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Open Borders

Updated 21st October 2020. 

A significant number of African countries are now beginning to open up to international travel. While many share similar protocols, each has its own Covid-19 rules and regulations – as do airlines and countries of origin. This rolling information page has been set up to help travellers make decisions as to when and where they can travel – without undergoing long periods of mandatory quarantine. Do have a browse of the below. And if you’d like to travel in the immediate, medium or long term, please do get in touch. We can make it happen 

Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia relaxed its travel restrictions 23rd September 2020. So long as protocol is followed, all international leisure travellers are exempt from having to quarantine. 

Protocol

1. All travellers must present a negative RT PCR test certificate for COVID-19 before boarding a flight. The test must be taken within 120 hours of arrival. It has to be a PCR – rapid diagnostic antibody tests will not be accepted.

2. Children less than or equal to 12 years of age are exempted from the RT PCR test certificate requirement.

3. Proof of a negative PCR test does not apply to travellers in transit. No quarantine is required if flight transit times are less then eight hours, though transit travellers are required to remain in the airport. For transits over eight hours, travellers will be put up in a designated transit hotel for the duration of their transfer time.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Kenya

 

Kenya opened to international travel from all destinations as of 1st August 2020. As long as protocol is followed, travellers arriving from low and medium risk countries are exempt from quarantine. 

Protocol

1. Travellers are required to complete a Travellers Health Surveillance Form before departing for Kenya.

2. They must also be in possession of a negative PCR Covid-19 test certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure from their home country.

3. All travellers are symptom screened on arrival and must follow infection prevention and containment regulations.  

4. Travellers travelling from non-exempt countries will have to quarantine for 14 days at government designated facilities or at their place of residence.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Madagascar

 

Madagascar‘s island of Nosy Be and surrounding archipelagos opened to international travel as of 1st October 2020. All travellers arriving at Fascene Airport will be exempt from quarantine. There is currently no travel to mainland Madagascar. 

protocol

1. All arriving passengers are required to present a return air ticket and a negative result for a Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

2. A letter of commitment must be signed by arriving passengers, acknowledging the Covid-related health measures in Madagascar.

3. All visitors must complete a health form and comply with all airport health procedures, including temperature scans and using the disinfected wayfinding corridor.

4. A PCR test is required to be taken within 72 hours prior to departure from Madagascar.

Please note that Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Malawi

 

Malawi is open to international travel. So long as protocol is followed, travellers will not have to quarantine upon arrival. 

protocol

1. Upon arrival, all travellers will be required to present a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure.

2. All travellers must fill in a health declaration form which includes information about where they are going and staying.

3. Travellers presenting negative tests are free to travel. However, they are required to self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days after arrival, observe current preventive measures in the country. and report to health authorities in their respective districts if they develop symptoms.

4. Departing travellers are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 10 days of departure.

Please note that Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to take Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Namibia

 

Namibia opened to international travel as of 1st September 2020. All travellers arriving at Hosea Kutako International Airport in Windhoek will be exempt from quarantine. 

protocol

1. Travellers are required to have informed their country’s Namibian embassy or equivalent diplomatic mission of their travel plans 14 days in advance, supplying a copy of their itinerary.

2. Travellers are required to complete a health questionnaire prior to departure.

3. Currently, travellers are required to arrive with a negative SARS-COV-2 PCR test that is no older than seven days and was issued by a certified laboratory in the country of issue.

4. Upon arrival, travellers will have to submit a synopsis of their trip with contact numbers, and provide a signed health declaration form.

5. As far as we know, travellers must still make themselves available on day five of their trip to take a test, and contactable on day 7 to receive the result of the test. If the test comes back positive, they will be quarantined at government designated facilities. If negative, they will continue with their trip.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to take Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Principe

 

São Tomé and Principe opened its borders to international travel 16 July 2020. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine.  

protocol

1. All travellers are required to have proof of a negative Coronavirus test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival. 

2. Upon arrival, travellers will be symptom screened.  Symptomatic travellers will undergo rapid testing.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Rwanda

 

Rwanda opened up to commercial international flights 1st August 2020. All travellers must quarantine for 24 hours upon arrival.   

protocol

1. All arrivals must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 120 hours of departure. It must be a PCR. Other tests are not accepted.

2. Prior to arrival, travellers must complete a Passenger Locator Form, which includes uploading their PCR test. Upon submission, all travellers are issued a Unique Health Code, to be presented on arrival.

3. Upon arrival, travellers are tested and must quarantine for 24 hours at a government designated hotel while awaiting its results.

4. Having tested negative in both tests, all travellers irrespective of country of origin are free to travel.

Please note that Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Seychelles

 

Seychelles reopened for commercial flights from 1st August 2020, allowing travel from low and medium risk Category 1 permitted countries. As of 1st October 2020, travellers from permitted high risk Category 2 countries are allowed to visit under specific Special Status restrictions. The lists for both categories are regularly reviewed.  

protocol

1. Accommodation for all travellers can only be booked at certified establishments.

2. All travellers must apply for a Health Travel Authorisation form 72 hours before the day of their day of departure to Seychelles.

3. All travellers from Category 1 countries must present a negative Covid-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. All travellers from Category 2 countries must present a negative Covid-PCR test taken within 48 hours of departure.

4. Upon arrival, all travellers must comply with health checks. Travellers displaying symptoms will be isolated and may be tested.

5. Travellers from Category 2 countries must stay for a minimum of 5 days in a designated establishment, where they will be tested on the fifth day. If they test negative, they may continue with their trip. If positive, they will be required to stay in a designated stay-safe hotel until cleared by the Public Health Authority.

6. Travellers from neither Category 1 nor Category 2 countries may transit through the country as long as they do not leave the airport.

7. Travellers from high-risk countries entering via a Category 1 country will need to have spent 14 days or more in that Category 1 country in order to to enter Seychelles.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

South Africa

 

South Africa opened its borders to international travel from select countries 1st October 2020. Leisure travellers from high risk countries may not enter. As long as protocol is followed, all other travellers arriving at one of three international airports – OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town – will be exempt from quarantine. Travellers from high risk countries are permitted to transit via South Africa.

protocol

1. All travellers will be required to fill in a health declaration form before disembarking.

2. All travellers – including those in transit – are required to arrive with a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Travellers from high-risk countries entering via low-risk countries will need to have spent10 days or more in that low-risk country in order to qualify as exempt from quarantine.

3. Upon arrival, all travellers will be screened and those showing symptoms will be quarantined until they test negative for Covid-19.

4. All travellers will be asked to download the government’s contact and alert app.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Sudan

 

Sudan opened to very limited international travel 13 July 2020. This has improved, but commercial options remain limited. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine.  

protocol

1. All travellers are required to have a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued within the last 72 hours prior to their arrival.

2. Upon arrival, travellers will be symptom screened. Suspected COVID-19 cases will need to quarantine for 14 days.

3. All travellers must provide details of their original place of travel, transit, onward destination(s), and contact details.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Tanzania

 

Tanzania opened its borders to international travel 18th May 2020. Travellers are not required to quarantine. 

Protocol

1. Upon arrival, all travellers from countries and / or using airlines that require it will be asked to show their a negative PCR test result.

2. Those travellers from countries and / or using airlines that don’t require a negative PCR test result will not be asked to show it upon arrival. However, the advice is if you have one, carry it.

3.  Travellers will be screened and may be tested if displaying symptoms.

Please note that Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Uganda

 

Uganda opened its borders to international travel 1st October. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine. 

protocol

1. Upon arrival, all travellers must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

2.  According to Entebbe Airport operating procedures, all travellers will be symptom screened on arrival. Symptomatic travellers will be quarantined and tested at Entebbe Referral Hospital. Test results will take between 24 and 48 hours. Travellers testing positive will be further quarantined or medically evacuated at their own cost.

3. Tour operators are instructed to ensure that their travellers proceed directly to their place of stay.

4. At the moment, all travellers departing Uganda are required to present a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure. There are a number of local test centres to support the requirement.

5. Travellers returning to countries that do not require evidence of a negative PCR test require special clearance from those countries in order to board their plane.

Please note that Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Zambia

 

Zambia is open to international travel. As long as protocol is followed, all travellers are exempt from quarantine. 

Protocol

1. According to airport guidelines, all travellers will fill out a Traveller Health Questionnaire prior to disembarking from their plane.

2. Upon arrival, all travellers must present a negative PCR test taken within 14 days of departure. If travellers arrive without one, they will be refused entry.

3. All travellers will be symptom screened. Those with temperatures equal to or above 38C will be tested. If exhibiting a cluster of symptoms, they will be quarantined to await the outcome of their test.

4. Travellers must adhere to the country’s infection mitigation and control procedures, monitor themselves for 14 days maximum following arrival, and report any symptoms during this time to the nearest health facility.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Zimbabwe

 

Zimbabwe opened to international travel as of 1st October 2020. Restrictions are being gradually relaxed. As long as protocol is followed, all international travellers are now exempt from quarantine.

Protocol

1. All arrivals must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test result taken within 48 hours of departures.

2. Upon arrival, all travellers will be subject to symptom screening. Travellers exhibiting symptoms will be tested. Tests are available at the airport with a two-hour turn around.

Please note that, if required, Journeys by Design will arrange for travellers to be Covid-19 PCR tested in preparation for their return or onward flights.

Information sourced from ATTA and individual country tourist boards. When planning to travel, please find further information with your country of origin’s government travel advice. This is a fast-moving landscape: any inaccuracies, please let us know. In the meantime, please do have a browse (below) of the open border countries’ areas and accommodation.