Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Zimbabwe

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

 –  Updated 16 October 2020 –

 

The Zimbabwean government announced the reopening of the country’s local tourism sector on 3 September 2020. Domestic flights will resume on 21 September 2020 with Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet, in advance of 1 October 2020: the date for Zimbabwe’s international airports to reopen. Land borders remain closed until further notice.

 

 

Open for International Travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required unless travellers show symptoms of the virus or don’t have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival – they are then required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self- isolate for another 7 days.

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Uganda

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

  – Updated 16 October 2020 – 

 

Uganda has released a tentative phased reopening schedule for all its land borders and the resumption of international passenger flights to Entebbe International Airport, effective 1 October 2020.

 

Open for International Travel – Yes

 

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Arriving passengers:

Departing passengers: 

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required. Passengers who exhibit signs and symptoms of an infectious disease will be transported to an isolation centre 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.

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Mozambique

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

 – Updated 16 October 2020

 

Mozambique’s borders are open for international travel and flights have been approved from Portugal, Turkey, Qatar, Ethiopia, Kenya and South Africa. Land borders are also open for self-drive travellers.

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

 

Mandatory quarantine – All visitors, regardless of citizenship or prior travel, are required to self-quarantine for 10 days, followed by a COVID-19 PCR test at their own cost. Alternatively, travellers may self-quarantine for 14 days without completing an additional COVID-19 test.

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Botswana

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

-Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Botswana  Updated 16 October 2020 – 

Awaiting Further Information – Botswana

Botswana

The Government of Botswana has banned entry of all visitors (except residents) from high-risk countries.

Open for international travel / date of reopening:

  • Unknown

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – South Africa

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

– Updated 16 October 2020 – 

*Cape Town is an approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safety Stamp.*

The South African government announced on 16 September 2020 that the country’s borders will reopen for tourism on 1 October 2020. Travel to and from certain high-risk countries will be limited. Only one land border post and three international airports – OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town – will reopen to international travellers.

 

Open for International Travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • Arriving passengers must present a valid certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test, obtained not more than 72 hours (3 days) from the time of departure for South Africa. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and the certificate must have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test.
  • Arriving passengers will be screened for any COVID-19 symptoms and/or for contact with people who have been infected with the virus.
  • Arriving passengers will be asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app – more information here.
  • All foreign national visitors must have travel insurance that covers the cost of any testing or quarantine.

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required unless:

  • Arriving passengers fail to present a valid and negative COVID-19 PCR test. This will require quarantine at own cost.
  • Travellers 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, travellers will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site, at their own cost.

 

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

All except the following countries that are currently considered high-risk:

  • Argentina, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Peru
    The Philippines, Russia, Spain, The United Kingdom, and The United States of America.

Exceptions will be made for individuals from high-risk countries who are business travellers with scarce and critical skills, diplomats, repatriated persons, investors, and people participating in professional sporting and cultural events.

If the passport of a traveller from a high-risk country indicates that they have spent 10 days or more in a low-risk country before departure, they will be considered to be arriving from a low-risk country and subject to the low-risk entry requirements.

The list of high risk countries will be reviewed by the South African government every two weeks.

 

Airlines flying into the destination

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

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Namibia

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

– Updated 16 October 2020 –

 

Namibia announced new implementation protocols that will guide the country’s international tourism revival initiative. These protocols will come into effect from 1 September 2020, which will signal the reopening of Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek to international visitors. Entry to Namibia will only be allowed via this airport.

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of boarding the plane.
  • All arriving travellers must submit their full itinerary on arrival.

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required, but all visitors must be available for a swab test on day five (5) of their trip. You must then be reachable / contactable on day seven (7) to receive the results of the swabbing. If the result is negative, you may proceed with the rest of your itinerary. If the result is positive, you will be treated at isolation facilities authorised by the Ministry of Health and Social Services at their cost, and according to national case management guidelines.

 

Countries allowed to travel to the destination – All

 

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Lufthansa from 19 September 2020
  • Air Namibia
  • Eurowings from 20 September 2020
  • Qatar Airways from 1 October 2020

 

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Rwanda

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Do to COVID-19 – Zambia

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa

– Updated 16 October 2020 –  

 

Zambia is open to foreign nationals and issuing visitor visas upon entry into the country. Depending on your nationality, travellers can arrive without a visa, obtain a visa on arrival, or apply for an e-visa before travelling to Zambia – visit the Zambia Department of Immigration website for more info. Limited domestic flight schedules are operating twice-weekly between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Mfuwe International Airport, and between Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

Mandatory quarantine – All international visitors are screened on arrival. If you show any signs of COVID-19, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.

 

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If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List

Posted on August 24th, 2020 by Overland Africa
If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List, the Bush is in Bloom, the Delta is in Full Flood and Vic Falls is Roaring once again…

The Kruger’s private reserves deliver Africa’s most reliable Big 5 game viewing, while Cape Town and its surrounding offer wine valleys, whale watching and the vibrant city with Table Mountain as its back drop.

Be prepared for Namibia dramatic deserts and dunes and  Botswana evergreen jewel of the Okavango Delta, lined by the rolling savannah of the Savuti and the elephant paradise of the Chobe. Don’t forget the  ‘Smoke that Thunders’ is one of the continent’s most mesmerising sights. The falls are on the mighty Zambezi river, which means you can see them from either Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Mozambique’s mainland beaches are lapped by the warm Indian Ocean where you can snorkel, laze in the sunshine or set sail on a sunset dhow cruise. When the mood takes you there are splendidly coloured coral reefs waiting to be explored on scuba diving trips.

If Southern Africa is on your Bucket List we would love to share some of our Top Tour Picks for Southern Africa
18 Day South African Explorer
Explore the spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, diverse cultures and first world norms, all topped with a healthy and invigorating climate
14 days Beach and Bush Adventure

Wildlife and wetlands of Zululand, magnificent beaches, snorkeling, diving, fishing, sun, sea and sand in Mozambique… a tropical paradise tour that includes game viewing in Kruger National Park!

20 days Cape Town to Vic Falls Camping Adventure

Cape Town to Vic Falls Camping Tour is our signature and most popular tour, the Cape Town to Victoria Falls 20 Day tour, highlights Southern Africa’s most incredible sights.

14 days Southern Africa Magic
Discover breath-taking scenery views and the wildlife of Kruger, Matobo and Chobe National Parks, to the feeling of Zambezi river spray thundering out of the Batoka Gorge at Victoria Falls, to the quiet tranquility of the Okavango Delta.

16 days Namibia Adventure Safari

This adventure covers many of the popular highlights but also includes many “off the beaten track” destinations seldom visited by mainstream tourism

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Do to COVID-19 – Tanzania

Posted on August 18th, 2020 by Overland Africa

-Updated 16 October 2020  – 

Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safety Stamp.*

The government of Tanzania announced on 18 May 2020 that it will lift the ban on international flights arriving and departing from the country. All hotels and other tourist facilities in the country must go through a COVID-19 certification process, and official documents must be placed at the entrances of all facilities. The Tanzanian government has also directed all the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry.

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • If you are travelling with an airline that requires a negative COVID-19 certificate, or if your country of origin requires a negative COVID-19 certificate upon departure, then Tanzania will also request the certificate on arrival. All other travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 certificate, although it is recommended that all travellers have the certificate as a precautionary measure.
  • 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.
  • While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.

 

Mandatory quarantine – Not required.

 

Countries allowed to travel to the destination – All

 

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Qatar Airways
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Air Tanzania could resume operations to other countries that have re-opened for international travel, or for passengers looking to fly with the airline – to be confirmed.

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Updated African Travel Restrictions Due to COVID-19 – Kenya

Posted on August 17th, 2020 by Overland Africa

– Updated 16 October 2020 –

 *Approved and recognised user of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safety Stamp.*

 

Open for international travel – Yes

 

Health screening and COVID-19 protocols

  • All passengers on international flights must show a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate on arrival, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from their home country.
  • 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 at designated airport hotels. 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 is 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.
  • Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory.

 

Mandatory quarantine – All passengers arriving on internatinal flights are required to quarantine for 14 days at a government-designated facility or at their Kenyan residence.

 

These countries  are exempt from mandatory quarantine.

 

Countries allowed to travel to the destination – All

 

Airlines flying into the destination

  • Kenyan Airways will resume international flights from 1 August 2020. The airline’s COVID-19 certificate validity for all inbound flights to Kenya is 96 hours. For outbound flights from Kenya, a COVID-19 certificate is not required unless your country of transit or destination requires one.
  • All passengers aboard any Emirates flight require a negative COVID-19 certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to flight departure.

 

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