Travel during Covid

As travel restrictions are lifted to most East African countries and tourism resumes, entry is permitted with no quarantine for passengers from most countries around the world. For those who arrive without symptoms and present proof of a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel, you can continue on your safari safe in the knowledge that destinations are implementing the necessary protocols.

Kenya

In addition to having a valid passport & visa (apply before travel), the online Travelers Health Surveillance Form is to be completed prior to arrival, which requires that each traveller provides information about the status of their health. You will be emailed a QR code which you must present to the Port Health official upon arrival. Passengers will also be subjected to medical screening and exempt from quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

In addition to having a valid passport & visa (apply before travel), the online Travelers Health Surveillance Form is to be completed prior to arrival, which requires that each traveller provides information about the status of their health. You will be emailed a QR code which you must present to the Port Health official upon arrival. Passengers will also be subjected to medical screening and exempt from quarantine if they meet the following criteria:

  • The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F)
  • The passenger does not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu-like symptoms
  • The passenger has a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel (ie. tested and received results no more than 4 days before your first flight)

Movement around Kenya is possible with limited curfew and everyone in the country is expected to follow protocols which require that you wear a face covering in public, sanitise hands regularly with an approved sanitiser (min 70% alcohol) in the absence of running water and practise social distancing of 1.5m (approx arms length). Facilities and properties are following these guidelines and some do provide additional supplies. It is important that visitors check the latest health advice and preventative measures in place before departing for Kenya.

Tanzania

In addition to having a passport valid for 6 months & visa (apply online, at an Embassy or upon arrival), passengers will also be subjected to temperature screening and if they show any Covid symptoms, will be required to take a test. If you are tested for COVID-19 on arrival, you may be required to self-isolate for 14 days. All passengers are required to provide tracking information.

Although protocols are not being enforced, it is recommended that you wear a face covering in public, sanitise hands regularly with an approved sanitiser (min 70% alcohol) in the absence of running water and practise social distancing of 1.5m (approx arms length). Many facilities and properties are following these guidelines and some do provide additional supplies. It is important that visitors check the latest health advice and preventative measures in place before departing for Tanzania.

Uganda

In addition to having a passport valid for 6 months & visa (apply online or at an Embassy), passengers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 72 hours before their date of arrival (ie. tested and received results no more than 3 days before your first flight). You are required to proceed directly to your place of stay and to not mix with Ugandans. 

It is important that visitors check the latest health advice and preventative measures in place before departing for Uganda.

Rwanda

In addition to having a passport valid for 6 months & visa (apply online , at an Embassy or upon arrival for approved countries), passengers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test completed no more than 72 hours before their date of arrival (ie. tested and received results no more than 3 days before your first flight). Passengers are to complete the Passenger Locator Form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate prior to your arrival. Upon arrival, all travellers will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of first test done prior to arrival whereafter you are required to complete 24hrs in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test.

The Government of Rwanda has negotiated special rates at the designated hotels for the waiting period. Should a guest wish to remain in the hotel after receiving negative test results, they are welcome to extend their stay at the applicable hotel’s rates. The negotiated hotel rate is on a full board basis (inclusive of three meals, water or soft drinks) and any extras will be paid separately upon order.

Everyone in the country is expected to follow protocols which require that you wear a face covering in public where social distancing is not possible, sanitise hands regularly with an approved sanitiser (min 70% alcohol) in the absence of running water and practise social distancing of 1.5m (approx arms length). Facilities and properties are following these guidelines and some do provide additional supplies. It is important that visitors check the latest health advice and preventative measures in place before departing for Rwanda.