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 28th September 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 –  As from 24 September 2021, travelers from the UK to Kenya will no longer be required to self isolate for 7 days. Travelers from approved states on transit through Doha International Airport into Kenya are exempted from quarantine and self-isolation on arrival.
        2. Land borders with Tanzania at Namanga & Isebania are also open.

        Are visas available on arrival?

        1. As from 01st Jan 2021, visas on arrival NO longer available. All travelers to 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. All passengers arriving Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 96 hours before travel (applies even if one is fully vaccinated). Children below the age of 5 years are exempted from the COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.
        2. 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/).

        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.

        Effective from 28th September 2021 the Government suspended the local travel submission of traveler information on jitenge’ app. However, take note that the international use of ‘Jitenge’ continues.  Once filled, passengers will receive a QR code that will be presented to the port health desk for clearance. For Android users, the form can be accessed on – bit.ly/LOCALCOVID19MOH -.
        Iphone users can access the form on chrome or firefox using this link – bit.ly/LOCALCOVID19MOH – users not able to access their QR codes on their email address should check in their system downloads or present their phone number and passport number at the port health desk to enable them to retrieve the QR Code.

        Departing Passengers

        1. Kenya does NOT require COVID-19 testing before departure. However, all passengers departing Kenya must ensure they know and abide by the COVID-19 testing requirements at the destination and /or transit points.
        2. 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.
        3. 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.
        4. 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 Checkups Medical Center at JKIA with results available in 30 minutes. Appointments to be made 48 hours before travel on http://www.checkupsmed.com/ and passengers to be at the center 5 hours before departure time.

        Transiting Passengers

        1. All passengers transiting through Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 96 hours before travel plus a Trusted Travel (TT) code that can then be verified by airlines and Port Health Authorities.
        2. Passengers transiting Kenya from jurisdictions where TT is not available will use www.globalhaven.org or Global Haven via the trusted travel portal www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel to generate a travel stamp.
        3. Upon successful validation against destination country requirements, passengers are issued with a secondary travel stamp (TC code) by the system for exit approval for Kenya.

        The Kenya Airports Authority has advised that 96 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 96 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.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. Arriving/Transiting Passengers
          Passengers are screened by Port Health officials and if they show any symptoms are taken to an isolation facility for further examination. If a COVID test is deemed necessary then it is administered, at own cost. Results take about 24 hours to be available. If found positive, the passenger is taken to one of the Government approved quarantine facilities for 14 days quarantine and treatment at own cost. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost.
        2. Departing Passengers
          Passengers who test positive are required to undertake 14 days quarantine and treatment (own cost) at one of the Government approved quarantine facilities. Another test will be conducted at the end of this period, at own cost.

         

         

         

         

    • 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

        1. All arriving passengers must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 96 hours before arrival into Tanzania. Currently ALL travelers are being subjected to a Rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania. The cost for the Rapid test is US$ 10 per traveler. Health officers will assist guests to the Rapid Test desk.
        2. All travelers are required to truthfully fill in the online Traveler’s Surveillance Form available at (https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/). Upon submission of the form, a confirmation notification will be sent to the guest and which contains their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will present upon arriving in Tanzania at the health desk. Please note that this form can ONLY be submitted within 24 hours before arrival. Currently once a guest fills in the form, an automatic charge of $10 is applied, being cost of the rapid test. Guests can choose to make payment by card then or opt to pay on arrival. If they make payment prior to arrival, they will avoid queuing while if the wait to pay on arrival, they may likely encounter long queues to make payment and then take the test. For Zanzibar airport, arriving passengers can book and pay for the rapid test on this link https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz
        3. Travelers arriving from countries with new COVID 19 variants based on WHO daily updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall be subjected to a rapid test at Point of Entry followed by 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost. Travelers subjected to mandatory quarantine shall choose a facility from the list approved by the government.
        4. Upon arrival at the port of entry, travelers will be provided with health information cards with a toll free number and advised to self-monitor for symptoms. In case they develop any symptoms, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities by the Government at own cost.

        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. 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
          Passengers are screened by Port Health officials and if they show any symptoms are taken to holding room for further examination. If a COVID test is deemed necessary then it is administered, at own cost. Results may take about 24 hours to be available. 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

        Effective 3rd September 2021, ALL travelers (including children) irrespective of vaccination status or country of origin, will be required to arrive with a negative PCR test carried out 72 hours prior to travel.

        Departing Passengers

        1. Departing passengers are required to have an authentic and valid negative COVID-19 PRC test certificate issued within 72 hours from the time of sample collection to the time of boarding the aircraft, even if the country the passenger is travelling to does not require it. The PCR test certificate should indicate ‘TRAVEL’ as the purpose of the test and also be accompanied by a receipt from the test center/laboratory.
          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.
        2. Clients flying to the United States are required to sign a passenger disclosure and attestation form; all airlines are required to confirm a negative COVID19 test result and collect a passenger attestation on behalf of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. Arriving/Transiting Passengers
          Passengers are screened by Port Health officials and if they show any symptoms are taken by ambulance to a local isolation center for further examination. If a COVID test is deemed necessary 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.
        2. Departing Passengers
          Passengers who 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.

         

         

    • 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?

        As part of the Government of Rwanda’s measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the following is mandatory upon entry into Rwanda as of 14th October 2021:

        • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must present a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. Please note that COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.
        • Fully vaccinated travelers and children below 18 years will no longer be required to quarantine at designated hotels upon arrival but will be required to self-isolate and wait for the results at home or at booked hotel. Arriving travelers must present a valid vaccination certificate showing their full vaccination status to be eligible for this exception.
        • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate and vaccine certificate (if applicable) before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form is available via www.rbc.gov.rw.
        • All travelers transiting/connecting who are not leaving the airport and are in transit for less than 12 hours will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test .
        • All travelers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport and the payment of 60 USD (50USD for covid-19 test and 10USD for specific logistics to the airport) will be done as indicated in the passenger locator form. For passengers who opt for a cash payment at arrival, change will be given in local currency (Rwf). Travelers who do not use the payment methods in the Passenger Locator Form may be required to pay again at arrival and claim a refund for any previous payment made.
        • Travelers who have not received full vaccination will be required to wait 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while waiting for their COVID-19 test results taken upon arrival.

        Departing Passengers

        1. All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours before departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. COVID-19 Test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. We encourage travelers to register and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on www.rbc.gov.rw
        2. Travelers are advised to check with airlines about the COVID-19 requirements with final destination and/or transiting countries if required.
        3. Travelers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact RBC-Laboratory HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 787793446 or (+250) 784026239.
        4. If travelers 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. We encourage all travelers to have international travel insurance.

        Transiting Passengers

        1. All travellers transiting for up to 24 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a RT-PCR test. Sample collection will be conducted at the airport upon arrivals.
        2.  All travellers transiting/connecting who are not leaving airport and those who will leave airport for less than 24 hours (Turnaround time of the results) will be screened upon entry and not required to take a second test until their connecting flight.

        All arriving travellers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test in a designated transit hotel. All COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Ministry of Health must be respected during waiting period. The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at designated transit hotels for the 24 hour waiting period. Should a guest wish to remain in the hotel after receiving negative test results, they are welcome to extend their stay at the hotel’s applicable rates.

        All departing travellers are required to wait 48 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test from the time of sample collection. Travellers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact BIOS LAB HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 788793446 or (+250) 784026239.

        What are the Quarantine Protocols?

        1. 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.
        2. 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.
        3. 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. All passengers arriving Botswana must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival. A further Rapid Antigen test is currently required on arrival and offered free of charge to all incoming passengers. Travelers must stay in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days while self-monitoring
        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 facilities.

        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?

        1. All passengers arriving Zambia must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 7 days of arrival. However, many airlines require the testing to be done within 72 hours of traveling therefore this takes precedence.
        2. Departing passengers must have a Travel certificate in order to exit the country. This is issued by the Ministry of Health and passengers are required to submit a COVID-19 negative certificate (test taken with 72 hours) along with their passports.

        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.

         

    • 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?

        1. All passengers arriving South Africa must have a negative COVID-19 RT PCR taken within 72 hours of arrival.
        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 facilities.
        3. Passengers travelling to or connecting via 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.

        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.

         

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