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Updated East Africa Travel Restrictions due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Written by  Julie Graham

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To help you navigate the ever-changing guidelines, protocols and safety requirements needed for your client’s East Africa itinerary, we have compiled this one-stop resource with regular updates on travel to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

Please note: It is recommended that you check government and airline websites regularly as travel requirements may change.

Kenya

Flamingos in the water
Flamingoes at Lake Ndutu

Kenya

 

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Kenya

All persons 18 years and over entering Kenya, must show physical proof of vaccination. Unless they have a certificate of exemption from a medical practitioner.

Passengers arriving or transiting through South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Ghana and Nigeria will undergo a free rapid antigen test on arrival. This is if the traveler has visited one or more of these countries within the last 14 days, including if transiting. 

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers on international flights to Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 72 hours prior to departure. Please note that children below the age of 5 years will be exempted from the COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.
  • Prior to arrival, all travelers must upload their negative PCR test certificates to Global Haven platform.
  • All travelers arriving, or transition, in Kenya, must submit the ‘Case Investigation’ available on the Jitenge+ platform. Available for Android users in Google Play Store, or online here.  It is called the Jitenge MoH Kenya.
  • All travelers are required to submit the International Travelers Health Surveillance Form before travel.  Only once you have the confirmed seat number from the airline. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • Thereafter submit daily health information to the Jitenge+ platform for 14 consecutive days.
  • All travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks, and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.

 

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on departure

  • Passengers departing Kenya are required to present their vaccination certificate.
  • PCR tests are only required if the airline or destination country or transit country requires this.. Visit Trusted Travel to see the latest test requirements of transit and destination countries.
  • See a list of laboratories that have been approved to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests and issue certificates. .

Airlines flying into Kenya

  • Kenyan Airways, Emirates, RwandAir, Lufthansa, Qatar, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Emirates require a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to the flight departure.
  • Kenyan Airways require a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no later than 72 hours before boarding.

Tanzania

Tree climbing lions in Lake Manyara National Park

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Tanzania

  • All

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, travelers will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival in Tanzania. Please print out the form and present it to upon arrivals at the health desk.
  • All travelers on international flights to Tanzania must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours of arriving in Tanzania.  The only accepted tests are the Real Time Reserve Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing or the Nucleic Acide Amplification (NAAT’s) test done at an approved laboratory.
  • All travelers arriving from  certain countries experiencing variants of high COVID-19 case numbers as per WHO, will undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 and have a rapid test at 10 USD per person.  This is to be paid for in cash in notes not older than from the year 2013. Suggest to book the rapid test online so save time upon arrival book rapid test here .   
  • All travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks, and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • Travelers on transit in other countries more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.
  • Children 5 years and below are not required to present a COVID-19 test certificate or have the rapid antigen test.

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. This excludes travelers from India.

Airlines flying into Tanzania

  • Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar, KLM Royal Dutch, Emirates, Kenya Air, Precision Air, Swiss, Turkish Airlines.

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Tanzania

  • All

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, travelers will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival in Tanzania. Please print out the form and present it to upon arrivals at the health desk.
  • All travelers on international flights to Zanzibar must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours of arriving in Zanzibar.  The only accepted test is the Real Time Reserve Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing or the Nucleic Acide Amplification (NAAT’s) test done at an approved laboratory.
  • All travelers arriving from highest number of COVID-19 cases based on WHO website, will undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 and have a rapid test at 25 USD per person.  This is to be paid for in cash in notes not older than from the year 2013. Suggest to book the rapid test online so save time upon arrival book rapid test here . You can skip the queues and before you arrive, use this link  .   
  • All travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks, and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • Travelers on transit in other countries more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.
  • Children 6 years and above are not required to present a COVID-19 test certificate or have the rapid antigen test.

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. This excludes travelers from India.

Airlines flying into Tanzania

  • Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar, KLM Royal Dutch, Emirates, Kenya Air, Precision Air, Swiss, Turkish Airlines.

Zanzibar

Sunset in Zanzibar

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Zanzibar

  • All.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Zanzibar.
  • All travelers, except children below the age of 5, must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours of arriving in Zanzibar. Fully vaccinated travelers are also required to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate.
  • All travelers are required to present a negative COVID test in English on arrival. The only accepted test is the Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing or Nucleic Acid Amplification test (NAATs) done at an approved laboratory sample tested within 96 hours of departure.
  • All travelers will be subject to additional screening measures and questionnaires in place at the port of entry. Travelers with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, will be tested and if positive shall be managed at designated health facilities according to Zanzibar operational guidelines.
  • All travelers are required to have valid travel insurance for the whole period of their stay.
  • Upon arrival travelers from highest number of COVID-19 cases as per WHO, will need a further Rapid Antigen Test at 25 (USD). Suggest you have this in cash (notes not older than 2013). Travelers are advised to pay for the test online to avoid unnecessary queues on arrival. Link here
  • Recommend to pay for the COVID-19 rapid test online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival as you will get a automatically generated control number Link here

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. 

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on departure

  • A compulsory certificate is not required to exit, unless your departing country, final destination, transit country or airline requires this. You will need to to register via the Test Booking Portal. We can arrange for a mobile test to come to their hotel (USD 120). Please note each payment is separate per individual so book separately.
  • The digital certificate will be available online at the pre-selected date and travelers can request that the hotel print out the certificate. Usually this takes 48 hours to receive.

To summarize:

  • Register using the link above
  • Choose from RT-PCR test or rapid antigen test
  • Fill in the test date, date & time of departure
  • Test date between 48 – 72 prior to exit
  • From the drop down choose mobile service and the preferred time slot
  • Fill in your information and attach a copy of your Passport

Airlines flying into Zanzibar

  • Precision Air, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Air, Qatar, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Coastal Aviation, Auric Air.

Get in touch with our team at Grand Africa Safaris for more information.