Given the current circumstances, many of our clients are wondering: When will I be able to travel to Africa again?

To make it easy, we have compiled a reference guide to when all your favourite African destinations are open for international visitors as well as some detailed information on what to expect for all Covid-19 travel to these countries.

Most countries in Africa have been very strict on containing the spread of the virus, with most of them going into complete lockdowns earlier this year. That means nobody in and nobody out. Now that case numbers are relatively low across the continent, some nations have already reopened, with others making plans on how to reopen responsibly.

With every country seemingly applying a variety of different Covid-19 travel policies and protocols; it is difficult to keep up. Rules and restrictions may be changed at short notice, including curfew hours which may be reimplemented if there is a spike in cases of COVID-19. Make sure that you keep yourself informed and use trustable sources such as the website of your home country’s Department of Foreign Affairs. Also, find out if you need a test or might need to quarantine on the way home. While is seems daunting – the journey is worth the effort!

Here are the latest news on Covid-19 travel restrictions, travel protocols as well as border statutes of the African countries we travel to (Updated 20 October 2020)

🇧🇼 Botswana – not yet open for international travel
🇪🇬 Egypt – OPEN FOR TRAVEL with restrictions
🇸🇿 Eswatini – not yet open for international travel
🇪🇹 Ethiopia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇰🇪 Kenya – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇲🇦 Morocco – OPEN FOR TRAVEL with restrictions
🇲🇿 Mozambique – not yet open for international travel
🇳🇦 Namibia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇦 South Africa – OPEN FOR TRAVEL with entry restrictions
🇹🇿 Tanzania – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇺🇬 Uganda – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇲 Zambia – OPEN FOR TRAVEL
🇿🇼 Zimbabwe – OPEN FOR TRAVEL

Horse riding in Botswana

Botswana – Not Open For Tourism

Entry to Botswana is open only to nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Residents returning from countries with high cases of Covid19 will need to enter mandated quarantine for 14 days. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Botswana and authorities have closed land border posts with neighbouring countries.

Lockdown measures have been lifted across Botswana since May 2020. Air Botswana resumed domestic flights in July 2020. Precautionary travel measures, such as social distancing between passengers and wearing masks, are in place for all flights. Health screenings before boarding flights are mandatory. International flights remain suspended with no confirmed dates for them to resume.

Horse riding in Egypt

Egypt – Open for Tourism with restrictions

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As of 1 July 2020 Egypt, has resumed international flights and tourism is now allowed in 3 seaside regions, namely Sinai, the Red Sea Province (home to Hurghada and Marsa Alam) and Marsa Matrouh. Travel inland is currently prohibited, but hopes are that tourists will be allowed to travel freely in the next few months. The country believes that with strict hygiene measures and social distancing practices, tourism activities will be safe for the general public. All of our Egypt horse-riding holidays are off the beaten track and offer an authentic adventure experience away

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and the United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including EgyptAir, Air France, and Lufthansa.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Egypt
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
  • At this point travellers are expected to remain in high-tourist areas and are not permitted to travel independently inwards throughout the country
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Eswatini

Eswatini – Not Open For Tourism

Entry to Eswatini is open only to nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas. Returning residents will need to enter mandated quarantine for 14 days in designated locations, apart from those permitted to self-isolate. There are currently no commercial flights in to or out of Eswatini and authorities have closed all land border posts with neighbouring countries.

The state of emergency remains in place. The partial lockdown has eased but borders remain closed. Eswatini’s tourism industry is open for domestic tourism whilst following relevant safety procedures. As most tourists enter the country through either South Africa or Mozambique, travel will be determined by travel restrictions in these countries.

Horse riding in Kenya

Kenya – Open for Tourism

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President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that Kenya would reopen for international tourism on 1 August 2020.  Precautionary travel measures, such as social distancing between passengers and wearing masks, are in place for all flights. Health screenings before boarding flights are mandatory. There is a curfew in place and face masks in public are mandatory, but safari lodges are generally situated far away from areas with high populations. All safari companies are following strict protocols to ensure safety without compromising the unique safari experience that can only be found in Africa.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including Kenya Airways, Emirates and KLM.  Strict infection prevention and control measures have to be followed: social distancing, good hand hygiene, and the wearing of masks remain mandatory. Here is the Nairobi airport website link which gives you information about the travel requirements for Kenya: https://www.kaa.go.ke/airports/passenger-guide/.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card found here. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in Kenya
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
  • Any travellers displaying symptoms of COVID during their health screening, or anyone seated on the airplane within two rows of symptomatic passengers, may be subject to quarantine
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Morocco

Morocco – Open for Tourism with restrictions

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The partial reopening of Morocco’s borders started in July, first to allow Moroccan residents to return home and foreign citizens to depart the country. In October 2020 the countries borders were again open for international travel for 67 countries. This includes the EU, UK and USA, although we do recommend checking with the embassy in your own country before travelling.

The country’s regions have been classified according to their risk of infection, and certain areas have restricted access. While you may not be able to visit some of the most popular tourist cities such as Marrakesh, Casablanca or Tangier, our horse-riding holidays take you deep into the heart of the country.

Travelers will have to:

  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card found here.
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Morocco
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Agree to have their temperature taken or other health check on arrival
  • Download a tracking app
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Mozambique

Mozambique – Not Open For Tourism

Mozambique’s state of emergency has been extended until 30 September. Entry into Mozambique is limited to nationals and individuals with valid residency. The partial lockdown has eased but borders remain closed. Mozambique’s tourism industry is open for domestic tourism whilst following relevant safety procedures.

The Government has not yet announced details on the resumption of international flights. Once regularly scheduled international flights resume, airlines will be required to observe health and safety measures as specified by health authorities. As most tourists enter the country through either South Africa, travel will be determined by travel restrictions in South Africa.

Horse riding in Namibia

Namibia – Open for Tourism

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After a trial period implemented in August 2020, Namibia’s Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport reopened and is allowing foreign tourists to arrive once again. Initially, international visitors had required to remain in Windhoek for the first seven days of their visit. However, as of 1 September, this is no longer the case. As of 21 October 2020 there are no longer travel restrictions or tests to be done on day 5 of your trip.

Hosea Kutako (Windhoek) International Airport and Walvis Bay International Airport are accepting international flights, and 3 road borders are open.  Ethiopian Airlines have announced that it will resume commercial flights into and out of Namibia from 11 September. Eurowings (Lufthansa) have announced that they will resume commercial flights between Windhoek and Frankfurt from 19 September. Flights have also resumed to connect Johannesburg and Walvis Bay International Airport.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (if applicable)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Namibia
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in South Africa

South Africa – Open for Tourism

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We’re thrilled to announce that there will be a gradual easing of restrictions placed on international travel as of 1 October 2020. Travellers will only be able to travel to/from OR Tambo (Johannesburg) International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka (Durban) International Airport. At present land borders will remain closed.

A risk-based system has been adopted in evaluating which countries will be allowed entry. Countries infection, transmission, and death rates will be evaluated. Those countries with rates higher than South Africa will be deemed high-risk and thus no leisure travellers will be allowed entry into South Africa. Counties with lower rates will fall into the medium or low-risk categories and residents from these countries will be allowed to travel to South Africa. Entry requirements will be determined based on this classification and these lists will be updated every 2 weeks.

Countries from medium and low-risk countries will be allowed to enter for leisure travel. Countries from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter for leisure travel however business workers, investors, and high-skilled professionals (including diplomats) will be allowed entry. If the passport of the traveller from a high-risk country indicates that they have spent the last 10 or more days in a low-risk country before departure, they may be considered to be arriving from a low-risk country.

No list of Low and Medium-Risk Countries has been published yet, but the following list of 22 High-Risk Countries (not able to enter South Africa at present) includes Albania, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (if applicable)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card and download a Covid Alert App
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in South Africa
  • Agree to health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19. Should they display any symptoms, they will be required to enter quarantine for 14 days at their own cost.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Tanzania

Tanzania – Open for Tourism

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As of June 2020, Tanzania has been accepting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect. Health screenings before boarding flights are mandatory and temperatures are taken on arrival. All safari companies and hotels are following strict protocols to ensure safety without compromising the unique safari experience that can only be found in Africa.

Multiple direct and indirect flight options from a variety of international destinations, including the United States and United Kingdom are now being operated by carriers including Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines and Qatar Airways.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa (online visas are being issued)
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. This is not enforced for all countries, but we recommend that all travellers have their certificates as a precautionary measure.
  • Agree to health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places

Horse riding in Uganda

Uganda – Open for Tourism

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After all airports and road borders closed in March 2020, international Entry to Uganda resumed from 1 October 2020.  The Ugandan Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has announced a set of standard operating procedures which includes tour operators and hotels following strict protocols. There is a curfew in place and masks need to be worn in public, but our horse safaris are generally in very low-density areas and the magic of a holiday in Uganda is not affected by these restrictions.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa – available on arrival
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 78 hours prior to arrival in Uganda
  • Agree to possible health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places
  • Be aware that they may be required to get tested in Uganda before boarding their return flight

Horse riding in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe – Open for Tourism

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Zimbabwe imposed a country-wide lockdown on 30 March 2020, with strict protocols followed throughout the country. Domestic Flights resumed from 10 September and the first international flights landed on 1 October 2020 with much excitement! All tourism activities such as game reserves, visits to the Victoria Falls, helicopter flights, horse safaris etc are fully operational.

Zimbabwe’s reopening comes with a trend starting in the region. South Africa also opened as of 1 October and Zambia reopened in July. While Zimbabwe’s other neighbors, Botswana and Mozambique are not yet open for tourism, they are expected to soon follow as more African nations gear to reopen safely.

While Zimbabwe has few international flights, Air Zimbabwe connects Harare with Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, Fastjet connects Harare with Johannesburg, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls, and Ethiopian Airlines connects Harare with Addis Ababa.

Travelers will have to:

  • Have a valid visa – available on arrival
  • Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
  • Possibly fill out a health declaration card
  • Provide full travel itinerary
  • Present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and the test must be taken no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Zimbabwe
  • Agree to possible health screening on arrival – Arriving passengers showing any symptoms or signs of COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested for COVID-19.
  • Show proof of travel health insurance
  • Respect local/regional laws with regards to wearing masks in public places