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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 has opened 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 CDC’s 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

  • A PCR test is not required to enter the country if you are fully vaccinated (including any booster shots that are due) and can show official proof of this. 
  • If you are not fully vaccinated you will be required to produce official proof of a negative PCR test (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana), official proof of the vaccinations you have received, and have your remaining or booster dose administered (free of charge) at the port of entry before being allowed into the country.
  • If you are unvaccinated you will be required to produce official proof of a negative PCR test (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Botswana) and have a dose of vaccination administered (free of charge) at the port of entry before you are allowed in.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, do not have proof of negative PCR test results, and/or are not willing to be tested and/or vaccinated will not be allowed to enter the country.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • Those who arrive without proof of full vaccination and/or proof of a negative PCR test will be required to take a PCR test and quarantine at their own expense while waiting for the results.
  • If a traveler tests positive, they will be permitted to isolate at their own cost within a specified region.

General

  • The wearing of face coverings in public is mandatory and so are temperature checks and hand sanitization before entry into public buildings or spaces.

At Departure

  • Travelers must adhere to the entry requirements relevant to their destination country.

Ghana

Before Travel

  • Complete an online Health Declaration Form.
  • Obtain your Travel Certificate from the Ghana Health Service via the same link above.
  • Wear a face mask throughout the flight and upon landing.

On Arrival

  • Those above 18 years of age will be required to provide full proof of vaccination (including any booster doses due) to be allowed to enter the country.
  • Children under 18 years old must present valid COVID-19 negative test results (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Ghana). Children under five are exempted.
  • All passengers may also be asked to complete hard copy self-declaration forms on the flight.

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).

At Departure

  • Travelers must adhere to the entry requirements relevant to their destination country.

Kenya

Before Travel

  • Fully vaccinated passengers (including all boosters that may be due) are exempted from the negative PCR test requirement.
  • Unvaccinated travelers below five years must have negative PCR test results taken (conducted within 72 hours of departure for Kenya). They will also need to take a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival at their own cost (USD30).
  • Upload vaccination and PCR test results via the Global Haven partnership verification tool before travel. There will be no paper verification at the port of entry.
  • Complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health online before disembarking. 
  • Fill out your passenger details on the Jitenge mobile application.

On Arrival

  • Display the QR code received after completing the form to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Mask wearing is mandatory within the country.

Mandatory Testing/Quarantine

  • Any traveler who tests positive after a Rapid Antigen Test upon arrival will have to take a PCR test at their own cost (USD50) and self-isolate.

At Departure

  • Present a Trusted Travel (TT) code for COVID-19 test results if the destination country, the 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.
  • If your certificate has not been verified, you will not be allowed to leave Kenya.

Namibia

On Arrival

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative PCR test results (conducted within 72 hours before departure for 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 72 hours of departure for Rwanda). Only RT-PCR will be accepted. Children under five are exempted.
  • 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. 
  • A Rapid Antigen test will also be taken on arrival and on the third day after arrival (at traveler’s cost).

At Departure

  • Present valid COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test results (conducted within 72 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. Children under five are exempted.
  • Screening for COVID-19 symptoms and/or contact with infected persons.
  • Download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile application.

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 96 hours of departure for Tanzania).
  • Enhanced screening and rapid COVID-19 testing are 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.

For Departure

  • If you need proof of a negative PCR test for your destination country, the Tanzanian Government advises that travelers have their tests taken at a Regional Hospital at least five days before travel. Tests can be booked on the Ministry of Health’s online booking system.

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 are 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, seven days of isolation in a designated facility and a further seven 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:  22 March 2022