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COVID-19 Travel Requirements | Sub-Saharan Africa

After a long season of varying travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is starting to open up again. To assist you with your travel plans, we have compiled a summary of COVID-19 travel requirements to be aware of when visiting one of the Sub-Saharan countries we operate in.  As the impact of COVID-19 constantly changes, it is important to seek out other reliable sources of information such as the CDCs Travel Notices and Africa Travel Advice & Safety as you make your plans.

Internally, we have developed COVID-19 protocols that are aligned with local government authorities and the WHO and have received the World Travel & Tourism Council’s stamp of approval. Remember that Travel and Medical Insurance that adequately cover COVID-19 related expenses are compulsory for all those traveling with us. All travelers are also advised to adhere to social distancing, good hygiene practices, mask-wearing, and self-monitoring actions as recommended by the WHO regardless of their destination country’s laws and regulations.

Select the country you are planning to travel to:

Botswana
Ghana
Kenya
Namibia
Rwanda
South Africa
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Travel Requirements per Country

Botswana

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana).
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Self-monitor for 14 days (remain in contact with health authority).

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • Mandatory PCR test required if showing any COVID-19 symptoms on arrival.
  • Isolation and/or quarantine for 14 days will be recommended thereafter.

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure from Botswana) – allow 24 hour turnaround time for results.

Ghana

Before Travel

On Arrival

  • All passengers may also be asked to complete hard copy self-declaration forms on the flight to confirm they are fit to travel and provide details to facilitate contact tracing.
  • Present valid COVID-19 negative test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Ghana). Children under five are exempted.
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • All passengers will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test (Antigen Fluorescent Immunoassay Test) on arrival. The test will be conducted before baggage collection at USD150 per passenger. Payment should be made online before boarding. Children under the age of five are exempted. Results will be out within 30 minutes. Passengers should be prepared for additional time to move through and exit the airport as this time may be extended during busy periods.
  • Travelers should be prepared to comply with Ghana’s COVID-19 health protocols which may involve time in quarantine or a government health facility at their own cost.
  • Transit passengers will also be required to be tested as above (unless they will remain in the airport throughout or have been diverted to Ghana due to an emergency).

Kenya

Before Travel

  • Submit COVID-19 test results to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code here.

On Arrival

  • Complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health online before disembarking. 
  • Display QR code received after completing the form to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Mask wearing is mandatory within the country.
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Passengers seated on the plane within two rows of anyone with COVID-19 symptoms on arrival will be quarantined for testing at designated airport hotels. Travelers may leave the airport if the results are negative.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

At Departure

  • Present a Trusted Travel (TT) code for COVID-19 test results if the destination country, airline of choice, or transit airports require PCR tests.
  • These laboratories have been approved to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests and issue results and TT codes.

Namibia

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of travel to Namibia).
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms. 
  • Submit a full trip itinerary at the port of entry.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • Not required, unless a traveler’s PCR test is older than 72 hours (but less than seven days). Supervised quarantine of seven days is required in such a case.

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 48 hours of travel from Namibia) if the destination country requires it.

Rwanda

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test results (conducted within 120 hours of departure for Rwanda). Only RT-PCR will be accepted
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload the COVID-19 test results here before arrival.
  • If you are visiting any national park in Rwanda, schedule the visit within 72 hours of receiving negative RT-PCR test results, otherwise, another test will be required before entering a national park.
  • Wearing masks is mandatory.
  • Temperature screening before entering certain buildings is mandatory.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • A second RT-PCR test to confirm the presented test will be done upon arrival.
  • Travelers must wait for approximately 24 hours in a designated transit hotel for these test results. Special rates apply at these hotels as negotiated by the Rwandan government. 

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test results (conducted within 120 hours of departure from Rwanda).

South Africa

Before Travel

On Arrival

  • Present printed valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for South Africa). The document must bear the name and signature of the certified medical practitioner who conducted it.
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms and/or contact with infected persons.
  • Download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine 

Not required unless:

  • Passengers fail to present printed valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for South Africa) – they will be required to go into quarantine at their own cost.
  • Symptoms of COVID-19 are exhibited or there has been contact with an infected person. A mandatory COVID-19 test will be required as well as a 10-day quarantine at a designated site (if the result is positive) – both at the traveler’s cost.

At Departure

Tanzania

Before Travel

  • All travelers (children included) must complete a Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form, to be submitted within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. A Unique Health Code will be issued upon submission. This will be requested during primary screening on arrival.

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Tanzania).
  • Enhanced screening and rapid COVID-19 testing required (costs USD25 per person).
  • Strict observance of social distancing, mask-wearing, and the use of hand sanitizers to be maintained at all times within the airport and during the stay in the country.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • If a passenger has traveled through India in the past 14 days, regardless of the route taken, they are required to have a rapid test upon arrival, stringent contact tracing, and will be subjected to 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost.
  • Quarantine facilities may be chosen from the list supplied at the airport or from the Tanzanian Ministry of Health website.
  • Tanzanian residents returning from India may be able to quarantine within their homes under strict surveillance protocols.

Zambia

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Zambia).
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms. Quarantine for 14 days if any symptoms presented.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • Self-monitor for 14 days and report any concerning symptoms to the nearest health facility.

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results only if traveling to a country that requires them or flying with an airline that mandates it. To obtain a travel document from the Ministry of Health, travelers must take their passports and test results to one of the following offices:
    • University Teaching Hospital (UTH)
    • District Health Office (DHO)
    • Public Health Office (PHO)
    • Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI)
    • Adult Infectious Disease Center (AIDC) at UTH

Zimbabwe

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe).
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Social distancing, hand sanitization, and mask wearing are mandatory.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

Not required unless:

  • A traveler exhibits symptoms of COVID-19 upon screening or fails to present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe). In such cases, 7 days isolation in a designated facility and a further 7 days of self-isolation will be mandated. A fee of USD60 will be levied for all COVID-19 tests conducted at ports of entry.

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results if traveling to a country requiring them or flying with an airline that mandates it.

 

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Last updated:  31 March 2021