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Updated African Safari Travel Restrictions Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Which Safari Countries Are Open for Travel, What Are The Entry Requirements, and When Will Flights Resume?

– Updated 13 January 2022 – 

Many of our current clients as well as potential travellers interested in African safaris have been asking about border closures and flight schedules. Thanks to our direct line of communication with our trusted on-the-ground partners throughout Africa, cross-referenced with official government entities, we’ve compiled a one-stop informational resource with real-time updates on travel restrictions due to COVID-19. Here’s the latest on safari travel to Africa…

Additional COVID-19 Information:

Flying to/from Africa

Most international commercial airlines require passengers to produce a certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test that has been conducted within 72 hours of departure. The same may be required when arriving at any transit airport or back in your home country. Many of our trusted suppliers throughout Africa are able to arrange in-lodge/hotel COVID-19 tests, or transfer you safely to an authorised testing facility.

Travelling to Africa After Getting the COVID-19 Vaccine

While some countries across the globe have completed their COVID-19 vaccine roll outs, many countries in Africa still require travellers to arrive with negative COVID-19 test certificates, and follow the current health and safety protocols after getting the vaccine. We are keeping abreast of developments in travelling after being vaccinated and will provide updates when we have clear and conclusive information. Find out which other routine vaccinations are needed for Africa here.

Book Your Safari With Peace of Mind

For all new bookings made between 1 January and 31 March 2022 that are affected by COVID-related restrictions and complications, we commit to:

  • No cancellation fees and 100% travel credit if cancelled 65 days before your travel date.
  • Deferring your trip with no penalties 65 days before your travel date.

See our flexible COVID-19 agreement.

Hear from our clients who've recently been on safaris as they share their experiences of the COVID-secure precautions in place. Or have a look at our detailed breakdown of COVID-19 safari protocols at specific camps and lodges throughout Africa.

African Countries Open for Travel

Botswana

Botswana

UK Air Bridge Approved Since 12 December 2020

Botswana started a phased reopening of international borders from 9 November 2020.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers older than 5 years must present a printed original test certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result not older than 72 hours from time of departure from the country of origin.
  • All passengers arriving in Botswana are required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination. No official statement on the implementation of this requirement has been made yet, but travellers entering Botswana have been asked for this certification.
  • Undergo health screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • All arrivals (including children) will undergo an additional, cost-free COVID-19 antigen test. Results are ready within 20 minutes.
  • Complete a traveler locator form (handed out on the airplane or on arrival) with accurate contact information while in Botswana so that the local Health Authority can contact you, if necessary, within 14 days.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Any visitor showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undergo a PCR test, and possible isolation and or quarantine for 14 days.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

All travellers departing Botswana must present a negative COVID-19 test certificate (paper version only), irrespective of their destination. Tests must be conducted within 72 hours of departure at any of the country's testing facilities, or:

  • Option 1: Arrange in-camp testing – a qualified practitioner is flown to your camp or lodge to conduct a PCR test. This has to be booked 36 hours in advance, online bookings are essential, and a minimum of two guests is required. Guests are liable for all costs.
  • Option 2: Do the PCR test in Maun, Kasane or Gabarone Airports – bookings are essential. Your Africa Safari Expert can arrange this for you. Test results are available within 24 hours.

Do you have questions about a Botswana safari?

Congo

Congo

The Republic of the Congo has reopened its borders and airports for international visitors.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers older than 11 years must provide negative COVID-19 test results conducted within 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • Undergo body temperature scans and may be requested to take another COVID-19 test.

Mandatory quarantine

  • No

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • All travellers older than 11 years must provide negative COVID-19 test results conducted within 72 hours prior to departure.

Do you have questions about a Congo safari?

Kenya

Kenya

Approved & Recognised User of the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Safety Stamp

On 6 July 2020, Kenya announced that local air travel will resume operations from 15 July 2020 and that international travel will resume from 1 August 2020.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All arriving passengers older than 18 years are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
  • All visitors older than 5 years are required to produce a negative result for a valid PCR test conducted within 72 hours before departure for Kenya.
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival in Kenya. All travellers must upload both documents to the Global Haven platform before boarding an airplane.
  • All passengers (including those in transit) must complete the Travellers Health Surveillance Form once you have your seat number from the airline. This will provide you with a QR code required for entry. We recommend you also print out a copy of the form in advance to expedite the process on arrival.
  • All travellers are expected to self-monitor and report daily via the 'jitenge' platform for the first 14 days in Kenya.

From 1 December 2021:

  • Travellers originating from or transiting through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Malawi, Ghana and Nigeria within the previous 14 days will undergo a free Rapid Antigen test on arrival. Those testing positive must take a PCR test, then isolate awaiting results. If the PCR test is positive, passengers are required to isolate for 10 days at a government approved isolation facility at their own cost, and undergo a repeat PCR test on day 7.

Mandatory quarantine

  • A random Antigen Test may be conducted by port health officers, depending on the risk evaluation of the country of origin. Those testing positive will be required to isolate at a government designated facility for 10 days (at own cost), and must take a PCR test before being discharged.
  • All passengers with flu-like symptoms at the point of entry, or those who develop clinical symptoms within 14 days of arrival shall be placed
    into quarantine and tested for COVID-19 at a government testing facility.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • All travellers are required to have a COVID-19 vaccination certificate.
  • PCR tests are not required unless specified by the airline or final destination.

Curious to know more about going to Kenya on safari during COVID-19?

We've been fortunate to have had a few of our clients and staff go on safari over the past few months, and they've been kind enough to share first-hand accounts of their recent Kenya safari experiences.

Do you have questions about a Kenya safari?

Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October 2020. Flights from Reunion and Mauritius resumed on 23 October 2021, flights from Europe recommenced on 6 November 2021, and regional flights have restarted.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers are required to take a PCR test, no older than 72 hours before arrival. Official documents outline 72 hours before departure, but partners on the ground have advised that immigration requires the tests to be taken within 72 hours of arrival.
  • Passengers must take a PCR test on arrival (at own cost) and quarantine while awaiting results (24 to 48 hours) in an approved hotel.
  • Present a return air ticket.
  • A letter of commitment must be signed, acknowledging the COVID-related health measures in Madagascar.
  • Submit a signed health letter of commitment for the Public Health Ministry.
  • Complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures like temperature scans and using a disinfectant corridor.

Mandatory quarantine

  • All travellers must book a 2-night stay at an approved quarantine hotel, and have a signed letter from the hotel that certifies payment of the booking.
  • Passengers must take a PCR test on arrival (at own cost) and quarantine while awaiting results (24 to 48 hours) in an airport hotel.
  • If the test result is negative, travellers are free to move around. If the result is positive, travellers will be required to quarantine for another 14 days.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • A red/green list of countries is in place. You can only travel to Madagascar from a green list country.

Do you have questions about a trip to Madagascar?

Malawi

Malawi

Malawi is open for international travel.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders (visas cannot be obtained on arrival)

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival 

  • Before arriving in Malawi, passengers are required to submit their COVID-19 test certificates to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code. Visit PanaBios to create a TT account, upload PCR test certificates, and generate a TT code. You will also be required to provide your negative COVID-19 PCR test result on arrival, conducted within 72 hours before arrival in Malawi.
  • From 6 December 2021, all arriving passengers without a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate must take a Rapid Antigen Test at own cost. Those testing positive on the Rapid Antigen Test must take a PCR test at own cost and will be conveyed to the District Health System where they will be managed according to standard national protocols.
  • From 10 December 2021, all arriving passengers including Malawians, must show a valid electronic COVID-19 full vaccination certificate at point of entry. Arriving travellers without an electronic vaccination certificate will be expected to access a COVID-19 vaccine available for free at the point of entry before entering the country. Travellers arriving without a valid electronic COVID-19 vaccine certificate who refuse to access a COVID-19 vaccine offered at point of entry, must undergo institutional quarantine for 10 days (own cost).

Mandatory quarantine

  • From 6 December 2021, all arriving passengers without a valid negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate must take a Rapid Antigen Test at own cost. Those testing positive on the Rapid Antigen Test must take a PCR test at own cost and will be conveyed to the District Health System where they will be managed according to standard national protocols.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • Provide a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before departure and authorised by the Trusted Travel Framework.

Do you have questions about a Malawi safari?

Mauritius

Mauritius

Approved & Recognised User of the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Safety Stamp

Mauritius has announced a reopening of borders for international travel from 7 January 2022.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

For fully vaccinated travellers

  • Fill in the all-in-one electronic travel form. A PDF document of the completed form will then be sent to your designated email address. Print and sign the form before travelling to Mauritius, and submit it to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon arrival.
  • Present a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to the last point of embarkation.
  • Arrange COVID-19 insurance health cover.
  • 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 are free to explore the island after you receive a negative result from your antigen test on Day 0.
  • If staying in a B&B, villa, guesthouse or bungalow, you are required to take a free PCR test on arrival at the airport (day 0), and a self-administered antigen test on day 5. You are free to explore the island after you receive a negative result for your PCR test on day 0.

For unvaccinated travellers

  • Fill in the all-in-one electronic travel form. A PDF document of the completed form will then be sent to your designated email address. Print and sign the form before travelling to Mauritius, and submit it to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon arrival.
  • Present a negative PCR test result, taken within 72 hours prior to the last point of embarkation.
  • Arrange COVID-19 insurance health cover.
  • Book a 14-day quarantine (including meals and transfers) at a designated hotel. You will be required to stay in your hotel room for 14 days. Meals will be delivered to your room.
  • You will undergo a further PCR test on arrival, day 7 and 14. After a negative PCR test result on day 14, you can freely explore the island, move to a different accommodation, or return home.

Mandatory quarantine

For unvaccinated travellers

  • At a designated hotel for 14 days. You will be required to stay in your hotel room. Meals will be delivered to your room.
  • Undergo PCR tests on on arrival, day 7 and 14. After a negative PCR test result on day 14, you can freely explore the island, move to a different accommodation, or return home.

Do you have questions about a trip to Mauritius?

Mozambique

Mozambique

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. Maputo International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

As of 28 October 2021, Mozambique has a curfew in place in all cities and towns from 00:00 to 04:00. Most beaches are open.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers older than 5 years must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result, conducted in your country of origin within 72 hours of departure for Mozambique.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required unless you arrive without a negative COVID-19 test certificate, test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, or were in contact with someone who has COVID-19. You will then be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Do you have questions about a trip to Mozambique?

Considering a Safari but Cautious of Travelling?

See our updated COVID-19 T&Cs and our advice on safety:
Namibia

Namibia

UK Air Bridge Approved Since 12 December 2020

Namibia announced new implementation protocols that will guide the country's international tourism revival initiative. These protocols came into effect from 1 September 2020.

As of 1 August 2021, Namibia has lifted all travel restrictions between regions.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders, except MataMata.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • Before arriving in Namibia, all travellers older than 5 years must take a PCR test within 72 hours from when the test sample was taken and upload it onto the Trusted Travel (TT) platform. Visitors will also be required to present the negative test certificate upon arrival in Namibia. Travellers with results from non-TT compliant labs must upload results to the Global Haven system. From 15 January 2022, only test results from the Trusted Travel platform or results that have been verified on the Global Haven system will be valid for entry. See a guide on how to use the Trusted Travel platform.
  • All travellers must complete the COVID-19 Surveillance Form before departing to Namibia.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • Complete a short health questionnaire.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required, unless a traveller's PCR test is older than 72 hours.
  • If PCR test is older than 72 hours and travellers are not in possession of a de-isolation certificate, they will be required to take a PCR test at the port of entry at their own cost, and will be quarantined at own cost until the a negative result is provided.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • A negative COVID-19 test certificate, conducted within 48 hours of departing Namibia, if your country of origin requires it.

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Do you have questions about a Namibia safari?

Rwanda

Rwanda

Approved & Recognised User of the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Safety Stamp

Tourism activities across the country resumed from 17 June 2020 and Rwanda's airports reopened for scheduled commercial flights on 1 August 2020. Kigali International Airport is a member of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

As of 16 December 2021, movement is prohibited between 00:00 and 04:00. Tourism still continues in line with COVID-19 regulations.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All arriving passengers (except accompanied children younger than 5 years) must present a negative result for a PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to first departure.
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload your COVID-19 test certificate via www.rbc.gov.rw/travel prior to arrival. On completion of the form, you will be provided with a Unique Health Code (UHC) which you must present on arrival. Note: this can only be submitted within 72 hours before your departure. 
  • Complete a short health questionnaire on arrival.
  • All arriving tourists who are visiting national parks in Rwanda are exempted from the 3-day quarantine, but must take a PCR test on arrival, on day 3 and 7, and daily Rapid Antigen tests (at their own cost). A facilitation request including guest information and travel itinerary must be submitted by your tour operator or hotel via email to visitrwanda@rdb.rw 72 hours prior to arrival.
  • All tourists older than 5 years who are visiting Rwanda’s national parks must present a negative result for a COVID-19 test taken within 24 hours. A PCR test is required if you are visiting primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks, and a Rapid Antigen test is required for all other activities and for visiting Akagera National Park.
  • All travellers transiting or connecting and not leaving the airport for less than 12 hours will not be required to take a second COVID test.

Mandatory quarantine

  • All travellers arriving or transiting for more than 12 hours – except those visiting any of Rwanda's national parks – must undergo a COVID-19 test on arrival (USD 60 per traveller), then quarantine for 3 days at a designated hotel. A PCR test is then required on day 3 and 7. Guests can check out of the hotel upon receipt of a negative result for the test on day 3.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • Travellers older than 5 years are required to present a negative result for a PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure. Allow 48 hours for results from when the sample is collected.
  • Passengers are encouraged to book and pay for tests online at least 2 days prior to departure.

Do you have questions about a Rwanda safari?

São Tomé and Príncipe

São Tomé & Príncipe

São Tomé and Príncipe is open for international travel and visitors are advised to apply for a visa, if required, via the eVisa platform prior to arrival. Travellers arriving without a visa are required to pay €20 in cash at São Tomé International Airport, even if the online application has been completed and paid for.

See more guidelines for travelling to São Tomé and Príncipe, including travelling between the islands.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All passengers older than 10 years must present a printed copy of a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained within 72 hours of arrival at São Tomé International Airport.
  • If flying to Príncipe from São Tomé, all unvaccinated travellers must take a rapid test up to 48 hours before the departure date. If the negative PCR test certificate to enter São Tomé is still valid, it will be accepted for this domestic flight.
  • If flying to São Tomé from Príncipe, all travellers with a certificate of full vaccination are exempt from carrying out the rapid test.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • The requirement for a PCR or Antigen test is determined by the country you are travelling to.
  • If you travelling between São Tomé and Príncipe, a negative Antigen test is required 48 hours before flying, except if a valid vaccination
    card can be produced.

Do you have questions about a trip to São Tomé and Príncipe?

Seychelles

Seychelles

As of 13 September 2021, the Seychelles is open to all visitors from all countries, irrespective of their vaccination status. There is no restriction on movements upon entry into the Seychelles, but visitors are required to adhere to the COVID-19 public health measures in place.

Visitors must ensure that accommodation bookings are made only at licensed establishments or live-aboards that have been certified by the Seychelles Public Health Authority. See the list of certified establishments for visitors from countries allowed to travel to the Seychelles.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers must book their stays in the Seychelles at any of the certified tourism accommodations, and provide proof of their bookings at immigration.
  • All travellers (including infants and children) must take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of departure for the Seychelles.
  • All travellers must apply for Health Travel Authorization (HTA) and submit authenticated certificates of vaccination (if applicable), negative PCR test results, and flight and accommodation details within 72 hours of departure via this designated platform.
  • All arriving visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, the HTA form, and proof of valid travel and health insurance to cover COVID-related quarantine, isolation and treatment.
  • Visitors who've had a recent COVID-19 infection (between 2 and 12 weeks before departure) can produce a negative Rapid Antigen test within 72 hours of departure, with evidence of the infection (positive test result and a certificate confirming completion of isolation, or certificate of recovery), instead of a PCR test. These documents must be submitted during the Travizory application process.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • PCR testing is not required to depart the Seychelles. However, if your airline or final destination require it, PCR testing facilities are available on the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

Do you have questions about a trip to the Seychelles?

South Africa

South Africa

Cape Town is an Approved & Recognised User of the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Safety Stamp

South Africa announced on 16 September 2020 that the country's borders will reopen for tourism on 1 October 2020.

OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town airports are members of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders (partially)

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • Download, print and complete the Traveller Health Questionnaire (Entry) not more than 2 days before arrival. The same applies when leaving South Africa.
  • All travellers older than 5 years are required to present a valid, printed certificate of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to departure. 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.
  • Undergo screening for any COVID-19 symptoms and/or for contact with people who have been infected with the virus.
  • Download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app.

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.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Interested in finding out more about a South Africa safari during Coronavirus?

Our ethos is 'we know because we go', and travelling during COVID-19 is no exception. Some of our staff and clients who have travelled to the home of the Big 5 in recent months have been kind enough to share their first-hand experience of a South Africa safari during Coronavirus.

Hear what other international travellers had to say about their trips to Cape Town during COVID-19:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/_8J9MeojhwE

Do you have questions about a South Africa safari?

Tanzania

Tanzania

Approved & Recognised User of the World Travel & 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.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • All travellers (including children) are required to complete a Traveller's Health Surveillance Form, to be submitted within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, you will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival.
  • All travellers older than 5 years must present a negative certificate for a PCR COVID-19 test taken within 96 hours of arrival in Tanzania.
  • Travellers who were infected and recovered from COVID-19 are required to submit a proof of recovering from the disease, obtained from Authorised Medical personnel upon arrival in Tanzania.
  • Undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 and complete a health form.
  • Travellers arriving from countries that are experiencing variants of concern or interest, that have the highest number of COVID-19 cases based on the WHO's epidemiological updates, or those who have travelled through these countries in the last 14 days regardless of the routes taken, shall be subjected to a Rapid Antigen Test at USD 10 per traveller. Travellers are advised to pay for the test online to avoid unnecessary queues on arrival. Payment can be done via an automatically generated control number that's obtained after completing the online Traveller's Health Surveillance Form.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required unless a traveller tests positive on arrival – isolation for 14 days is then required at an approved hotel, or until they test negative (RT-PCR test).

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • All departing travellers must adhere to COVID-19 requirements of their country of destination or conveyance to be used.

Curious about a Tanzania safari during COVID-19?

We've been fortunate enough to have some clients experience a Tanzania safari during this period, and they've shared their accounts of what it's like going on a Tanzania safari during COVID-19.

Do you have questions about a Tanzania safari?

Uganda

Uganda

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

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Countries allowed to travel to the destination

  • All

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • Provide a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection. Children younger than 5 years are exempt when accompanying parents arrive with a negative test certificate. COVID test certificates must indicate 'travel' as the intended purpose of the tests.
  • All arriving passengers (except children under 5 years) at Entebbe International Airport are required to undergo a COVID-19 test at a designated testing facility at their own cost (USD 30 per test). Tests must be registered and paid for online in advance.
  • Undergo temperature checks and health screening on arrival.
  • Wear masks, maintain a social distance of 1.5 metres (5 feet) where possible, and practice good personal hygiene.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required, unless you test positive on arrival.
  • Passengers who test positive, but are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms, will be permitted to isolate in their hotels. Others will be transferred to a public or private treatment facility where they will be monitored for 7 days and discharged after a negative test. Passengers opting for a private hospital must cover the associated costs.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure 

  • All travellers (except children under 5 years) must provide a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours from the time of sample collection.

Curious about gorilla trekking but cautious of travelling?

If you're wondering what to expect when trekking during this period, you can find out more about what it's like to go gorilla trekking in Uganda during Coronavirus from our travellers' first-hand accounts.

Do you have questions about a Uganda safari?

Zambia

Zambia

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 via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

Mandatory quarantine

  • Not required.

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on departure

  • Travellers will be screened and must meet all the COVID-19 entry requirements of the destination or transit country.

Do you have questions about a Zambia safari?

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe announced the reopening of the country's local tourism sector on 3 September 2020. Domestic flights resumed on 21 September 2020 with Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet, in advance of 1 October 2020: the reopening date of Zimbabwe's international airports.

As of 6 January 2022, the government instituted a curfew from 21:00 to 06:00. Inter-city and inter-provincial holiday travel, as well as visiting national parks and designated tourism facilities are allowed, but will be bound by the country's curfew hours. Visitors who are travelling between destinations are required to provide documentation of bookings at national parks and other designated tourism facilities.

Open for international travel via:

  • Airports
  • Land borders (Victoria Falls and Kazungula for fully vaccinated travellers only)

Health screening & COVID-19 protocols on arrival

  • Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.
  • Undergo health screening and temperature testing.
  • Social distancing, hand sanitisation and the wearing of masks are mandatory.
  • All travellers older than 18 years who arrive via the Kazungula and Victoria Falls land borders must produce proof of COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as negative PCR test results no older than 48 hours. Children under 18 years are only required to have negative PCR test certificates. Children younger than 5 years do not require PCR test certificates.

Mandatory quarantine

  • Travellers showing COVID-19 symptoms on arrival may be tested at their own expense (USD 60 per test) at a facility available at the airport. If necessary, travellers will be required to undergo a mandatory 7-day quarantine at their own cost.
  • Travellers arriving from (or through) India will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival and, if positive, will be taken to an isolation centre. If the test result is negative, they will need to quarantine in a hotel at own expense for 10 days from date of arrival in Zimbabwe.

Although the government has stated that all arriving travellers are required to quarantine for 10 days, this statutory legislation is not being practiced or enforced. This is verified by our key safari partners on the ground in Zimbabwe, as well as other international travellers. The tourism industry has requested the Zimbabwean government to update its official website accordingly.

Do you have questions about a Zimbabwe safari?

Ready to Start Planning Your Trip of a Lifetime?

Since 1998 we have successfully navigated various crises and global disruptions, and are committed to creating once in a lifetime trips while supporting conservation, communities and sustainability in Africa, now more than ever. Health and safety protocols are excellent throughout the continent: sanitiser stations, temperature checks, social distancing and the wearing of masks are standard practices. But the real beauty of Africa lies in its remote safari destinations, far away from any crowds.

If you feel ready and comfortable, Africa is ready for you. Get in touch with one of our Africa Safari Experts to help tailor-make a trip that's right for you: