COVID-19 Travel Information

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Entry Requirements by Country

Updated: October 2021


  • Present a printed original test certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR-based test result, conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana.
  • On arrival, travelers will undergo health screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If arriving at Maun Airport, a Rapid Antigen Test (free of charge) is required. Results are available after about 15 minutes.
  • Guests are required to complete a traveler locator form with accurate contact information while in Botswana so that the local Health Authority can contact you, if necessary, within 14 days.
  • Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days.
  • Travelers are required to undergo a PCR test 24 hours before departing Botswana. This can be done via one of two options:
    • Option 1: Arrange in-camp testing – a qualified practitioner is flown to your camp or lodge to conduct a PCR test. This has to be booked 36 hours in advance, online bookings are essential, and a minimum of two guests is required. Guests are liable for all costs.
    • Option 2: Do the PCR test in Maun or Kasane Airport – bookings are essential. Test results are available within 24 hours.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Private charter flights
  • SA Airlink
  • Air Botswana
  • Qatar Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines


  • Passengers arriving from countries NOT on this list (high-risk COVID-19 transmission countries) will be are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence.
  • All travelers entering the country must present a negative Covid19 certificate, with results issued within 96 hours prior to arrival in Kenya. Children below the age of 5 years are exempted from this requirement.
  • All travelers will be screened on arrival, and subject to temperature checks at the airport. Body temperatures must test below 37.5°C (99.5°F) and visitors must have no persistent cough, no difficulty breathing, and no other flu-like symptoms.
  • If there is a reported case of COVID-19 on a flight or if the above symptoms are detected, all passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms will be quarantined for testing. If the test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave the facility.
  • It is mandatory for all passengers arriving in Kenya to complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health. The form can be found here and must be completed online prior to disembarkation. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • All arriving travelers must complete Passenger Locator Cards, which will be used to track guests entering Kenya.
  • Only travelers departing Kenya, whose airline or destination country requires a PCR based COVID-19 negative test will be required to use the Trusted Travel website (or Global Haven if the test certificate is from a jurisdiction where Trusted Travel is not available) to obtain a Trusted Travel code prior to departure. Full instructions of the process can be found here.  (No inbound travelers to Kenya are required to use the Trusted Travel website.)
  • The following conditions shall apply to all arriving passengers from the United Kingdom:
    • All arriving UK Citizens (both resident in Kenya and non-resident), irrespective of their route of travel to Kenya shall be subject to 14-day mandatory quarantine on arrival at a government facility at their own cost.
    • All non-UK citizens traveling to Kenya from the United Kingdom, irrespective of their route of travel to Kenya shall be subject to 7-day self-isolation on arrival.
  • Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.
  • Nightly curfew hours are from 10:00pm to 4:00am local time.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Kenyan Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates


  • To ensure the safety of all, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has made it a mandatory requirement for all tourists to present a negative result for a nucleic acid test (PCR test) for Covid-19 on arrival. The sample for the said test must be taken not more than 72 hours prior to the scheduled time of departure from the first port of embarkation en route to Maldives.
  • All passengers are advised to fill the online Traveller Health Declaration, within 24 hours prior to departure. This must be submitted online, via
  • Temperature checks and screening measures will be carried out at the first point of entry for tourists and special attention will be paid to individuals exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms including, but not limited to, cough, runny nose, or shortness of breath.
  • Please note that upon arrival into the Maldives, those who exhibit Covid-19 symptoms will have to undergo a PCR test. If you are traveling in a group, all members of the group must undergo testing.
  • In the case of a positive PCR result, the tourist facility, where the tourist is booked to stay in the Maldives, shall be given the option of transferring the tourist to their booked accommodation to isolate in their designated room or to isolate in a government-run facility. These options will also be subject to the individual’s medical condition. Tourist facilities shall bear responsibility for ensuring that the costs related to the transfer and accommodation of individuals who require treatment at a government-managed facility are met.


  • A negative PCR-based COVID-19 test is required within 72 hrs of arrival.
  • Guests will undergo health screening and temperature testing upon arrival.
  • Exit requirements dependent upon airline/next destination.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • All of the main airlines flying from Portugal, Turkey, Qatar, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa.
  • Airlink from South Africa.


  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result, conducted within 7 days of arrival.  Once a negative test is provided on arrival, guests will then be allowed to enter Namibia and proceed with their travels with no further restrictions.
  • Upon arrival, travelers will also undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • Tourists must complete an epidemiological questionnaire to be submitted together with a full travel itinerary to health staff on the ground at the airport. The forms can be obtained at
  • Upon arrival tourists may proceed to the pre-booked destination and engage in the planned daily tourist activities at the establishment(s) for the number of days the tourist is staying there.
  • Tourists must have travel insurance that covers medical expenses and unexpected hotel stays in case of isolation.
  • Nationwide curfew is in effect between 11:00pm and 4:00am.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Lufthansa
  • Air Namibia
  • Qatar Airways


  • All travelers arriving in to, and departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure (meaning that you get tested, and get results, no more than 3 days before your first flight.)
  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 PCR-based certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), performed within 72 hours of departure for Rwanda. Other tests are not accepted.
  • Prior to arrival, all travelers must complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload their COVID-19 test certificate via
  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a second RT-PCR test to confirm the negative results of the test done prior to arrival ($60 pp, paid in cash or credit card). Visitors will be required to wait about 24 hours for these test results in a designated transit hotel.
  • Within 24 hours, guests’ results will be received via SMS or email. In the event of a negative test, guests will be invited to check out and proceed on their Rwanda safari. In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.
  • If you are visiting any national park in Rwanda, you are required to schedule your visit within 72 hours of receiving a negative PCR test result. If your visit/s are more than 72 hours after the initial test on arrival in Rwanda, you will be required to take another COVID-19 test before visiting the parks.
  • Preventive measures must be followed while traveling in Rwanda: physical distancing where possible; the wearing of masks is mandatory; temperature screenings before entering certain buildings are mandatory.
  • A curfew is in place in the city of Kigali between 11:00pm and 4:00am local time; the curfew for the rest of the country starts at 9:00pm.
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Charter flights & Commercial Airlines
  • RwandAir between Dubai and selective African routes
  • RwandAir between London and Kigali

South Africa

  • Travelers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR-based test result on arrival, conducted within 72 hours of departure to South Africa.
  • South Africa is fully reopened to all countries for both business & leisure travel.
  • Visitors will be requested to download a government contact-notification app on arrival.
  • Travelers are required to complete health screening forms for entry and exit of South Africa; those forms can be downloaded here:  South Africa – Department of Health Travel Health Questionnaire
  • All travelers will be screened on arrival and those who show any symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine until they test negative for COVID-19.
  • Travelers arriving without a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will be required to quarantine at their own cost.
  • If travelers display any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with an infected person, a mandatory COVID-19 test will be required at their own cost. If this test result is positive, travelers will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site, at their own cost.
  • All travelers will be asked to install the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.
  • Countrywide curfew of 12pm – 4am.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Air France
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Lufthansa
  • Virgin Atlantic


  • A negative COVID-19 PCR-based certificate, taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure, and proof of accommodation is required for the duration of stay. RT-PCR test notifications by SMS are not accepted.
  • Rapid antigen tests are NOT accepted at this time.
  • All arrivals will need to complete the Health Travel Authorization form at least 72 hours prior to departure to Seychelles. This form an be found here: . When completing the form, travelers will also be required to submit a passport copy, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (in English or French), return airfare, proof of accommodation, and certificate of vaccination (for getting advantage).
  • Travellers from Nepal, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Guinea, and Brazil may enter only if they have stayed in another country for at least 14 days prior to entry to Seychelles and present a certificate for a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours before departure. However, they must provide proof of their 14-day stay in another country.
  • Curfew times are in effect from 11:00pm to 4:00am.

Airlines flying into the destination:  Open for scheduled commercial flights.


  • All travelers entering Tanzania are required to have a negative RT-PCR-based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours of departure for Tanzania.
  • Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • All arriving travelers entering Tanzania from high-risk countries will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID-19 infection including a Rapid Test, the cost of which is USD $10 pp, paid in cash (exact amount). The list of countries considered as high risk is currently: The Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Rwanda and South Africa.
  • All travelers from the above-noted countries are highly advised to pay for the Rapid Test prior to arrival in Tanzania, to avoid any delay on arrival. Travelers can do so using the automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveller Surveillance Form(s) as noted below:
  • All arriving travelers into Tanzania are required to complete a Traveler Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours of arrival, that form can be found here: Travelers will receive a confirmation code, including a Unique Health Code, to be presented during primary screening upon arrival in Tanzania; it is recommended that travelers print a copy of the confirmation notification and save a copy on their mobile devices.
  • All arriving travelers into Zanzibar must complete the Traveler’s Health Surveillance form within 24 hours prior to arrival. The form must be completed online at the following link:
  • There are no self-quarantine requirements for travelers arriving into the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country.
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.
  • While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates


  • Arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR-based test result from an accredited laboratory in their country of origin, issued within 120 hours of departure for Uganda. (Infants aged three years and under are exempt from COVID-19 negative test requirements, as long as they are accompanied by parents with COVID-19 negative certificates.)
  • Uganda has announced that as of the May 8th 2021, any travelers arriving from Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, The United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States who have received their full COVID-19 vaccination and show no COVID-19 symptoms will not be required to undergo PCR testing on arrival in Uganda.
  • Travelers who do not have their full COVID-19 vaccinations or those from other countries not listed above are required to undergo testing on arrival at a cost of USD $65 per person per test. Travelers have the option of waiting at the testing facility for checking in to a designated hotel, to await test results which take four hours.
  • All visitors will undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
  • Departing travelers are advised to arrive at the airport at least four hours before their scheduled flights.
  • Passengers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 120 hours of departing from Uganda.
  • Travelers will undergo temperature checks and health screening.
  • Passengers who exhibit signs and symptoms of infectious disease will be transported to an isolation center for a COVID-19 test. Results will be available within 24 to 48 hours. If foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 and wish to be repatriated to another facility outside Uganda, they can do so at their own cost and according to COVID-19 medical evacuation protocols.
  • The nationwide curfew remains in place between 9:00pm and 6:00am, local time; social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.
  • Face masks are to be worn by all people above the age of 6 years old at all times in public places.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian Airlines


  • All arriving passengers must have a certificate of a negative SARS-CoV2 / PCR-based test that has been conducted within 72 hours arriving in Zambia.
  • Upon arrival in Zambia, all guests will have to undergo a mandatory PCR test at Livingstone Airport (USD 50.00 per person.) The test results will be available in 24 hours and will be valid for 72 hours. Guest will be able to proceed to the hotel directly. Should guests test positive, they would need to quarantine for 14 days.
  • All international visitors are screened on arrival. If you show any signs of COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.
  • Traveler Health Questionnaires will be provided to all airlines entering Zambia. These will be given to passengers on board to complete before disembarkation and to hand over to health staff on the ground.
  • Passengers with a body temperature equal to or above 38 degrees Celsius (100.4 degrees Fahrenheit) and with any of the following symptoms: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty in breathing, sore throat, and headache will be quarantined in specific institutions designated by the Ministry of Health until their results are ready.
  • Visitors will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene. They will also need to monitor themselves daily for 14 days post arrival for symptoms of the virus and report any occurrence to the nearest health facility.
  • Travelers 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 a certificate.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • RwandAir
  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates


  • All travelers will be required to present a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test certificate, obtained from a recognized facility within 48 hours of departure to Zimbabwe.
  • All travelers will undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • If travelers show symptoms of the virus or don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival, they are required to self-isolate for 7 days.
  • If travelers don’t have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate on arrival, they are required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self- isolate for another 7 days.  A fee of $60 will be levied on travelers tested at ports of entry.
  • Social distancing, hand sanitization and the wearing of masks are mandatory.
  • Nationwide curfew is in place from 10:00pm to 5:30am.

Airlines flying into the destination:

  • Emirates
  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Air Tanzania

Proactive & Preventative Measures


Hygiene Practices

Hand washing and sanitizing stations will be positioned strategically throughout lodges and camps for guest and staff use. Masks and appropriate protective gear will be worn by lodge staff per guest request. Heightened sanitizing protocol will be in place within rooms and guest areas for an added layer of protection.


Health Checks

Temperature checks and health screenings will be available for international and domestic traveling guests. In some cases, stations where guests can periodically monitor their own temperature will be implemented. Staff will be fully trained and educated on the latest health protocols by leading authorities.


Social Distancing

Social Distancing will be encouraged throughout common areas of lodges and hotels, while dining, and while participating in safari activities. Lodges will provide ample space and seating for all guests to accommodate the required physical distancing protocols in place.


Game Drives

Vehicles will be sanitized thoroughly prior to every game drive. The number of passengers will be limited on shared vehicles, unless a larger group is traveling together. Exclusive-use vehicles are also available per request at additional cost. Thankfully, game drives are already considered ‘safe’, as they are held outdoors in the open air.



A variety of dining areas will be available for guests to ensure that correct physical distancing measures are observed. Private in-room dining, bush dining venues, terraces, gardens and other outdoor areas may be offered to guests for meals. Kitchen staff will wear appropriate protective items while preparing meals.


Guest Experience

Providing guests with an enjoyable experience is a top priority, along with keeping travelers safe and healthy throughout their journey. If all guests adhere to recommended hygiene practices prior to and during their time in Africa, together we can help keep each other healthy during this time.

NEW!  Flexible Booking Terms

New Bookings:

  • Revised refundable cancellation terms are in place for bookings canceling for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Guests may be entitled to a refund of up to 100% when canceling under these terms.
  • In some cases, guests may cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival.

*All of the above terms are valid for select properties and countries, which will be discussed in detail with clients prior to confirmation of booking. The global situation with COVID-19 is constantly changing and we will continue to keep the information updated as quickly as possible.

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