COVID 19 Update

21st September 2020

COVID 19 Update


[Updated 26th November 2020]

Travel around the world has been on standstill since mid-March. Our dreams of exploring new places and experiencing new cultures has been shattered by the world’s pandemic, but there are green shoots of hope for those wishing to jet off and make new unforgettable memories.

Whilst a number of African countries are already open for business, and have been for a number of months now, in the coming weeks, we will see further openings from those that have remained closed.

The situation is ever-changing, so if you are unsure about anything, make sure you contact one of our Africa specialists who will be happy to help you.

Below you will find a quick summary of the countries border policies, but if you would like to read about a COVID-19 trip during July in Tanzania, please see our trip report, based upon our MD Marc Harris’ experience.

Eastern Africa

Tanzania – has been open for a few months. Happy to accept all visitors from around the world. This is arguably one of the best chances to experience the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. With very few visitors, these normally busy places, have very few visitors allowing for great photographic opportunities.

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The best time to be in the Serengeti and Masai Mara? © Asilia

Kenya – Like Tanzania, Kenya is also open and welcoming visitors. Their regulations are slightly stricter than Tanzania however, so it is imperative to check with the authorities what arrival requirements are needed.

Rwanda –  The requirements to enter Rwanda begin with a negtiave Covid test upon arrival followed by another test in country. Gorilla treks are permitted; however, the use of masks is enforced on the treks. Rwanda has now been added to the UK’s travel corridor list. For our UK clients this means no quarantine is needed upon arrival back into the UK.

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Gorilla treks are possible! © Singita

Uganda – Uganda is now open for arrivals. A negative Covid test must be presented upon arrival that was no older than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft to the destination.

Southern Africa

Namibia – September saw Namibia gradually reopen for international visitors but only through certain airports. COVID negative tests are required to enter the country, however there is now no mandatory retest in the country. More good news for our UK clients regarding Namibia as it is now also on the travel corridor list so arrivals back into the UK do not have to quarantine! Again it is best to check the travel advisory pages of each nation to ensure you are up to date with what is required.

Photographic hide in the South Laungwa

Open and ready for business. © Shenton Safaris

Zambia – Is open for tourism. Negative test results will be required to be shown upon arrival, but they must be within 14 days of arriving into the country.

South Africa – A country that has had one of the hardest lockdowns enforced has seen its borders fully open for international tourists. Arrivals must present a negative Covid-19 test that is unfer 72 hours old.

Leopard at Londolozi

The slow reintroduction of opening the borders are a great sign! © Londolozi

Zimbabwe – Mirroring some of its neighbours, Zimbabwe is open for business. A negative test needs to be presented that was issued 48 hours prior to arrival. You can also pay $60 on arrival for a test and isolate at own expense whilst waiting for results.

Botswana – Botswana has now also opened its borders for all international tourists. A negative Covid-19 test must be presented upon arrival and must be under 72 hours old.

A rare sitatunga in the Okavango Delta

Let’s hope for more sightings like this in the not to distant future! © Wilderness Safaris

In every country listed, expect when visiting to adhere to social distancing guidelines, the wearing of face masks and the use of hand sanitiser is enforced.

If unsure about anything, please make sure you check with the relevant authorities.

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