Travaleur - Covid-19 Travel Information

COVID-19 Travel Info

Welcome Back to Africa!   UPDATED: 24 September 2022

As the world continues 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 rapidly 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 COVID-19 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.

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. All travellers should ensure they have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place.

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

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements providing they present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. All vaccination certificates must be digitally verified through the Trusted Travel Initiative website, where a QR code will be generated for presentation to the authorities. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

Travellers over the age of 12 who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy or personal health requirements must present a negative COVID-19 RT- PCR certificate with QR code taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children under the age of 12 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 the authorities. 

Any traveller over the age of 12 arriving at any point of entry with no proof of vaccination, a negative PCR test or displaying flu-like symptoms will be subjected to a rapid-antigen test at their own cost of USD 30pp on arrival. Any person who tests positive on a rapid-antigen test must take a confirmatory PCR test at their own cost of USD 50pp and must self-isolate as per Kenya Ministry of Health guidance.

The Kenyan government has published a Notice for Travellers outlining who is exempt or must undergo mandatory testing on arrival. Travellers who require testing, a rapid-antigen test will be provided free of charge. 

Departing passengers do not require a test to leave Kenya, however, your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

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

Rwanda

International travellers arriving and departing Kigali International Airport no longer require COVID-19 testing. 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 with the latest arrival and departure information.

For tourists visiting Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks, a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours is essential for all primate-related activities. When not participating in primate-related activities, or when visiting Akagera National Park, either a rapid-antigen or a PCR test (taken within 72 hours) is acceptable.

COVID-19 PCR testing within Rwanda is available at RBC Gikondo Branch on KK 6 Avenue, Kigali. COVID-19 rapid-antigen testing is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Tanzania

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements providing they present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the Tanzania Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. The Tanzanian government has published a Travel Advisory with the latest arrival and departure information.

Travellers who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy or personal health requirements must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code taken within 72 hours before travelling. 

Any traveller over the age of 12 arriving at any point of entry with no proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code will be subjected to a rapid-antigen test at their own cost of USD 10pp on arrival. Any person who tests positive on a rapid-antigen test must take a confirmatory PCR test at their own cost of USD 50pp and must self-isolate as per Tanzania Ministry of Health guidance.

Departing passengers do not require a test to leave Tanzania, however, your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

COVID-19 testing within Tanzania mainland must be booked online and is available at the following accredited laboratories.

Uganda

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements providing they present a valid vaccination certificate to the authorities. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

Travellers over the age of 5 who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy or personal health requirements must present a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children 5 years and below are exempt.

The Ugandan government has published Procedures in Relation to COVID-19 with the latest arrival and departure information.

Departing passengers who are fully vaccinated do not require a test to leave Uganda.  Unvaccinated travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate taken within 72 hours before travelling. Children 5 years and below are exempt. Your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm.

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

Zanzibar

Fully vaccinated travellers are exempt from COVID-19 testing requirements providing they present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the Tanzania Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization. The Zanzibari government has published a Travel Advisory with the latest arrival and departure information.

Travellers who are unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy or personal health requirements must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code taken within 72 hours before travelling. 

Any traveller over the age of 12 arriving at any point of entry with no proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code will be subjected to a COVID-19 RT-PCR at their own cost of USD 100pp on arrival. Travellers must self-isolate until they receive a negative result. The Zanzibar Ministry of Health has an online portal for checking results.

Departing passengers do not require a test to leave Zanzibar, however, your airline or any country you may be transiting through may have their own requirements; please check directly with them to confirm. COVID-19 testing within Zanzibar must be pre-booked online and done at the following accredited laboratories.

Further Information

We recommend 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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