Covid Information by Country

It’s about time for a holiday in Africa and we’ve got all the latest updates for you.

Which countries are open for international travel? Who’s allowed to visit and what you need to know in terms of the current requirements and restrictions as well as the airlines you can look to fly with?

Namibia

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Namibia is open for international travel. Hooray! As from 1 September 2020, the country opened under the Tourism Revival Initiative. For now, travel is only by entry into Namibia via International Airports and certain land borders with no mandatory quarantine.

Requirements:
  • Tourists should submit, in writing, their intention to enter Namibia to the relevant Namibian diplomatic representative in the intended country of departure, 14 days before entering Namibia.
  • All travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test result that is certified in that country to issue a SARS-CoV-2 PCR or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test. The test should not be older than 7 days (from the time the test sample was taken) from country of departure. On this basis, travellers will be permitted to proceed to their final destination in Namibia.
    (This requirement does not apply to children under the age of 5 years)
    (All travellers who arrive in Namibia with a negative COVID-19 test result that is older than 7 days, will be placed in quarantine and tested for COVID-19 on the same day (at own cost). Once a negative test result is received, travelers will be released from quarantine. If positive, isolation is at own cost according to isolation protocols in place.)
  • Tourists will have to complete a primary surveillance form and a health questionnaire to be submitted with their full travel itinerary on arrival at the airport.
  • Tourists must have private travel insurance to cover medical care or an unexpected hotel stay.
  • Only NTB (Namibia Tourism Board) registered accommodation will be considered given they have also been health certified accordingly and comply with safety guidelines and protocols.
  • Returning Namibian citizens or Permit Holders may enter the country with or without a COVID-19 test result. In the event of a positive test result or no result on arrival, they will be tested immediately on arrival while in quarantine. On receipt of a negative test result they will be released from quarantine. Anyone arriving with a positive test result will be isolated on arrival at a designated isolation facility or in home isolation subject to mandatory assessment and approval by an authorised medical officer.
Restrictions:
  • Arrival is only allowed into Windhoek International Airport (HKIA) and Walvis Bay International Airport (WVB) as well as the following ports: Katima Mulilo Border Post, Ariamsvlei Border Post, Noordoewer Border Post and Walvis Bay Harbour.
  • Most ports and road borders are still closed for entry into Namibia except for those listed above.
  • Non-Namibians, who do not present a negative COVID-19 test result on arrival, will not be granted entry into the country.
  • COVID-19 testing in-country is limited to a certain number of tests per day for travel purposes (effective 21 December 2020). All testing needs to be pre-booked and appointments must be made in advance.
Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
Lufthansa - Two weekly nonstop flights - Frankfurt to Windhoek
Condor - Two weekly nonstop flights - Frankfurt to Windhoek
Eurowings
SA Airlink
Westair

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South Africa

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South Africa’s borders are open for international travel as from 1 October 2020. Numerous international airports are now open along with many of the land borders.

Requirements:
  • Tourists must present a negative COVID-19 test result (in hard copy) that is less than 72 hours old at the time of departure. This must be a certified test by a medical practitioner with the name and signature of the practitioner indicated.
  • As of 9 October 2020, antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 detection will be rolled out to all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect. Therefore anyone arriving at a port of entry without a valid certified negative COVID-19 test, will be tested at the point of entry with a test result available within 15 minutes.
  • All tourists must download the COVID Alert South Africa contact tracing mobile app and show proof of a confirmed accommodation booking on arrival.
  • On arrival at the airport a Traveller Health Questionnaire must be completed and submitted.
  • Tourists will be screened on arrival at the airport and anyone displaying COVID-19 symptoms will be tested.
  • Tourists must have private travel insurance to cover medical care or an unexpected hotel stay.
Restrictions:
  • International air travel will be restricted to the following airports:
    • OR Tambo International Airport (Johannesburg)
    • King Shaka International Airport (Durban)
    • Cape Town International Airport (Cape Town)
    • Lanseria International Airport (Lanseria)
    • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (Nelspruit)
  • Land borders that are currently open (20):
    • Between SA and Botswana: Kopfontein, Groblersbridge, Skilpadshek and Ramathabama
    • Between SA and Lesotho: Maserubridge, Ficksburg, Van Rooyensgate, Qachasnek, Caledonspoort and Sanipass
    • Between SA and Kingdom of Eswatini: Oshoek, Golela, Jeppes Reef, Mananga and Mahamba
    • Between SA and Namibia: Nakop and Vioolsdrift
    • Between SA and Mozambique: Lebombo and Kosibay
    • Between SA and Zimbabwe: Beitbridge
  • Mandatory quarantine is not required unless:
    • Arriving tourists fail to present a valid and negative COVID-19 PCR test. This quarantine will be at own cost.
    • Travellers display any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with an infected person. This test will be done at own cost. If this test result is positive, tourists will be subjected to a quarantine period of 10 days, at a specified location for their own cost.
  • If international flights arrive during the curfew hours of 00:00 to 06:00, arriving passengers will be able to proceed to their hotel or home by showing proof of their boarding passes or flight tickets to law enforcement when en route from the airport.
Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
Lufthansa
Qatar Airways
Emirates
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Air France
Virgin Atlantic
Edelweiss Air

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Zambia

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Zambia is open for international travel as from July 2020, however there are still only limited flights scheduled into the country.

Requirements:
  • All tourists must have a certificate as proof of a negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR test, not older than 72 hours valid.
  • All tourists will be screened on arrival. Anyone with a temperature of over 38˚C will have to do a compulsory test on entry. Anyone without fever but with other symptoms will be assessed to determine need for testing.
  • On arrival at the airport a Traveller Health Questionnaire must be completed and submitted.
  • Random testing can and will be conducted for quality assurance purposes on passengers entering with negative test results.
  • Tourists will have to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures and monitor themselves for 14 days from arrival for any symptoms. Any occurrences must then be reported to the nearest health facility in-country. If tested positive, tourists will be managed according to the National Case Management Guidelines.
  • Travellers departing Zambia will only be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate on departure if it is required by the airline or to a country where this is required.
  • Remote testing is now possible where necessary.
Restrictions:

None

Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
RwandAir
Kenya Airways
Emirates
Proflight Zambia

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Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe is open for international travel as from 1 October 2020, however there are still limited scheduled flights into the country, with most flying into Harare. Land borders remain closed so it’s best to remember that you cannot move between countries, by road, once in Zimbabwe. As from 2 January 2021, the country will be under a national lockdown for a period of 30 days. The good news: Holiday travel is still allowed between 6:00 and 18:00 for inter-city and inter-provincial travel as well as to national parks and tourism facilities. Tourists travelling between destinations will need to provide documentation as proof of bookings. Hotels and lodges are exempt from the mandatory business closures.

Requirements:
  • All tourists must provide a negative COVID-19 test that should have been done at least 48 hours prior to flight departure or valid for 72 hours from time the test was conducted.
  • All tourists will be screened on arrival. Any tourists showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will have to do a rapid COVID-19 test, at own cost. If tested positive, tourists will be placed in immediate isolation and quarantine will be for their own cost.
  • Tourists are required to adhere to COVID-19 prevention measures.
Restrictions:

Land borders are all still closed. This means that movement is only in-country.

Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
Fastjet
Air Zimbabwe
RwandAir
Air Malawi
Kenya Airways
Emirates
Airlink
Air Zimbabwe

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Botswana

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Botswana is slowly opening for international travel in phases, which started from the 9th of November 2020. Air travel has for now resumed from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gabarone, Kasane International Airport and Maun International Airport.

Requirements:
  • All tourists must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test that is no more than 72 hours valid from country of departure.
  • At Maun Airport, a Rapid Antigen test is required on arrival (free to all incoming passengers). All tourists will be screened on arrival for COVID-19 symptoms. Any tourists showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and/or quarantine.
  • Tourists will be required to stay in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days doing self-monitoring.
  • Tourists are required to comply with travel regulations of the destination country at their own expense.
  • Before departing Botswana, a valid negative COVID-19 test result must be presented, valid 72 hours before departure. This can be done in Maun or Kasane, the day before departing (the test has a 24 hour turnaround time for results) or by “Fly-In” test where a nurse will fly to any lodge in the Okavango Delta to do the testing before the results are then flown to Maun to be processed.
Restrictions:
  • From 1st December 2020:
    • Border crossings will be opened again at Kazangula, Ngoma, Ramokgwebana, Martins Drift, Ramatlabama, Tlokweng, Mamuno, Pioneer and Mohembo.
    • Air Travel will also resume at Phillip G. Matante International Airport in Francistown
Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Private charter flights
Commercial flights - pending release

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NOTE: While the above pertains to the travel requirements by country, it’s important to check with each airline what their specific travel requirements are as well as those in place by your country of residence for your return post travels and for any countries you may travel via in transit.

The above is correct at the time of publishing. We attempt to keep this up to date as and when things change but as these details and requirements change constantly, it is always best to check with the airlines as well as the local diplomatic representative in your country of departure.

Updated: Thu 8 Apr, 2021

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