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April 5, 2022 East Africa Bush Tails

COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS & REGULATIONS

The below is a breakdown of the most recent developments, with some easing of restrictions. We do our best to provide as accurate and detailed information as possible, but the disclaimer on each protocol document must be noted.

Botswana

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to produce negative RT-PCR test results. They are required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at point of entry.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated, must produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours from the time of testing, AND at his or her own cost, be required to undertake immediate COVID-19 RT-PCR testing on arrival. Should the test on arrival be negative, the person shall be allowed entry but if positive, the person shall isolate within the district of the port of entry at his or her own cost.
  • Travelers under the age of 12 are exempt from the above.
  • The test on arrival is a 2 hour express test, conducted by Diagnofirm, and costs P 1700. Travelers need to wait for their results at the airport before continuing with arrangements. This is available in Maun only. Kasane does not have this facility so in all likelihood, an overnight will be required.

South Africa

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to produce negative RT-PCR test results. They are required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at point of entry.
  • Travelling to and from the Republic from neighboring countries (via land borders) is allowed, as is international travel, provided that travelers who are:
    – fully vaccinated, must upon arrival at the land border or Port of Entry, produce a valid vaccination certificate (no PCR test); and
    – unvaccinated, must upon arrival at the land border, produce a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result, obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel.
  • Outbound travelers from South Africa must comply with the requirements of the country of destination.
  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory in an indoor public place, as well as on any form of public transport. This regulation does not apply to a child under the age of six years.
  • All persons in an open public space need not wear a mask but must maintain a distance of at least one metre from another person.

Zimbabwe

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to produce negative RT-PCR test results. They are required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at point of entry.
  • Unvaccinated travelers require a printed negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for entry (test taken within 48hrs of departure to Zimbabwe) and a test to depart, even if the onward destination does not require it.
  • Applicable to travellers aged 12 years and older.

Zambia

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not require negative COVID PCR test to enter. They are required to present an authentic, valid vaccination card at point of entry.
  • Unvaccinated travelers require a printed negative COVID PCR test certificate for entry (test taken within 72hrs of departure to Zambia)

Namibia

  • Fully vaccinated travelers are no longer required to produce negative RT-PCR test results. They are required to present an authentic valid vaccination card at the point of entry.
  • Travelers who are not fully vaccinated must produce a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test result that is not older than 72 hours calculated from the date that the sample for testing was taken and was issued by a laboratory that is certified in the country of issue, to issue RT-PCR test results.
  • All incoming travelers must upload their laboratory results on the Trusted Travel system prior to travel.
  • Children younger than 5 years are exempt from COVID-19 testing for entry.
  • Wearing of masks in public places is no longer mandatory. However, the use of masks on public transport or at all indoor functions is encouraged.

Kenya

  • All travelers coming to Kenya who are fully vaccinated shall be exempt from the requirement of an RT-PCR test.
  • All eligible unvaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya, must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative RT-PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this requirement.
  • Unvaccinated travelers arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to a rapid antigen test at their own cost of USD 30. Any person who tests positive on the rapid antigen test will be subjected to an RTPCR test at their own further cost of USD 50 and required to self-isolate. Children below the age of five (5) years are exempt from this testing requirement.
  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Travelers should ensure they have uploaded both documents onto Global Haven before boarding via www.globalhaven.org
  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in open public spaces is now lifted. People are encouraged to maintain social distancing and avoid crowding in public spaces. The use of masks in all indoor functions is encouraged.

Tanzania

  • Fully vaccinated travelers do not require a negative COVID PCR test to enter or a Rapid Antigen test on arrival. Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival.
  • Unvaccinated travelers require a printed negative COVID PCR test certificate for entry (test taken within 72hrs of departure) and a Rapid Antigen test on arrival at a cost of $10.00 per person.

Uganda

  • A printed negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate is required for entry (test taken within 72hrs of departure of first flight to Uganda).
  • Another test will be required within 72hrs of departing Uganda.

Rwanda

  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travelers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight).
  • At Kigali International Airport, all incoming travelers eligible (aged 12 years and above) for COVID-19 vaccine are encouraged to be fully vaccinated before their travel*.
  • COVID-19 RT-PCR and Antigen Rapid Tests will be taken upon arrival at own cost. Travelers must self isolate at the first accommodation establishment on their itinerary until they get negative RT-PCR test results taken on arrival (maximum 24 hours), before proceeding with arrangements.
  • Revised costs for COVID-19 additional tests at the airport (both RT-PCR plus Antigen Rapid) are Frw 62,200 or USD 65 (USD 55 for COVID-19 tests and USD 10 for specific logistics at the airport).
  • Daily rapid testing, or on day 3, is no longer required.
  • There is no change to testing requirements to access national parks, nor requiring a negative test result (RT-PCR or Antigen Rapid) to stay in hotels and other accommodation establishments. The turnaround time for RT-PCR tests is still 24 hours, although for the test on departure, it is 48 hours – tests must be taken within 72 hours (no change here, just a reminder).

* While vaccinations are not mandatory for entry, they are recommended because some facilities in-country require it.