TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS BY COUNTRY

ALGERIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Air, land and sea borders are now partially open. You should check with the Algerian authorities for any entry requirements including exemptions. Previous restrictions on who could enter Algeria were removed on 1 June.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Testing/screening on arrival: Entry to Algeria requires evidence of a negative PCR test taken less than 36 hours before the date of arrival. Temperature checks may be undertaken on arrival. 
Passengers arriving on Air Algeria flights are required to spend 10 days in quarantine in a state nominated hotel, or just 5 days if they have a negative PCR test on Day 5. Payment for this must be made when flight tickets are purchased.

Restrictions

Travel between provinces is now permitted though public transport options remain limited. Urban transport and rail services are suspended at the weekends. Mosques are closed and a curfew is in effect from 8pm to 6am in 35 provinces including the capital Algiers.

The wearing of facemasks became mandatory.

Hotels are open, with compulsory sanitary measures in place; facilities may be restricted. 
From 26 July 2021, recreational areas, beaches, cultural centres, sports facilities and some markets are closed. Restaurants, fast food outlets and cafes are limited to takeaway only. Weddings, funerals and other large gatherings are banned.

For more information

Algeria Travel Restrictions

Additional Information

Coronavirus COVID-19 page on Algerian Ministry of Health

U.S Embassy in Algeria

UK.GOV| Foreign travel advice, Algeria

Key Information for Travelers Traveling to Algeria

ANGOLA

Opening/Reopening Details

Passengers connecting via Frankfurt are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test completed no more than 48 hours before arrival in Germany. 
Angola has banned entry to arrivals from Brazil and India, with exceptions for Angolan nationals and those with residence permits who must go into mandatory quarantine on arrival at a government facility. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers
From 16 January, all air passengers are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test immediately on disembarking the plane. This is currently free of charge, which is undertaken in a hangar at the airport, but can take time. Those receiving a negative result will be allowed entry and can continue through immigration. You will need to undertake compulsory self-quarantine for 10 days before undergoing a further COVID-19 test. Those receiving a positive COVID-19 result will go immediately into mandatory.
All passengers are required to show evidence of negative COVID-19 test completed 72 hours before departure from Angola

Visitor Country Restrictions

The majority of shops, banks, restaurants and markets continue to operate, with some restrictions (e.g. reduced opening hours). COVID-19 precautionary measures are in place including capacity limits for public transport and funerals. All beaches, cinemas, gyms and leisure centres are closed. 

Additional information

Angola Travel Restriction

Angolan COVID-19 Commission’s Website

U.S Embassy in Angola

Angola Travel Advice| GOV.UK

BENIN

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights are operating to and from Benin. Entry visas are restricted. Entry and exit at border crossings is limited to “extreme necessity” and authorised in liaison with bordering countries. The land border with Togo is closed. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All arriving passengers must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing – one test on arrival and a second test 14 days after the first negative test result. These tests are at passenger expense; fees are 100,000 FCFA inclusive for two tests, payable to airlines at the time of booking flights. Passengers will be required to leave their passports with Immigration Police for 72 hours until the first test results are received.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Travel in Benin: Travel within the country should be limited to essential travel only. Capacity on public transport is limited to 50%. 
Public places and services: Gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited. Restrictions on bars, restaurants and entertainment spots have been lifted. 
Visits to public institutions, including government buildings, have been limited. Additional measures include the requirement to wear face masks in public spaces and a systematic sanctioning of those people found to have breached restriction and confinement measures imposed on them.

Additional Information

Benin Travel Restrictions

Department of Foreign Affairs- Travel Advisory

Information Note On Passport Management for Incoming Passengers in Benin

Ministry of Health

Department of Emigration and Immigration

Presidential COVID-19 Task Force Bulletin

BOTSWANA

Opening/Reopening Details

Air travel has resumed to and from Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone, Maun International Airport, Kasane International Airport and G. Matante International Airport in Francistown.
Ground crossings have resumed.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

You must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test performed no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. After arrival, you will have to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days for self-monitoring. If you’re a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will need to undergo 14 day mandatory quarantine and testing at your own expense. If you’re not a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will denied entry. At Botswana border points, all travellers, including children, will be required to undergo an additional cost-free COVID-19 test to gain entry to Botswana. If the test is positive or you show COVID-19 symptoms, you may need to undergo 14 days isolation or quarantine at your own expense.

Visitor Country Restrictions

There is a nationwide curfew in place – with no movement of people, except those with a movement permit (for essential services), from 10pm to 4am. Botswana is divided into nine COVID-19 zones and the Government of Botswana has restricted the movement of people. You will need to apply for an interzonal travel permit to travel between zones. Travel within one of the nine COVID-19 zones, outside of the curfew times, does not require any special permissions. You should comply with these requirements wherever you are staying in Botswana, and continue to follow the advice of the government and local authorities. 

Many hotels and other accommodation providers are open.

The Government of Botswana has extended the State of Public Emergency until 30 September. The sale of alcohol is permitted on a takeaway basis and on weekdays only. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with precautionary measures in place including the compulsory wearing of face coverings and a requirement to have your temperature taken and to provide your name and contact details when entering.

Additional Information

Botswana Travel Restrictions

Botswana- Department of Foreign Affiars|Travel Advisory

Key Information for Travelors to Botswana

Government of Botswana’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

Government of Botswana Facebook page

Government of Botswana Twitter Feed

FAQs

BURKINA FASO

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights to and from Burkina Faso remain limited. Check with your travel company for the latest information. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice.

Requirements/protocols for Arriving Travelers

All international travellers will need to present a negative COVID 19 test certificate dated no more than 5 days prior to departure to Burkina Faso. You will need to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Burkina Faso, at a location of your choice and at your own cost. Daily controls will be carried out by the Centre of Health Emergency Response Operations (CORUS), including temperature tests. COVID 19 tests will be carried out on the 1st, 8th and 14th day following arrival.

Visitor Country Restrictions
Wearing face masks in public places is mandatory. The nationwide overnight curfew was lifted, except for the provinces that are under a State of Emergency (SoE). The provinces under SoE are: The East and Sahel regions, the provinces of Kossi and Sourou in Boucle de Mouhoun, the province of Kenedougou in Hauts Bassins, the province of Louroum in the North, and the province of Koulpelogo in the Center-East region. Markets, churches, mosques, and schools are open.

Additional Information

Burkina Faso Travel Restrictions

U.S Embassy in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso receives 150,000 Covid vaccines from the U.S

Guidelines on health and safety: Vaccines and Medicines, Stay Healthy and Safe , Healthy Travel Packing List, Travel Health Notices, After Your Trip

BURUNDI

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights to Burundi are now operating at a reduced capacity. Land borders with Tanzania and the DRC border crossing at Gatumba-Uvira are open. All other land and maritime borders are closed with the exception of goods and cargo. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All travellers to Burundi must have proof of a negative COVID-19 test issued in the last 72 hours. Arriving passengers will be tested on arrival at Bujumbura airport. All travellers to and from Burundi are requested to book their COVID tests through the Ministry of Health. Tests costs US $100, which will need to be paid in cash on arrival at Bujumbura international airport. Those under 18 will be asked to present identification and will be exempted from paying for the test. Passengers will receive an email with the results of their tests. You should arrange to take a private test. 
Pre-departure tests cost 60,000 Burundian Francs and must be paid for in cash at the Central Bank (BRB). Visitors to Burundi must get a visa before travel, via any Burundian diplomatic mission. 
Passengers do not have to quarantine on arrival but should self-isolate for 24 hours while awaiting the results of the PCR test. Any visitor who tests positive will be asked to self-quarantine until they have recovered, in a hotel of their own choice, at their own cost. 
There is no assistance available for people who may need to leave their hotel.

Visitor Country Restrictions

All persons requesting in-person services from the Bujumbura Mairie, or any of the Mairie’s satellite buildings in the zones or communes, must wear a face mask. All drivers and passengers of public transport vehicles, including taxis, motos and bicycle taxis, must wear a face mask. Night clubs and karaoke bars in Burundi are closed until further notice. Burundi’s national testing and prevention campaign was relaunched on January 11, 2021, and residents of Bujumbura are encouraged to voluntarily submit to a free test at one of the screening sites throughout the city. Persons who violate quarantine or other prevention measures may be subject to fines or other penalties.
Accommodation remains open but measures may be in place on a case by case basis.

Additional information

Burundi Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Burundi

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Burundi says it will accept COVID vaccines

CAPE VERDE

Opening/Reopening Details

Cape Verde air and sea borders are open.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

You’ll need a COVID-19 RT PCR nasal swab test or an antigen test (Ag-RDT) to enter Cape Verde. The test has to be done in the last 72 hours before travel. If you do not present a COVID-19 test done in the last 72 hours, you will not be allowed to board your flight. Children under 7 do not need to present a COVID-19 test. Prior to traveling you will need to complete the Airport Security Tax Form (TSA) on the EASE website and pay 3,400 escudos. This does not apply to visitors under 2 years of age or those who are normally resident in Cape Verde. (See Visas). If you’re travelling with a tour operator, check whether the cost of the TSA is included in your package.
An International Travel Form on the Covid19.cv website. You need to complete it online and submit it prior to your travel.
You should arrange to take a private test. Your temperature will be measured on arrival in Cape Verde. If your temperature is high, you will be taken to an assigned area at the airport where your temperature will be measured again. If it remains high, the Cape Verdean authorities may need you to do a COVID-19 test. If you arrive in Cape Verde without a negative COVID-19 test, you won’t be allowed to disembark. In exceptional circumstances, the Cape Verdean authorities may allow you entry but you will have to take the test at your own expense.
You’ll need to check the conditions for travel with the airline before you book a flight. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

Some hotel accommodation is open. Cape Verde is in a ‘state of contingency’. The Cape Verde government has started to ease some of the restrictive measures previously in place, while maintaining the need to observe the rules on social distancing and hygiene. Respect the rules on maximum occupancy in shops and service, restaurants, cafés and on public transport. If you test positive for COVID-19, it is still mandatory to self-isolate at your accommodation for 14 days. Shops and stores close at 8:30pm, with the exception of pharmacies and bread shops which close at 9pm. Bars, open-air cafés selling alcoholic drinks, restaurants, snack bars and takeaways close at 12am. Parties and social gatherings are restricted to family groups up to a maximum of 10. Cultural, recreational, sporting and leisure activities and family events, such as weddings and christening, are permitted, subject to the rules on social distancing and hygiene.
Beaches are open but access may be conditioned and rules on
maximum capacity in force.

The Cape Verde government has introduced the use of COVID certificates and negative test results to access services and activities.
You must wear a face mask in enclosed spaces, such as shops and supermarkets, health centres, schools, airports and ports, cafes and restaurants and on public transport. You should wear your face covering when you enter the building and keep it on until you leave. In cafes and restaurants, keep your mask on until you are seated. You must also wear a face mask outdoors where it is not possible to maintain a 2m social distance from people outside your family group. 

Additional information

Cape Verde Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Cape Verde

COVID-19 EM CABO VERDE

FAQs

CAMEROON

Opening/Reopening Details

There are now some commercial flight options to leave Cameroon. Cameroon has closed all its land, sea and air borders in response to coronavirus and has only partly reopened to nationals, residents, diplomats and professionals.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Proof of a recent (no older than three days before application) negative coronavirus test must be provided to obtain a visa. Separately, you must have proof of a recent (no older than three days before first boarding) negative coronavirus test to board your flight to Cameroon and to enter at Yaoundé or Douala Airports. Your negative coronavirus test result should be in PDF format, clearly stating the date of the test and the type of test (e.g. PCR).

Restrictions

Gatherings of over 50 people are prohibited. Restrictions on bars, restaurants and entertainment spots have been lifted. Visits to public institutions, including government buildings, have been limited. You must wear a face mask in public spaces and there is systematic sanctioning of those people found to have breached restriction and confinement measures imposed on them. Schools and other educational establishments have reopened, except in the North West and South West regions, where many remain closed due to the ongoing conflict.

Additional Information

Cameroon Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Cameroon

Foreign Travel Advice| UK.Gov

Covid-19 Information for Cameroon| U.S Embassy

Cameroon Ministry of Health COVID-19 website

Government Strategy for Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

Opening/Reopening Details

The airport is closed to most flights until 13 September. Passengers arriving from a country with local transmission of COVID-19 must undergo 21 days of self-quarantine.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Some incoming passengers need to undertake a (COVID-19) test on arrival. You should arrange to take a private test. 14 days self-isolation is mandatory for any person entering CAR who is coming from a location with local transmission of COVID-19. 
Airline companies must also cooperate with the government of CAR concerning quarantine and other measures necessary to manage the spread of coronavirus. 
All travellers entering CAR are required to wear face masks, use hand sanitiser, have their body temperatures taken and disinfect luggage among other measures.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Accommodation: There are limited options for accommodation in Bangui. 
Public places and services: A national curfew is in place. This curfew comes into effect at 10pm and ends at 5am. You should follow the government’s instructions and avoid travel around Bangui during these hours. 
It is compulsory to wear face masks in public places; no handshakes or kissing, instead use non-contact greetings for social interactions; ; public spaces must have hand-washing stations; places of worship and restaurants remain open; staying in your house or accommodation is encouraged.
If you test positive for COVID-19 while in CAR you will need to stay where you are to isolate. You must test negative before traveling. You may need to seek treatment where you are. The government does not provide any assistance for treatment, this would need to be covered by your insurance.

Additional Information

Central African Republic Travel Restrictions

Covid-19 Travel Advisory

Key Information for Travelers to Central African Republic

CHAD

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights to and from Chad have resumed as of 1 August but remain very limited.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Travellers will have their temperature screened on arrival. Anyone with a fever will be moved to a hospital. All international travellers are required to present a negative COVID 19 test certificate dated no more than 7 days prior to arrival in Chad. If you enter Chad, you’ll need to surrender your passport, quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on the 7th day.

There are quarantine measures in the capital N’Djamena and provincial capitals, banning entry and exit. The Government has introduced a curfew from 11pm to 5am in 6 provinces (Guera, Kanem, Logone Occidental, Logone Oriental, May-Kebbi Ouest, Mayo-Kebbi Est) and the capital N’Djamena, and declared a health emergency restricting movement and public gatherings throughout the country. They have also introduced new measures limiting attendance at funerals to 2 or 3 close family members and restricting access to mortuaries. Wearing face masks when outdoors is compulsory throughout the country with penalties, including potential imprisonment, for non-compliance.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Currently, there are no restrictions based on nationality or point of departure.

Additional Information

Statement from the President

COMOROS

Opening/Reopening Details

International flights to and from Comoros restarted on 7 September.

Visitor Travel Restrictions

Travel in Comoros: The authorities in Comoros have introduced measures, including enhanced screening procedures, to prevent the spread of coronavirus within Comoros, including between the islands of Grande Comore, Moheli and Anjouan. The number of passengers on public transport is limited (10 in buses, 4 in taxis). You must wear a face-mask in all public places, including markets, banks and shops and on public transport.
Accommodation: Some hotel and guesthouse accommodation are open, although many remain closed. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before travelling.
Public places and services: Wedding celebrations, commemorations and political gatherings have been banned until further notice. Schools and universities remain closed. You must wear a face mask in all public places, including markets, banks and shops and on public transport.

Additional Information

Camoros Travel Resrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Comoros

CONGO

Opening/Reopening Details

On 21 March, the Republic of Congo closed all land, air and maritime borders until further notice with the exception of cargo flight and vessels.

Requirements/Protocols for arriving Travelers

All passengers arriving in the Republic of Congo by commercial flights should provide proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test undertaken within 72 hours upon entry, with the exception of children under 11 years of age. Passengers who do not present a negative COVID-19 test upon entry will undertake a COVID-19 test at the airport, and need to self-isolate for 14 days, pending the results. 
Travellers entering the Republic of Congo may be subject to screening, including temperature checks. 

Visitor Travel Restrictions

A curfew remains in place in Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville from 11pm until 5am 
face masks must be worn in all public places. Gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited, with the exception of public markets, which are open on weekdays (except Wednesday) and Saturday. 

Bars and nightclubs are closed. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 you will not be able to travel and must isolate at home or in a hotel specifically requisitioned by the government, at your expense, for 14 days. You must test negative before traveling. Health authorities will inform you if you test positive and monitor the progress of those who do. The government does not provide any assistance for treatment, this would need to be covered by your insurance. 

Additional Information

Republic of the Congo Travel Restrictions

CÕTE D'IVOIRE

Opening/Reopening Details

Biometric in-person visa services at the Côte d’Ivoire Embassy in London are suspended due to COVID-19. Anyone wishing to enter Côte d’Ivoire who does not already have a visa should make their visa application through the e-visa service online before travel, available in English. If you are not an ECOWAS national, you must hold a valid visa or have had your application for an e-visa approved for Côte d’Ivoire before you travel. 
After registering and paying online, you’ll be able to collect your visa on arrival at Abidjan airport. You’ll need to apply for the e-visa online several days before your date of travel to allow time for your application to be processed. Make sure you follow instructions on the website carefully to avoid any difficulties with airlines or immigration authorities.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

If you are arriving in Côte d’Ivoire, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result, dated a maximum of 5 days prior to travel, before being allowed to board your flight. You should arrange to take a private test. You’ll also need to complete the DDVA form prior to arrival at a cost of 2000 XOF, available online. You’ll need to hand in this form on arrival and comply with the medical monitoring system which has been put in place by the authorities for anyone arriving in Côte d’Ivoire from outside. This includes providing temperature readings and registering your contact details.

Departing Côte d’Ivoire: If you’re departing Côte d’Ivoire you’ll need to complete the online DDVA form at a cost of 2000 XOF. All travellers aged 11 and over who are departing Côte d’Ivoire will also need to pay 48,000 XOF online for a COVID-19 test at a COVID-19 test centre.

Visitor Travel Restrictions

Travel in Côte d’Ivoire: The ban on all movement to and from Abidjan was lifted on 15 July. 
Accommodation: Most hotels and other accommodation are now open. 

Public places and services: Most COVID-19 related restrictions have been lifted; however, you need to wear face masks in public places. There are hand-washing facilities and/or antibacterial gel available before entering most public buildings and restaurants. 
Schools, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cinemas and theatres are open. 

Additional Information

Côte d’Ivoire Travel Restrictions

Covid-19 information| U.S Embassy

Côte d’Ivoire Travel Advice| UK.Gov

Ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations in Côte d'Ivoire| YouTube

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Opening/Reopening Details

DRC authorities opened their international and internal borders on 15 August. DRC’s neighbouring countries may have border restrictions in place. If you are planning travel in the region, you should check the travel advice for Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia and Angola.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All travellers entering DRC are subject to screening, including temperature checks. Travellers aged 11 and above need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test upon entry to DRC and/or proof of vaccination against COVID-19. The test result date must be within the 72 hours prior to your arrival date. Children under the age of 11 are exempt. In addition, the Congolese Civil Aviation Authority has announced that all passengers, even those vaccinated, will be subjected to a PCR COVID-19 test at the airport upon arrival 
*Testing on departure: You must provide proof of a negative test for coronavirus upon departure. The test result date must fall within 3 days before your departure date and be provided by either INRB (Institut National de Recherche Biomédicale – The National Institute of Biomedical Research) or a medical facility approved by them. You may be subjecting to screening, including temperature checks, when leaving DRC.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Restrictions have been placed on the number of people per vehicle for public transport. Wearing of facemasks is mandatory in public and private transport not only in transport also in public areas. The police will issues fines of 5000 Congolese Frances if masks are not worn. 

Accommodation: Hotels remain open. You should keep up to date with information from your tour operator.
Public places and services: A curfew is in place from 18 December between 10pm and 4am. You should not be outside without justifiable reason (eg a medical emergency during these hours).
DRC authorities have announced the following public health measures:
• businesses, banks, restaurants and shops have re-opened in Kinshasa with social distancing measures in place. 
• places of worship, stadiums and performance halls have reopened with social distancing measures in place. 
• schools, colleges and universities are closed. 
• social enterprises eg bars and nightclubs remain closed 

Additional Information

DRC Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo Travel Advisory 

DR Congo: COVID-19 vaccine hesitation amid surging cases in third wave| Youtube

DIJIBOUTI

Opening/Reopening Details

On July 17, 2020, Djibouti’s Ambouli International Airport opened for incoming and outgoing passenger traffic.  Air Djibouti, Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, flydubai, Qatar Airways and Turkish Airlines have all resumed flights in and out of Djibouti.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

With effect from 21 June, all passengers arriving in Djibouti who cannot show evidence of having been vaccinated, will have to spend 10 days in quarantine in their own accommodation. 
Whether arriving by air, land or sea, if you are over 11 years of age, you will also be required to provide a PCR test certificate from the country where you started your journey. The test must be taken within 72 hours of the start of the journey and 120 hours of arrival in Djibouti. 
Passengers who started their journeys or transited South Africa, India or Brazil will not be allowed to enter Djibouti due to increasing concerns about COVID-19 variants. Djiboutian Nationals are not allowed to travel to those countries. Djiboutian Residents should double check with their airline before planning to travel to those countries. 

If the test result is positive, foreign travellers will have to go into quarantine, at their own expense, at a hotel agreed with those conducting the test or if showing symptoms into the hospital, until testing negative. Djiboutian nationals who test positive can choose to go to a government isolation site at no cost or pay costs of staying at a hotel. You should arrange to take a private test.

All travellers must present a negative PCR test when leaving Djibouti. From 21 June, when leaving Djibouti, foreign residents of Djibouti (as well as Djiboutian nationals) are required to show evidence of having received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine or evidence of an appointment overseas for a vaccine or provide evidence of medical exemption from having the vaccine.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Local measure: Face coverings must be worn in public and private spaces where social distancing is not possible. Restaurants, shops are open with social distancing measures in place. 
Accommodation: Hotels were permitted to reopen from 30 June 2020 with social distancing measures in place. 
Public places and services: Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited. Government offices and places of worship have reopened with social distancing in place.

Additional Information

Djiboutian Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Djibouti

Djibouti (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

Djibouti receives more COVID-19 jabs as vaccination drive underway

EGYPT

Opening/Reopening Details

Since 1 July 2020, the Egyptian government has permitted international flights to and from Egyptian airports. Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check with your airline before you travel.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

From 1 September 2020, all persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas, to any part of Egypt, will be required to present a negative PCR test certificate on arrival, and an indication of when the test was taken. The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure. Passengers arriving from London Heathrow only are permitted to have their PCR test conducted no more than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Children under the age of 6 are exempt from providing negative PCR test certificates.

If your test result is positive, the Egyptian authorities are likely to ask you to self-isolate for up to 14 days in a separate room allocated for quarantine within your hotel. If symptoms persist, you may be transferred to a public hospital. You may also choose to go to a private hospital, under the supervision of the Ministry of Health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. 
You must comply with all instructions given by the Egyptian authorities. Failure to do so may result in you being refused permission to enter Egypt and/or legal enforcement.

Visitor Country Restrictions

There are currently restrictions on public transportation operating from midnight until 4am. There are also restrictions on schools, universities, cafes, bars, clubs, hotels and tourist locations operating at a reduced capacity. The authorities may announce the closure of public spaces, including parks and beaches at short notice, around public holidays. You should follow the guidance of the local authorities. The wearing of face masks is mandatory in closed public spaces, including government buildings, private offices, malls, retail outlets and public transport including private taxis. Legal penalties could be applied for non-compliance. 

Additional Information

Egypt Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus in Egypt, what should you keep in mind?

Key Information for Travelers to Egypt

Welcome Back to Egypt (video)

Government of Egypt’s Ministry of Health and Population’s social media accounts (Arabic only)

6 Days in Egypt during Covid-19: the benefits of traveling to Egypt during the pandemic

FAQs

EQUITORIAL GUINEA

Opening/Reopening Details

Equatorial Guinea has reopened its borders to nationals, residents, diplomats and visa holders travelling for business reasons or with government approval. However, entry into Equatorial Guinea is prohibited for all passengers (including stopover flights) traveling from the UK and anyone travelling from India, irrespective of their original place of embarkation.
Restrictions on the number of flights are in place. National carriers are allowed two weekly flights and international carriers are permitted one weekly flight. Diplomatic missions and international organisations must submit a list of their personnel and/or family members travelling to Equatorial Guinea, in advance of arrival to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, confirming date of arrival, flight number and place of origin. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

On arrival, passengers are required to undergo a rapid COVID-19 test. You will also be required to provide proof of a negative coronavirus (COVID-19) test result, using a polymerase chain reaction (PRC) test, taken within the last 48 hours. 
All passengers are then required to quarantine for 4 days, even if they test negative, and take a second test once the 4 days have passed. Those who test negative after the second test will be free to leave quarantine. Those who test positive will be transferred to a health centre allocated by the government and will be required to quarantine for a further 14 days. Authorities may withdraw passports from passengers if an invalid PCR test is presented. You should arrange to take a private test. 
Screening on arrival: Your temperature will be taken at arrival at airports and ports.

Visitor Country Restrictions

You must wear a mask in public places.

The hotel sector is now open. The use of masks within hotels and other accommodation is compulsory.

Public places and services: There is a daily curfew from 10pm to 6am across the country, except in Bata where it runs from 7pm to 6am; masks are compulsory in all open spaces, public buildings, on public transport and in private vehicles if accompanied by other people. Authorities conduct regular patrols and you may be fined if you are caught not wearing a mask. Markets, banks, restaurants, places of worship and cultural events have resumed normal operations nationwide. Bars, discotheques, casinos and other entertainment venues have been closed. Weddings baptisms and other celebratory events have been suspended. Places of worship must adhere to strict preventative guidelines. Schools have reopened but at maximum 50% capacity. Other mass gatherings are not permitted. Some venues take temperatures and supply hand sanitizer.

Additional Information

Equatorial Guinea Travel Restrictions

A step in the right direction

Equatorial Guinea (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

Equatorial Guinea: COVID-19 restrictions remain tightened as of April 20 /update 18

Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Health website

ERITREA

Opening/reopening details

Eritrea’s land borders are closed and international and domestic flights are suspended until further notice. There are occasional charter flights organised by Embassies.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Self-isolation or quarantine is now reduced to 7 days, from 14-day, for those coming with a negative PCR test certificate. All incoming passengers must have a PCR negative test certificate issued within the last 72-hours. All incoming passengers will be tested after the self-isolation period and must be cleared before exiting the place of self-isolation.

Restrictions

An internal travel ban has been lifted. Check-points are in place between main towns. Public transport (buses and taxis) are operating normally. Private vehicles are allowed on the roads. 

Hotels are open. Most shops and business have re-opened following the easing of lockdown. Cinemas and night-clubs remain closed.

Additional Information

Eritrea Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Eritrea

ESWATINI

Opening/Reopening Details

Eswatini Air Link services between Johannesburg OR Tambo and Sikhuphe International Airport in Eswatini were re-introduced on 12 October, with a flight every other day. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 72 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry.
Upon arriving in Eswatini, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked about your country of origin and any transit stops.
If you do not present a negative COVID-19 result on entry, or if you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at your own cost.
You may be required to undergo a quarantine period not exceeding 14 days, or isolation as advised by the port health officers.

Departure Requirements

You should arrange to have a COVID-19 test no more than 72hrs before you travel. Testing will be at your own expense at a private laboratory. Upon exiting, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and asked details about your country of destination and any transit stops. If you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be allowed to exit the country. “Essential travellers” such as daily commuters (e.g. scholars, teachers and truck drivers) who have been making cross border travel during the travel restriction period, will continue to be able to travel following the protocols they have previously used.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Travel within Eswatini is possible, but road blocks or unexpected protests and road closures could occur. You should continue to avoid protests, demonstrations, or marches. Stay alert for signs of disturbances. Travel after 6pm is not permitted whilst the curfew is in place.

It is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle.

A few hotels are open for business despite the partial lockdown. Strict hygiene measures are in place to ensure guest safety. There is a requirement for 1.5 metres of social distance with others.

Gatherings remain prohibited except for funerals, community meetings, weddings, professional low-contact sports and religious services. Gatherings are limited to 2.5 hours, with a maximum of 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors. 
Only outdoor entertainment and arts activities are allowed. The maximum number of people permitted at an outdoor entertainment event has been reduced to 200. 

Additional Information

Eswatini Travel Advice

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini

Eswatini COVID-19 Response Gets a Boost

Effectiveness of Covid-19 Vaccination in Eswatini Against SARS-CoV-2 Associated Hospitalization and Death

ETHIOPIA

Opening/Reopening Details

There are special measures in place at all borders when entering Ethiopia. Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT PCR test result issued within the previous 120 hours (5 days), starting from the time the sample is given, is required for all air passengers over the age of 10 years entering Ethiopia. Arrivals must then complete 7 days mandatory self-quarantine. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Addis Ababa Bole International Airport (and other international airports) have put in place measures to screen passengers arriving, departing or transiting through Ethiopia. Arriving passengers are required to present a negative RT PCR COVID-19 test certificate with digital reference code prior to entry (see Entry to Ethiopia). Additional screening may include temperature measurements, completing a health screening questionnaire and answering questions from health officials. This will include checks on recent travel to affected areas and your accommodation details for your self-isolation (see Quarantine requirements below). 
Anyone who is suspected of having COVID-19 will be taken to a government designated isolation centre where they will receive appropriate follow-up care and will be tested. Any person that tests positive for COVID-19 will be prohibited from entering Ethiopia. 
Anyone with a pre-existing condition that requires regular medicines should bring sufficient amounts to cover a potential unplanned additional 2 week stay. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

Gatherings (including religious gatherings, weddings and funerals) are limited to 50 people.

Deliberate physical contact is banned, including greetings by handshake
Wearing of face masks is mandatory in all public places (except for children under 6 years or those with a relevant provable condition) 
Individuals will be expected to ensure that they are 2 adult strides apart at all times
Schools, universities and daycare centres are banned from operating until appropriate safety measures are agreed.

All sectors and businesses (including hotels, cinemas, tour operators) must provide necessary sanitising material and information to customers and staff, maintain 2 strides distance where appropriate and maintain the cleanliness of their premises. Cafes, bars and restaurants are limited to serving three people per table. Occupancy limits are in place for nightclubs as well as rules on no contact. Sports may take place in compliance with coronavirus measures, but no spectators are allowed apart from participants

Visits to care homes for the elderly are prohibited. Visits to prisons must comply with coronavirus measures
Public transport providers must comply with relevant coronavirus measures, including reduced passenger loads, mask-wearing and ventilation.

Most hotels and accommodation remain open. You should follow national coronavirus measures. See ‘local coronavirus measures’ in Travel in Ethiopia.

Additional Information

Ethopia Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Ethiopia

Ethiopian Airlines COVID-19 Page

Ethiopia, Libya, Zimbabwe/COVID-19 & other topics - Daily Press Briefing (2 July 2021)

Ethiopian Airlines - We set best-in-class safety and hygiene for you travel (video)

Federal Ministry of Health

Ethiopian Public Health Institute

GABON

Opening/Reopening Details

Flight restrictions have eased to allow two flights per airline, per week. Land and sea borders are closed.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All passengers travelling to Gabon must present a valid negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no older than 3 days or a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate for entry into Gabon. 
On arrival, all passengers must take a compulsory test for COVID-19 at Libreville Airport. Passengers are then required to self-isolate for 24 hours in designated hotels at their own expense whilst the COVID-19 test is being processed. Passports will be retained by the immigration authorities during this time and returned after successful completion of the isolation time. If the COVID-19 test is negative, passengers will be issued a test certificate, which is valid for 14 days and can be renewed at the end of this period after another test is undertaken. Holders of vaccination certificates are exempt from the compulsory testing and self-isolation. 
If a COVID-19 test taken at the airport is positive, then passengers are required to continue self-isolation and await specific instructions from Gabonese health authorities. Visitors to Gabon will have to go to one of the hotels which the government of Gabon has nominated for isolation. British nationals resident in Gabon who test positive are required to isolate at home and dial the toll free number 1410 for further instructions. All COVID-19 tests taken in Gabon supersede any that were taken before arrival in Gabon. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

You must wear a mask in public areas. 
Taxis are only permitted to carry up to three passengers.

Accommodation: Hotels have reopened.
Public places and services: Markets have reopened as normal.

Restaurants with a terrace have reopened.

Gatherings of more than 30 people are banned, however, parliament and educational institutions are exempt from this limit. 
All place of worship can only open one day a week. Places of worship with a maximum of 30 people have to observe the ‘sanitary protocol’ which includes compulsory wearing of masks, hand sanitisation, and social distancing. 
Schools will close at 3pm each day to comply with general curfew. Hospital visits are forbidden without authorisation from medical authorities. 
Bars and motels have reopened until 8:30pm. 

Access to restaurants and places of worship is subject to presentation of negative PCR test or a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate. 
Wearing of masks in public is compulsory from the age of 5 years old.

Additional Information

Gabon Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Gabon

COVID-19 Website

Ministry of Health Website and Facebook

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GAMBIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights to and from The Gambia remain very limited. The land border with Senegal is open.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

To enter The Gambia, you will need to show a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrived in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials upon arrival. If arriving from the United Kingdom you will be expected to take a mandatory rapid diagnostic COVID-19 test on arrival. If your results are returned negative you will be allowed to travel on to your destination with advice to report to health authorities if any symptoms develop.

Failure to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before you arrive in The Gambia to Ministry of Health officials or a positive test on arrival will result in you being tested and quarantined for 14 days at your own cost.

Visitor Country Restrictions

All facilities in The Gambia are open.
Social distancing measures should be applied. 

Additional Information

Gambia Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to The Gambia

The Gambia’s Ministry of Health Website

Ministry of Health

State House of The Gambia’s official Facebook Page

FAQs

GHANA

Opening/Reopening Details

Kotoka International Airport is open. Commercial flights are operating to and from Ghana.

Land and sea borders remain closed.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Coronavirus tests before departure: On 21 April the Government of Ghana introduced the mandatory digitisation of all COVID-19 tests for international air travel, with the implementation of the Trusted Travel Scheme. Passengers travelling to Ghana are now required to: 
1. Take a Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test with one of the listed providers within 72 hours of departure. Visit https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ for a certified list of providers. 
2. Create an account at https://trustedtravel.panabios.org/ with the same email address and mobile telephone number you give your PCR test provider. Log on and select check-in; select your destination country and Ghana as your departure country; select lab tests (TT); select the matching lab test from the drop down options; click save; provide your flight and passport details as requested; click save to generate a Travel Code (TC); your TC code is then generated for you to copy or download.
3. If your provider is unable to upload your test certificate on your behalf you should enter your TT or BIOMARS code from your PCR certificate, or upload the certificate yourself.
4. Whilst the system remains new we also recommend travelling with hard copy proof of this negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result, to present on arrival. 
Children under the age of 5 are exempt. For passengers who have transited other countries before arriving in Ghana, the first country of departure will be the reference point. 
The same arrangements apply to passengers aged 11+ departing from Ghana, and you may not be allowed to board flights without uploading a certified Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID test. Visit https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/ for a certified list of providers in Ghana. Whilst the system remains new we also recommend travelling with hard copy proof of this negative Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) COVID-19 test result, to present on departure. 

Wear a face-mask throughout their flight and upon landing in Accra.
Undergo a temperature check on arrival.
On arrival all passengers will be subject to a mandatory COVID-19 test at Kotoka International airport. The test is an antigen fluorescent immunoassay test and it will be conducted before baggage is collected at a cost of $150 per passenger. Payment should be made online prior to boarding. Children under the age of five are exempt.

If you do test positive on arrival and go into quarantine, a PCR test is carried out on day two or three. That test result will normally be ready within 48 hours. The quarantine process is managed by Ghana Health Service.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Travel in Ghana: Domestic flights and public transport systems are operating normally. Public transport systems are operating normally. 
Accommodation: Most hotels and other rented accommodation are now open, and implementing COVID-19 health and safety measures.

The Government of Ghana recommends the use of takeaway service where possible and that people do not sit down to eat in restaurants. 
Pubs, cinemas and nightclubs are closed. 
Beaches are closed but some tourist sites remain open. 
Weddings, concerts, parties, theatrical performances and funerals are banned (private burials with no more than 25 attendees are allowed).

Additional Information

Ghana Travel Restrictions

Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Travel Advisory

Guidelines and Protocols for the Tourism & Hospitality Industry

#StaySafeKnowGhana Campaign

Guidelines for International Flight Operations on COVID-19 Safety at the Kotoka International Airport:

COVID-19 information website

GUINEA

Opening/Reopening Details

The country’s land and maritime borders are closed, and all international flights are suspended- humanitarian flights are excempt- until further notice. On 27 March the President announced a state of emergency, closing the borders. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Quarantine measures were in force when the airport was open and those passengers showing coronavirus symptoms were taken to a government quarantine facility. COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Visitor Country Restrictions

The President has extended the health state of emergency from 15 June for up to 30 days. Movement is limited out of Conakry although there is now no limit to movement to Conakry. There is a limit of 30 people assembling for marriage, baptism and funeral services in Conakry and 100 people in the interior of the country. Schools and mosques are closed, as well as bars. However some school openings from 29 June and reopening from 22 June of places of worship exclusively in the areas which have not recorded any cases of Covid-19 for a period of at least 30 days.There is a curfew from 11pm to 4am in Greater Conakry including Coyah and Dubéreka.

Additional Information

Guinea Travel Restrictions

Travel Advisory

Guinean National Health Service

Head of State Address

GUINEA-BISSAU

Opening/Reopening Details

Land and sea borders have now re-opened and commercial air links have resumed.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All those entering Guinea Bissau must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited institution, taken within the last five days. You should arrange to take a private test. 
You will also have to take a COVID test within 72 hours of your departure from Guinea Bissau at a cost of 30,000 CFA. Tests are only available in the capital, Bissau. 

You may also be required to fill in a form with information on your origin and contacts. If you display any symptoms for COVID-19 on arrival, you will be tested again, and have to remain in isolation at your place of residence until results are delivered. If someone on your flight is thought to have COVID-19, you may be required to isolate at one location for 14 days, and be monitored by the health authorities.

Visitor Country Restrictions

The government of Guinea-Bissau announced a state of calamity until 8 September. Under the state of calamity, you must wear a mask or face covering in public, including on public transport. Non-adherence to mask wearing is subject to a fine of 5000XOF. Gatherings indoors are limited to 50% capacity, and social distancing of 1 metre must be respected.

The government has set up a coronavirus hotline that you can call on: 1919 or 2020.

Additional Information

Guinea-Bissau Travel Restrictions

Guinea-Bissau: Officials enhance domestic COVID-19 restrictions though Sept. 10 /update 25


KENYA

Opening/Reopening Details

Effective from 11 June, all flight restrictions between Kenya and the United Kingdom have been lifted.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All passengers/crew, irrespective of nationality and residency status, coming to Kenya from the UK via any route of travel must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 96 hours before travel. Children under the age of five are exempt from this requirement. 

All passengers/crew irrespective of nationality and residency status coming to Kenya from the UK via any route of travel shall be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival and must take a PCR test four days after arrival. Passengers shall submit daily health information, including the results of their day four PCR test, on the Jitenge Platform / App for 14 consecutive days.
Visitor Country Restrictions
A curfew is in effect across Kenya from 10pm to 4am (local time). During curfew hours, everyone must stay at home or indoors, except for essential service workers. 

The Government of Kenya has asked individuals to avoid unnecessary movement and gatherings. 
The Government of Kenya has advised that passengers departing the airport during curfew must retain their boarding pass as proof of their arrival time, which will allow for movement to their accommodation.

You do not need a COVID-19 negative test to board domestic flights within Kenya.

in addition to public transport systems, social distancing rules – in the form of capacity restrictions – will also apply when using private vehicles, including taxis. This means five-seater vehicles will only be allowed to carry two passengers in addition to the driver, while seven-seater vehicles will only be allowed four passengers in addition to the driver. 

The Government of Kenya has directed that face masks must be worn in public places, except when dining, or when adhering to social distancing in hotels, gardens or on beaches. Public places, tourism and hospitality establishments, travel and tour companies, hotels and other accommodations, and recreation facilities are allowed to operate, provided they comply with Government of Kenya public health protocols, including social distancing and the night-time curfew of 10pm (local).

All bars across Kenya are required to close at 7pm (local time). 

All public and political gatherings are prohibited. 
The maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals has been capped at 50, with all in attendance expected to abide by Ministry of Health protocols. 
Kenyan citizens have been advised to avoid crowded places and to work remotely where possible. 
For More Information:

Kenya Travel Restrictions

COVID-19: Kenyan president warns against 'vaccine nationalism'

Kenyan Ministy of Health COVID-19 Website

Magical Kenya COVID-19 Information

MinistryofHealthKE

FAQs

LESOTHO

Opening/Reopening Details

Movement across the Lesotho border is currently restricted to people providing essential goods and services, business people, diplomats, commuters, students and teachers, pensioners collecting their pensions, and those travelling for funerals of parents, children, siblings and grandparents only. Travel for medical reasons and other special cases is also allowed with approval of the Ministry of Health. 
Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

A negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours is required for entry. 

The Government of Lesotho has stated that from 1 August digitalised AU Trusted Travel certificates will be required for entry and exit. 

You should arrange to take a private test. 
Limited passenger air services between Johannesburg and Moshoeshoe International Airport have restarted. The the COVID-19 PCR test requirements are the same as for the land borders. 
A PCR test is also required to depart from Lesotho and enter South Africa through the land borders. 
Lesotho residents may re-enter Lesotho using the same PCR test that they presented on exit for a period of 14 days from the test date. 

The hours of operation at border posts are restricted in line with national curfews in Lesotho and South Africa. Some smaller border posts remain closed. 
Everyone entering Lesotho will be screened for coronavirus. You should comply with any additional screening measures. 

Travellers showing symptoms of coronavirus will be required to self-isolate at their permanent or temporary residence or may be placed in an isolation facility in a government hospital at their own expense. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

Lesotho is under “Purple Level” restrictions. A curfew is in place from 9pm to 5am. 
There are restrictions in place on the numbers permitted to be carried in taxis and public transport. Masks must be worn at all times. Eating in the vehicle is prohibited. Anyone leaving their place of residence must wear a face covering. This includes while walking in the street, and in shops and public offices.

Hotels are permitted to open at full occupancy. Conferences and workshops are permitted at 50% of the conference facility. Not all hotels have yet re-opened. 

Supermarkets, grocery shops, hardware stores, cafes and clothing stores are permitted to operate normally but must observe COVID-19 Protocols on sanitisation and social distancing. Hair salons may operate an appointment-only service between 8am and 6pm. Off licenses can operate Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm with take-out service only.

All over the counter essential service providers are permitted to operate with 50% maximum staff capacity. Digital payment methods are encouraged. Fuel stations may operate 24 hours. 
Schools and colleges are permitted to operate on a rotational basis. Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation. 

Textile and manufacturing industries can operate at 50% capacity for both a day and night shift. Other businesses, public and private institutions and NGOs may operate between 8am and 4pm with 50% of staff on rotation. 
Hotels may open at 100% capacity. Conferences and workshops can be held but numbers are restricted to 50% of the conference venue capacity. 

Restaurants and fast food outlets may operate with 50% seated capacity between 6am and 8pm. COVID-19 protocols must be observed (including sanitisation and social distancing). Alcohol is only permitted to be sold as take-out. 
Social and family gatherings are not permitted. 

Church services are permitted indoors only and with numbers limited to 30% capacity of the church. 

Gyms may operate outside with not more than 50 people and must observe social distancing. Only non-contact sports are permitted. Spectators are not permitted. 
Public parks and recreational areas are closed.
Political rallies are not permitted. Entertainment events are prohibited. 

Additional Information

Lesotho Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Lesotho

National University of Lesotho makes strides towards the possible treatment of COVID-19

Public Health COVID-19 Risk Determination and Mitigation Measures

LIBERIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Passengers who have travelled from India, Pakistan or Bangladesh in the previous 14 days are banned from entering Liberia. 
Roberts International Airport (RIA) is open for commercial flights. There are no direct flights from the UK. Air France, Brussels Airlines and Royal Air Maroc usually offer a connecting service via Paris, Brussels or Casablanca. Flight availability could change at very short notice. Some regional airlines are operating with reduced flight schedules. If you wish to travel, you should contact your airline or travel agent for confirmation of flight schedules. You must wear a mask during transit and on arrival in Liberia. In Roberts International Airport, you must stand in marked spaces within the terminal to allow for social distancing. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Before travelling to Liberia, you must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited lab, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status. Your test must be conducted a maximum of 96 hours before arrival in Liberia. 
You must complete a Health Screening Arrival Form before arrival, for monitoring and contact tracing. You must provide your passport details, contact details in Liberia, next of kin details, your travel details (including flight details, with seat number and any transit locations), any countries visited in the previous 14 days, and you must complete the symptom checker. You must select a payment option for your COVID-19 test (payment via app or payment on arrival). Some travellers have reported problems with online payment. You should ensure you carry sufficient cash (US dollars) for payment on arrival. If double-charged you can present proof of online payment and seek a refund. Each adult traveller must download the app and register individually. You can register children via a parent’s app. When you arrive in Liberia, you must be able to show proof that you have completed the symptom tracker form. If you experience problems using the app, staff will assist you at the airport on arrival. 

On arrival at Roberts International Airport, travellers will be screened for COVID-19 using rapid tests, with results available in approximately 20 minutes. Any travellers testing positive will be transported by health authorities to the government “Precautionary Observation Center (POC)”, or mandatory quarantine facility, at Star Base. Travellers will be held there pending PCR results and may not be released until confirmed negative for COVID-19. Travellers staying at the POC will usually be given a second test between day 7-9 of quarantine and may be released the following day (i.e. day 8-10) if results are negative. PCR test results usually take several days and at busy periods have taken two weeks due to laboratory backlogs. 

On arrival at entry points, staff will check your temperature and you must wash your hands with soap and water. You must show your symptom checking screening form (mobile app) to public health staff. You must also show your flight itinerary 
If you display symptoms of coronavirus, public health officials may take you to a government quarantine or medical facility. 

Passengers entering Liberia will be tested for COVID-19 by the National Public Health Reference Laboratory team (unless exempt from testing). Sample collection involves taking a swab of the inside of your nose and the back of your throat, using a long cotton bud, for rapid testing. Results should be available within 20 minutes. You may also be required to submit a sample for PCR testing. Sample processing could take several days. You will receive a unique identification number to retrieve your test results online 
You must present proof of payment for your test before your sample is collected. Travellers arriving from ECOWAS countries must pay US$50. Travellers from countries outside the ECOWAS region must pay US$75. There are two payment options available. You can pay in advance via the Lib Travel mobile app, or alternatively, you can pay at the United Bank for Africa (UBA) banking window (in US dollars cash or by card) on arrival.

Government of Liberia strongly recommends that all travellers self-isolate for 7 days and self-monitor symptoms via the Lib Travel app for 14 days, beginning the day after arrival in Liberia. 
If you are travelling on behalf of government, an international organisation/NGO or a company, you should check with your organisation whether they have pre-arranged a private POC, i.e. quarantine facility, authorised by NHPIL. The Embassy cannot provide POC facilities. If you show symptoms, you may be transferred to a government POC or treatment centre. 

​Visitor Country Restrictions

Authorities may impose a lockdown or curfew if COVID-19 cases continue to rise. You should monitor government communications. 

If you go out in public, you must wear a face mask which covers your nose and mouth. You must also wear a mask when using public transport. Limits on passenger numbers apply: taxis must not carry more than 3 passengers in the back and 1 in the front; “keh-kehs” (tricycle taxis) must not carry more than 2 passengers in the back and none in the front. Motorbikes may only carry one passenger. 

You must maintain social distancing of a minimum of 1 metre (3 feet) from others in public places and businesses (except in public transport). Mandatory hand washing with soap and clean water, or alcohol-based sanitiser is required at all premises. 

You must ensure you have made arrangements for accommodation before travelling to Liberia. Some hotels are open but you should check and book in advance. Health measures including hand washing, wearing a mask and social distancing of 1 metre (3 feet), apply in all hotels. 

Businesses such as banks, supermarkets, restaurants and salons are open. Health measures including handwashing, wearing a mask and social distancing of 1 metre (3 feet) apply. Some businesses have limits on the number of customers permitted to enter at one time. Only 10 customers are permitted inside bank service areas and only 20 customers inside supermarkets, night clubs and bars. Prevention measures must be followed inside and while queuing to enter. Some offices and businesses may also require temperature checks before entry. Nightclubs, bars and other establishments serving alcohol are permitted to open until 9pm. 
You are required to wear face masks in all commercial premises, public places and government buildings. Places of worship are permitted to hold services. Education facilities, healthcare facilities and pharmacies remain open with health measures in place. 

Gatherings (e.g. parties, funerals, weddings) of up to 20 people are permitted as long as preventative measures can be maintained (masks, social distancing, hand-sanitiser/washing). No spectators are allowed at sporting events.
Public offices must reduce staff by 50% with other staff working at home. 

Additional Information

Liberia Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Key Information for Travelers to Liberia

COVID: Liberia's hospitals brace for surge in admissions

Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs & Tourism (MICAT)

National Public Health Institute of Liberia

Liberian Ministry of Health web page

LIBYA

Opening/Reopening Details

Most of the land and sea borders remain closed. All borders of Eastern Libya are currently open. The entry restrictions may vary depending on the epidemiological situation of each country. Emsaed border crossing point is open for entry and exit. Ras Ajdir border crossing will remain closed with exceptions granted for returning Libyans.
Residents are allowed to enter. Foreign nationals are allowed to enter, though flights to Libya remain limited.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Travellers will undergo health checks along with temperature screening. A COVID-19 PCR test will be administered.
Anyone arriving in Benghazi as well as other areas in eastern Libya will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate issued within the last 48 hours prior to their arrival. Travellers departing from Libya must have a PCR test carried out within 20 hours before flight.
On arrival, travellers will undergo PCR testing and must quarantine for three days until the result is received. Travellers with a positive result will be transferred to a designated centre for further treatment, and those with a negative result will be subject to home quarantine for ten days.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Libya has announced a number of measures and restrictions to limit the spread of the virus. Implementation of these measures has been relaxed but they may be tightened again at short notice.

Additional Information

Libya Travel Restrictions

National Centre of Disease Control (NCDC)

Key Information for Travelers to Libya

Streets deserted amid curfew in Tripoli, Libya

Libya receives doses of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Libya opens largest vaccination centre | AFP

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

MADAGASCAR

Opening/Reopening Details

Madagascar has suspended all routine international flights and private flights until further notice. Cruise ships are not currently permitted to berth in Madagascar’s ports.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

If authorised to enter Madagascar you will need to provide proof of a negative coronavirus test taken within 72 hours of travel. You should arrange to take a private test.
You will also be required to quarantine for 8 days in a designated hotel on arrival, take a COVID test on arrival at Ivato International Airport and again at the end of the quarantine period. If the test is positive, you will need to quarantine for a further 14 days and may be required to go to a state-mandated facility for treatment.

A COVID-19 antigen test is required to be taken at the airport before departure on domestic flights.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Some hotel and guesthouse accommodation remains open, although many businesses catering to tourists are operating with limited capacity. 

On 3 April 2021, the Government of Madagascar declared a national Health State of Emergency. On 8 August the State of Emergency was extended for a further 15 days. It is mandatory to wear a face mask in all public places, including in shops, parks and streets. Indoor gatherings are restricted to 400 people, although there is no restriction on outdoor gatherings. 

Additional Information

Madagascar Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

MALAWI

Opening/reopening details

Malawian airspace remains open for a limited number of commercial flights.
On 23 December, Malawi closed all its land borders to non-residents.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

If you’re eligible for entry, you will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of your arrival. You should arrange to take a private test. 
You may also be tested for COVID-19 on arrival at your own expense. Passengers may be required to remain at the airport or a testing centre until their COVID-19 test results are known, usually within 24 hours.

Individuals testing positive for coronavirus on arrival may be taken for treatment at a government facility.

All other individuals will be required to self-monitor for COVID-19 signs and symptoms for 14 days after arrival. Anyone departing Malawi needs to provide a valid “Travel Certificate” to immigration showing that a negative COVID-19 test has been taken at any of the five government-designated testing centers within 72 hours of departure.

Visitor Country Restrictions

You will be required to strictly observe physical distancing and hand hygiene, and must always use a mask in public. Face coverings in public are mandatory. 

Hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. We advise that you contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm what restrictions are in place. 

Gatherings of more than 50 people are banned. The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. Hand washing is compulsory before entering shops, banks, restaurants, bars, etc. Face coverings in public are compulsory. 

Additional Information

Malawi Travel Restrictions

Covid-19 daily update

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Public Health Institute of Malawi’s COVID-19 website

Ministry of Health

Facebook Updates

MALI

Opening/Reopening Details

Modibo Keita International Airport is open. Regional borders are open and commercial flights are available. You should check with your travel company for the latest information on flights to and from Mali.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

To enter Mali you will either need to present a negative COVID test certificate less than 72 hours old or be tested on arrival at the airport. While waiting for the test results, you will either have to quarantine at home or in a hotel. If you test positive, you will be made to go to a government designated facility. Even if a negative test is presented on arrival but you show symptoms, you will be made to quarantine until a negative result is obtained.

If you are showing symptoms, or test positive on arrival, you will be made to go to a government designated facility, until a negative result is obtained.

Departure Requirements

You are required to present a negative COVID test certificate less than 72 hours old to exit Mali. It is likely that the Government will implement temperature checks on departure.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Limited hotels are open. However there are no guarantees there are social distancing measures put in place. 

The Government of Mali has set out measures to help stop the spread of coronavirus. A nationwide state of emergency was put in place as of midnight 19 December 2020. Amongst the latest measures, all bars, restaurants and nightclubs are closed and gatherings are limited to a maximum of 50 people. Festivals and cultural performances have also been prohibited.

It is mandatory to wear a face mask in public spaces and public transport.

Additional Information

Mali Travel Restrictions

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MAURITANIA

Opening/Reopening Details

International flights to and from Mauritania are operating. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

You must take a PCR test dated within 3 days before arrival and show evidence of the negative test result, with the date of the test clearly labelled. You should take a private test. 
Non-Mauritanian nationals that arrive without a PCR test will not be allowed to enter the country and will be obliged to immediately return to their country of origin. 
You must wear a face-mask on arrival. 
You must complete an individual health declaration on arrival. 
You will undergo a contactless temperature check on arrival. If you have a temperature upon arrival, you must agree to a PCR or rapid antigen test. While waiting for the test result you must self-isolate at your own expense in a hotel or your place of residence for 10 days. If the test is negative, you can leave self-isolation before the end of the 10-day period. 
If you are arriving from the UK, South Africa, Brazil, India or another country identified as a source of new COVID-19 variants, you must quarantine at your own expense in a hotel or your place of residence for 10 days. You must then take a PCR test in Mauritania, and if this is negative, you can exit quarantine.

Visitor Country Restrictions

You must wear a face covering on public transport and in shops. 
Social distancing of at least 1.5 metres in public. 
Nationwide curfew across the country from 8pm to 6am.

Hotels are open. You should adhere to any preventative measures put in place by hotels to limit the spread of the virus. 

Restaurants and public spaces have reopened. You should adhere to any preventative measures in place in these locations.

Additional Information

Mauritanian Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Mauritania

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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Mauritanian Ministry of Health

MAURITIUS

Opening/reopening details

Mauritian government reopens borders with Reunion Island from 15 July until 30 September 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Currently fully vaccinated tourists must remain at their certified COVID-19 safe hotels for 14 days after arrival. On your day of arrival it is mandatory to have a PCR test at the airport. Depending on the length of your stay, you will also need a PCR test on day 7 and 14. After a negative PCR test on day 14, you are free to go and explore the island. 

Unvaccinated Travellers: Unvaccinated tourists are allowed to enter but must quarantine for 14 days on arrival in an official quarantine hotel.
• You will need to stay in your hotel room for 14 days and meals will be delivered to your room
• You will have a PCR test on your day of arrival, day 7 and day 14
• After a negative PCR test on day 14, you can freely explore the island and move to new accommodation or to your home
These measures will be in place until at least 30 September.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Accommodation remains closed to tourists, with the exception of official quarantine hotels. New arrangements will apply from 15 July 2021. 

The Mauritian authorities have announced new lockdown restrictions from 1 May 2021. Most shops are now open. Social distancing and wearing of face masks in public remains mandatory. Public transport is operating. Access to beaches remains prohibited. Restaurants are open for take-away and delivery only. Cultural and sports events are cancelled and there is a restriction on numbers at marriages and funerals.. Several red zones with higher risks of exposure to COVID-19 have been identified. Movement in and out of red zones is being closely monitored.

Additional Information

Mauritius Travel Restrictions

Mauritius: Authorities maintaining COVID-19 measures nationwide as of Aug. 18 /update 25

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Key Information for Travelers to Mauritius

Latest Information on Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Ministry of Health and Wellness

MOROCCO

Opening/Reopening Details

On 15 June, direct flights between Morocco and UK resumed.

Requirement/Protocols for Arriving travelers

You will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, or a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight or ferry to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 72 hours before boarding. For travel by ferry, you will also need to take a COVID-19 test during the journey. Children under the age of 11 years old are exempt from the PCR testing requirement for entry into Morocco. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

With effect from 3 August 2021, the new curfew hours last from 9 pm to 5 am. Exceptions apply for emergency cases only. Public and private gatherings and parties across the country are banned. Hammams, public swimming pools and sports facilities are closed, and restaurants, coffee shops, shops and supermarkets must close at 9pm. 
A travel ban is in place for Casablanca, Agadir and Marrakech. This means that you are not permitted to travel to/from these cities from elsewhere in Morocco, unless you hold a vaccination passport. Travelling between other cities may be subject to obtaining an authorisation from local authorities depending on the health situation in that city. You should contact the nearest local authority to check if you are required to obtain an exceptional certificate of movement, which can be provided by your local Wilaya. 

Additional Information

Morocco Travel Restrictions

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MOZAMBIQUE

Opening/reopening details

Entry to Mozambique is allowed to all travellers with a valid tourist, business or residency visa. 
The issuing of border visas for tourism purposes has now resumed.

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

Testing for COVID-19 may be required on arrival in Mozambique, at your expense. 

Travellers presenting a negative COVID-19 PCR test are exempt from the quarantine regime regardless of whether they have been fully vaccinated. The test must have been issued in the departure country, within 72 hours prior to the time of arrival, even if they hold proof of vaccination. Children under 5 years old are exempt from the requirement to present a COVID-19 PCR test. You should arrange to take a private test. A negative PCR test is valid for up to 7 days for travellers using the South Africa land border. Anyone testing positive, or in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Anyone who does not present a negative COVID-19 test will need to self-isolate for 14 days. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

The Mozambican government announced new COVID-19 restrictions starting at midnight on 15 August for a period of 15 days (ending 30 August). The new restrictions include: a mandatory curfew in all provincial capitals and some district capitals (Chokwe, Gondola, Moatize, Mocuba, Maxixe, Cuamba, Manhiça, Montepuez, Massinga and Nacala) from 9pm to 4am; limiting meetings to 15 people in closed spaces and 30 people in outdoor spaces; and the closure of gyms, public swimming pools and beaches.

Wearing face coverings is compulsory in all public spaces including on public transport. 
Some hotels and other accommodations have closed. Please check with your accommodation provider before you travel.

Most shopping centres, markets, restaurants, cafes and bars are open, with some restrictions on timings.

Beaches are now closed to the public. Swimming pools, gyms and other areas for physical training activities are now closed. Hotel swimming pools are open for guests only. 
Only civil and religious weddings are allowed and attendance is limited to 20 people. All other religious services are not permitted except for civil and religious weddings not exceeding 20 people. 

Additional Information

Mozambique Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Key Information for Travelers to Mozambique

Informal Translation of the August 7 State of Emergency Decree

Mozambican Government portal for information on COVID-19

 

NAMIBIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Hosea Kutako International airport is open and flights are operating to/from Germany, Ethiopia and South Africa, from where there are onward connections. Airports are open as well as sea ports and some land borders. If intending to use a land border, you should check that it is open before travelling.

Requirement/Protocols for Arriving travelers

Any person entering Namibia must present proof on arrival in Namibia of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure. The test result must not be older than 7 days at the time of entry into Namibia. This requirement also applies to anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19 – a negative test must still be produced before entry into the country. Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test results are not accepted for entry into Namibia.
Travellers may also be required to repeat the PCR test 7 days after arrival in Namibia. Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival but in that case will have to quarantine for 7 days. You should check with your airline for any regulations they might have for a negative test result in order to travel. You should arrange to take a private test.

Visitor Country Restrictions

A nationwide curfew is in place from 10pm to 4am daily. No movement is permitted between these hours 
Public health measures, such as wearing a face mask, must be adhered to when using public transport, for the duration of the journey, and the destination must be reached before the start of curfew hours 
Enforcement of public health measures will be undertaken by police and law enforcement personnel. You should comply with any instructions given.

Sale and purchase of liquor from Shebeens and bars is restricted to 9am to 6pm Monday to Friday on take-away basis only. On site consumption of liquor is prohibited, except at restaurants, guesthouses, hotels and similar establishments where guests reside.

All food establishments are to serve food on a take-away basis only 
Gambling houses, nightclubs, gyms and sports clubs, public recreational spaces including playgrounds and swimming pools are not permitted to operate 
The number of people permitted at public gatherings is 5 persons; and indoor public gatherings should not last longer than 2 hours. Registers of attendees must be maintained, temperature checks recorded, and hand sanitising facilities put in place. Face masks and social distancing of at least 2 metres are mandatory.

Additional Information

Namibia Travel Restrictions

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COVID-19 Updates

NIGER

Opening/Reopening Details

Air borders reopened on 1 August 2020 and international passenger flights have resumed. Flights within Niger remain limited. Entry to Niger is only permitted for Nigerien nationals, persons with valid residency and foreign nationals with valid visas. International roads are open at border points. 
Requirements/Protocols for arriving travelers

if you are eligible for entry, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate less than 72 hours old to the airport authorities, or be tested at the airport. If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Niger you will have to isolate in government facilities for 14 days.
You will be subject to temperature checks upon arrival. If you are staying in Niger for less than 7 days, you will need to take a COVID-19 test on arrival and self-isolate until you have received the results of the test. If your test is negative, you can end the self-isolation. If you are staying in Niger for more than 7 days, you will have to self-isolate at your final destination (home, hotel) for seven days. On the seventh day of self-isolation you will need to take a second COVID-19 test; if the result is negative you can end self-isolation and if the result is positive you will have to follow government isolation procedures.

Leaving Niger: A negative COVID-19 test (less than five days old) is required upon departing Niger.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Most hotels are open. Some have social distancing measures in place but adherence to social distancing and COVID-19 preventive measures varies. 
Public places and services: Restaurants, shops and bars are open.

Additional Information

Niger Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to Niger

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Travel Advice & Advisories

NIGERIA

Opening/Reopening Details

International commercial flights resumed in Abuja and Lagos on 5 September 2020, following a postponement from the original date of 29 August. Contact your airline for the latest information. 
The Nigerian Immigration Service announced the resumption of passport and migrant registration on 1 July. The Nigerian authorities have advised that British nationals who exceed their authorised visa stays because of travel restrictions linked to coronavirus, will not be penalised for overstaying when they depart. If your visa expired before the start of the lockdown, you will be penalised, for the period up to the start of lockdown. 

Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

From 2 July there will be no entry permitted for any non-Nigerians/non holders of permanent residence permits who have visited Brazil, India, Turkey or South Africa in the 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria. This does not apply to transit passengers. Nigerians and permanent residence card holders who have travelled to Brazil, India, Turkey or South Africa in the 14 days preceding travel to Nigeria will be required to undergo 7 days mandatory quarantine in a government-approved facility at the point-of entry city and at cost to the passenger. In addition such passengers will also face the following requirements (i) within 24 hours of arrival shall take a COVID-19 PCR test (ii) if positive, the passenger shall be admitted to a government-approved treatment centre, in line with national treatment protocols (iii) If negative, the passenger shall continue to remain in quarantine and made to undergo a repeat PCR test on day 7 of their quarantine. 

For travel from all other countries, prior to departure, passengers travelling to Nigeria must complete the on-line pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal. They must also have tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their departure to Nigeria, and have uploaded their PCR test certificate to the on-line Travel Portal. Passengers must also carry evidence of the test and result when they travel. Only a COVID-19 PCR test is acceptable to the Nigerian authorities. Also before travel, passengers must book and pay for a repeat PCR test for day 7 of their arrival in Nigeria at the Nigeria International Travel Portal– evidence of the booking will be required on arrival. On arrival all passengers will be screened by Port Health Officials and be required to provide full contact details, including their address in Nigeria.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Passengers will be asked to follow a number of additional health procedures, including the following: you must wear a mask or face covering; all passengers’ temperature will be taken on arrival at the airport;
you are required to observe social distancing measures; you will be asked to use hand washing facilities installed outside the airports; your bags will be sprayed with decontamination fluids.

The Nigerian government strongly encourages travellers to re-consider all non-essential travel (domestic and international), during the holiday season to help fight the spread of coronavirus. Most states in Nigeria have introduced their own restrictions on movement. All travellers and residents in Nigeria are encouraged to monitor announcements by the Nigerian authorities on further restrictions, which may be introduced at short notice. The Federal Government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions in place in Abuja and Lagos and replaced them with new requirements, including a nationwide daily night time curfew between 00:00pm and 04:00am and the mandatory use of face masks in public. 

Public spaces and services: Gatherings of over 50 people outside of work places are prohibited, including all weddings, conferences and sporting events. Bars, restaurants other than in hotels, events and recreational centres are currently closed. Places of worship are permitted to hold services, subject to limitations set by state authorities. On 21 December, the Nigerian Government announced that schools will remain closed until at least 18 January 2021. Visits to public institutions, including government buildings, have been limited.

Additional Information

Nigeria Travel Restrictions

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Nigeria Travel Advisory

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RWANDA

Opening/Reopening Details

The Government of Rwanda has published guidance for passengers arriving into and departing from Rwanda. This is mandatory for all incoming passengers, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Entry at land borders remains restricted. 
Requirements/Protocols for Arriving Travelers

All travellers arriving in Rwanda must have a negative COVID-19 certificate. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) performed within 72 hours prior to departure (meaning travellers must be tested and get results within 3 days of their first flight). Other tests, such as Rapid Diagnostics Tests (RDTs), are not accepted. A COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years. You should arrange to take a private test. 

All travellers arriving or transiting for more than 12 hours through Rwanda will be screened upon entry and take a RT-PCR test on arrival. All travellers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their COVID-19 test taken upon arrival, in a designated transit hotel. 

You should be aware that all passengers arriving from India and Uganda are required to complete 7 days in mandatory quarantine upon arrival at a designated hotel at their own cost.

Visitor Country Restrictions

From 12 August – 1 September movements in all parts of Rwanda are prohibited between 8pm and 4am.

Accommodation is open and available for bookings.

From 12 August to 1 September, updated COVID-19 measures will be in place, nationwide. This includes the closure of all businesses by 7pm, public transport must not exceed 75% of seating capacity and restaurants shall resume with a 30% occupancy limit. You should check the latest cabinet communique for full details on measures in place.

Health measures must be complied with, including physical distancing, wearing of face masks and hand hygiene. Penalties will be applied for non-compliance.

Additional Information

Rwanda Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

FAQs

Information Note

SÃO TOMÉ & PRÍNCIPE

Opening/Reopening Details

The government of São Tomé and Príncipe has declared a “State of Calamity”. This continues to impose a number of restrictions and public health measures to limit the spread of the virus. These measures have been reviewed several times, and the next review is due on 31 January.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

All air passengers arriving in São Tomé and Principe are required to have proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken in the 72 hours prior to their arrival.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Some hotels remain closed. Other hotels and private rentals continue to operate with some restrictions and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. You should contact your accommodation provider before booking to confirm whether your preferred accommodation is open and what restrictions are in place. 
The majority of shops, banks and restaurants continue to operate, with some restrictions (e.g. reduced opening hours) and coronavirus precautionary measures in place. People are advised to maintain hygiene standards, which includes regular hand washing, wearing face masks in public and maintaining social distancing. Face masks are compulsory in all closed public areas and inside vehicles. 
Public gatherings at market places and churches to continue operate at 50% capacity Nightclubs and festivals continue to be banned. 

Additional Information

São Tomé and Principe Travel Restrictions

Key Information for Travelers to São Tomé and Príncipe

SENEGAL

Opening/Reopening Details

Some flights to and from Dakar Blaise Diagne International airport have been cancelled as a result of the ongoing civil unrest. Borders re-opened for international flights in mid-July. Land and sea borders remain closed except the Senegal-Gambia border which is now open. The majority of international airlines have resumed commercial routes.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

The government of Senegal has said airlines are not allowed to carry foreign nationals from countries who have put in place travel restrictions for Senegal unless they are ordinarily resident in Senegal, diplomats, military, health professionals and other specific professional categories.

Despite this, some airlines are only allowing foreign nationals with proof of residency in Senegal to travel. It is important to note that some airlines only accept a full residency card, and not a ‘récépissé’, although the government of Senegal have confirmed that a ‘récépissé’ is proof of residency. 

To enter Senegal individuals over 2 years old must provide a negative PCR test dated no more than 5 days earlier, issued in the country where you started your trip and authorised by that country or a recognised health organisation.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Masks must be worn at all times in public areas and when travelling, including in a private car if there are two or more people in the car. 
Accommodation: Hotels are open.
Public places and services: Masks must be worn in all public areas throughout Senegal, including in supermarkets, on public transport (which is still operating with reduced capacity), in taxis, and when on public streets.

Additional Information

Senegal Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Key Information for Travelers to Senegal

SEYCHELLES

Opening/Reopening Details

On 25 March 2021, Seychelles opened its borders to visitors irrespective of their vaccination status.

Cruise ships from any country worldwide will not be permitted to berth in Seychelles until further notice. 
Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

All visitors must present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure, and must stay in approved accommodation. There will be no quarantine requirement and no restriction on movement for most visitors upon entry to Seychelles.

On 6 May, the Government of Seychelles announced that, with immediate effect, visitors who have been in Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Pakistan or South Africa within 14 days prior to travel will not be permitted to enter Seychelles. 

An application for entry form should also be completed and returned to the Public Health Authority before travel. Work permit holders must also be cleared by the Department of Employment and Immigration. If you’re uncertain of your status, you should contact the Department of Employment and Immigration before attempting to enter Seychelles. 

There will be no quarantine requirements and no restriction on movement for most visitors upon entry to Seychelles. Seychellois nationals and permanent residents may enter Seychelles from any country and will not face quarantine if they have completed a full dose of vaccination at least two weeks before travelling. Unvaccinated Seychellois nationals and permanent residents must undergo 7 days of home quarantine.

Visitor Country Restrictions

The Government of Seychelles has introduced new restrictions on the use of public spaces and services, following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Seychelles. These measures will remain in place until further notice. 

A nationwide curfew is in place from 11pm to 4am. You should not travel outside your accommodation between these times without authorisation. Restrictions on movement are reviewed regularly. 
House parties are not permitted and no gatherings of more than four persons, indoors or outdoors, including on beaches and in public places, are allowed. All shops, bars and casinos will close at 7pm until further notice. 
On 20 May, the Government of Seychelles extended the closure of all schools until 31 May. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

List of From Which Visitors are Permitted to Enter Seychelles

Additional Information

Seychelles Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

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Key Information for Travelers to Seychelles

FAQs

SIERRA LEONE

Opening/reopening details

In a travel advisory announcement on 10 September 2020, the Government of Sierra Leone announced COVID-19 arrival and departure protocols for anyone wishing to travel to and from Sierra Leone. If you intend to travel to Sierra Leone, you must get authorisation from the Government of Sierra Leone through the online portal before you travel.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

Proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test result no more than 72 hours before the departure time of your flight to Sierra Leone; 
A pre-departure public health passenger locator form; 
Proof of payment for on arrival COVID-19 tests paid for through the portal
Arrivals whose stay in the country does not exceed 5 days do not require to be tested again before leaving the country. However passengers are required to request a certificate of the negative PCR test result that was administered to them when they arrived in Sierra Leone. 

From Wednesday May 12 2021, the Government of Sierra Leone have implemented additional protective measures from countries known to have high SARS-COV-2 transmission, a sudden increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, and/or circulation of variants of concern. The current countries are India, Turkey, Brazil, and Argentina. The current list of countries will be under review and further countries might be added if they meet the identified criteria. 

On arrival at Freetown Lungi International airport, all passengers are required to have both a COVID-19 PCR and RDT test (in addition to the negative test result required to get authorisation to travel to Sierra Leone). If you test negative for the RDT test, you’ll be allowed to leave the airport and to travel to your final destination, where you must observe public health protocols while you wait for the result of your PCR test (which is expected to take no more than 48 hours). A health locator form with contact details must be completed. 

Testing on arrival from India, Turkey Brazil and Argentina: If you are travelling to Sierra Leone from one of these countries in the past 14 days (excluding airport transit) you must: 
1) Hold a valid negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based COVID-19 test result certificate from a certified laboratory taken no earlier than 72 hours before departure from the point of origin. The test certificate must be in English.
2) Go into quarantine in a Government of Sierra Leone approved quarantine facility/hotel for a minimum of 8 days from arrival, at the traveller’s own expense. Be tested on day 7 after arrival. If you test negative you will be released. Comply with all quarantine regulations. Government of Sierra Leone health authorities will monitor compliance to regulations. Individuals that have been fully vaccinated and arrive in the country at least 14 days after the last dose of any COVID vaccine, will not be required to quarantine. However, they will be tested for SARS-COV-2 at the airport. A 14-day self-quarantine is required for children accompanying fully vaccinated adult.

If you test positive for the RDT test, you’ll be required to quarantine at a hotel in Lungi at your own expense while you wait for the result of your PCR test. The PCR result supersedes the RDT result. If you test positive for the PCR test result, you’ll be contacted by Sierra Leonean health authorities and required to self-isolate. Passengers sitting in close proximity to a positive case on the flight will be treated as a primary contact and be required to self-isolate until you return a negative PCR COVID-19 test. Social distancing and the use of facemasks is mandatory at Freetown Lungi International airport.

Testing on departure: Before departure from Sierra Leone, you’ll need to pay for and take a PCR COVID-19 test through the portal within 72 hours of your departure. Certificates confirming the test result will be emailed to you. You’ll need to provide this certificate confirming your test result at check-in. If you test positive, you’ll not be allowed to travel and you’ll need to follow public health protocols for isolation and contact tracing. 
If your stay in Sierra Leone is for 5 days or less, you are exempt from needing a further test ahead of departure. You’re exempt from the COVID-19 test on departure if you arrived in Sierra Leone fewer than 5 days before departing. Children under two years of age are also exempt. 

Visitor Country Restrictions

There is a curfew on all movement from 11pm to 5am. Bars and restaurants are required to close at 9pm.

It is now compulsory to wear a mask when in a vehicle. This policy is being enforced by the Sierra Leone authorities. If you are found without a mask you may face a fine. 
Hotels are open. 

Large public gatherings are still limited, and events of over 100 people (e.g. concerts, sporting events) are prohibited.

Places of worship, churches and mosques have re-opened for worship but there are restrictions on numbers. Hand washing and social distancing is enforced. 
Restaurants and bars must close at 9pm. 

People are strongly advised to wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and avoid shaking-hands. 
People are advised to keep to strict social distancing. 
Additional Information

Sierra Leone Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Travel Advice & Advisories

Sierra Leone Ministry of Health

Key Information for Travelers to Sierra Leone

FAQs

SOMALIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights operate to Somalia, including Somaliland.

Restrictions remain in place in neighbouring countries, including land border closures and quarantine measures. You should check before travelling to the borders of Ethiopia, Djibouti or Kenya. You should not cross the border without the correct documents. You may face a large fine or detention for illegally crossing borders and you may be prevented from onward travel.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

A negative COVID-19 negative test, taken no more than 72 hours before travel, is required for entry into Somalia. A negative COVID-19 test, taken no more than 96 hours before travel, is required for exit from Somalia. Egal International Airport has put in place additional measures to screen passengers arriving into Hargeisa by air, including temperature checks. Those people displaying symptoms linked to the virus may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility while further tests are carried out.

Visitor Country Restrictions

The Somaliland authorities issued measures to control the spread of COVID-19 on 22 March 2021. The measures include: Wearing of facemasks in all public and private spaces, including at mosques and public gatherings; social distancing of 2 metres (1.5 metres in mosques); installation and use of hand washing and sanitising equipment; avoidance of public gatherings. Where public gatherings do take place they must be well ventilated and attendees must wear masks, socially distance and wash hands. 
Closure of sports centres, gyms and playgrounds. Additional measures at mosques

Additonal Information

Somalia Travel Restrictions

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

Key Information for Travelers to Somalia

The Somalia Ministry of Health created a COVID-19 WhatsApp account to disseminate country information: +252.613600700​

SOUTH AFRICA

Opening/Reopening Details

Authorities impose lockdown Level 4 for 14 days with stringent measures to curb spread of COVID-19.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

You will need to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test to border officials upon arrival in South Africa. The test must have taken place no more than 72 hours before your departure. It should be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and should have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test marked clearly on it, as well as the time at which the sample was taken. We advise that you carry several paper copies of your test, as you may need to present it more than once on your journey. If you do not present proof of a test upon arrival, you will be required to take a COVID-19 at your own expense and may be required to quarantine at your own cost. You will be asked to fill out a health questionnaire on the plane before you enter South Africa. You should arrange to take a private test. 

Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Additional screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. If you display any COVID-19 –related symptoms on arrival, or declare that you have been in contact with an infected person, you will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test at your own cost. If the COVID-19 test result is positive, you will need to go into quarantine for ten days, at a designated site, at your own cost. 

If you fail to produce a paper copy of a negative PCR test you will be required to do an antigen test on arrival at your own cost. If you test positive for Covid-19, you will be required to self-isolate in line with Government guidelines at your own cost for 10 days. Self-isolation is not required if you have provided the negative PCR test. 

Screening processes have been introduced at all major ports of entry, including airports, for arrivals, departures and transit passengers. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. Screening may include temperature measurements and check on recent travel to affected areas. If you feel unwell, you should not attempt to travel. Presenting at the airport with symptoms may result in you being sent to a government health facility for quarantine and further testing.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Some internal flights are operating. Public transport is operating with reduced passenger numbers. You must wear a mask if using public transport. Children aged six years or younger are not required to wear a face mask. Failure to comply with South African government regulations could result in a fine or arrest. 

Hotels, guest houses and private rental accommodation are open, with protective measures in place. Upon arrival at your accommodation, you will normally be subject to a temperature test and asked to complete a health questionnaire. Some accommodation providers will request your travel history. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information.

Level three lockdown restrictions are in place across the country. There is a curfew between 10pm and 4am. All non-essential businesses are required to close by 9pm. Alcohol sales are allowed but for reduced hours. You are legally required to wear a face mask when in public and may face a fine or imprisonment for breaking this rule. You should ensure you are in your accommodation before the curfew begins. Road blocks are used to enforce curfew in some places. International and interprovincial travel are permitted subject to COVID-19 precautions.

Additional Information

South Africa Travel Restrictions

Coronavirus COVID-19 International Travel

Key Information for Travelers to South Africa

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South Africa Tourism Update

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SOUTH SUDAN

Opening/Reopening Details

South Sudan has reopened its land borders but all passengers should check restrictions in place from neighbouring countries.

Requirements/Protocols for arrivng travelers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) certificate: To enter South Sudan, you must have a certificate showing you are free from coronavirus, issued no more than 96 hours ahead of your journey, and endorsed by a reputable medical provider. You will also need to self-isolate on arrival, for 10 days without a test or for 7 days with test and release. 
Travellers are exempt from quarantine if they have documentation of full COVID-19 vaccination (completed at least two weeks before travelling) or evidence of a positive PCR test result within the 6 months prior to travelling. A pre-departure negative certificate is still required as detailed above. 
You should arrange to take a private test. 

South Sudan will not accept digital proof. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination and should not be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.

Visitor Country Restrictions

On public transport and internal flights, passengers are required to wear face masks.

On 14 April, the South Sudan National COVID-19 Taskforce lifted the temporary lockdown measures introduced in 3 February. The Taskforce continues to encourage the public to follow precautionary measures, including handwashing, mask wearing and maintaining social distancing (2 metres). Large social gatherings that involve more than one household, such as weddings and funerals, require prior authorisation. However, these measures are not consistently enforced or observed in public spaces and business premises.
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SUDAN

Opening/Reopening Details

Monday, July 13, 2020, the Government of Sudan has partially re-opened Khartoum International Airport to international flights. As of July 13, 2020, Sudan has authorized limited international flights to/from Egypt, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

All passengers except children below 6 years old must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate valid within 96 hours of issuance. A printed copy of the certificate must be presented at check in. Test results presented as SMS will not be accepted. It is required by the Sudan health authority that the COVID 19 PCR certificate should be issued by an approved government or private laboratory and should contain a barcode or QR code. The certificate must be stamped or signed by the same hospital or clinic (either a barcode or QR code on COVID 19 PCR certificate is acceptable if there is no stamp). Test results can be sent to the passenger through government links or through the laboratories official e mail/ official link provided they are accessible at the time of check in. Exemptions: Children below 6 years old are not required to take a COVID 19 PCR test before departure.

Effective immediately, passengers travelling from Egypt and Ethiopia must have a negative COVID 19 RT PCR test certificate issued within 72 hours of arrival in Sudan.
They must also undergo COVID 19 testing on arrival in Khartoum. Sudanese nationals with positive COVID 19 RT PCR are subject to 14 day quarantine.

Passengers travelling from or who have visited Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Pakistan, Portugal, Turkey, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States of America within the last 14 days are not permitted to transit Sudan with onward connections to Saudi Arabia. This does not apply to citizens of Saudi Arabia, their first degree relatives and domestic workers under Saudi citizen sponsorship when travelling together, health workers and diplomats.

Testing on departure: The Sudanese Civil Aviation authorities require that you undergo a temperature check before entering the airport. Some airlines require evidence of a negative PCR test and have strict rules on face coverings and gloves. You should check the conditions set out by your airline and the authorities in your country of destination.

Visitor Country Restrictions

The Sudanese authorities have now removed all national COVID-19 restrictions. There remains the possibility of curfews, travel restrictions or other measures being re-introduced at short notice. You should comply with all local COVID-19 restrictions imposed by the Sudanese authorities. 

Hotels remain open but may offer limited services.

Many cafes, restaurants and markets continue to operate. Mosques and other places of worship may be open to the public with social distancing and other preventive measures in place.

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TANZANIA

Opening/Reopening Details

As of 1 June 2020, Tanzania is now accepting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

As of August 1, the Tanzanian Health Ministry put out a directive stating all travelers entering Tanzania are now required to present a valid negative PCR test within 72 hours before travel.

There is no mandatory 14-day isolation or quarantine period for travellers into Tanzania. The Tanzanian government has also directed all the country’s tourism entities to appoint and adequately train COVID-19 liaison officers to be the point of contact with its Health Ministry. If you are travelling with an airline that requires a negative COVID-19 certificate, or if your country of origin requires a negative COVID-19 certificate upon departure, then Tanzania will also request the certificate on arrival. All other travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 certificate, although it is recommended that all travellers have the certificate as a precautionary measure. 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. While in Tanzania, visitors will be expected to adhere to full protective measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Airlines flying into Tanzania: Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Emirates. Air Tanzania could resume operations to other countries that have reopened for international travel, or for passengers looking to fly with the airline – to be confirmed.

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TOGO

Opening/Reopening Details

Commercial flights to and from Togo remain very limited. Land borders are closed.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

All passengers arriving in Togo must have a negative PCR test result dated no more than 7 days before departure.

In addition, at least 24 hours before arrival all travellers must complete an online immigration and health form and pay for a COVID-19 test (on the same website) to be taken on arrival at Eyadema Gnassingbe International Airport. The cost of the test is CFA 25,000 payable by credit/debit card or mobile money. You will need a print-out of the electronic receipt to be allowed to board the aircraft.

Travellers must self-isolate at their own accommodation until the second PCR test results are received within 24 to 48 hours by email or SMS. All travellers departing Togo must complete an online immigration and health form and pay for a COVID-19 test (on the same website). Travellers must take a PCR test within 3 days before their departure.

The cost of the test is CFA 25,000 payable by credit/debit card or mobile money. You will need a print-out of the electronic receipt to be allowed to board the aircraft.
For travellers arriving from outside the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, India, Russia and Portugal

Visitor Country Restrictions

Travel around the whole of the country is permitted.
Hotels in Togo are generally open. 
Public places and services: The wearing of face masks in public is mandatory. Working hours are from 8am – 4pm until further notice. 
Restaurants and schools are currently open. 
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Additional Information

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TUNISIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Tunisia has officially reopened its borders June 27, 2020 allowing tourists to enter based on a color-coded system based on risk assessment.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

Travellers from all countries into Tunisia must take a PCR test less than 72 hours before travel and carry dated evidence of a negative result.
From 25 August, if you are not fully vaccinated you are required to enter mandatory quarantine in a government-approved hotel for ten days on arrival in Tunisia.

You are exempt from the requirement to enter mandatory quarantine if you can present official evidence to prove you have been fully vaccinated, but you must self-isolate at home for ten days. Proof of vaccination must be issued from the national health authority of your country of residence.
Children under the age of 18 who are unaccompanied or who are travelling with vaccinated adults are permitted to self-isolate at home, rather than in mandatory quarantine. 

A small number of transit flights are operating through Tunisia. If you are transiting through Tunisia, you must comply with sanitary measures and temperature checks.

Visitor Country Restrictions

From 19 August, national curfew hours are from midnight to 5am. During the curfew you are only allowed to leave your residence in an emergency. 

Gatherings of more than three people in closed spaces are banned. 
You are allowed to attend gatherings in outdoor spaces, if you have been vaccinated and if you respect health measures. 

he Tunisian authorities have announced that wearing a face mask in public places is mandatory. Failure to wear a mask may result in a fine or imprisonment. 

Additional curfews and lockdowns can be imposed at short notice in response to events. You should follow the guidance of local authorities when travelling around the country. 
Hotels and private rentals are available to book, although hotels are required to operate at a reduced capacity. 

Hygiene measures are in place, including luggage disinfection on arrival, temperature checks on entry and hand sanitiser in public spaces. You must wear face masks on the transport to your accommodation. Self-service restaurants are not allowed to operate as normal, food must be served to guests while they are seated. 

Cafes, bars and restaurants are currently allowed to operate. Public places have hygiene measures in place, including obligatory face masks, taking a temperature check and sanitising hands upon entry. 

Additional Information

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UGANDA

Opening/Reopening Details

Entebbe International Airport airport opened on October 1 and tourists are permitted to enter the country with a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding aircraft in-bound to Uganda.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

The Ministry of Health has announced that the new COVID-19 arrival requirements, which were due to begin on 3 September 2021, have been postponed until the 17 September. 
All arriving passengers are required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft to Uganda or crossing land borders. Foreign nationals without a valid negative test certificate will be denied entry. Until 3 September children aged three and under are exempt when accompanying parents arrive with a negative test certificate. 

From 17 September all travellers (including children aged three and under), irrespective of country of origin or vaccination status, will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival and additionally undergo PCR testing (at their own expense) on arrival at all points of entry including at Entebbe International Airport. 
The cost of the PCR test on arrival is $65. Passengers who arrive by air will be taken from the airport to a nearby testing site. Test results will take up to 4 hours. Travellers have the option of waiting at the testing site for their results or checking into a designated hotel at their own expense. Adults over the age of 18 who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health designated COVID-19 isolation facility. Children under 18 who test positive will be allowed to undergo home quarantine with their parent or guardian. 

From 20 August 2021 passengers who have been in India in the previous 14 days are permitted entry into Uganda but will be required to undergo a mandatory PCR test on arrival, at their own expense, regardless of their vaccination status. 
Passengers arriving or departing from Entebbe International Airport can only be picked up or dropped off by a maximum of two people, including the driver, in order to avoid crowding. 
Vehicles with more than the authorised number of people will not be allowed access to the airport. 
You should arrange to take a private test. 

Uganda has not yet confirmed that it will accept the proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record. You should follow the entry rules for unvaccinated people. Your appointment card from vaccination centres is not designed to be used as proof of vaccination.

If a foreign national tests positive for COVID-19 and wishes to be repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda, they will be expected to cover the costs themselves. 
Departing passengers will be required to wear a face mask inside the terminal and will be subject to temperature checks. Social distancing will also be in place and only passengers with valid tickets and airport officials will be allowed into the terminal building. Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport at least 4 hours before departure. 
Passengers travelling on flights departing during curfew hours (7pm to 5:30am) will be allowed to travel to the airport upon presentation of a valid ticket.

Visitor Country Restrictions

It is mandatory for everyone aged 6 or above to wear a face mask when outside your house. Further guidance is available from the Ministry of Health website. 
As of 30 July the curfew remains extended from 7pm to 5:30am. Passengers travelling on flights departing during curfew hours (7pm to 5:30am) will be allowed to travel to the airport upon presentation of a valid ticket. 
From 31 July 2021, Inter-District travel by private vehicle is now allowed when carrying a maximum of 3 persons including the driver. From 2 August 2021, Public transport will reopen but will operate at 50% capacity and will adhere to COVID guidance, including no usage of air conditioning. This decision will be reviewed every 2 weeks so you should regularly check local advice. 

From 31 July 2021, Boda bodas (motorbike taxis) will be allowed to move up to 6pm and will be permitted to carry cargo or one passenger at any time. Masks must be worn by the rider and passenger. 
Hotels and restaurants are open with social distancing measures in place and food delivery services remain operational outside of curfew hours though may be impacted by the 6pm restriction on motorbikes and mopeds. As of the 6 June, lodges may remain open but must close their bar. 

As of 18 June 2021, food markets and retail shops (including pharmacies) may remain open.From 31 July 2021, malls, arcades and other business centres can open under strict adherence to COVID guidance. Outdoor sports events are allowed but without spectators and mandatory testing within 72 hours of the event for players and officials. Indoor sports activities including gyms remain closed. 

Bars and night clubs are specifically prohibited from operating. On 6 June, the Government stated that house parties are banned. Other entertainment venues such as cinemas, casinos, and theatres remain closed. 
Conferences, workshops and seminars: These remain banned except with explicit permission from the Ministry of Health and related Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs). Numbers will be restricted and testing will be carried out.

Places of worship remain closed for 60 days from 30 July 2021. Marriages and funerals are permitted but with a maximum of 20 attendees and must observe COVID rules strictly. As of 30 July 2021, all schools and other educational institutions remain closed.

Additional Information

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ZAMBIA

Opening/Reopening Details

Zambia borders have officially reopened in July with both domestic and international flights.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

All travellers to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin. Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival, and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities. You should arrange to take a private test. 
All airports are open to flights, though availability of international flights remains limited. Please check before booking. 
International train and bus services are suspended. 

All travellers coming from a country designated ‘high risk’ (see below) by the Government of Zambia must take a COVID-19 test (at their expense) on arrival or within 48 hours of their arrival even if they have a negative PCR test. Travelers who transit through high risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours. 

If your body temperature is equal to, or above 38.0, or you have a COVID-19 related symptom (a cough, shortness of breath, a headache, loss of taste or smell, or a sore throat), you will be tested and taken to either your home or a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known.
Arrivals from countries that are not classified as high risk and have a negative PCR test result do not need to quarantine. A mandatory 14 day self- isolation will be instituted for all arrivals from countries classified as high risk. However, this self-isolation will be discontinued once a negative PCR test result taken on arrival in Zambia is produced. Arrivals from countries classified as high risk who test positive will be managed in accordance with the prescribed Zambian COVID-19 management guidelines.

Exit requirements: All travellers wishing to leave Zambia to travel to a country that requires a negative COVID-19 test are required to produce a medical certificate stating that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. 

This requirement does not apply to travellers to a destination that does not require a negative test but travellers are advised to check with their airline on their requirements prior to travel.

Most testing centres will provide a travel certificate if requested or travellers must take their negative test result to UTH Hospital, the Zambia National Health Public Institute, the District Health Office or the Public Health Office and pay a 200 Kwacha fee. COVID-19 tests must have been taken in Zambia.

Holders of tests taken outside Zambia are not exempt from this requirement, even if the test was taken within the previous 14 days.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Face masks are compulsory and must be worn in public spaces. 
Regional airports are open, though airlines may be operating limited services.

There are no restrictions on hotels and safari lodges. You should contact your accommodation provider for further information before travelling. 

Public places and services: The Zambian government have put restrictive measures in place, which were last updated on 14 August: The wearing of a mask is mandatory in all public places. Schools, colleges, universities reopen on 23 August subject to meeting COVID health requirements. 
Places of worship are restricted to conducting a maximum of two services/meetings per week, allowing a maximum of one hour per service. Casinos and night clubs to remain closed. Restaurants, food outlets, bars and taverns continue to operate only on a take-away basis. A maximum of 50 people allowed to attend a funeral. Social gatherings such as weddings, kitchen parties, Chilangamulilo, Matebeto, will only be allowed for a maximum of 50 people subject to certification by authorised officers, and may be supervised. All conferences, workshops and general meetings are suspended until further notice . All public transport users must wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing regulations, either when traveling or at public stations. All markets must ensure adherence to public health guidance 
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ZIMBABWE

Opening/Reopening Details

If you wish to extend or renew visas or permits, you must do so via the relevant Government of Zimbabwe department.

Requirements/Protocol for Arriving Travelers

Tourists, residents and citizens entering Zimbabwe must possess a negative COVID-19 test result, issued no more than 48 hours before their departure to Zimbabwe. 
Zimbabwe has announced its intention to use the African Union Trusted Travel process for validating COVID-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Zimbabwe should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the African Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.

On arrival, tourists and non-residents with proof of a valid negative PCR test result should expect to be required to self-quarantine for 10 days.

Tourists and non-residents without proof of a valid negative PCR test certificate could be denied entry into Zimbabwe. Citizens and residents of Zimbabwe without proof of a valid negative PCR test certificate will be required to quarantine for 10 days at a designated facility at their own expense. 

Exiting Zimbabwe: The Zimbabwean government has said that Foreign nationals, including British and dual nationals, are allowed to exit Zimbabwe. However, if you’re travelling to Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport from outside Harare, you will need to get an authorisation letter from your local police station. Take your confirmed flight ticket and your passport with you.

On leaving Zimbabwe, you will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR certificate, issued no more than 48 hours prior to boarding your flight. Zimbabwe has announced its intention to use the African Union Trusted Travel process for validating Covid-19 tests for passengers. All passengers arriving in, departing from or transiting Zimbabwe should validate their COVID-19 RT PCR test via the African Union Trusted Travel or UNDP Global Haven systems (you will need to register an account on one of these sites). These systems will generate a digital Trusted Travel reference code for your test, which should be presented upon request.

Visitor Country Restrictions

Zimbabwe is currently in indefinite lockdown. There is a curfew between 6:30pm to 6:00am, which is being enforced by the security services. You should comply with these requirements wherever you are staying in Zimbabwe. 

You should avoid any political gatherings or demonstrations. These can be unpredictable, can turn violent without notice and the response from the security forces may be disproportionate. You should exercise a high degree of caution and monitor local media and this travel advice for updates. It is compulsory to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth whenever you are outside of your home. 

Public transport is limited. Intercity travel is prohibited. All journeys operate under current COVID-19 restrictions. 
Tourists are authorised to travel between airports and designated tourist facilities. Be sure to take confirmation of your bookings with you when travelling. 

You should ensure you have accommodation for the period of your stay, as some hotels may close at short notice. 

All large gatherings are banned except funerals, which are limited to 30 people. 
Everyone in a public place must observe social distancing (i.e. keep at least one metre apart) and wear a face mask. 
Non-essential businesses can only open between 8am and 3:30pm. Markets must also close by 3:30pm. 
Hotel and lodge bars and restaurants are open to their residents. On 25 August, the Government announced that other restaurants can open to customers who wish to dine in if they are fully vaccinated, subject to the production of vaccination cards and strict adherence to COVID-19 protocol. National art galleries, gyms and health spas are open to fully vaccinated clients. Cinemas and theatres can open to 50% capacity for fully vaccinated customers. Sporting activities are permitted. Bars and night clubs are closed. Off-licenses may sell take away alcohol only between 10am and 3:30pm. 

Additional Information

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