Travel Alerts

STATUS AS OF 1 JULY, 2020...

BOTSWANA: Botswana remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

DUBAI: Dubai will allow international arrivals from 7 July. Travelers will have to bring a negative Covid-19 test or agree to be tested on arrival, as well as download, and register on, a contact tracing app. 

EGYPT: International flights are resuming on 1 July and tourism will be allowed at Red Sea resorts. Dates for general tourism opening are not available. 

ETHIOPIA: Ethiopia remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

JORDAN: Jordan remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

KENYA: Kenya will make an announcement some time in July regarding a reopening schedule.  

MADAGASCAR: Madagascar remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

MAURITIUS: Mauritius remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

MOROCCO: Morocco remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

MOZAMBIQUE: Mozambique remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

NAMIBIA: Namibia remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

OMAN: Oman remains closed to international visitors until further notice.  

RWANDA: is open tourism for international travel for charter flights and private jet arrivals. All visitors arriving via charter or private jets must have tested negative 72 hrs prior to arrival and will be tested again before visiting any tourist attraction. Face masks will also be mandatory for both staff and tourists in all public places.

SEYCHELLES: Seychelles is currently only open to visitors who arrive by private plane or yacht. Dates for general opening have not been advised. 

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa will make an announcement in July regarding reopening, possibly in September. 

TANZANIA: Tanzania is open to international visitors. The government is asking passengers to complete a Health Surveillance Form upon arrival, and all arriving travelers are subjected to an intensive screening and possible COVID-19 rapid testing. Mask wearing and social distancing are also still in place for anyone planning a visit.

UGANDA: Uganda remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

ZAMBIA: Zambia remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

ZIMBABWE: Zimbabwe remains closed to international visitors until further notice. 

 

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June 25, 2020 - RWANDA

Rwanda has announced the reopening of tourism activities as well as the resumption of international travel for visitors arriving by charter flight, effective 17 June 2020. The well-being of all travellers is Rwanda’s top priority and the country has put in place robust health and safety guidelines to ensure this. 

Currently, international visitors arriving by charter flight can visit Rwanda. There are no restrictions based on nationality or point of departure. Visitors can enter Rwanda on the condition of fulfilling the health and safety requirements outlined in these guidelines. Together with the private sector, Visit Rwanda is offering attractive all-inclusive tourism packages for Rwandans and foreign residents. Visa on arrival remains available for all visitors to the country. All tourism activities, including primate trekking within Rwanda’s national parks, have now resumed in line with enhanced COVID-19 prevention measures. Cancelations/postponement policies have been updated to accommodate travellers impacted during this time and can be accessed here.

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SEYCHELLES

Seychelles will re-open its border to commercial passenger flights from low- or medium-risk COVID-19 countries beginning of August to revive the tourism sector with a new structure put in place to manage the re-opening, said a top health official. 

The Public Health Commissioner, Jude Gedeon, told a press conference on Tuesday that the Aug. 1 reopening will be done under a national framework for the integrated management of reopening Seychelles' borders. Under the framework, countries are classified in three risk categories; low, medium and high risk. Gedeon said the three categories are based on “the trends in outbreak, potential for travellers to get infected, testing pattern, ratio of recent case to one month ago and the quality of data.”

Although visitors will not be placed in quarantine as of Aug. 1, the establishment where they will be staying must be aware of where they are through maintaining daily movement records.

Gedeon added that “when the visitors are at their respective accommodation, they will not have to wear face masks, but should they use public transport, such as buses or taxis they will have to do so. The taxi drivers will have to keep a log of the visitors who avail of their services. This will be used as a tracking measure.” Before the reopening in August, two evaluations of the measures will be carried out on July 14 and 21.

The US is considered a high-risk COVID-19 country.

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TANZANIA

Tanzania's borders are open to US travelers who arrive with negative results from a covid-19 test issued within the past 72 hours and who agree to additional testing on arrrival. Many safari lodges and camps will not re-open until September. 

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Despite claims that the country won’t welcome international travelers until 2021, South Africa’s private tourism sector is aiming for a September reopening. More to come.


ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe's border remains closed to all human traffic except fro returning Zimbabwean nationals and permit holders. For more information, please click here.

 


June 23, 2020 - DUBAI

Dubai, UAE is officially reopening its borders for international tourism on July 7, 2020 – allowing travellers from all normally permitted countries to visit.


June 7, 2020 - SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa recently announced it will not be re-opening to international tourists until February 2021. The National Coronavirus Command Council for South Africa moved the country into Level 3 of the Risk Adjusted Strategy on June 1, which means domestic and international travel is still prohibited - except for business travel.

Hotels are allowed to reopen if they are only providing lodgings for business travelers. All leisure attractions are to remain closed at this point.


March 25, 2020 - SOUTH AFRICA

The President of South Africa announced on 23rd March South Africa will be placed on a Nationwide lockdown of 21 days as of midnight 26th March. 


March 23, 2020 - Multiple Updates

Botswana UPDATE
All travellers arriving in Botswana from high risk countries classified as having local transmission will be isolated for care if they have symptoms of COVID-19, while those without symptoms will be quarantined for 14 days.

Eswatini
Foreign nationals coming from COVID-19 high risk countries will be restricted from entering the country until further notice. Visas to enter Eswatini already issued to citizens of high risk countries will be revoked from 20 March 2020.

Mozambique UPDATE
The Mozambican Government has announced that beginning March 23, 2020, ALL arrivals to Mozambique will be on a mandated 14-day self-quarantine. All Mozambican visa operations are suspended and visas that have already been issued are cancelled.

Zambia UPDATE
Mandatory quarantine of all travellers from high-risk areas for a minimum of 14 days.

Zimbabwe
While screening measures have intensified at the Zimbabwean ports of entry, there is no restriction of any nationality and no auto quarantine.

TRAVEL ADVISORY FOR SOUTH AFRICA

Travellers from high risk countries who are on their way home will be allowed to transit through South Africa. Travellers from high risk countries who are transiting through South Africa to another destination (i.e. not on their way home) will not be allowed, even if they are not required to clear customs. All entry, regardless of compliance with visa requirements, of foreign travellers with ordinary passports, travelling from or transiting through high-risk countries is prohibited until further notice. Arrivals from medium-risk countries (Hong Kong, Singapore and Portugal) must undergo high-intensity screening


March 19, 2020 - Multiple Updates

Botswana UPDATE
Arrivals from the following high-risk countries will not be allowed entry: China, Japan, South Korea, Iran, USA, UK, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and India.

Eswatini
Foreign nationals coming from COVID-19 high risk countries will be restricted from entering the country until further notice. Visas to enter Eswatini already issued to citizens of high risk countries will be revoked from 20 March 2020.

Lesotho UPDATE
The country's Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has not imposed any travel restrictions, but arrivals from high-risk countries are already being isolated for 14 days.

Mozambique UPDATE
President Filipe Nyusi announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all citizens from countries with considerable active transmission.

Zambia UPDATE
Mandatory quarantine of all travelers from high-risk areas for a minimum period of 14 days. Mandatory isolation of all suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

South Africa New Visa Requirements

South Africa believes the only mechanism to deny access to high-risk travellers is by imposing visa requirements, even for those nationalities which have not traditionally required visas to visit South Africa.

Further to requiring a visa, South Africa will also review the Advanced Passenger Process (APP) lists of passengers prior to arrival of passengers by air and flag any potential cases. The flight will be flagged and retained in a special area for checking before passengers are allowed to disembark.

Visas already issued are revoked with immediate effect for travellers that have not yet entered South Africa.

For the other nationalities who are listed as high-risk, according to the World Health Organization, there will be a requirement to apply for a visa. These will be evaluated on travel history and not necessarily on nationality alone, i.e. a national from one of the high-risk countries who has not travelled to one of the high-risk countries may well be granted a visa to visit South Africa.

For medium-risk countries – Hong Kong, Singapore and Portugal – we will require nationals to apply for visas providing a certificate indicating that they have undergone a test and they were found to be coronavirus-free. They will then be granted a visa to visit.

 


March 16, 2020 - KENYA

His Excellency The President of Kenya implemented the following measures amongst several others have been put in place that is applicable to anyone wanting to travel to Kenya:

  • The Government is suspending travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country with reported cases of Corona virus.
  • Only Kenyan citizens and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come into the country provided they proceed on self-quarantine or to a government designated quarantine facility. This will come into effect within the next 48 hours to cater for any passengers who may be en-route. This directive will remain in force for the next 30 days or as varied by the National Emergency Response Committee.
  • All persons who have come into Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine. If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough or fever they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing.

March 15, 2020 - SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is limiting contact between persons who may be infected by imposing a travel on ban on foreign nationals from Italy, Iran, South Korea, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China. The South African Government have cancelled visas from those countries effective immediately. Any foreign national who has visited these countries in the past 20 days, will be denied a visa. Anyone returning to South Africa from these high-risk countries will be quarantined for 14 days. All travellers who entered SA from these nations since mid-February, are asked to get themselves tested.

 


 

March 12, 2020 - UGANDA

Uganda has discouraged arrival into the country from 16 countries across the world due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The East African country ordered all passengers arriving from the COVID-19 hit countries to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the East African country.

In a statement on Wednesday, Uganda’s Health Ministry urged against non-essential travel into the country by people from 16 countries around the world.

The 16 countries pooled into one Category 1 group include; Italy, San Marino, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, U.S., U.K, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria and Malaysia.

“Any traveller from these countries, including Ugandan nationals will be subjected to self-quarantine or institutional (health facility) quarantine at their own cost,” the statement read in part.

The ministry said the countries affected by the travel advisory would be removed from the list upon reports of zero new cases for 14 days.

It added that it was considering spraying all travellers who arrive in the country as they disembark with a disinfectant.

Uganda has not reported any case of COVID-19, though like other countries across Africa, it has heightened its preparedness to tackle the virus.