COVID-19 Travel Information

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Entry Requirements by Country

Updated: February 2023

Botswana

  • As of August 28, 2022, wearing of masks, proof of vaccination, and testing at port of entry for unvaccinated travelers is no longer required.

Kenya

  • All travelers above the age of 12 years arriving into the country through any point of entry will be required to show proof of either COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test conducted not more than 72 hours before departure.
  • Vaccination means having received the prescribed doses of a specific vaccine with the latest shot at least fourteen (14) days before arrival (not including the day of vaccination).
  • 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.

Maldives

  • 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.

Mozambique

  • Travelers entering Mozambique are required to provide a certificate showing they are fully vaccinated (booster not required), 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.
  • Guests will undergo health screening and temperature testing upon arrival.

Namibia

  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of arrivalOnce 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.

Rwanda

  • 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.

South Africa

  • 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.

Seychelles

  • Effective December 1, 2022, proof of COVID-19 vaccination or pre-travel testing is no longer needed for entry to Seychelles.
  • 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, return airfare and proof of accommodation.
  • Visitors must have valid travel & health insurance to cover potential COVID-19 related costs (quarantine, isolation, treatment).

Tanzania

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will be exempted from RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. Fully vaccinated means the complete administer dose(s) of the vaccine as prescribed by the manufacturer and approved by the World Health Organization.
  • Prior to entry, travelers may be able to generate a QR code through services such as Global Haven: https://globalhaven.org .
  • Not fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure.
  • Not fully vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers may be tested for COVID-19 by Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost (USD $10 or TZS 23,000 in mainland Tanzania and $25 or TZS 58,000 in Zanzibar).
  • Children 12 and under are exempt from testing requirements.

Uganda

  • All in-bound and out-bound travelers are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. Travelers are encouraged to bring paper copies of their vaccinations
  • Travelers with partial or no vaccination are required to a present a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of travel. Travelers below 5 years of age are not required to present a negative PCR test upon arrival or departure.
  • In-bound and out-bound travelers are subject to temperature screening at the Entebbe International Airport.

Zambia

  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (booster not required), will be required 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.
  • Children under the ages of 12 are exempt from testing and proof of vaccination.

Zimbabwe

  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (booster not required), will be required 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.
  • Children under the ages of 12 are exempt from testing and proof of vaccination.

Proactive & Preventative Measures

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dining

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.

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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.

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