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.

Requirements:
  • Tourists must 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 tourists must have a negative Covid-19 test result not older than 72 hours before arriving in Namibia.
  • 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 will be screened 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.
  • On day 5 of the itinerary, all tourists will be tested for Covid-19 in-country. This can be done from wherever they are within Namibia. On arrival contact details will be submitted and tourists will be advised on the place for testing by an authorised person. With a negative test result, to be received by Day 7, tourists will be allowed to continue their travels as planned. This means that there is no longer a “quarantine” period on arrival and no implemented restrictions with regards to the itinerary.
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.
Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
Air Namibia
Lufthansa
Eurowings
SA Airlink
Westair

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South Africa

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The good news: South Africa’s borders are open for international travel as from 1 October 2020. The not so good news: Travel is restricted from deemed ‘high risk’ countries and limited borders are open for entry into the country.

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)
  • Banned or high risk countries at current: (Citizens from these countries cannot visit South Africa, unless they first spend at least 10 days in a country deemed safe or low risk.)
    Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Greece, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nepal, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Suriname, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, and Venezuela.
    This list will be reviewed by the South African government every 2 weeks.
  • 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.
Airlines/Scheduled Flights:

Ethiopian Airlines
Lufthansa
Qatar Airways
Emirates
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Air France

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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 COVID-19 test, valid for 14 days of arrival in Zambia.
  • All tourists will be screened on arrival.
  • On arrival at the airport a Traveller Health Questionnaire must be completed and submitted.
  • 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 subjected to a quarantine period of 14 days.
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.

Requirements:
  • All tourists must provide a negative COVID-19 test that should have been done at least 48 hours prior to flight departure.
  • 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

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Botswana

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Botswana is closed for international travel. Just recently, Botswana extended their state of emergency for a further six months. This does not mean that no travel will be allowed during this time, but it is not likely to ensue for now.

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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 15 Oct, 2020

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