Updated Covid19 Travel Requirements By Destination

Many of our current clients as well as potential travelers interested in  an East African safari have been asking us about border closures and flight schedules. Thanks to our local presence and our on-the-ground partners, cross-referenced with official government entities, we’ve compiled a one-stop informational resource on travel restrictions due to COVID-19 and are keeping this updated as the situation evolves. Here’s the latest Entry & Departure Requirements as at 21st December 2021….

Kindly note for all the countries below passengers are required to have negative COVID-19 test certificates in soft and hard copies and in English to be allowed entry.

  • COVID19 TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS BY DESTINATION
    • Kenya
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes
        2. Land borders with Tanzania at Namanga & Isebania are also open.  (Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE are suspended)

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. As from 01st Jan 2021, visas on arrival NO longer available. All travelers MUST apply for an E-visa at least 7 working days prior to travel. More information available here – https://www.porini.com/travel-information/visas/

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes.

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers

        1. International travelers who are fully vaccinated now no longer need to have a negative PCR to enter.
        2.  Unvaccinated travelers must have a negative COVID 19 PCR test conducted not less than 72hours before departure regardless of the point of entry. Those below the age of 5 years are exempt from this requirement.
        3. Unvaccinated travelers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to a rapid antigen test on arrival (at their cost $30) and if positive must pay for PCR at their cost ($50) and must self isolate
        4. All international airline passengers flying into Kenya are required to complete an online Health Information form which needs to be submitted after check-in and prior to arrival (form available on this link: https://ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration/).
        5. All travelers arriving at any point of entry into Kenya will be required to fill in the passenger locator form on the ‘jitenge’ platform.
        6. Important Note:  Effective December 21st – There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Airlines should ensure that all travelers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org
        7. Mandatory wearing of face masks in public places is no longer a requirement

        Guests should complete and submit the online Health Information form once they have checked in and have their seat number prior to boarding and they should receive a confirmation QR code by email once submitted. In addition to submitting the forms electronically, it is recommended that they also print out a copy of the form in advance and fill it in by hand before landing, to speed up the clearing process at JKIA as port health officials may require this form before screening.

        Departing Passengers

        1. Passengers travelling out of Kenya will be required to abide by the particular travel, health and COVID-19 related requirements of the destination country.
        2. Pre-departure testing may be considered at the discretion of any of the airlines departing from or terminating in Kenya.
        3. All travelers to countries requiring antigen testing hours before travel will be required to undertake pre-travel rapid antigen test at the MOH Port Health facility at the airport and the results uploaded to the Trusted Travel platform.
        4. If the destination or airline does not require passengers to have a COVID-19 certificate, then they do not need to have the test done.
          (for instance; From Friday, January 7th 2022  fully vaccinated travelers going to England do not have to take a test before they travel).
        5. If a COVID-19 RT PCR is required by the destination or airline, we can assist our guests to have the test done at a Government approved private lab, get the certificate together with the Trusted Travel (TT) code which can then be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities.
        6. Passengers travelling to Amsterdam are now required to take a Mandatory COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test 4 hours before departure. This can be done at JKIA with results available in 30 minutes, passengers to be at the clinic 5 hours before departure time.

        The Kenya Airports Authority has advised that 72 hours before TRAVEL means before the time of departure on a flight to Kenya. However it appears that some airlines are insisting that it means 72 hours before ARRIVAL in Kenya, so we recommend that you check with your airline in advance of having the test, to clarify exactly what their boarding requirements are so that you can ensure that you comply.

         

    • Tanzania (including Zanzibar)
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes. Land borders With Kenya: Namanga & Isebania Borders are also open.

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. Yes but you can also apply for an E-visa before travel. More information here – https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers

        All travelers including Tanzanians, returning residents and members of the crew1 /layovers are required to truthfully fill in an online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form available at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ for Tanzania mainland.

        Travelers entering URT including Tanzanians, returning residents and those in transit through land borders who are;

        1. Fully vaccinated, will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test  requirements. Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the URT and the World Health Organization.
        2. 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.
        3. If travelers originate from countries listed at www.moh.go.tz or Points of Entry will be tested for COVID 19 upon arrival using a Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of 10 USD (TZS 23,000) for Tanzania Mainland. If found positive they will be tested with RT- PCR for confirmation, allowed to self-isolate and the results will be sent via email or any other means.
        4. Not fully vaccinated/unvaccinated and have no negative COVID 19 RT- PCR certificate will be dealt as follows;
          • In case of air transport and International marine vessels will be tested for COVID-19 using RT PCR test at their own cost of 100 USD for Tanzania Mainland. Results will be sent to them while self-isolated.
          • In case of International regional and inland vessels will be tested by Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of 10 USD while positive will be further confirmed by RT- PCR at a cost of 50 USD for Tanzania Mainland.
          • In case of ground crossing, will be tested by Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of 10 USD and if found positive will be handled according to Bilateral and Joint Border agreements.
        5. Children aged 5 years and below will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests requirements.

        Departing Passengers

        1. All departing passengers will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID¬19 infection.
        2. For departing passengers whose destination or airline requires them to have a COVID-19 negative certificate, we can assist to have the test done in the Government approved hospitals.
        3. All departing travelers are advised to seek information prior to departure from the travel agent regarding COVID 19 requirements of their country of destination or conveyance to be used. However, the following requirement applies to specific destinations as follows;

          1. a) Travelers to Dubai Airport or transit through Dubai Airport are required to possess a valid RT – PCR obtained within 48 hours from the time of collecting the sample and Rapid PCR (NAAT) performed within six (6) hours of departure.
          2. b) Travelers to the Republic of India, Republic of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and part of Europe are required in addition to a valid RT – PCR certificate specified by the country of their destination to perform a COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test prior to departure.
          3. c) Passengers travelling to Amsterdam are now required to take a Mandatory COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test 4 hours before departure. Rapid test facilities are available at both Kilimanjaro and Dar Es Salaam airports at testing centers by the Ministry of Health. Once at the center, clients are required to make payment in cash, take the test and get results in between 30 minutes to 1 hour. No appointment is necessary.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. Arriving/Transiting Passengers
          If found positive, the passenger is taken to a dedicated hospital for 14 days quarantine and treatment at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost. If specialized medical care is required, evacuation to Nairobi can be organized. Passengers need to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover this.
        2. Departing Passengers
          Passengers whose test positive are taken by Health officials to designated hospitals for 14 days of quarantine and treatment at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost. If specialized medical care is required, evacuation to Nairobi can be organized. Passengers need to have comprehensive travel and medical insurance to cover this.

         

         

         

    • Uganda
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes
        2. Road borders between Uganda & Rwanda remain closed.

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. As from July 2021, visas on arrival NO longer available. All travelers to apply for an E-visa at least 7 working days prior to travel. Applications and payment to be made at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers:

        The Government of Uganda has suspended Mandatory testing on arrival at Entebbe from 16th Feb 2022 however the requirement for Covid Testing 72 hours before boarding for both incoming and exiting travellers remain in place
        All travelers whose body temperature is NOT above 37.5°C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing or other flu-like symptoms; have negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test certificate carried out within 72 hours from the time of sample collection shall be allowed to enter or depart Uganda categorization.
        Travelers without a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate undertaken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection will not be allowed into Uganda.
        Travelers who have had COVID-19 vaccination and hold a certificate must still present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to boarding aircraft.
        A travelling child 3yrs and below accompanied by a parent holding a PCR negative certificate will be exempted from a negative Covid – 19 PCR test certificate

        Departing Passengers:
        All passenger travelling out of the country will be required to have a negative Covid 19 PCR test certificate within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. They will abide by the travel & health (including COVID-19) related requirements of the destination country
        Passengers departing from Entebbe airport to Dubai/UAE must also present a Rapid PCR test report with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within six hours of departure.
        Passengers travelling to Amsterdam are now required to take a Mandatory COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test 4 hours before departure. This test can be taken at the Kazuri Medical and Testxpress Laboratories, located 10 minutes from Entebbe International Airport. No appointment required.

         

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        Arriving/Transiting Passengers:
        If a COVID test is deemed necessary by the port officials then it is administered at own cost. Test results are available 24-48 hours and if found positive, are transferred to designated hospitals for 14 days of quarantine and treatment at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost.

        Departing Passengers:
        Passengers who test positive are taken by Health officials to designated hospitals for quarantine and treatment at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost. Bwindi Community hospital is now authorized to carry out PCR COVID19 tests at a fee of US$ 40 per person and results are received after 4hours. This implies that clients flying or driving from Bwindi to Entebbe can now have their PCR exit tests done from Bwindi a day prior to their checkout. Other COVID 19 travel requirements imposed by specific airlines do apply but for Entebbe airport departure COVID 19 test requirements are met by the above test.

    • Rwanda
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes. However Road borders between Uganda & Rwanda remain closed.

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. Yes but you can also apply for an E-visa before travel. More information here – https://irembo.gov.rw/home/citizen/all_services

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes – Private charters & Akagera Air

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers

        •  All arriving passengers required to take a RT-PCR and Ag RDT COVID-19 test on arrival. An additional Ag,RDT COVID-19 test is required on day 3 from arrival date at designated sites(Camp Kigali or nearest Provincial/district hospitals. Both costs to be borne by the clients.
        •  Tourists including children above 5years visiting national Parks will be required to present a negative COVID -19 test result taken within 72hours. An RT- PCR COVID test is required for all visitors visiting primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati- Mukura National Parks.
        • Organized Concerts 7 Live performances must request permission 10days prior by writing to info@rcb.rw. All participants must be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result taken within 72 hours.
        • While not mandatory for entry into Rwanda, virtually every service in public requires clients to be fully vaccinated. This applies to hotels, bars, restaurants, cinemas, fitness centres, conferences, public transport, places of worship, etc.
        • The ministry of health has continuously encouraged the public to take immediate preventative measures such as avoiding crowds, wearing masks and encouraging vaccination as well.

        Departing Passengers

        •  All travellers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 performed within 72 hours before departure by Rwanda Biomedical Center/National Reference Laboratory, Provincial or District Hospitals. Other tests such as Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID – 19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5yers. Travellers are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on (http://www.rbc.gov.rw/).
        • Travelers are adviced to check with airlines about the Covid – 19 requirements of the final destination and/or transit countries.
        • Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID -19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48hours as mentioned above, please contact LAB HELP DESK on (+250 787243836 or 7877793446 or 784026239 .
        • If travellers test results are positive for COVID-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered, at their OWN COST. Travellers are encouraged to have international travel insurance.
        • Passengers travelling to Amsterdam are now required to take a Mandatory COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test 4 hours before departure. This test can be taken at any of the Government approved private clinics on this link (https://www.rbc.gov.rw/fileadmin/user_upload/annoucement/Private%20hospitals%20AG%20RDT%20COVID19.pdf). These facilities are all located near the city/airport and no appointment is necessary. Incase of difficulties email; covid@rbc.gov.rw

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers

        • Arriving passengers who test positive are picked from their designated transit hotel by a special team from the Rwanda Biomedical Center and taken to a specialized clinic where they will stay for 14 days at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost.

        Departing passengers

        • Departing passengers who test positive are picked by a special team from the Rwanda Biomedical Center and taken to a specialized clinic where they will stay for 14 days at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost.

        Transiting Passengers

        • Transiting passengers who test positive are picked by a special team from the Rwanda Biomedical Center and taken to a specialized clinic where they will stay for 14 days at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period at own cost.
    • Botswana
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes. However road borders with South Africa remain closed

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. No. Check with your local Botswanan Embassy/Consulate for requirements and application process

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes.

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        1. Arriving Passengers
          • You must be fully vaccinated to enter Botswana, including booster shots as applicable.
          • If you are not fully vaccinated, you have to present a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours AND undergo COVID-19 vaccination at the port of entry.
          • If you have no proof of being vaccinated and no negative RT-PCR test result, you are required to undergo RT-PCR testing at ports of entry and quarantine while waiting for results – at your own cost. If negative, you may enter Botswana – if positive, you need to isolate in the district of the port of entry.

        • If you have no proof of being fully vaccinated, are not willing to be vaccinated at the port of entry, have no negative RT-PCR test result and are not willing to be tested at own cost on arrival, then you will not be allowed entry into Botswana.

        • Travelers that are partially / unvaccinated, will be required to produce a negative PCR test taken within 72hrs of arrival AND will be required to vaccinate/have their booster dose at the port of entry.

        • Unfortunately, a choice of vaccine / booster is not provided, and therefore you will only be offered the type available at that particular port of entry (currently it appears to be Moderna). Travelers should expect potential delays if supplies are low and ports are waiting to obtain more stock.

        2. Departing Passengers
        Guests must comply with the PCR requirements of their destination country or airline. However, these PCR certificates must not exceed 72 hours, as producing a negative PCR test within this time frame is still a requirement when exiting Botswana. If travellers need to obtain a negative PCR test certificate before departure, there are testing facilities available throughout Botswana generally with a 24 hour turnaround time.
        • Please note that it is compulsory to wear a face covering / mask in all shared spaces in Botswana – those found to be not complying will be fined.

        ****** “The definition of fully vaccinated is 2 doses of Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Sinovac not older than 6 months, if longer than six months ago then a booster or a negative PCR test is required to enter Botswana. Johnson & Johnson is only valid for 2 months.
        So guest last shot – whether It be their second vaccine, or a booster shot, cannot be older than 6 months.

         

        All visitors whether arriving or departing will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days, all at OWN cost.

         

         

    • Zambia
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes. Road borders with Malawi & Namibia are also open

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. Yes but you can also apply for an E-visa before travel. More information here – https://eservices.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm/#/app/services/Visa

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes.

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        • All in-coming travellers will provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test certificate. The test should have been done within 72 hours of departure date.
        • All travellers entering Zambia will adhere to the prescribed COVID-19 public health measures.
        • No quarantine is required on arrival, however all travellers to Zambia are encouraged to be fully vaccinated.
        • Masking up consistently and correctly in all public premises
        • Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, as will anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms. You will then be taken to either your home or a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known.
        • From 1 December 2021, travellers departing Zambia are required to use a certified Ministry of Health COVID-19 testing laboratory and present a Ministry of Health approved negative COVID-19 PCR travel certificate.
        • All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Zambia should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the African Union Trusted Travel – https://trustedtravel.panabios.org/trusted-testing/signup/ – or UNDP Global Haven systems – https://globalhaven.org/travel-guide/
        • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival.
        • If travellers 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.
        • Should a traveller test positive while in Zambia, they are required to quarantine at an isolation centre for 14 days or until a negative test is returned. This will be at the traveller’s own expense.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days, all at OWN cost.

         

    • South Africa
      • Are the International AIR Borders Open? 

        1. Yes.
        2. Road borders are partially open –  (20 open, 33 closed)

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. No. Check with your local South African Embassy/Consulate for requirements and application process

        Are Domestic Flights Active?

        1. Yes.

        What are the Arrival and Departure Protocols?

        Arriving Passengers

        (a) All travelers must provide a valid certificate with a negative COVID-19 test outcome, recognised by the World Health Organisation, or equivalent local accredited authority, obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel. South African Authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of the presented certificate;
        (b) in the event of the traveller’s failure, for whatever reason, to submit a valid negative test certificate in terms of paragraph (a), upon arrival in South Africa, the traveller shall be required to do an antigen test at his or her own costs;
        (c) in the event of the traveller testing positive for COVID -19, he or she shall be required to isolate him or herself, at his or her own cost, for 10 days;
        (d) a passenger is required to wear a face mask at all times, may only remove a face mask during an emergency or when instructed by cabin crew to take it off and must observe social distancing;
        e) Travellers who have recently been infected with COVID-19, have fully recovered and have completed their 07 day isolation period, yet their RT-PCR test result prior to travel has come back as positive, may enter South Africa. The following documents must be submitted in advance to porthealth.travel@health.gov.ca and presented to Port Health officials on arrival:

          • A letter from a medical practitioner confirming they have fully recovered and are fit to travel, along with the date, signature, physical address and contact details of the medical practitioner.
          • The original test result which confirmed the initial COVID-19 infection.
          • Copy of passport (details in the doctors’ letter, including address, must match the passport).
          • The test result performed 72 hours prior to travel (as in the traveller has recovered from a recent COVID-19 infection but the results of the test were positive).

        Departing Passengers

        (a) For departing passengers whose destination or airline requires them to have a COVID-19 negative certificate, we can assist to have the test done in the Government approved facilities.

        (b) Passengers travelling to Amsterdam are required to take a Mandatory COVID-19 Rapid Antigen test 4 hours before departure. This is in addition to having a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 72 hours.All visitors whether arriving or departing will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19.
        (c) Swift 4 hour RT-PCR testing is now available in Johannesburg and Cape Town as part of their Concierge Service – quick and convenient testing in the privacy and safety of your hotel.

        (d) Due to unforeseen circumstances, operational hours at OR Tambo have changed to 05:00 to 21:30. The last Swift 2 Hour RT-PCR test will be conducted no later than 21:30 in the evening. The lab opens at 05:00 again for those guests arriving into Johannesburg after this time and requiring a test for onward travel the next day.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days, all at OWN cost.

         

         

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