Covid-19

Covid-19 Corona outbreak

Updated country list

Please check with your own government first if traveling to any of these countries is allowed and what travel restrictions, quarantaine rules and travel insurance policies are valid.

Botswana

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All travellers required to present a COVID 19 -ve PCR test certificate result 72 hours from departure
    COVID 19 Screening performed on entry
  • All travellers to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self
    monitoring

Kenya

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All travellers must complete the Travellers Health Surveillance Form before departing for Kenya (link
    found on the Covid page on the ATTA website) even if only transiting. After submitting the form,
    travellers will receive a QR code which needs to be presented to Health Officials, allowing them to
    proceed to arrival immigration.
  • All travellers must provide a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate obtained no later than 96 hours
    prior to departure from their home country that are considered LOW or MEDIUM risk. These
    individuals will be exempt quarantine (list found on the Covid page on the ATTA website)
  • Arrival without a negative PCR test will result in a 14 day quaratine.
  • All travellers will be screened on arrival & required to quarantine if they display symptoms of Covid19 for 14 days
  • Passengers whose certificates expire while on transit will be required to deposit their passport with
    the airport Port of Health Authorities & facilitate testing in a recognized facility at their own cost. This
    INCLUDES those TRANSITING through Kenya

Madagascar

  • Open for travel? Partly
  • The island of Nosy Be will re-open for international travel on 1 October 2020. Travel will be limited to
    Nosy Be and the surrounding archipelagos – no travel to mainland Madagascar.
  • All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and a negative result for a COVID19 PCR test, carried out 72 hours before arriving in Madagascar;
  • A letter of commitment must be signed by arriving passengers, acknowledging the COVID-related
    health measures in Madagascar;
  • All visitors must complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures like
    temperature scans and using a disinfectant corridor.

Malawi

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All passengers arriving , or departing, from Malawi are required to have a negative COVID test no
    more than 10 days before travel.
  • Arriving Passengers are required to complete a Health Declarations for Malawi, will undergo basic
    screening and are required to self-isolate at the address they declare on arrival for a period of 14
    days;
  • Malawi Aviation officials may limit the number of flights allowed to operate to and from Malawi and
    will review this based on advice from the Ministry fo Health;
  • Only passengers and airport staff will be allowed to enter terminals and must wear face masks and
    maintain social distancing at all times.

Mauritius

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • Passengers will have to undergo a PCR test 5 days prior to travel. Upon arrival, a 14 days quarantine
    will be mandatory at an establishement approved by the authorities
  • Aimed at travellers seeking longer stays & Mauritian Nationals / Residents;
  • Centralised Booking platform is the best / only way to book until further notice:
    https://booking.mymauritius.travel

Namibia

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • UK AIR BRIDGE APPROVED – 19th November
  • Travellers must present a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours upon check-in for their flight.
  • Children under 5yrs are exempt from the test result.
  • If the test is older than 72 hours the traveller will be placed in quarantine and tested on the same
    day at own cost. If the result is negative they will be released. If positive, they will be isolated at own
    cost according to Namibia’s isolation protocols.
  • On arrival, travellers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health
    questionnaire, which they send to you in advance.

Rwanda

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • UK AIR BRIDGE APPROVED – 19th November
  • All travellers arriving into Rwanda must be tested negative for Covid-19 within 120 hours of departure
    (meaning you get tested and get results no more than 5 days before your first flight).
  • A second PCR test will be carried out on arrival once the visitor has arrived at their designated hotel
    (see COVID page on ATTA website for link) The tes costs US$50 plus US$10 medical service fee. The
    test will take 8 hours to return for tourists.
  • All Travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form before arrival (available on the ATTA website
    under the COVID-19 tab). On completion of the form, you will be provided with a Unique Health Code
    (UHC) which you will need to present on arrival.
  • On arrival travellers will go through health screening and will also need to complete a short health
    questionnaire, which they send to you in advance.
  • All travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for COVID-19. The only accepted test is a
    SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 120 hours before
    departure. Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Test (RDTs), are not accepted. We encourage
    travelers to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform
    available on www.rbc.gov.rw

Seychelles

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation form 72 hours before the day of their
    departure to Seychelles. Links to the HTA and full information on the arrival details are available on request;
  • From 1st October a new Visitor Travel Advisory has been implemented for the 7 countries with
    Special Status (UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and UAE) they will still be allowed to
    travel but with more stringent sanitary measures;
  • A negative PCR test certificate from an accredited or Government certified laboratory within 48
    hours prior to departure to Seychelles must be submitted;
  • After landing, visitors will have their temperature taken and have symptons checked whilst their
    certificates are reviewed;
  • After arrival into Seychelles, the visitor must stay in a designated establishment and many not leave
    the premises for 5 days. A repeat PCR test will be perforemd on the 5th day. If the test result is
    negative, the visitor will be free to continue with his/her planned holiday. If the result is positive, the
    visitor will be required to stay in a designated stay-safe hotel until cleared by the Public Health
    Authority.

South Africa

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • On arrival all travellers travellers from permitted countries are to present the result of a negative
    Covid-19 test taken less than 72 hours pre arrival. Arrival without this will result in mandatory
    quarantine at the travellers own cost.
  • All travellers will be screened on arrival and those who show any symptoms of Covid-19 will also be
    required to stay in quarantine until they test negative for the virus again.
    Travellers “will be asked” to install the South African government contact alert app, Ramaphosa said.

Tanzania

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All passengers from countries or travelling with airlines that require a negative Covid-19 test will be
    required to show this on arrival into Tanzania. Health form will need to be completed on arrival into
    Tanzania. Screening for COVID on arrival but NO quarantine. Travelers with symptoms may undergo
    testing.

Uganda

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All travellers must present a negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours before
    travel from a laboratory approved by the country where the journey is initiated;
  • Upon arrival, as long as you have the negative test certificate, your body temperature is less than
    37.5 degrees and you do not display any flu like symptoms, you will be exempt quarantine on arrival;
  • A passenger who shows signs of symptoms will be taken to an isolation centre;
  • If a passenger tests positive for Covid-19 he/she will be taken to a COVID-19 treatment centre or
    repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda at their own cost following COVID-19 medical
    evacuation procedures;
  • OUTGOING passengers may be required to have a COVID-19 PCR test within 120 hours before
    travel. Please check with your airline for exact requirements. If positive, they will not be allowed to
    board the plane

Zambia

  • Open for travel? Yes
  • All arriving passengers must have a COVID-19 negative certificate taken no more than 14 days prior
    to arrival in Zambia;
  • All passengers must fill out a travellers health questionnaire on board and present the completed
    form to the health staff at the airport;
  • All passengers entering hte airport will be subject to temperature and sympton screening;
  • If a travellers temperature is 38 degrees or above or they show symptons of Covid-19 , they will be
    subject to a Covid-19 test;
  • Tourists are to maintain COVID standards whilst in Zambia such as maintaining physical distance,

Zimbabwe

  • Open for travel? yes
  • All travelers arriving to the international airports (whether returning residents or foreign nationals)
    must have a negative PCR test, from withing 48 hours of departure.
  • With this negative test, you are then required to self-isolate for 7 days. If you don’t have the
    certificate you are required to go to a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self isolate for
    another 7 days;
  • All travellers will be subject to a temperature check on arrival.
  • Tests are available at the airport with a 2 hour turnaround time and a cost of $60

We are currently working on a decisive well thought-out action plan for the next months. In order for us to develop this and to manage not just travellers’ and partners’ anxiety in these unknown times but also our staff’s anxiety and focus, we are asking you the following:

  • If you are travelling with us between now until the end of November 2020, we will be in touch with you personally;
  • If you will be travelling with us in the month of October 2020 and later, we ask you to remain calm and wait for a week to see what the new updates will bring;

Complete Financial Protection

African Travels offers complete financial protection for all our travellers. When travelling with African Travels, your holiday is financially protected by the GGTO, the Dutch Guarantee Fund. We offer all our travelers from anywere around the world the guarantee that they will be reimbursed for any payments made for trips including airfares (if booked via African Travels), in the event that we declare financial insolvency. It is a comforting feeling indeed. 

Frequest askes questions

I want to postpone or cancel my existing booking. Will I be charged?

There are two options: 

Credit for Future Tours (free): You keep your money as a credit on file. In short, you can use the credit to book a future tour with the same tour operator. If this is available for you, we’ll contact you personaly. Note:this is only available for some tours. 

Full Cancellation (fees may apply): You can cancel your tour. Please note, full refunds are not available for all tours and fees may apply.

Can the tour operator make changes to my tour?

Re-routing: The tour operator may re-route the itinerary to make sure that travellers are safe and that the tour still runs smoothly. The tour operator will be in touch with any changes they may need to make.

or

Cancellation: The tour operator has the right to cancel your upcoming departure if they have any safety concerns. If they do cancel the tour for any reason, you can expect the tour operator to be in touch with your alternative options.

Should I avoid booking flights right now?

Many airlines are offering flexible booking options for future flights that allow you to change your reservation. Check with individual airlines for details. However, we do recommend to book with a national airline. They have more government support in case this is needed.

If I want to book a future tour now, do you offer any extra flexibility?

We offer additional flexibility on selected tours. If your plans have to change due to Corona, you can easily change the dates or tour. 

Save tourism

We are all in this together. We are very sorry for this situation having unravelled in this unexpected way. It is now that we need to stick together and help each other out – in friendships, families and also in business. Our team has confidence in the resilience of the industry to respond and make a full recovery. 

Africa, its wildlife and its people depend largely on tourism. Please do not cancel your trip but change the dates rather if necessary in order to save tourism.

We are thanking you in advance for your corporation and understanding. We do remain available for any emergencies you may need to discuss. So if you are concerned about your trip, please contact us!

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Travel Information

We consider it our duty to let you well prepared board the airplane to start your journey to Africa. Many of our tours come with a Tour Dossier with additional information for your trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Below are some guidelines to get you started with your preparations. 

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