Good News – Africa Is Opening Up For Tourism
Following the news and updates around the COVID-19 pandemic, many airlines were forced to suspend or reduce their daily operations, and countries were forced to introduce travel restrictions. With the pandemic slowing down in some parts of the world, like South America and Africa, many countries have started to ease border restrictions and reopen for international tourists.
South Africa opened its borders on Thursday, October 1, 2020, to international passengers, but not from all countries. The government decided to form a list of 60 high-risk countries to which the borders would remain closed. Now, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be opening its borders to all international passengers. However, no official date has been set yet.
All passengers will be required to present the negative result of a PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. Passengers will also have to go through health screening upon arrival and download the government’s contact tracing alert app for the duration of their stay. If passengers show symptoms they will be required to take a PCR test and quarantine.
After being closed for over 7 months the Government of Burundi has reopened its international airports on November 8, 2020, with reduced capacity. Several airlines have resumed services to Bujumbura, Brussels Airlines will reinstate a weekly service from Brussels National on November 17. Also, Ethiopian Airlines resumed twice-weekly cargo flights from Addis Ababa on November 10, and will resume daily passenger services from November 18 and RwandAir will be resuming 4 flights per week from Kigali on December 2, 2020.
All passengers will be required to present the negative result of a PCR test, taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. If any passenger on the flight tests positive, all passengers from that flight will be placed into quarantine for 14 days.
Cape Verde is now welcoming passengers with safety measures in place. All passengers need a negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure to enter.
Chad restarted commercial flights on August 1, 2020. Unfortunately, a mandatory 7-days quarantine is in place.
All passengers need a negative PCR test taken no longer than 7 days before arrival in Chad. If you enter Chad, you’ll need to surrender your passport, quarantine at home for 7 days, and take a PCR test on the 7th day of your stay. Passports will be returned upon presentation of the PCR test receipt.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo reopened airports for international arrivals on August 15, 2020.
All passengers arriving are required to present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before arrival and will have to pay for another PCR test on arrival. Passengers also must complete a ‘Travelers Registration Form’ before arrival, which you can find here.
Egypt resumed commercial flights and international tourism on July 1, 2020. Passengers from all countries are welcomed with standard visa requirements.
Passengers arriving from Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Guyana, Italy (Rome only), Japan, Korea, Mexico, New-Zealand, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Thailand, USA, United Kingdom (London Heathrow only), Uruguay or Venezuela must have a negative PCR test result. The test must have been taken no longer than 96 hours before departure.
Passengers arriving from any other country must have a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours before departure.
All passengers are also required to fill out a health declaration card, have a valid visa, and show proof of valid travel insurance.
Ethiopia has reopened the airport for international arrivals. All passengers are required to present proof of a negative PCR test before boarding their flight to Ethiopia, as well as at customs upon arrival. The test needs to be taken no longer than 120 hours prior to the departing flight.
On September 1, 2020, Ghana resumed commercial flights at Kotoka International Airport. All passengers arriving are required to present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before departure and take another PCR test on arrival.
Kenya resumed international flights on August 1, 2020. All passengers arriving are required to present a negative PCR test result taken no more than 96 hours before departure. Passengers are also required to fill out the 'Travelers Health Surveillance Form' online for contact tracing, which you can find here. However, passengers from certain states may be required to quarantine upon arrival. You can find a list of states which are not required to quarantine here.
Liberia officially reopened for tourism on July 1, with some restrictions in place. Passengers arriving from any country must have a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. Those without a negative PCR test will be required to take one on arrival and wait for the results.
Passengers arriving in Mauritius will be required to bring a negative PCR test taken no more than seven days prior to arrival, and undergo a 14-day quarantine at an establishment approved by authorities. Those going to Mauritius must download and fill a Public Health COVID-19 Passenger Health Self-Declaration Form and Passenger Locator Form which must be handed over to the Ministry of Health and Wellness counters upon their arrival. Passengers will also be required to take a PCR test on the day of arrival, and on day 7 and day 14 of the stay. If at any point, a passenger receives a positive test result, they will be transferred to a public medical facility.
Namibia started welcoming foreign passengers through Hosea Kutako International airport on September 1, 2020.
Passengers arriving for any purpose other than tourism must notify their nearest Namibian Embassy or High Commission of their intent to travel no less than two weeks prior to departure.
Passengers arriving from any country must have a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. All passengers are also required to fill out a health questionnaire which can be found here. However, a quarantine of 7 days is required for passengers from all countries and an additional PCR test after the 7 days.
Rwanda officially reopened for tourism on June 17, 2020, welcoming visitors from all countries. Passengers arriving from any country must have a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 120 hours before departure. The negative test must be emailed to [email protected] before departure and a copy of the results needs to be shown to customs upon entry into Rwanda. Also, passengers will be required to take another PCR test on arrival and wait for the results.
Tanzania is welcoming tourists from all over the world with safety measures in place. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect.
All passengers whose countries or airlines require them to provide a negative PCR test as a condition for traveling will be required to present a certificate on arrival. Otherwise, passengers showing symptoms will undergo a health screening and might be tested on arrival.
Tunisia reopened its borders on June 27, 2020, allowing tourists to enter. The government of Tunisia first based entry on a color-coded system based on risk assessment. Countries have been categorized as red (high), orange (medium), or green (low). However, on November 16, 2020, the Tunisian government changed the measures in place to limit the risk. There is only one set of entry requirements that applies to passengers from all countries.
Passengers arriving from any country must have a negative PCR test result taken no longer than 72 hours before departure. Passengers are also required to fill out a health questionnaire which can be found here. You will be required to download and use the Tunisian government’s ‘track and trace’ application on your mobile phone. On arrival, a mandatory 14-day quarantine is in place at your place of residence, a government-approved hotel, or quarantine center.