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Africa Travel Covid-19 Protocols

12 January 2022 | Jo Jenkins | Safari and Beach News

AS @ 12.01.22 – PLEASE NOTE ENTRY PROTOCOLS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT SHORT NOTICE – PLEASE CHECK WITH APPROPRIATE COUNTRY/HEALTH AUTHORITY OR CONTACT ONE OF THE TEAM AT SAFARI&BEACH

There is now NO red list and no rules for departure from the UK.  However, in line with all UK arrivals, travellers are expected to have booked UK government recognised (not NHS) antigen test(s) before return to the UK.  The number will be required for the UK passenger locator form to be completed prior to departure from the country you are visiting.

Protocols, below, by country:

BOTSWANA

PRE ARRIVAL

All travellers 5 years+ must have a negative PCR certificate (paper copy only, electronic versions will not be accepted) where the test is taken within 72 hrs prior to arrival into Botswana

ON ARRIVAL

Health screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Presentation of PCR certificate.

ON DEPARTURE
Departure requirements dependent upon destination country and airline protocols.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/botswana/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

KENYA

PRE ARRIVAL

All arrivals over 18yrs  must have a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

All travellers 5 years+ must have a negative PCR certificate where the test is taken within 72 hrs before travel.

Paper verification of COVID-19 test results & vaccination certificates are not accepted. Airlines must ensure all travellers have uploaded both documents into global haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org

All travellers (incl. those in transit) must complete a Travellers Health Surveillance Form 24hrs before arrival. This generates a QR code required for entry.

All travellers must obtain their visa in advance, online via: www.evisa.go.ke.

Inbound and transit passenger flights from UAE Suspended

ON ARRIVAL

All arrivals expected to self-monitor and report daily through the jitenge platform for their first 14 days in Kenya.

A random antigen test may be taken by port health officers depending on risk evaluation of the country of origin. Those testing +ve will be isolated at a Ministry of Health designated facility  for 10 days (own cost) and must take a PCR test before discharge.

ON DEPARTURE

All travellers require a Covid-19 vaccination certificate.

PCR tests are not required unless specified by the airline / final destination.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/kenya/entry-requirements

MAURITIUS

PRE ARRIVAL

All passengers must have a negative PCR test taken within 72 hrs prior to the last point of embarkation.
-All travellers must complete a Health Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form completed forms to immigration and health officials on arrival at Mauritius airport.

All passengers must have Covid-19 health insurance

ON ARRIVAL

Fully vaccinated travellers

Present negativeve PCR test as outlined
For hotel stays a mandatory antigen test is required on arrival at your hotel (day 0) and again on day 5 of your stay. These will be chargeable subject to your hotel policy.  You may explore the island after you receive a negative result from your antigen test on day 0

Non vaccinated travellers

14 day quarantine in specified hotels

ON DEPARTURE

No specific rules pertaining to Mauritius.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius/entry-requirements

NAMIBIA

PRE ARRIVAL

All travellers 5 years+ must have a negative PCR test not older than 7 days from the date of specimen collection to entry into Namibia.

Covid-19 test results must be uploaded onto the Trusted Travel System platform to verify and authenticate the results.

Children under 5yrs are exempt.

All travellers must complete the COVID – 19 Surveillance Form

ON ARRIVAL
Travellers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health questionnaire.  Random PCR testing may be conducted.

ON DEPARTURE

No specific rules pertaining to Namibia.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/namibia/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

RWANDA

PRE ARRIVAL

Arriving passengers must present a -ve PCR taken within 72 hrs prior to first departure except accompanied children under 5 yrs.

All Travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival into Rwanda. This generates a Unique Health Code (UHC) which you must present on arrival. Note: only submittable within 72 hrs of departure

ON ARRIVAL

Tourists visiting National Parks must take a PCR test on arrival, day 3 & 7 ($60 each) & daily Rapid Antigen tests throughout your stay (own cost). A facilitation request including guest information & travel itinerary must be submitted by the tour operator / hotel to [email protected]72hrs prior to arrival. Tourists without a -ve certificate cannot enter the parks.

All tourists over 5yrs visiting the country’s National Parks must present a -ve Covid-19 test result taken within 24hrs of arrival. A PCR test is required for those visiting primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe & Gishwati-Mukura NP. Rapid Antigen test is required for those visiting Akagera NP and all other activities.

ON DEPARTURE

Travellers 5yrs+ must present a COVID -ve PCR certificate taken within 72hrs pre departure (allow 48hrs for results). Passengers should book & pay for their test 2 days prior to departure HERE

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/rwanda/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

SEYCHELLES

PRE ARRIVAL

All Travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hrs prior to travel (including infants & children)

All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation (HTA) only submittable within 72 hrs of departure

Individuals who have had a recent past infection (between 2 and 12 weeks before date of departure), can produce a negative rapid antigen test within 72h of departure, with evidence of this infection (positive test result, and certificate confirming completion of isolation or certificate of recovery), instead of a PCR test. These documents should be submitted during the Travizory application process.

All travellers must have proof of valid Travel & Health insurance to cover COVID-19 related quarantine, isolation or treatment.

ON ARRIVAL

Proof of stay at any of the Certified Tourism Accommodations

ON DEPARTURE

No specific rules pertaining to Seychelles.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/seychelles/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

SOUTH AFRICA

PRE ARRIVAL

All Travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hrs prior to departure.

All travellers to complete Traveller Health Questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival at the Ports of Entry

ON ARRIVAL

All travellers will be subject to screening by Port Health Officials

ON DEPARTURE
-All travellers will be subject to screening by Port Health Officials and must complete a Traveller Health Questionnaire

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/south-africa/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

TANZANIA (Excluding Zanzibar)

PRE ARRIVAL

All travellers (incl. children) must complete a Travellers Surveillance Form, to be submitted within 24 hrs before arrival. Upon submission you will receive a Unique Health Code which will be requested during primary screening.

All travellers (5yrs and above) are required to take a PCR test taken 96 hrs before arrival into Tanzania

Travellers who were infected and recovered from COVID 19 shall be required to submit a proof of recovering from the disease obtained from Authorised Medical personnel upon arrival to Tanzania.

ON ARRIVAL

Travellers arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern/variants of interest, highest number of COVID 19 cases based on WHO epidemiological updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of the routes taken shall be subjected to Rapid Antigen Tests at Points of Entry (US$10). Travellers are advised to pay for COVID-19 rapid test online to avoid unnecessary queues on arrival through an automatically generated control number obtained after filling online Travellers Surveillance Form.

ON DEPARTURE

No specific rules pertaining to Tanzania.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

UGANDA

PRE ARRIVAL

All arriving passengers are required to provide a -ve COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 72 hrs before boarding the aircraft or crossing land borders.

Children 5 yrs & under are exempt when accompanying parents arriving with a -ve test certificate.

Covid certificates MUST indicate TRAVEL as the intended purpose of test.

All travellers must apply for a visa online before travel

ON ARRIVAL

Mandatory Covid-19 testing of all incoming passengers 6 years+ through Entebbe Int’l Airport ($30) which can be paid for online using THIS link or at the airport. Travellers can continue to their home/hotel and wait for their test results there.

ON DEPARTURE

All travellers must have a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72hrs of travel (72hrs begins on the day the sample is collected for testing). Children <3yrs exempt if travelling with -vely certified parents. You MUST indicate “Travel” as the purpose of the test.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

ZAMBIA

PRE ARRIVAL

ll travellers must take a COVID-19 PCR test no more than 72 hrs prior to departure.

All passengers must fill out a traveller’s health questionnaire on board & present it to the health staff on arrival (should be provided on the plane but it is advised to download (above) and fill in to avoid potential complications.

Visas available on entry for most countries ($25 cash pp single entry from 01 January 2022).

ON ARRIVAL

Health screening

ON DEPARTURE

Travellers will be screened and must meet all COVID testing requirements of the country of destination / transit.

For more UK information and forms see https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/zambia/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

ZANZIBAR (Direct arrivals, ref Tanzania above)

PRE ARRIVAL

All travellers (incl. children) must complete a Travellers Surveillance Form, to be submitted within 24 hrs before arrival. Upon submission you will receive a Unique Health Code which will be requested during primary screening.

All travellers (5yrs and below) are required to take a PCR test taken 96 hrs before arrival into Tanzania

Travellers who were infected and recovered from COVID 19 shall be required to submit a proof of recovering from the disease obtained from Authorised Medical personnel upon arrival to Tanzania.

ON ARRIVAL

Presentation of Covid-19 certificate / QR code & health screening.

The cost of a Rapid Antigen test on arrival into Zanzibar is US$25. Travellers are advised to pay for COVID-19 rapid test online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival.

Travellers entering Tanzania through Zanzibar with proof of being fully vaccinated using vaccine accepted by RGZ will be exempted from Rapid Antigen Test. Click HERE & HERE for the updated list of countries for Rapid Antigen Test & accepted COVID 19 vaccines.

All travellers who arrived through Zanzibar from COVID-19 high risk countries & wish to visit Tanzania mainland within 14 days from the date of arrival will be required to present a -ve Rapid Antigen Test certificate obtained during entry, otherwise they will be subjected to Rapid Antigen Test at Points of Entry.

ON DEPARTURE

No specific rules pertaining to Zanzibar

For more UK information and forms see Tanzania page https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania/entry-requirements#entry-rules-in-response-to-coronavirus-covid-19

Written by Jo Jenkins

Jo’s enthusiasm for safari as a child when her parents worked in Zambia, then Kenya. Jo quickly fancied herself as a safari expert and has been a keen game tracker ever since. Although, more recently, she is very keen to trial many of the (more luxurious) beach lodges we now offer.

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