Southern & East Africa: Entry Requirements and COVID-19 Protocols

Note: The information is correct to the best of Giltedge’s knowledge at time of publication and is updated regularly.

How we travel has changed tremendously. But as one of the world’s leading tour operators, Giltedge is committed to ensuring the safety of our guests and staff. Our expert team will advise you on your post-Covid holiday to Africa.

We suggest that you visit the official government website of the country you’re going to visit. Please also check your airline’s travel regulations prior to departure.

Most airlines are asking passengers to produce a negative RT-PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. Some airlines require a negative RT-PCR test for both the inbound and outbound flight.

The RDT (Rapid Diagnostic Test) and the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests are different. RDT results and home test results are unlikely to be accepted.


Countries in Africa that are open & entry requirements:

 

SOUTHERN AFRICA REQUIREMENTS

Country

Airport  Open

Land Borders Open

PCR Testing Prior to Arrival

PCR Testing for Minors <5 Years on Arrival

PCR testing Necessary with Vaccination Certificate

Quarantine on Arrival

Other National COVID Protocols

Botswana

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR Test 72 hours before departure.

If you are travelling from a high risk country regardless of PCR test you will be asked to do a rapid test at the border.

Yes

Yes

No, unless showing symptoms or receive a positive test at point of entry.

Curfew between 22h00 - 04h00. Mandatory mask wearing in public.

Mozambique

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR Test 72 hours before departure.

No

Yes

No – only if arrival with PCR test older than 72 hours.

Curfew 22h00 - 05h00.

Namibia

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR test is required 7 days prior to arrival, signed and dated by a certified medical practitioner. All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to have a Covid-19 test.

No

Yes

No - only if test positive on arrival or arrive without PCR test.

Curfew between 23h00 - 04h00. Mandatory mask wearing in public.

South Africa

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR test 72 hours before departure, signed and dated by a certified medical practitioner. All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to have a Covid-19 test.

No

Yes

No - only if test positive on arrival or arrive without PCR test.

Curfew 23h00 to 04h00

Mandatory mask wearing in public. All travellers to complete a Traveller health questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival.

Zambia

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR test 72 hours before departure.

No

Yes

No

No

Zimbabwe

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR test 48 hours before departure. Travellers showing symptoms on arrival will be retested at their own expense (US$60 per test) at a facility available at the airport.

Yes

Yes

No

Curfew between 22h00 - 05h30.

International Reopened Date:

  • 12 November 2020
  • Entry currently into King Shaka International (Durban), OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Cape Town International, Lanseria and Kruger Mpumalanga Airports

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Cape Town only

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No – only if test positive on arrival or arrive without PCR test (quarantine cost to be carried by traveller)

Entry Conditions:

  • Negative PCR Covid Test within 72 hours prior to departure, signed and dated by a certified medical practitioner
  • All travellers to complete a Traveller health questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival
  • All travellers will be screened on arrival and those presenting with symptoms will be required to have a Covid-19 test

Other Conditions:

  • From 13 September 2021, South Africa moves down to level 2 of our 5 level ‘risk adjusted’ lockdown strategy
  • Travelers asked to download the COVID Alert South Africa mobile app
  • Everyone will be expected to adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing (1.5 meters), wearing face masks and personal hygiene
  • Curfew is 23h00 to 04h00, unless you have been granted permission with a permit or are attending to a security or medical emergency. Or if you arrive on a flight, or are travelling to or from an airport, which necessitates travelling during restricted hours of movement. Provided that the person travelling is in possession of a valid boarding pass as proof of flight or a copy of the airline ticket
  • The sale, dispensing and distribution of liquor is permitted Monday – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
  • Restaurants to close by 10 pm
  • Gatherings limited to  250 indoors and 500 outdoors
  • Beaches, dams, rivers, parks and swimming pools are open, subject to social distancing and health protocols
  • Some land border posts remain closed and five international airports will be open:

a) OR Tambo International Airport
b) King Shaka International Airport
c) Cape Town International Airport
d) Lanseria International Airport and,
e) Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport

  • Long-haul flight departures and arrivals at the airports listed above are permitted during the hours of curfew

Departure:

Health screening by Port Health Officials & complete a traveller health questionnaire

In country testing:

  • Testing sites: Widely available
  • Length of time to get results: 24 – 48 hours
  • Cost: +/- R850
  • Remote Testing: Yes

International Reopened Date:

  • 09 November 2020  – Gabarone, Maun and Kasane Airports
  • 01 December 2020 –  Francistown Airport
  • 01 December 2020 ground crossing resumed at commercial border points including Kazangula

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No – unless displaying symptoms on arrival, will be required to undertake mandatory testing, , possible isolation and or quarantine

   Entry conditions:

  •     Negative PCR test result not older than 72 hours prior to boarding.
  •     Additional Covid-19 rapid test at Botswana border (cost free)

Other Conditions:

  • Curfew from 22:00 to 04:00

Departure:

  • You cant leave Botswana without going through a country that requires a negative test – so all departures require a negative test.

Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: Done in various sites across the country. Many options provided through private labs in the main access points like Maun.  Remote testing:
  • Length of time to get results: 24 hours
  • Cost: $60-$90
  • Remote Testing: Yes / from $300

International Reopened Date:

  • 1 September 2020, Hosea Kutako International Airport (Windhoek)

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No – unless a guest shows COVID-19 symptoms or tests positive they will be subjected to quarantine at own cost for a period of 10 days.

Entry Conditions:

On Arrival:

  • All tourist arrivals must on arrival present a negative PCR test result not older than 7 days prior to boarding, in English.
  • Passengers will have to complete a Health Questionnaire and submit with a full travel itinerary on arrival submitted to the Ministry of Health & Social Services.
  • Your temperature will be measured on arrival.  Should this be higher than 38°C or indicate a fever you will be expected to undergo further medical examination by the health officials.
  • You will be required to take out travel insurance prior to arrival in Namibia

Other Conditions:

  • Masks are mandatory in public places
  • Curfew 23h00 – 04h00 (lodges exempt)

 On departure:

Covid-19 test only required if specified by airline.

Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: Windhoek
  • Remote testing: Yes/allow  48 hours
  • Length of time to get results: Super Express = 6hours to 48 hours
  • Cost: Standard PCR = $80 Super Express = $140

International Reopened Date:

  •  11 September 2020.

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No – only if arrival with PCR test older than 72 hours

Entry Conditions

Prior to Arrival:

  • A negative PCR test is required within 72 hours of boarding
  • Those without PCR test, tests positive or in contact with someone who has tested positive will be required to self isolate for 14 days.
  • All travellers are required to provide their contact details to the Mozambican authorities.

Other Conditions:

  • Curfew 22h00 – 05h00

 On departure:

Covid-19 test only required if specified by airline.

Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: Vilanculos & Maputo
  • Length of time to get results: 24 hours
  • Cost: $100
  • Remote testing: Yes / $100-$250

International Reopened Date:

  •  25 June 2020
  • Visas issued on arrival, via e-visas or Zambian missions abroad (as per nationality of traveller)

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No, unless displaying symptoms on arrival, quarantine in specific institutions designated by the Ministry of Health until their results are ready
  • Passengers arriving in Zambia from a “high-risk” country will be given a PCR test and expected to self-quarantine until a negative result is returned (list of “high-risk” countries shown below)

Entry Conditions:

On Arrival:

  • A negative COVID test no older than 72 hours prior to departure from your country of origin.
  • Passengers arriving in Zambia from a “high-risk” country will be given a PCR test on arrival (at their own cost) and expected to self-quarantine in their hotel/lodge until a negative result is returned. (list of “high-risk” countries shown below)
  • Passengers able to prove full vaccination will not have to test on arrival or quarantine.
  • Passengers who simply transit a high-risk country (for less than 24 hours) will not have to test or quarantine.
  • These rules do not apply to children younger than 5 years old who will not have to be tested.
  • Travelers Health Questionnaires will be provided to all airlines entering Zambia, pre-filled on board the aircraft and surrendered to health staff at the airport for review.
  • All travellers entering the airport will be subjected to temperature and symptom screening.

Countries that are on Zambia’s “high-risk” list:

Argentina, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, France, Iran, Russia, Tunisia, Egypt, Germany, Italy, South Africa, Turkey

Other Conditions:

  • Visitors need to follow COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks and personal hygiene. Theyneed to monitor themselves for 10 days for virus symptoms and report any occurrence to the nearest health facility.
  • Bars, nightclubs, taverns can only open Fri-Sun 18h00-22h00
  • Restaurants may only supply takeaways
  • Vehicles must carry only 50% of their passenger capacity
  • Temperature checks will continue to be conducted before entering public places, shops etc.

 On departure:

  • Covid-19 test only required if specified by airline
  • Passengers must obtain a Travel Certificate from Ministry of Health however this is automatically done by DMC or lodge or camp.

Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: Lusaka & Livingstone
  • Length of time to get results: 24 hours
  • Cost: Lusaka – $150 / Livingstone – $150 / Luangwa – $250 / Lower Zambezi ranges from $300 – $550 depending on group size
  • Remote testing available: Swabs are flown to Lusaka for processing

International Reopened Date:

  • 01 October 2020
  • Only fully vaccinated travellers may travel via land borders at Kazangula border post. Please carry hard-copies of proof of vaccination
  • If not fully vaccinated, travellers may only transit through if they have a same day flight in or out of Victoria Falls

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No, provided that travellers present a negative COVID certificate dated no longer than 48 hours prior to departure
  • Travellers who test positive must go into a local quarantine centre for 10 days if they have no symptoms, or 13 days if they are symptomatic. Quarantine is at the traveller’s expense.

Entry Conditions:

Prior to Arrival:

  • A negative PCR test is required within 48 hours of boarding – please carry hard copies for entry

On Arrival:

  • Guest temperature to be checked with non-contact thermometer on arrival
  • Travellers to complete a health questionnaire & provide details for Covid-19 tracking
  • Travellers must adhere to COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene

Other conditions as of 09 September 2021 :

  • Curfew 22h00 to 05h30
  • Businesses may only operate between 08h00 and 15h30
  • Restaurants and bars within hotels and lodges may operate from 08:00 to 22:00.

On departure:

Presentation of negative PCR test if required by airline or onward destination.
In country testing:
  • Testing sites: Vic Falls, Harare & Bulawayo
  • Length of time to get results: 24 hours
  • Cost: $60
  • Remote testing: Yes, from Victoria Falls by Ace Ambulance

EAST AFRICA REQUIREMENTS

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Country

Airport Borders Open

Land Borders Open

PCR Testing Prior to Arrival

PCR Testing for Minors <5 Years on Arrival

PCR testing Necessary with Vaccination Certificate

Quarantine on Arrival

Other National COVID Protocols

Kenya

Yes

Yes

Negative PCR test within 96 hours (4 days) of departure from origin.

No

Yes

Arrival without a negative PCR certificate = 14 days quarantine. Temperature screening 14 day quarantine if show symptoms.

Mandatory mask wearing in public.

Rwanda

Yes

Yes

Negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to departure.


A mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted upon arrival in Kigali a minimum of one overnight (24 hours) in Kigali while awaiting results at designated transit hotels https://rbc.gov.rw/travel/


No

Yes

A minimum of one overnight (24 hours) in Kigali while awaiting results at designated transit hotels

Curfew 23h00 - 04h00.

Tanzania/ Zanzibar

Yes

Yes

Negative COVID-19 test 96 hours prior to departure.

The test should be based on Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) 

No

Yes

Travellers who receive positive results on their Rapid Tests will be allowed to self-isolate at a location of their choice for a period of 14 days or more until they test negative on a Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test

Curfew between 21h00 - 05h00. 

Uganda

Yes

Yes

All travellers must present a negative PCR based Covid-19 test issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft.

Yes

No – if passenger tests positive for Covid-19 they will be taken to a treatment centre or repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda at their own cost.

Curfew 22h00 to 04h00. Mandatory mask wearing in public. All travellers to complete a Traveller health questionnaire prior to arrival or upon arrival.


International Reopened Date:

  • 1 August 2020 International flight
  • 01 May 2021 Domestic flights

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Yes

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • These countries are exempt from the mandatory quarantine (subject to change): https://www.kcaa.or.ke/quarantine-exempted-states
  • Arrival without a negative PCR certificate = 14 days quarantine
    Temperature screening 14 day quarantine if show symptoms

Entry Conditions:

Prior to Arrival:

  • Proof of negative PCR test within 96 hours (4 days) of departure from origin
  • Passengers will have to complete a Travelers Health Surveillance Form ONLINE via downloading “Jitenge MoH Kenya” app and signing up as Air Traveler or via ly/covid19moh. Passengers will receive a QR code once the form is completed to present to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration.
  • All arriving passengers on international flights whose body temperature is not above 37.5° C (99.5°F), do not have a persistent cough, difficulty in breathing, flu-like symptoms, have negative PCR  test (carried out within 96 hours before travel) are exempt from quarantine.
  • Passenger that does not have negative COVID-19 PCR tests must be returned/deported to their embarkation point.
  • All travellers under the age of 18 years only require a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test (taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in Kenya) to enter Kenya.
  • Ex-UK- vaccination certificate, negative PCR test & quarantine for
    7 days

On Arrival:

  • Guest’s temperatures checked with a non-contact thermometer on arrival, body temperatures must test below 37.5 °C (99.5°F) and visitors must have no persistent cough, no difficulty breathing, and no other flu-like symptoms.
  • If there is a case of Covid-19 on the flight or a passenger exhibiting the above symptoms, all passengers within 2 rows will be taken to a government quarantine facility at their own cost and will be subject to a COVID-19 test. If the test results are negative, they are allowed to leave the facility.

Other Conditions:

  • Visitors to follow the COVID-19 regulations like physical distancing, wearing face masks, and personal hygiene

On departure:

  • A person intending to travel outside Kenya to a destination that requires a COVID-19 test must take the test from an approved laboratory in Kenya. Once the test is done, the traveller will receive an email from admin@panabios.org or their lab contact with their Trusted Travel – TT – certificate.
  • On the certificate, they will find the Trusted Testing Code (TT Code) which shows that the test was done in an approved Trusted Lab. The TT Code is used as evidence of the test to generate a Travel Code (TC) for international travel.
  • TT Code and TC are standard travel clearance requirements for international travel in a health emergency. Travellers must endeavour to check the test requirements of transit and destination countries as well as the latest list of Trusted Labs on xchange.panabios.org or www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel  to ensure that their tests remain valid for the duration of their full trip.
  • Covid-19 test only required if specified by airline
  • If required, test must be digitally verified & TT code obtained as per above

International Reopened Date:

  • 1 August 2020

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Yes

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • Yes, a mandatory RT-PCR test will be conducted upon arrival in Kigali a minimum of one overnight (24 hours) in Kigali while awaiting results at designated transit hotels https://rbc.gov.rw/travel/
  • Should the traveller test positive, they will be taken to a medical facility for specialised care at their own cost. All travellers are required to carry comprehensive travel insurance accordingly.

Entry Conditions:

         Prior to Arrival:

  • All persons (arriving, transferring, transiting and departing) are required to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test certificate for a test conducted within 72 hours prior to departure. The only accepted test is a SARS-CoV 2 Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR).
  • A COVID-19 test is not mandatory for accompanied children under 5 years
  • All travellers arriving in Rwanda must complete the passenger locator form and upload the COVID-19 test certificate before heading to the airport. Please see passenger locator form and list of designated transit hotels on www.rbc.gov.rw.
    Passenger locator form: https://travel.rbc.gov.rw/travel/formstart.php
  • This page will issue a reference number that will be given to health authorities on arrival. All traveller information will be available on the PFL including the hotel they will be staying at on arrival.

         On Arrival:

  • Travellers go through health screening & complete short health questionnaire
  • Travellers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at the airport ($60 per test)
  • All arrivals tested for Covid-19 then taken to designated hotel for 24 hours awaiting results

Other Conditions:

  • A nationwide curfew is in place between 21h00 and 04h00
  • Face masks are mandatory
  • Restaurants and cafes remain open with a 30% occupancy limit
  • Temperature screening before entering buildings is mandatory

National Parks:
• For a visit to Volcanoes National Park, Nyungwe National Park and Gishwati-Mukura National Park, an RT-PCR test is necessary, taken maximum 72 hours before the visit. The cost is USD 50 per person.
• For Akagera National Park, either an RT-PCR test or alternatively a rapid (antigen) test is necessary, taken maximum 72 hours before the visit. The cost for the rapid test is USD 10 to USD 15 per person, depending on the clinic facilities.
• If visitors are turned back by park authorities for ‘medical’ reasons, their permits will be refunded.
Emergency Contact Information: • Toll free number: 114 • RBC Medical Team on Duty at Airport 24/7: (+250) 781415724 • Email: covid@rbc.gov.rw

 On Departure:

  • All passengers departing must test negative for Covid-19 & performed within 72hours of departure. We encourage travellers to book and pay for their tests at least 2 days prior to departure through the online platform available on rbc.gov.rw
  • The results for all the tests will be communicated by SMS or email using the original reference number.
  • Travellers are not allowed to go to the airport without negative COVID-19 PCR test results, if the results are not yet out within 48 hours as mentioned above, please contact BIOS LAB HELP DESK on (+250) 787243836 or (+250) 788793446 or (+250) 784026239

 Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: all around country
  • Length of time to get results: 24 hours
  • Cost: $50
  • Remote testing: Yes. Cost = $70 – $150

International Reopened Date:

  • 18 May 2020

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Yes

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • There are no self-quarantine requirements for travellers arriving into the country who are not showing any COVID-19 symptoms

Entry Conditions:

  • All arriving passengers will undergo screening and must complete a Health Declaration form online Health Surveillance Form 24 hours prior to arrival – upon submission a Unique Health Code will be received & shown on arrival
  • A negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test should be based on Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction ( RT-PCR) using sample collected within 96 hours before departure to Tanzania
  • As of 19 Sep 2021 : All arriving travellers, aged 6 years and older, entering the United Republic of Tanzania from the following countries, or those who have travelled to the following countries in the last 14 days regardless of the route taken, will be required to undergo a Rapid Test on arrival, the cost of which is USD 10 per person per test for the Tanzanian mainland and USD 25 per person per test for Zanzibar. These countries are the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, India, Malawi, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States of America, Rwanda, and South Africa;  
  • All travellers who require a Rapid Test on arrival are advised to pay for the Rapid Test prior to arrival in Tanzania, to avoid any delay on arrival. Travellers arriving on the Tanzanian mainland can do so using an automatically generated control number received after completing the Traveller Surveillance Form via https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/. Travellers arriving in Zanzibar can do so via https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/don’t forget to keep a confirmation of this to hand.
  • Passengers showing symptoms of COVD-19 will be subject to further testing and may be required to quarantine at a government designated facility as their own cost
  • All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport

Other Conditions:

  • International travelers must have valid health/medical insurance before arrival
  • International travelers are encouraged to apply for online e-visas prior to arrival
  • Hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place
  • While in the country, all international travelers should observe adherence to Infection Prevention and Control measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate
  • Curfew 21h00 – 05h00

 On departure:

Presentation of negative PCR test if required by airline or onward destination.

Please note that the current government advice is for travellers to undergo COVID-19 testing a minimum of 5 days prior to departure (depending on the specific airline and destination country requirements) to ensure adequate time is allowed for test results to be received

Testing in country:

  • Testing sites: Dar, Arusha, Zanzibar & Manyara, Kili, Grumeti & Seronera.
  • Length of time to get results: 48 hours (24 hours in Dar)
  • Cost: $100
  • Remote testing: Yes / variable

International Reopened Date:

  • 1 October 2020
  • As of 01 May 2021, no travellers from India will be permitted entry to Uganda, this includes travellers who have travelled through India in the last 14 days

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • No – if passenger tests positive for Covid-19 they will be taken to a treatment centre or repatriated for treatment outside of Uganda at their own cost.

Entry Conditions:

  • All travellers must present a negative PCR based Covid-19 test issued no more than 72 hours before boarding the aircraft
  • ALL Travelers including children coming from USA, UK, UAE, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Tanzania will be required to undertake a second mandatory PCR Testing at the point of entry ( in addition to presenting a negative PCR Test certificate which should be valid for not more than 72 hours) – cost US$65 pp
  • Samples collected and results released after every 4 hours, travelers can opt to wait at the testing site or check-in at any of the Entebbe hotels at own costs awaiting results.
  • Upon arrival, as long as you have the negative test certificate (or test on arrival as per above Nationalities), your body temperature is less than 37.5 degrees and you do not display any flu like symptoms, you will be exempt quarantine on arrival.
  • A passenger who shows signs of symptoms will be taken to an isolation centre.
  • Any traveler who tests positive of Covid-19 will be evacuated by Ministry of Health to a
    designated Covid-19 isolation facility.

On arrival (as of 03 Sep):

All travelers arriving into Uganda – regardless of age, vaccination status and country of origin – will be tested for COVID-19 on arrival

Arrival PCR COVID-19 test will be administered by government accredited labs offering expedited results. Using the online form below – completed prior to arrival – the test costs $55 (we advise that pax pay in USD cash on arrival). This online system will help ensure that pax avoid long waits in the test facility

  • Pax will clear customs & immigrations, collect their baggage and find the UTB (Uganda Tourism Board) desk near the exit. VIP M&G services are available, please request in advance.
  • Check in at the UTB desk and the UTB representative will locate their online form and connect pax with the CAS guide who will drive them to the test facility, after testing, he will take them to their hotel to await results (anticipated wait time approx. 1-2 hrs).
  • These services are only available by completing the online form and including all CAS info as noted below under ‘travel agency/company details.’
  • We advise that pax complete the form about one week prior to their arrival into EBB.
  • Approved waiting hotels include Karibu Guesthouse, The Boma Hotel, Hotel No. 5 and we are awaiting confirmation that Protea will be added to this list.

Other Conditions:

  • The nationwide curfew continues between 19h00 and 06h30
  • Face masks mandatory

 On departure:

Presentation of negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure


INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND REQUIREMENTS

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Country

Airport Borders Open

Land Borders Open

PCR Testing Prior to Arrival

PCR Testing for Minors <5 Years on Arrival

PCR testing Necessary with Vaccination Certificate

Quarantine on Arrival

Other National COVID Protocols

Madagascar

Yes

No

All travellers are required present a negative PCR Covid test on arrival in Nosy Be. Free testing is provided at the airport upon arrival.

Mandatory mask wearing in public.

Maldives

Yes

Yes

Tourists are required to produce a PCR certificate or test result indicative of negative status for covid-19 on arrival.

No

Yes

Everyone entering the Maldives for a purpose other than tourism will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival and must register on the Haalubelun portal.

Tourists are not allowed to travel to other islands or to the capital city, Malé. Mandatory mask wearing in public.

Mauritius

Yes

Yes

Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Yes

Yes

No

Mandatory mask wearing in public.

Seychelles

Yes

Yes

All travellers must submit proof of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test that is done less than 72 hours prior to departure to Seychelles.

Yes

Yes

No

Mandatory mask wearing in public.

International Reopened Date:

  • 01 October 2020 – only the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • Travel outside of Nosy Be is not permitted

Entry Conditions:

  • All travellers are required present a negative PCR Covid test on arrival in Nosy Be. Free testing is provided at the airport upon arrival.
  • All passengers are required to present a return air ticket and are not permitted to travel outside of Nosy Be

Other Conditions:

  • Face masks mandatory

International Reopened Date:

  • 15th July 2020

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Yes

Quarantine on Arrival:

  • Everyone entering the Maldives for a purpose other than tourism will be subject to a 14-day quarantine on arrival and must register on the Haalubelun portal.
  • Your entire holiday in the Maldives should be booked at the same hotel, except for transit purposes – travel to other islands or to the capital, Male’ City is not permitted

Entry Conditions:

  1. Prior to Arrival:
  • A pre-arrival Visa is not required to gain entry into the country. Tourists are provided a 30-day free Visa on arrival.
  • A confirmed booking in a tourist establishment registered with the Ministry of Tourism is mandatory.
  • An online Health Declaration Form should be filled and submitted within 24 hours prior to departure. The form can be accessed HERE https://www.ivisa.com/maldives-health-declaration-form
  • Tourists are required to produce a PCR certificate or test result indicative of negative status for covid-19 on arrival
  1. On Arrival:
  • All tourists will undergo non-intrusive temperature checks and screening on arrival to the Maldives
  • All passengers must wear face masks, and undergo thermal screening at the arrival terminal, all while maintaining social distancing
  • Downloading the Contact Tracing App ‘TraceEkee’ is encouraged
  1. On Departure:
  • Tourists will have to undergo an exit screening prior to departure from their destination, the exit screening questionnaire should document any history of symptoms within the prior 14 days
  • During exit screening if any tourist is found to have fever or symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 within the past 14 days, they must undergo PCR testing for COVID-19.
  • For any tourists requiring covid-19 test results to return to their countries of origin, testing services are available in the Maldives and can be arranged with the resort

Other Conditions:

  • All tourist facilities will have access to medical services, well-managed stock of PPE and a COVID-19 safety manager.
  • Tourists are not allowed to travel to other islands or to the capital city, Malé.
  • Tourists with transit requirements may stay in designated facilities which have been given special permits by the Ministry of Tourism and the Health Protection Agency.

International Reopening Date:

  • 15 July 2021

Entry conditions:

  • Different requirements apply for vaccinated and unvaccinated travellers. More information is available here http://www.mauritiusnow.com/
  • Present a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure

On arrival:

VACCINATED GUESTS  15 July – 30 Sep 2021:

  • Enjoy a hotel holiday in one of our certified COVID-19 safe hotels
  • Mandatory PCR test at the airport on your day of arrival. Depending on the length of your stay, you will also need a PCR test on day 7 and 14 of your stay.
  • After a negative PCR test on day 14, you are free to go and explore the island

01 October 2021 onwards:

  • Full opening of the island – fully vaccinated travellers will be allowed entry subject to a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to boarding

WTTC Safety Stamp:

  • Yes

International Reopened Date:

  • 1st August 2020
  • Entry is limited to visitors coming from countries that appear on the “permitted list

Entry Conditions:

Visitors to Seychelles from countries on the list of permitted countries:
1. All travellers must submit proof of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test that is done less than 72 hours prior to departure to Seychelles.
2. Travellers must present proof of negative test results when checking-in for their flight to Seychelles. Airlines will not accept passengers for travel to Seychelles without the test result.
3. Aircraft/Airline are not to board any passengers or crew who are symptomatic of COVID-19.
4. Any travellers who arrive in Seychelles without the Health Travel Authorisation and acceptable proof of negative COVID 19 PCR test, will be denied entry.
5. Exit screening at the airport of origin and transit must have been completed by all incoming passengers and crew.
6. Entry screening will be done upon arrival starting with examination of the Health Travel Authorisation, symptomatic check, temperature scanning. The passenger may be required to undergo additional tests.
7. All travellers must provide proof of accommodation in an approved establishment for the entire period of stay and must show booking vouchers at Immigration on entry. (Visitors should consult the Seychelles Tourism website (www.tourism.gov.sc) for the list of approved establishments and any additional advice.)
8. Visitors are permitted to stay in not more than 2 different approved establishments in the first 7 days.
9. To ensure the safety of staff and visitors, all persons at tourism establishments are monitored daily for signs
of illness by the Health and Safety Officer or designated person.
10. All tourism establishments, including hotels, restaurants, taxis, tour operators, ferries and domestic flight services, have set up measures to increase vigilance, enhance hygiene and social and physical distancing.
Visitors are required to follow the guidance of the management and staff. (See also Guide for Visitors published by the Department of Tourism)
11. Visitors must adhere to all the regulations in place, including the wearing of face masks in indoor and outdoor settings defined by law. There is prohibition of the use of public buses by visitors.
12. Any illness must be reported immediately to the management of the establishment, who will provide appropriate guidance.

Visitors to Seychelles from “special status countries”
1. All travelers from “special status countries” must submit proof of a valid negative COVID-19 PCR test that is done less than 48 hours prior to departure to Seychelles.
2. Visitors are required to stay in one establishment, specifically authorized to accommodate visitors from such countries, for the first 5 days after entering Seychelles (or for the entire duration of stay should it be less than
5 days). Refer to list at (www.tourism.gov.sc)
3. Visitors must stay within areas designated by the establishment during this initial period, and are required to strictly adhere to all the conditions in place at the establishment.
4. On the fifth (5th) day after arrival, all visitors from “special status countries” must have a PCR Covid-19 test (the cost of the test is covered by the Department of Health done in government health facilities).
a. If the PCR test is negative, visitors will be free to continue with their planned holiday (the conditions listed under Visitors to Seychelles from countries on the list of permitted countries apply).
b. Visitors who test positive and are asymptomatic will be required to stay in tourism establishments specifically designated and authorized for such purpose.
c. Visitors who test positive and are symptomatic are required to be isolated in a medical facility until recovery

       Prior to Arrival:

  • All travellers to Seychelles are required to complete the Seychelles Health Travel Authorization (HTA) no less than 72 hours prior to boarding the flight to Seychelles – https://seychelles.govtas.com/
  • An HTA application must be completed through this official website or through the “Seychelles Health Travel Authorization” official mobile application and must be done for each individual who intends to travel by air or sea. Once the application is approved, the PDF must be printed and presented on departure and arrival to Seychelles.

       On Arrival:

  • Entry screening will be done upon arrival starting with completion of the health check form, symptomatic check, temperature scanning. The passenger may be required to undergo additional tests
  • All passengers must provide proof of accommodation in an approved establishment for the entire period of stay and must show booking vouchers at Immigration on entry
  • Visitors arriving by commercial flights and staying more than 6 days will be required to do the sixth day PCR surveillance test. This means the testing will be conducted on the sixth day after the arrival of the visitor.
  • The sixth day PCR surveillance test will not be required by Category 1 visitors staying for 5 days or less in any health certified accommodation establishment.
  • Visitors may only stay in establishments that have been certified by the Public Health Authority. Visitors are permitted to stay in not more than 2 different approved establishments in the first 7 days

Other Conditions:

  • Information regarding the safety of visitors including further measures taken are available on the Tourism Department’s website via the following link: http://tourism.gov.sc/covid-19-guidelines/
  • Visitors must ensure that they have valid travel insurance with full medical coverage, including Covid-19 related medical care and quarantine, for the duration of their stay in Seychelles

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