COVID-19 Travel Information
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Entry Requirements by Country
Updated: October 2022
- Fully COVID-19 vaccinated guests as per the above will not require a negative COVID test to enter Botswana; fully vaccinated means either 2 doses or 1 dose of the primary shot (depending on the type). No booster is required.
- If a guest is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to present a valid PCR negative test no older than 72 hours from the sample date. They will also receive a vaccination dose upon arrival if they wish to continue traveling in Botswana.
- Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry.
- Guests symptomatic upon arrival will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and or quarantine.
- Guests will be required to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days during self-monitoring.
- Guests not meeting the requirements are prohibited entry into Botswana.
- Children below 12 years of age entering Botswana will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 result.
- All passengers arriving in Kenya must have a certificate of COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers below the age of 18 are exempt from this requirement. Travelers with a medical condition preventing them from being vaccinated must provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing why they cannot be vaccinated. Travelers who have recovered from COVID within the past 90 days must provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing recovery from the infection and the inability to be vaccinated due to being infected.
- All arriving fully vaccinated passengers are exempt from providing a negative PCR based COVID-19 test on arrival at any point of entry.
- Fully vaccinated means having received the prescribed doses of the specific vaccine, with the latest vaccination received at least 14 days before arrival in Kenya (not including the day of vaccination).
- All arriving unvaccinated passengers aged 5 years and older are required to present a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before departure for Kenya.
- All arriving unvaccinated passengers aged 5 years and older, will be required to undergo a Rapid Test on arrival, at a cost of USD $30 per person per test. Results are available approximately 15 minutes after sample collection.
- Passengers who test positive will be required to undergo a mandatory PCR based COVID-19 test at a cost of USD 50 per person per test. Passengers who test positive on the PCR based COVID-19 test are required to undergo the government outlined self-isolation periods.
- All arriving passengers must complete the International Traveller Health Surveillance form 24 hours before arrival to Kenya via http://bit.ly/covid19moh. A QR Code will automatically download to your device and be emailed to you, this is to be present on arrival in Kenya.
- All arriving passengers must upload their full COVID-19 vaccination certificate to the Kenya Trusted Traveler Page (you will need to register/create an account with your email address).
- All passengers traveling to Kenya are required to obtain their VISA online in advance via www.evisa.go.ke
- Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.
- 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 https://imuga.immigration.gov.mv
- 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.
- Travelers entering Mozambique are required to provide a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated, or a negative RT-PCR test results not older than 72 hours for travelers who are not fully vaccinated.
- If travelers do not have a vaccine certificate or RT-PCR test, they will be required to do an antigen test on arrival.
- Children aged up to 11 years are exempt from providing vaccination certificates and RT-PCR tests. All children aged 11 and up will be required to provide a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated or a negative RT-PCR test not older than 72 hours.
- Guests will undergo health screening and temperature testing upon arrival.
- Exit requirements are dependent upon airline/next destination.
- All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours 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 www.namibiatourism.com.na.
- The Trusted Vaccines platform is available to generate COVID-19 Digital Vaccination Certificates with a QR code for persons who are fully vaccinated. The platform is equipped with a ‘self-upload’ functionality, enabling individuals to upload information and images of their Vaccination Cards and Passports/Travel documents for authentication.
- 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.
- On arrival, passengers who plan to visit one of the National Parks to go primate trekking will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test upon arrival (cost is $60.00 per person, payable in cash or credit card).
- Face masks are no longer mandatory in Rwanda, but their use is encouraged in public indoor settings.
- Clients of restaurants, hotels, cafes, bars and other recreation centers in Kigali are required to be fully vaccinated.
- Restaurants and bars shall continue to operate at full venue capacity, and clients must be fully vaccinated. There is no curfew, however, nightclubs, bars, live bands, receptions and betting activities shall close by 02:00am.
- 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.
- 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.
- Countrywide curfew of 12pm – 4am.
- All visitors that show proof of being fully COVID-19 vaccinated (including Boosters) are exempt from needing to present a COVID-19 PCR-based certificate on arrival.
- All other visitors either not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated must have a negative COVID-19 PCR-based certificate to present on their arrival, taken a maximum of 72 hours before departure for Seychelles; rapid antigen tests are NOT accepted at this time.
- Random COVID-19 testing may be carried out for surveillance purposes from the Ministry of Health.
- All arrivals will need to complete the Health Travel Authorization form at least 72 hours prior to departure to Seychelles. This form can be found here: https://seychelles.govtas.com/ . When completing the form, travelers will also be required to submit a passport copy, proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test or full vaccination card, (in English or French), return airfare and proof of accommodation.
- All arriving fully vaccinated passengers are exempt from providing a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs on arrival at any point of entry. 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 Organization.
- All arriving unvaccinated passengers aged 6 years and older are required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or 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.
- 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: https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. 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: https://healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tz
- 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.
- Arriving passengers are exempt from providing a COVID-19 PCR-based test result if they are fully vaccinated.
- If unvaccinated, passengers must have a COVID-19 PCR test result that has been issued within 72 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.)
- The certificates must indicate TRAVEL for the intended purpose of the test.
- Client must register on the portal as a “tourist” on this link https://arrivals.healthdesk.
- Travelers will undergo testing on arrival at a cost of USD $30 per person per test.
- All visitors will undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
- 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.
- Travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need a PCR test to enter Zambia; guests will need to show their COVID-19 vaccination card on arrival (actual vaccine card; a picture is not sufficient).
- Travelers who are not fully vaccinated for COVID-19 must present a negative COVID-19 PCR-based test result on arrival, conducted within 72 hours of departure from the country of origin. Non-vaccinated visitors are subject to COVID-19 testing on arrival, at their own cost.
- 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.
- Fully vaccinated travelers are allowed entry into the country without a negative RT-PCR test result.
- If unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, all visitors must undergo a valid RT-PCR COVID-19 test, not more than 48 hours from the time of their departure for Zimbabwe (from their country of origin). Children below the age of 12 are exempt from the above requirements.
- 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.
- A negative RT-PCR test result is now required to DEPART Zimbabwe. In theory, most travelers should have this as many onward destinations and airlines require it but in the case of a country like Botswana that accepts full vaccination with no RT-PCR test result, guests traveling to Botswana from Zimbabwe will also need a test to present to the authorities in order to leave the country.
- Social distancing, hand sanitization and the wearing of masks are mandatory.
- Nationwide curfew is in place from 12:00am to 5:30am.
Proactive & Preventative Measures
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.
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 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.
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.
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
- 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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