Travel information and requirements for African Safari Destinations due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Which safari destinations are open and what are the requirements….?


Below is a list of popular safari destinations with their current opening details and restrictions or requirements

Updated as at 14 November 2020



Botswana is currently open for travellers arriving by private charter aircraft (effective from 01 November 2020), private charter aircraft will be available into Maun International Airport or Kasane International Airport.  On 06 November, the government advised that commercial scheduled flights would commence into Gaborone and Maun airports from 09 November 2020, and borders would open up as of 01 December 2020.

Requirements:  COVID-19 protocols are still being finalised, including quarantine and other requirements



Kenya opened for international travel from 01 August 2020.  Most safari camps and operators are open for business.  The government has also reduced their park entry fees until June 2021.

Requirements:  All international travellers must produce a negative PCR test certificate on arrival obtained within 96 hours of departure from their originating country.  Passengers must be in good health.  Temperatures must test below 37.5 degrees celcius (100F).  All travellers arriving into Kenya are required to complete a Travellers Health Surveillance Form issued by the Ministry of Health – click here for the form link.  Quarantine is not required for travellers listed on the Kenyan list of approved States and Territories.



International travel will resume the area of Nosy Be from 01 October 2020.  Travel will be limited to the surrounding areas of Nosy Be, travel to the mainland of Madagascar is still not permitted.

Requirements:  Onward flight ticket out of Nosy Be, a negative PCR test obtained within 72 hours of arrival in Madagascar, a completed health form on arrival.  An additional PCR test is required within 72 hours of departure from Madagascar if travelling to a destination that requires a negative test result to obtain entry.



Mauritius is open for international travel, and is an approved ”WTTC safety stamp” destination, however quarantine is required.

Requirements:  A valid negative PCR test within 5 days of arrival into Mauritius.  Mandatory quarantine for 14 days at an approved establishment.



International airports and some land borders are open for international (and self-drive) travellers.

Requirements:  All tourists arriving are required to provide a negative PCR test from their country of origin within 72 hours of arrival.  Health screening and temperature testing will be conducted at the airport or port of entry.



International travel is permitted for Namibia.  Flights into Windhoek have commenced, and Walvis Bay to South Africa have also commenced.

Requirements:  All travellers are required to provide a valid negative PCR test upon arrival into Namibia which is not older than 72 hours old.  For tests between 3 and 7 days old, a 7 day quarantine will be required.  Travellers are able to obtain a new PCR test for onward travel destinations within 24 hours at the end of their trip in Windhoek.



Rwanda opened its International airports on 01 August 2020 and is open for international travel.

Requirements:  All travellers are required to produce a negative PCR certificate within 5 days  (120 hours) of arrival into Rwanda.  Travellers are required to complete a Passenger Locator Form as well as upload their negative PCR certificate to the designated website . A second mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted upon arrival in Kigali. Guests will
be required to overnight at a hotel until the results are received (cost of test USD10, additional tests USD50).  Departing guests must test negative for COVID-19, with the test performed 120 hours (5 days) before departure.



South Africa opened for tourism on 01 October 2020.  As of 13 November 2020, the government removed the ”red list of countries” and is now open for all international travellers.

Requirements:  Arriving travellers need to present a valid negative PCR test not older than 72 hours from time of departure for South Africa.  Passengers will be screened and temperature tested on arrival.  Tourists are requested to download a COVID Alert App, and all travellers must have a valid travel insurance policy that covers the cost of quarantine (if required).



Tanzania is open up for international travel and was one of the first African destinations to welcome visitors.  All tourism facilities must go through a COVID-19 certification process, giving extra peace of mind.

Requirements:  Negative PCR tests are not manditory however if your country of origin or the airline requires a negative PCR test then this will be requested on arrival.  Other travellers are not required to have a negative test, however it is strongly recommended in case regulations change.  Arriving passengers will undergo enhanced screening and temperature tests.  Social distancing and sanitising is expected of all travellers.



A phased re-opening has commenced from 01 October 2020 with the resumption of international flights into Entebbe Airport.

Requirements: Arriving travellers need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Uganda.  Temperature tests and health screening will be done at the airport on arrival, and masks need to be worn, along with social distancing and sanitizing.  For passengers departing Uganda, a negative PCR test needs to be presented (issued within 5 days of departing from Uganda).



Zambia is open to travellers (normal visa requirements apply)

Requirements: A negative COVID-19 test certificate that is no older than 14 days is required upon entry.  Screening and temperature testing will be conducted on arrival.



International travel is available into Zimbabwe via Harare, Victoria Falls or Bulawayo airports.  Four land borders will be open as at 01 December 2020 for private passenger vehicles/entry (Plumtree, Victoria Falls, Chirundu, Nyamapanda).

Requirements: All travellers are to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate, obtained from a recognised facility within 48 hours of departure for Zimbabwe.  Health screening and temperature tests will be conducted on arrival.  Normal social distancing, sanitising and the wearing of masks is required.



Various airlines are flying into the above destinations, and schedules are being finalised by others.  Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar and Emirates are the main airlines reaching many of these African destinations, but of course there are others and this is changing day by day.  Please contact us should you require further information.


Note:  The above information is intended for those looking to see what requirements are needed, however please be aware this is a rapidly changing environment and the protocols laid out  are subject to amendment and/or change.


Please contact us should you wish to chat about possible travel plans or if you have any queries,





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