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Which Countries are Open for Travel?

 
As we adjust to life with COVID-19, rules about travel are rapidly changing. Country borders are opening up and international flights resuming. Travel must resume and across Africa many countries have put policies in place to safely reopen their borders and welcome us back. Others are not far behind.
Changes are happening fast and we understand that finding accurate information can be difficult. Our team of experts are in constant contact with our partners in Africa and we are diligently monitoring travel news.

We have collated up to date information on the feasibility of travel to our destinations across Africa. Should you have any questions, please do get in touch with our expert team who will be happy to help.

Updated 13th January, 2021
Aerial view, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Aerial view, Okavango Delta, Botswana.
 

  • On 9th November, 2020 Botswana reopened its borders

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate will be required to enter the country for all arrivals. All travellers, including children, will be required to take an additional, cost-free test on arrival

  • There is no quarantine in place, but travellers must remain in contact with authorities for 14 days of self-monitoring

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, hand sanitisation

Antelope at Amboseli, Kenya.
Antelope at Amboseli, Kenya.
 

  • Kenya reopened its borders to international travel on 1st August, 2020

  • Guests arriving from 130 countries deemed low or medium risk, including the UK, USA and much of Europe are exempt from the mandatory 14-day quarantine

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate and a complete COVID-19 Travellers Health Surveillance Form required to enter the country

  • All travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test certificate and associated Trusted Travel code upon departure from Kenya

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: social distancing, good hand hygiene, wearing of masks in public places indoors

  • The national curfew in place currently only applies to city stays and does not affect guests at camps and lodges in parks and conservancies


Zebra in Malawi
Zebra in Malawi
 

  • Malawi reopened its borders to international travel on 1st September, 2020, but has temporarily closed them from 23rd December, 2020 due to increasing cases of COVID-19 in the country

  • Eligible travellers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test result, both on entering and leaving the country, conducted in the past 10 days

  • Compulsory quarantine for 14 days for all visitors

Lemur in Madagascar
Lemur in Madagascar
 

  • The island of Nosy Be was reopened for international travel on 1st October, 2020 and international flights are allowed, while other airports remain closed to all foreign citizens

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate and a return ticket will be required to enter Nosy Be

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, hand sanitisation

  • The former State of Health Emergency and curfew were lifted on 18th October

Panoramic beach, SS, Mauritius.
Panoramic beach, SS, Mauritius.
 

  • Mauritius reopened its borders to international travel on 1st October, 2020

  • From 30th December, 2020 visitors who have been in the UK within the past 15 days will temporarily not be permitted entry. This is set to be reviewed on 10th January, 2021.

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate will be required to enter the country for all arrivals

  • Visitors will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival at an approved establishment

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: social distancing, wearing of mask in public places

Aerial view,  dhow and sandbank, Mozambique.
Aerial view,  dhow and sandbank, Mozambique.
 

  • Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travellers with a valid tourist or residency visa

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate will be required to enter the country for all arrivals, however children under 11 are exempt from this

  • A 10-day mandatory quarantine is in place for all arrivals. Following the quarantine, travellers will be required to take a second COVID-19 test. Alternatively, travellers can complete a 14-day quarantine without taking a second test

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, hand sanitisation

Dora Nowas, Namibia
Dora Nowas, Namibia
 

  • Namibia reopened its borders to international travel on 1st September, 2020

  • Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Namibia

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate and a detailed travel itinerary is required to enter the country, though travellers from Germany, Switzerland and Austria are now exempt

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: social distancing, wearing of mask in public places

  • Travellers returning to the UK from Namibia will not need to self-isolate

  • From 19th December, 2020 travellers returning to the UK from Namibia will need to self-isolate

Gorilla in Rwanda
Gorilla in Rwanda
 

  • Rwanda reopened its borders to international travel on 1st August, 2020. Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Rwanda

  • Visitors will be allowed to visit Rwanda’s tourism destinations after testing negative for COVID-19 in two consecutive tests:

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate and a complete Passenger Locator Form is required to enter the country

  • All travellers are given a second test upon arrival and required to complete 24 hours in one of the designated hotels while awaiting their test results

  • Travellers visiting national parks must provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate, taken within 72 hours of visiting

  • A negative test result within 120 hours before departure is required to leave the country

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screenings, social distancing, wearing of masks in public places

  • Travellers returning to the UK from Rwanda will not need to self-isolate

Boat on the beach, Seychelles
Boat on the beach, Seychelles
 

  • The Seychelles reopened its border to international travel on 1st June, 2020

  • The list of countries permitted to enter the Seychelles is regularly updated

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate and a Health Travel Authorization from the government will be required to enter the country and all visitors must undergo health screenings and temperature checks on arrival

  • From 28th December, 2020 the UK was removed from the list of countries provided with special status to enter the Seychelles. Foreign nationals from the UK and USA are currently not allowed to enter the Seychelles. This will be reviewed by 31st January, 2021.

Franschhoek Country House, South Africa.
Franschhoek Country House, South Africa.
 

  • South Africa reopened its borders to international travel on 1st October, 2020

  • From 24th December, direct flights to the UK from South Africa have been suspended. Some third countries that use South Africa as a transit have also suspended flights.

  • Travellers arriving to the UK who have been in South Africa within the past 10 days will be denied entry. British citizens and residents will be allowed entry via indirect routes and must self isolate for 10 days.

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate will be required to enter the country and health screening will take place on arrival. No mandatory quarantine will be required for those with negative test results

  • All travellers will be asked to download the government’s contact tracing COVID-Alert App for the duration of their stay

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, regular washing or sanitizing of hands. A nationwide curfew is in effect from 12AM to 4AM daily

Game drive with wildebeest, Tanzania
Game drive with wildebeest, Tanzania
 

  • Tanzania reopened its borders to international travel on 18th May, 2020

  • Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Tanzania

  • There is no mandatory quarantine for international arrivals who do not show symptoms but all arrivals must complete a Health Declaration form on entry

  • Where countries of residence or airlines require a negative COVID-19 test as a condition for travelling, certificates will need to be presented upon arrival

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, good hand hygiene, wearing of masks in public places

Scenic view in Uganda, istock.
Scenic view in Uganda, istock.
 

  • Uganda reopened its borders to international flights on 1st October, 2020

  • All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate to enter the country

  • A negative test result within 120 hours of departure is required to leave the country

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screenings, social distancing, wearing of masks in public places, public transportation at half-capacity. A nationwide curfew is in place from 9PM to 6AM

  • All National Parks and Protected areas have reopened to domestic tourism; some in July 2020 and the rest followed in early September 2020

Wildlife on the Zambezi River, Zambia.
Wildlife on the Zambezi River, Zambia.
 

  • Zambia reopened its borders to international travel in July, 2020

  • Visitors from all countries are allowed to enter Zambia

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate is required to enter the country and health screening will take place on arrival

  • No mandatory quarantine will be required for those without symptoms and with proof of negative test results

  • You will need to fill out a Health Questionnaire

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, personal hygiene

Helicopter over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Helicopter over Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
 

  • The government of Zimbabwe reopened airports for international flights on 1st October, 2020

  • Negative COVID-19 test certificate is required to enter and leave the country

  • A 14-day mandatory self-quarantine is in place for all travellers

  • Mandatory preventative measures in place: temperature screening, social distancing, wearing of mask in public places, hand sanitisation

  • A nationwide curfew is in place from 6pm to 6am

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