9 November 2020. Air travel resumed at Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun and Kasane International Airports.
  • Present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana.
  • Undergo health screening for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days.

Kenya

  • Travelers are required to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate upon arrival, conducted within 96 hours of arrival to Kenya. It is advisable to carry a few printed copies of the official PCR test results / COVID-19 negative certificate. Travelers must also have full travel & medical insurance.
  • A mandatory health form must be completed before passengers are able to enter the country, this can be found here.
  • If a traveler is required by their air carrier to obtain a Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure from Kenya, tests are being conducted at a number of medical facilities in Nairobi
  • There is NO mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from the USA or Canada. All passengers will have their temperatures checked upon arrival; body temperature should not be above 37.5°C/99.5°F. Passengers should not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms.
  • Visit the Kenya US Embassy website for recent updates to Kenya’s entry & exit requirements. Travelers should always be aware of and follow all specific air carrier requirements. If a COVID-19 negative certificate is needed to board a departure flight from Kenya, testing is available at the country’s major hospitals (AgaKhan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta National Hospital). Test results are typically available within 48–96 hours.

South Africa

  • Travelers intending to visit the country will be expected to produce a PCR  (polymerase chain reaction) test that is not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the country of origin to South Africa. This test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted such test.
  • Upon arrival in the port of entry, the traveler will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms or for contact with people who have been infected with the COVID-19 virus.
  • Travelers will also need to provide proof of accommodation address should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival in the country.
  • Download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app – more information here.
  • Should the traveler display any COVID-19–related symptoms or been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test.  This test will be at the traveller’s cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10 day quarantine at a designated site.  The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveler’s cost.
  • For up-to-date information click here.

Tanzania

  • Travelers are NOT required to be tested or produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate to enter Tanzania.
  • Travelers should be aware of specific air carrier requirements. Some airlines require a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate to board.
  • 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.
  • If a traveler needs to obtain a Covid-19 PCR test prior to departure from Tanzania, tests are being conducted at medical facilities in Moshi & Dar
  • All travelers are required to fill out a Traveler’s Surveillance Form which will be made available on board their flight to Tanzania. The completed form must be submitted to the Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
  • While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.
  • Visit Tanzania’s US Embassy website for recent updates to Tanzania’s entry & exit requirements.

Uganda

Arriving passengers:

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in your country of origin, issued within 72 hours of departure for Uganda.
  • Undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
  • Wear masks, maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet) where possible, and practice good personal hygiene.

Departing passengers: 

  • Arrive at the airport at least four hours before their scheduled flights.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 120 hours of departing from Uganda.
  • Undergo temperature checks and health screening.
  • Travellers who are not expected to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate in their destination country must ensure they have special clearance from their destination country to board an airplane.

Zambia

  • Provide a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test that has been conducted within 14 days of arriving in Zambia.
  • Adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene. You will also need to monitor yourself daily for 14 days post arrival for symptoms of the virus and report any occurrence to the nearest health facility.
  • Travellers 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.

Zimbabwe

  • From 1 October, Zimbabwe is opening its international airports to tourists in addition to Zimbabwean nationals and valid residence permit holders.
  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • Social distancing, hand sanitisation and the wearing of masks are mandatory.

Check back for updates! And feel free to contact us directly if you want to book your next trip, but have questions first.