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

Written by  Julie Graham

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The expert team at Grand Africa Safaris, have compiled this East Africa travel restrictions, 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
Flamingos at Lake Ndutu

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

 

Fully vaccinated travelers:

  • If proof of full vaccination is presented, then travelers are exempt from entry testing and quarantine requirements. Vaccination means having received the prescribed doses of the specific vaccine, latest shot at least 14 days before arrival (not including the day of vaccination). The vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organization.
  • Travelers who are fully vaccinated shall be exempted from the requirement of a PCR test. Travelers below 18 years of age are exempted from this requirement. You must upload your certificate of vaccination to the Global Haven website.
  • All travelers arriving in Kenya must complete a COVID-19 Travelers Health Surveillance Form before their arrival, even if only transiting. The online registration form can be found on the “Jitenge” platform, accessible via the following link or the “Jitenge” App (available on the Google Play Store).
  • After submitting the form, travelers will receive a QR code which must be presented to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.

Unvaccinated travelers:

  • l unvaccinated travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya must have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result conducted not more than 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry.
  • Children below the age of 5 years will be exempted from COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.
  • You must upload your negative PCR test certificate to the Global Haven website before boarding your flight, if not fully vaccinated.
  • All travelers arriving in Kenya must complete a COVID-19 Travelers Health Surveillance Form before their arrival, even if only transiting. The online registration form can be found on the “Jitenge” platform, accessible via the following link or the “Jitenge” App (available on the Google Play Store).
  • After submitting the form, travelers will receive a QR code which must be presented to port health officials for them to be allowed to proceed to arrival immigration.
  • All travelers arriving at any port of entry into Kenya will be expected to fill the passenger locator form on the ‘Jitenge’ platform.
  • You must also fill in a traveler’s locator form before travel on the Kenyan Ministry of Health web portal. On arrival, you will be prompted and required to submit daily health information on the Jitenge platform for 14 consecutive days.
  • Do not display any of these symptoms: body temperature above 37.5° C (99.5°F); persistent cough; difficulty breathing; other flu-like symptoms. 
  • The additional government measures of wearing masks, physical distancing, sanitizing will still be applicable and passengers will be guided by the airline or airport staff where required.
  • For latest information on quarantine and testing requirements please refer to the KCAA website here.
  • Transit and destination countries checking suggest you view this.
  • List of approved laboratories if your destination country, airline or transit airport requires a PCR test certificate. 

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on departure

  • .Present the negative COVID-19 vaccination certificate when departing.

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 

Fully vaccinated travelers:
 
  • All arriving travelers to pre-fill in an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form available at Traveler Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival to Tanzania. This is also required for children. Once submitted you will receive a unique QR code that will be required at the time of arrival.
  • All arriving passengers who require a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival are advised to pay for the Rapid Antigen Test prior to arrival in Tanzania, to avoid any delay on arrival. Travelers do so using an automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveller Surveillance Form via the link above.
  • All arriving passengers who require a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival can pay for the Rapid Antigen Test prior to arrival in Tanzania, to avoid any delay on arrival. Travelers arriving can do so using an automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveler Surveillance Form.
  • Cash upon arrival is also acceptable.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from providing a negative RT-PCR test on arrival in Tanzania.
  • Mandatory to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, with QR code for validation at any point of entry. The only accepted vaccinations are those approved by the United Republic of Tanzania and the World Health Organization.
  • A Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD10 per person per test is also required for travelers arriving from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA. This is required for persons 6 years and older.

Unvaccinated travelers

  • Travelers will need to pre-fill in an online Traveler Surveillance Form  within 24 hours before arrival to Tanzania. This is also required for children. Once submitted this online, all travelers will receive a unique QR code that will be required to be presented at the time of arrival.
  • All arriving travelers aged 6 years and above, entering Tanzania from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD10 per person per test.
  • All arriving travelers aged 6 years and above are required to present a negative Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) with QR code for verification on arrival, carried out within 72 hours before departure for Tanzania.
  • Highly recommended 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
  • Travelers displaying symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested. 
  • While in the country, all international travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • No departure tests are required, but check with your destination country or transit country for any further requirements. 
  • If the transit or destination country requires tests, then the team at Grand Africa Safaris will arrange all the logistics for a smooth and hassle free vacation. 
 
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 Zanzibar

  • All.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

Fully vaccinated travelers

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. A QR code will be provided which is needed at point of entry.
  • All arriving passengers who require a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival can pay for the Rapid Antigen Test prior to arrival in Zanzibar, to avoid any delay on arrival. This can be done via the automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveller Surveillance Form – link above.
  • Cash however is also acceptable upon arrival.
  • All arriving fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from providing a negative RT-PCR test on arrival in Zanzibar.
  • Fully vaccinated passengers will be required to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, with QR code for validation at any point of entry. The only accepted vaccinations are those approved by Zanzibar and the World Health Organization.
  • All arriving passengers (fully vaccinated or unvaccinated), aged 6 years and older, entering Zanzibar from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD25 per person per test.

 Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. 

 

Unvaccinated travelers

  • You will need to pre fill in an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form available at Traveler Surveillance Form  within 24 hours before arrival to Zanzibar. This is also required for children. Once you have submitted this online all travelers will receive a unique health QR code that will be required to be presented at the time of arrival.
  • All arriving passengers aged 6 years and older, entering Zanzibar from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD25 per person per test.
  • All arriving passengers aged 6 years and older are required to present a negative Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) with QR code for verification on arrival, carried out within 72 hours before departure for Zanzibar.
  • We do suggest you pay for the COVID-19 rapid test online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival as you will get a automatically generated control number Link
  • Travelers displaying symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested. 
  • While in the country, all international travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • No departure tests are required, but check with your destination country or transit country for any further requirements.

 

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.

Zanzibar

Sunset in Zanzibar

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Zanzibar

  • All.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

Fully vaccinated travelers

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Zanzibar. A QR code will be provided which is needed at point of entry.
  • All arriving fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from providing a negative RT-PCR test on arrival in Zanzibar.
  • Fully vaccinated passengers will be required to present a valid certificate of COVID-19 vaccination, with QR code for validation at any point of entry. The only accepted vaccinations are those approved by Zanzibar and the World Health Organization.
  • All arriving passengers (fully vaccinated or unvaccinated), aged 6 years and older, entering Zanzibar from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD25 per person per test.

 

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. 

 

Unvaccinated travelers

  • You will need to pre fill in an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form available at Traveler Surveillance Form  within 24 hours before arrival to Zanzibar. This is also required for children. Once you have submitted this online all travelers will receive a unique health QR code that will be required to be presented at the time of arrival.
  • All arriving passengers aged 6 years and older, entering Zanzibar from Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, South Africa, Uganda, United Kingdom and USA will be required to undergo a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD25 per person per test.
  • All arriving passengers aged 6 years and older are required to present a negative Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAATs) with QR code for verification on arrival, carried out within 72 hours before departure for Zanzibar.
  • We do suggest you pay for the COVID-19 rapid test online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival as you will get a automatically generated control number Link
  • Travelers displaying symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 will be required to undergo enhanced health screening and may be tested. 
  • While in the country, all international travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • No departure tests are required, but check with your destination country or transit country for any further requirements.

 

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.