Travaleur - Covid-19 Travel Information

Covid-19 Travel Info

Welcome Back to Africa! Updated 7 September 2021

As the world begins to open up, we know there is still so much confusion and uncertainty when travelling internationally. We are here to help guide you through this changing landscape so you can travel with complete confidence, knowing your trip will run smoothly.

When planning your trip to Africa, you will likely have questions on the latest entry requirements and testing protocols for your journey. Recommendations on Covid-19 precautions may depend on your personal health situation, so please discuss your upcoming trip with your local health care provider for the most up-to-date advice.

Kindly note, health protocols and travel regulations are subject to change and may be updated at any time before or during your journey. At all times, travellers are responsible for their own health and wellbeing and must comply with all rules, regulations, laws and requirements imposed. Physical distancing, practising good hand hygiene and mask-wearing is commonplace in most destinations with some specific rules differing by location.

We have put together the following information, which we hope you will find useful. We want you to feel relaxed when travelling with us, and if you have any questions about your trip, please contact us, and we will get back to you quickly.

Kenya

Most foreign nationals will require a visa for entry to Kenya. Tourist visas can no longer be obtained, on arrival, at any port of entry. The Kenyan government has introduced an online ‘e-visa’ application system for issuing all visa types in advance of travel. Travellers should carry a printed copy of their visa to present to immigration officials.

All international travellers to Kenya must complete an ‘International Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form’ before arriving in the country. Details of a confirmed flight, and seat number, are required to complete the form. Passengers arriving in Kenya must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 96 hours before travelling. Children under the age of 5 are exempt. All negative Covid-19 test results must be digitally verified through the ‘Trusted Travel Initiative’website, where a QR code will be generated for presentation to authorities on arrival. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

The Kenyan government has published a notice for travellers outlining who is exempt or must undergo mandatory quarantine on arrival. Travellers who need to quarantine must do so at their own cost in an approved hoteland submit daily health information to the Ministry of Health via the ‘Jitenge’ platform.

Covid-19 testing within Kenya is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Rwanda

All foreign nationals require a visa for entry to Rwanda. Tourist visas can be obtained, on arrival, for travellers from the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations and Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie at all ports of entry. For travellers of other nationalities, the Rwandan government has introduced an online ‘e-visa’ application system for obtaining tourist visas in advance of travel. Travellers needing visas before arrival should carry a printed copy to present to immigration officials. 

All international travellers to Rwanda must complete a ‘Passenger Locator Form’ before arriving in the country. Passengers arriving in Rwanda must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children under the age of 5 are exempt. All negative Covid-19 test results must be uploaded with the passenger locator form. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm. 

The Rwandan government has published an info note for passengers arriving and departing Rwanda. On arrival, all travellers are tested for Covid-19; the cost is USD 60 per person for a mandatory PCR test. You can pre-pay by credit card when completing your passenger locator form online or by cash on arrival. Travellers are required to complete a 24 hour quarantine in an approved hotel while waiting for their test results. The Rwanda Biomedical Centre has an online portal for checking results.

For tourists visiting Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is essential. When visiting Akagera National Park, either a rapid-antigen or a PCR test (taken within 72 hours) is acceptable. Testing locations are widespread across the country.

Covid-19 testing within Rwanda can be booked online and is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Tanzania

Many foreign nationals will require a visa for entry to Tanzania; most ports of entry can issue tourist visas on arrival. The Tanzanian government has introduced an online ‘e-visa’ application system for issuing tourist visas in advance of travel. Travellers should carry a printed copy of their visa to present to immigration officials.

All international travellers to Tanzania must complete a ‘Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form’ no more than 24 hours before arriving in the country. Passengers arriving in Tanzania must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. All negative Covid-19 test results must be uploaded with the traveller’s health surveillance form. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

On arrival, all travellers are tested for Covid-19; the cost is USD 25 per person for a mandatory rapid-antigen test. You can pre-pay by credit card when completing your traveller’s health surveillance form online or by cash on arrival. Travellers who test positive are required to quarantine in an approved hotel (link is an automatic download) for 14 days at their own cost. 

Covid-19 testing within Tanzania can be booked online and is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Uganda

Most foreign nationals require a visa for entry to Uganda. Tourist visas can no longer be obtained, on arrival, at any port of entry. The Ugandan government has introduced an online ‘e-visa’ application system for obtaining tourist visas in advance of travel. Travellers should carry a printed copy of their visa to present to immigration officials.

All international travellers to Uganda must complete an ‘International Arrivals Health Form’ and must present a printed copy of the form to officials when arriving in the country. Passengers arriving in Uganda must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. All negative PCR test certificates must indicate ‘travel’ as the purpose of the test. There are no exemptions for children. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority has published Covid-19 Notices for passengers. On arrival, all travellers are tested for Covid-19; the cost is USD 65 per person for a mandatory PCR test. Payment for PCR testing is by cash on arrival. Travellers who test positive will be taken to a Covid-19 treatment centre at their own cost.

Covid-19 testing within Uganda is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Zanzibar

Many foreign nationals will require a visa for entry to Zanzibar (Tanzania); most ports of entry can issue tourist visas on arrival. The Tanzanian government has introduced an online ‘e-visa’ application system for issuing tourist visas in advance of travel. Travellers should carry a printed copy of their visa to present to immigration officials.

All travellers to Zanzibar must complete a ‘Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form’ no more than 24 hours before arriving in the archipelago. All passengers arriving in Zanzibar must present a printed copy of the form on arrival. Passengers arriving in Tanzania must possess a negative Covid-19 PCR test certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children under the age of 5 are exempt. All negative Covid-19 test results must be uploaded with the traveller’s health surveillance form, and all passengers must present a printed copy of the test results on arrival. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

On arrival, travellers from high-risk countries are tested for Covid-19; the cost is USD 25 per person for a mandatory rapid-antigen test. You can pre-book your rapid-antigen test online. Travellers who test positive will be taken to a Covid-19 treatment centre at their own cost. The Zanzibar Ministry of Health has an online portal for checking results.

Covid-19 testing within Zanzibar can be booked online and done at the following accredited laboratories.

Further Information

We recommend all checking and monitoring the latest travel advice provided by your local government, including country-specific recommendations for your chosen destination/s. UK: FCO Travel Advice USA: CDC Travel Advice Canada: Travel Canada Advisories WHO: Coronavirus Information.

For any further information please contact us, and one of our team members will help you.

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