|COUNTRY||UPDATE ON CURRENT RESTRICTIONS|
| Angola ||
- Passengers must present a medical certificate with proof of a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) test.
- The test must have been taken, at most 72 hours before departure from the first point of departure and should be issued in either English or Portuguese.
- Passengers must complete a “Travel Registration Form (TRV)”, at most 72 hours before departure. This can be obtained at covid19.gov.ao.
- All air passengers arriving in Angola will need to undertake a compulsory self-quarantine for at least 10 days.
- Returning residents can quarantine in their own homes.
- Non-resident essential workers must quarantine in a government or government-approved facility.
- The Angolan authorities will release you from quarantine once you have tested negative for coronavirus.
- Passengers who are not in possession of a work permit will not be allowed to enter the country. No tourists will be allowed to enter at this time. Note: this does not apply to residents or citizens of Angola.
Air travel has resumed to and from:
- Sir Seretse Khama International Airport in Gaborone.
- Maun International Airport.
- Kasane International Airport.
- Matante International Airport in Francistown.
Ground crossings have resumed at the following border posts:
Covid-19 regulations for arriving travellers:
- 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 are a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will need to undergo a 14-day mandatory quarantine period and testing at your own expense.
- If you are not a returning citizen or resident and do not meet these requirements you will be denied entry into Botswana.
- At the 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 should you show any COVID-19 symptoms, you may need to undergo 14 days of isolation or quarantine at your own expense.
Note: COVID-19 entry and exit requirements may be announced and altered at very short notice. Please monitor the Government of Botswana’s Facebook page for the latest developments or contact the relevant Authorities for further details. Flights in to and out of Botswana from South Africa may be affected by South Africa’s COVID-19 response.
Botswana is currently not allowing any tourists entry into the country.
- Commercial flights to and from DRC are in operation but last-minute delays and/or cancellations are possibility.
- The DRC authorities opened their international and internal borders on 15 August 2020.
- If you are planning to travel in the region, be sure to check the travel advice for the Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, and Angola.
- All travellers entering DRC are subject to screening, including temperature checks. Travellers aged 11 and above need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry to the DRC and test result date must’ve been done within seven days prior to your arrival date.
- Travellers aged 11 and above must also pay 45 USD for a mandatory test on arrival. You should arrange to take a private test.
- Proof of a negative COVID-19 test must also be provided upon departure. The test result date must fall within three 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 the institute.
- You may be subjected to screening, including temperature checks when leaving the DRC.
It is important to note the following:
- No tourists will be allowed into the country at this time.
- When travelling for business, you must carry a meeting invitation letter from the individual/s you plan to meet in the DRC.
- Flight restrictions have eased to allow three flights per airline, per week.
- Land and sea borders remain closed.
- UK nationals must receive authorisation from the Gabonese Ministry of Foreign Affairs before travelling to Gabon.
- All passengers travelling to Gabon must present a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test no older than three days before entry into Gabon.
- On arrival, all passengers must take an additional compulsory COVID-19 test at Libreville Airport.
- Passengers are then required to self-isolate for 48 hours while the COVID-19 test is being processed.
- 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 has been taken.
- If a COVID-19 test taken at the airport is positive, then passengers are required to continue self-isolating and await specific instructions from Gabonese health authorities.
- All COVID-19 tests taken in Gabon supersede any that were taken before arrival in Gabon.
Passengers arriving from or who have been in the following countries will be refused entry:
Gabon is currently not allowing any tourists to enter the country.
|Ivory Coast ||
The borders in Ivory Coast are open, with the exception of land and maritime borders. Work permit holders as well as essential permit holders can enter provided that they receive an approval from the relevant authorities prior departure. A COVID clearance certificate is required to enter the country. The Authorities are operational and accept work and residence permits applications currently.
Passengers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 PCR test result. The test must have been taken place within 96 hours before arrival starting from the date of sample collection.
Passengers must complete the “Travellers Health Surveillance Form” online at ears.health.go.ke.
Quarantine requirements include:
- Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine in the place they are staying for the first 14 days of their stay and observe the Government of Kenya protocols as directed.
- Travellers arriving from the UK are exempt from the Government of Kenya’s 14-day quarantine requirement but must still have a negative COVID-19 test.
- Travellers with a negative rapid test result will still need to enter mandatory or voluntary quarantine for 14 days, depending on the Kenyan authorities’ assessment of the traveller’s ability to quarantine. Passengers travelling in the two rows surrounding the person displaying symptoms will be traced and required to quarantine for 14 days.
- Travellers from the following states and territories shall be required to undergo mandatory quarantine upon arrival into Kenya at their own cost:
Kenya is only partially open for tourism purposes.
Lesotho reverted to “Purple Level” restrictions on 1 March 2021. Movement across the Lesotho border remains prohibited except for:
- Essential goods and services.
- Migrant workers.
- Medical emergencies (with permits).
- Funerals for parents, children, siblings, and grandparents.
- Daily commuting students and teachers.
The South African Government announced that its land border between South Africa and Lesotho is open despite Lesotho keeping their restrictions in place.
Visitors arriving in the UK who have been in or transited through Lesotho 10 days prior will not be allowed to enter the UK. British and Irish citizens, and third-country nationals with residence rights in the UK, arriving in the UK from Lesotho, need to self-isolate upon their return.
Lesotho is currently not allowing any tourists to cross the border.
All flights are suspended until further notice. However, travellers can enter by road provided that they are essential permit holders. The Departments of Labour and Immigration are accepting applications however, processing of same is lengthy as they are not fully operational.
International restrictions –
Entry to Malawi is prohibited except for Malawian nationals and foreign nationals with valid residency visas for Malawi. Although commercial routes remain closed, there are limited charter flights still operating to Lilongwe. Travellers drive to reach Malawi as this is the best way to enter the country under these circumstances. Travellers must present a COVID-19-free certificate and present themselves to screening and testing for COVID-19.
- Only work permit holders, as well as residents, are allowed to enter Mozambique. It is no longer possible to obtain a visa on arrival unless a Government concession applies.
- Testing for COVID-19 may be required on arrival in Mozambique, at your own expense.
- Travellers who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test are exempt from quarantine.
- The test must have been issued in the departure country, within 96 hours prior to the time of arrival. Children under 11 years old are exempt from the requirement to present a COVID-19 PCR test.
- Anyone testing positive or who has been 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.
Entry to Namibia:
- Airports, seaports and some land borders are open.
- Should you intending to use a land border, please ensure that you confirm whether it is open before travelling.
- Any person entering Namibia must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the country of departure.
- The test result must not be older than three days at the time of entry into Namibia.
- Permanent residents do not need to provide a negative test on arrival but will have to quarantine for seven days.
- Be sure to check with your airline for any regulations they might have regarding COVID-19 testing for travel. It is also advisable that you arrange to take a private test.
Note: These requirements also apply to anyone who has been vaccinated against COVID-19.
No travellers are being allowed into the country for tourism purposes at this time.
- Lagos does not allow payment upon arrival as all payments must be done online prior to entry.
- International commercial flights resumed in Abuja and Lagos. The Nigerian Immigration Service announced the resumption of passport and migrant registration.
- 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.
- Prior to departure, passengers travelling to Nigeria must complete the online pre-boarding health declaration at the Nigeria International Travel Portal.
- They must also have tested negative for COVID-19 within 96 hours of their departure to Nigeria and have uploaded their PCR test certificate to the online Travel Portal. Only a COVID-19 PCR test is acceptable to the Nigerian authorities.
- Before travelling, 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. The Nigerian government has said it will closely monitor whether passengers are following the quarantine measures and conducting the repeat PCR test.
- All new arrivals are expected to self-isolate at one location in the city of their arrival until the result of their second COVID-19 PCR test, which should be taken on day seven after arrival is known.
- If the second test is negative, individuals can exit self-isolation from day eight onwards. Anyone that has developed symptoms of COVID-19 during their travel or tests positive on a later stage will be managed according to national guidelines for COVID-19 treatment. This may require quarantine at a government-monitored treatment centre.
It is important to note that Nigeria is partially open for tourism purposes.
- The country’s borders are closed, except for returning citizens and legal residents who are subject to a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.
- Foreign nationals from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter Eswatini until further notice. Visas that have already issued have been revoked.
- A partial lockdown has been extended until at least 6 May 2021. Unnecessary travel within cities, towns, communities and beyond, except for instances of providing or acquiring essential services such as healthcare, food, or banking services, have been halted.
- All gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited, those with fewer than 20 people should observe proper hygiene standards and social distancing of one-two metres.
- Businesses have been told to allow employees to work from home. Essential businesses can operate but non-essential businesses are advised to reduce the number of staff working on the premises.
- All travel between cities and regions requires written permission given by the local authorities.
- The police have set up checkpoints along the highways to ensure public adherence. Individuals must always carry a permit with them.
- Public transport is only available for essential movement.
- Commercial flights are operating to and from Tanzania.
- To enter Tanzania, passengers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test, performed within the 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.
- Passengers should fill in a Health Surveillance Form on the plane, or any other transport means and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.
- The Government of Tanzania is implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving in Tanzania.
- Should you show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, you may be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at your own expense.
- Travellers entering the country should be aware of possible health risks posed by inadequate protocols and facilities within the quarantine locations.
- You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities.
It is important to note that Tanzania is only partially open for tourism.
- Zambia’s borders are open but under tight screening.
- Tourist and business visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.
- All visitors to Zambia must have proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their arrival.
- Visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to the medical authorities.
- There are no regulations that require visitors to self-isolate.
- Returning residents should self-isolate for 14 days following their arrival in Zambia.
- All airports are open for flights, although the availability of international flights remains limited. Please check before booking.
- International train and bus services have been suspended.
Anyone entering Zambia with a body temperature equal to, or above 38.0 C will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival, as well as anyone with COVID-19 related symptoms and taken to either your home or a government facility for treatment and quarantine until your tests results are known.
Any other arriving travellers may be randomly selected for testing. These tests are in addition to the requirement that visitors must present proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours before their arrival.
Zambia is partially open for tourism purposes.
Borders in Zimbabwe are still officially closed. However, it is possible to apply for entry approval from the Department of Immigration in Zimbabwe. All travellers are subject to quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers who arrive in Zimbabwe with a negative COVID-19 test performed within 48 hours of arrival may proceed to their homes where they must quarantine for 14 days. Arriving passengers without a COVID-19 test must either be tested upon arrival or quarantine in a government center for 14 days. Diplomats are exempt from the testing requirement, but must still respect the 14-day home quarantine. Borders remain open for cargo.
The Department of Immigration is accepting applications for work and residence permits. However, a delay is anticipated as they are operating with skeleton staff on a rotational basis.