Open boarders in Africa right now

Oct 15, 2020

The African wildlife is thriving and the hotels have plenty of capacity. For those who can, and have the appetite for risk in this tumultuous environment, it’s one of those rare times in our lifetime to visit the vastness of the African plains without many 4×4 in sight. I am lucky to partner with an incredible set of local partners and Africa specialists via 360 Private Travel and would love nothing more than to help you design a very special journey in some of the countries below.

These are the restrictions & protocols for travelling in Africa right now – at Oct 14th 2020. It’s a valuable set of information gathered by the organisation Wild Philanthropy, sourced from ATTA and individual country tourist boards. Wild Philanthropy have also set up a much-needed African Tourism Crisis Fund: designed to support the very lifeblood of African travel i.e. the local communities who make travelling to Africa such a special experience.

Travelling in the continent also depends on the restrictions in your home country, which I can help you navigate. I am on hand to arrange that you get Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for your return or onward flights. So if Africa is calling, let’s talk xx

ETHIOPIA

Ethiopia relaxed its travel restrictions 23rd September 2020. So long as protocol is followed, all international leisure travellers are exempt from having to quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. All travellers must present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The test must be taken within 120 hours of arrival. It has to be a PCR – rapid diagnostic antibody tests will not be accepted.

2. Children less than or equal to 12 years of age are exempted from the RT PCR test certificate requirement.

3. Proof of a negative PCR test does not apply to travellers in transit. No quarantine is required if flight transit times are less then eight hours, though transit travellers are required to remain in the airport. For transits over eight hours, travellers will be put up in a designated transit hotel for the duration of their transfer time.

KENYA

Kenya opened to international travel from all destinations as of 1st August 2020. As long as protocol is followed, travellers arriving from low and medium risk countries are exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. Travellers are required to complete a Travellers Health Surveillance Form before departing for Kenya.

2. They must also be in possession of a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from their home country.

3. All travellers are symptom screened on arrival and must follow infection prevention and containment regulations.

4. Travellers travelling from non-exempt countries will have to quarantine for 14 days at government designated facilities or at their place of residence.

MADAGASCAR

Madagascar‘s island of Nosy Be and surrounding archipelagos opened to international travel as of 1st October 2020. All travellers arriving at Fascene Airport will be exempt from quarantine. There is currently no travel to mainland Madagascar.

PROTOCOL
1. All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

2. A letter of commitment must be signed by arriving passengers, acknowledging the Covid-related health measures in Madagascar.

3. All visitors must complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures, including temperature scans and using the disinfected wayfinding corridor.

4. A PCR test is required to be taken within 72 hours prior to departure from Madagascar.

MALAWI

Malawi is open to international travel. So long as protocol is followed, travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival.

PROTOCOL
1. Upon arrival, all travellers will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure.

2. All travellers must fill in a health declaration form which includes information about where they are going and staying.

3. Travellers presenting negative tests are free to travel. However, they are required to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after arrival, observe current preventive measures in the country. and report to health authorities in their respective districts if they develop symptoms.

4. Departing travellers are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure.

NAMIBIA

Namibia opened to international travel as of 1st September 2020. All travellers arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek will be exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. Travellers are required to have informed their country’s Namibian embassy or equivalent diplomatic mission of their travel plans 14 days in advance, supplying a copy of their itinerary.

2. Travellers are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to departure.

3. Currently, travellers are required to arrive with a negative SARS-COV-2 PCR test that is no older than seven days and was issued by a certified laboratory in the country of issue.

4. Upon arrival, travellers will have to submit a synopsis of their trip with contact numbers, and provide a signed health declaration form.

5. As far as we know, travellers must still make themselves available on day five of their trip to take a test, and contactable on day 7 to receive the result of the test. If the test comes back positive, they will be quarantined at government designated facilities. If negative, they will continue with their trip.

PRINCIPE

São Tomé and Principe opened its borders to international travel 16 July 2020. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. All travellers are required to have proof of a negative Coronavirus test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.

2. Upon arrival, travellers will be symptom screened. Symptomatic travellers will undergo rapid testing.

RWANDA

Rwanda opened up to commercial international flights 1st August 2020. All travellers must quarantine for 24 hours upon arrival.

PROTOCOL
1. All arrivals must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours of departure. It must be a PCR. Other tests are not accepted.

2. Prior to arrival, travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form, which includes uploading their PCR test. Upon submission, all travellers are issued a Unique Health Code, to be presented on arrival.

3. Upon arrival, travellers are tested and must quarantine for 24 hours at a government designated hotel while awaiting its results.

4. Having tested negative in both tests, all travellers irrespective of country of origin are free to travel.

SEYCHELLES

Seychelles reopened for commercial flights from 1st August 2020, allowing travel from permitted low and medium risk Category 1 countries. As of 1st October 2020, travellers from Category 2 countries are allowed to visit under specific Special Status restrictions. The lists for both categories are regularly reviewed.

PROTOCOL
1. Accommodation for all travellers can only be booked at certified establishments.

2. All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation form 72 hours before the day of their day of departure to Seychelles.

3. All travellers from Category 1 countries must present a negative Covid-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. All travellers from Category 2 countries must present a negative Covid-PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

4. Upon arrival, all travellers must comply with health checks. Travellers displaying symptoms will be isolated and may be tested.

5. Travellers from Category 2 countries must stay for a minimum of 5 days in a designated establishment, where they will be tested on the fifth day. If they test negative, they may continue with their trip. If positive, they will be required to stay in a designated stay-safe hotel until cleared by the Public Health Authority.

6. Travellers from neither Category 1 nor Category 2 countries may transit through the country as long as they do not leave the airport.

7. Travellers from high-risk countries entering via a Category 1 country will need to have spent 14 days or more in that Category 1 country in order to to enter Seychelles.

SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa opened its borders to international travel from select countries 1st October 2020. Leisure travellers from high risk countries may not enter. As long as protocol is followed, all other travellers arriving at one of three international airports – OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town – will be exempt from quarantine. Travellers from high risk countries are permitted to transit via South Africa.

PROTOCOL
1. All travellers will be required to fill in a health declaration form before disembarking.

2. All travellers – including those in transit – are required to arrive with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travellers from high-risk countries entering via low-risk countries will need to have spent10 days or more in that low-risk country in order to qualify as exempt from quarantine.

3. Upon arrival, all travellers will be screened and those showing symptoms will be quarantined until they test negative for Covid-19.

4. All travellers will be asked to download the government’s contact and alert app.

TANZANIA

Tanzania opened its borders to international travel 18th May 2020. Travellers are not required to quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. Upon arrival, all travellers from countries and / or using airlines that require it will be asked to show their a negative PCR test result.

2. Those travellers from countries and / or using airlines that don’t require a negative PCR test result will not be asked to show it upon arrival. However, the advice is if you have one, carry it.

3. Travellers will be screened and may be tested if displaying symptoms.

UGANDA

Uganda opened its borders to international travel 1st October. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. Upon arrival, all travellers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

2. According to Entebbe Airport operating procedures, all travellers will be symptom screened on arrival. Symptomatic travellers will be quarantined and tested at Entebbe Referral Hospital. Test results will take between 24 and 48 hours. Travellers testing positive will be further quarantined or medically evacuated at their own cost.

3. Tour operators are instructed to ensure that their travellers proceed directly to their place of stay.

4. At the moment, all travellers departing Uganda are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure. There are a number of local test centres to support the requirement.

5. Travellers returning to countries that do not require evidence of a negative PCR test require special clearance from those countries in order to board their plane.

ZAMBIA

Zambia is open to international travel. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. According to airport guidelines, all travellers will fill out a Traveller Health Questionnaire prior to disembarking from their plane.

2. Upon arrival, all travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 14 days of departure. If travellers arrive without one, they will be refused entry.

3. All travellers will be symptom screened. Those with temperatures equal to or above 38C will be tested. If exhibiting a cluster of symptoms, they will be quarantined to await the outcome of their test.

4. Travellers must adhere to the country’s infection mitigation and control procedures, monitor themselves for 14 days maximum following arrival, and report any symptoms during this time to the nearest health facility.

ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe opened to international travel as of 1st October 2020. Restrictions are being gradually relaxed. As long as protocol is followed, all international travellers are now exempt from quarantine.

PROTOCOL
1. All arrivals must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departures.

2. Upon arrival, all travellers will be subject to symptom screening. Travellers exhibiting symptoms will be tested. Tests are available at the airport with a two-hour turn around.

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