Slowly but surely the tourism world is starting to get back to work and we’ve enjoyed seeing more and more faces on safari the last couple of weeks. With the onset of the vaccine and the success of most countries stringent health and safety protocols, a number of countries have relaxed their entry requirement in terms of Covid19. This is why we have decided to share with you the latest (and great!) developments (as of today the 24th of March 2022 ) from some of our destination African countries in terms of travel.
Botswana: From 14 February 2022 all persons entering Botswana must present proof that they are fully vaccinated – which means two doses of a two dose vaccine, or one dose of a one dose vaccine
For those who will be partially vaccinated, or not vaccinated at all, they will be required to present a negative 72 hour PCR test result and in addition, undergo COVID-19 testing at port of entry, at own cost. If negative, they will be allowed to proceed into the country. If positive, they will be isolated in the district of the port of entry, at own cost and allowed to proceed into the country only after recovery.
Republic of Congo: All passengers arriving in the Republic of the Congo by commercial flights should provide proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test undertaken within 72 hours upon entry, with the exception of children under 11 years of age.
Kenya: All passengers over 18 arriving in Kenya must present proof of vaccination against COVID19. Vaccinated travellers are not required to take a PCR test before travelling to Kenya. Vaccine certificate must be uploaded to the Global Haven website before boarding your flight.
Unvaccinated travellers will need to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, conducted within 72 hours of your departure, to enter or travel through Kenya. You must upload your negative PCR test certificate to the Global Haven website before boarding your flight.
Unvaccinated travellers may also be asked to take a rapid antigen test on arrival. These tests will cost 30 USD. Anyone who tests positive may be asked to take a PCR test at a cost of 50 USD. Passengers aged under 5 are exempt from these requirements.
Travelers who have been in, or transited through, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana or Nigeria in the past 14 days, may be required to take a free rapid antigen test on arrival for surveillance purposes.
Namibia: Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test result on arrival. You must present an authentic valid vaccination card at the point of entry.
Unvaccinated travelers must present proof on arrival of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the country of departure. The test result must not be older than 72 hours (calculated from the time that the sample for testing was taken) at the time of entry into Namibia. Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test results are not accepted for entry into Namibia.
COVID-19 test results must be verified before travel to Namibia. This may be through the Trusted Travel Platform – accredited laboratories can be found on this website. Those travelling to Namibia with rest results from non-Trusted Travel compliant laboratories are required to upload a copy of their results on the Global Haven System for authentication
Rwanda: All travelers 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 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. COVID-19 tests are not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years.
All travelers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport.
COVID-19 RT-PCR and Antigen Rapid Tests will be taken upon arrival at the traveler’s own cost and are mandatory. Travelers must self-isolate at own cost until they get negative PCR test results taken on arrival.
South Africa: Travelers who are fully vaccinated must upon arrival at the Port of Entry, produce a valid vaccination certificate; and unvaccinated travelers must upon arrival at the Port of Entry, provide a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate as proof of a negative COVID-19 test, the traveller will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at his or her own cost and in the event of a traveller testing positive for COVID-19, he or she will be required to isolate him or herself at his or her own cost, for a period of 10 days.
Children under 5 years are exempt from providing PCR test results nor do they need to present proof of vaccination when returning to South Africa.
Tanzania: Fully vaccinated passengers will be required to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, with QR code for validation at any point of entry. The only accepted vaccinations are those approved by the United Republic of Tanzania and the World Health Organisation;
All arriving unvaccinated passengers aged 6 years and older are required to present a negative Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) with QR code for verification on arrival, carried out within 72 hours before departure for Tanzania;
All arriving passengers (fully vaccinated or unvaccinated), aged 6 years and older, entering the United Republic of Tanzania from the following countries, will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD 10 per person per test for the Tanzanian mainland and USD 25 per person per test for Zanzibar. These countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Rwanda, and South Africa;
Uganda: Travelers are now required to have a visa before your trip. Visas will not be issued on arrival.
All arriving passengers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft to Uganda or crossing land borders. Foreign nationals without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry. Children aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents arrive with a negative test certificate
Departing passengers are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, issued no more than 72 hours before travel. The 72 hours begins on the day the sample is collected for testing. Children aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents have a negative test certificate.
Zambia: Travellers to Zambia that are fully vaccinated do not require any form of engatived COVID19 test results but shall be required to provide proof of a full vaccination status. “Fully vaccinated” means complete dose of a vaccine for example first and second dose of a two-dose Covid19 vaccine.
Unvaccinated travelers must provide a negative PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours of departure from country of origin. Some airlines are asking passengers for evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Zambia.
Children below the age of 12 are exempt from these measures
Zimbabwe: All travelers entering Zimbabwe irrespective of their vaccination status must possess the result certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before departure to Zimbabwe.
Tourists in possession of a result certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 48 hours before their departure to Zimbabwe are not required to quarantine on arrival.
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We are quite happy that restrictions on travel are starting to ease up with many countries scraping PCR requirements for vaccinated travelers. The current situation will undoubtedly change with new global developments; we will endeavor to keep you informed of any changes.
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