Covid 19 Travel Updates

LAST UPDATE - 16th May 2022

Travel Updates by Country

The Latest Covid-19 Entry Requirements for Southern Africa

Here is the latest guidance to set you on track for planning a safari to Africa’s Eden. Being in a position where so many countries meet, our aim is to ensure smooth regional and international travel. Please note that this Covid travel information is relevant at the time of posting; however, it is ultimately the responsibility of the traveller to ensure that their documentation is in order. Every Africa’s Eden member is dedicated to ensuring guests have a fantastic time in the heart of Africa, so please reach out with any questions or queries.

PCR testing no longer needed for fully vaccinated travellers to Africa's Eden

ZIMBABWE

Getting to Zimbabwe

Land borders are open and domestic flights resumed on the 10th of September 2021. Zimbabwean international airports re-opened on the 1st of October 2021 with flight schedules continuing to increase from a variety of destinations.

International Airlines to Zimbabwe

Domestic Airlines in Zimbabwe

Air Zimbabwe flies between Harare and Victoria Falls, while Fast Jet flies between Harare and Victoria Falls as well as Bulawayo and Victoria Falls.

Zimbabwe Covid Entry Requirements

  • All passengers entering Zimbabwe are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival at the port of entry.
  • As of 1st April 2022, all passengers 12 years of age and over are required to either present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure or proof of being fully vaccinated
  • Fully vaccinated to enter Zimbabwe means one dose of a single dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson or both doses of a two-dose vaccine such as Astra Zenica or Pfizer
  • Anyone recording a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C will be tested for COVID-19.
  • Travellers that test positive will then be required to go into local isolation for 10 days if they have no symptoms, or 13 days if they are symptomatic
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for departure from any Zimbabwean international airport or land borders unless the onward destination or airline requires it

 

Frequently Asked Questions about travel in Zimbabwe and Covid-19.

Is a negative PCR test required to depart Zimbabwe?

No, a negative PCR test is no longer a requirement for departing Zimbabwe unless the onward destination or airline requires it.

Is a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19 accepted for entry to Zimbabwe?

Currently, travellers are not permitted to enter Zimbabwe with either a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19. A negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure from your initial destination or proof of full vaccination status is the only permitted document to showcase Covid status.

Is proof of vaccination required for entry to Zimbabwe?

Proof of full vaccination or having a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival is needed for entry to Zimbabwe via land borders for anyone over 12 years of age.

Do kids need a PCR test to enter Zimbabwe?

Children under 12 years of age do not need a PCR test to enter Zimbabwe. Children twelve years and over will either need a negative PCR test within 48 hours of arrival or have their printed vaccination record showing that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated to enter Zimbabwe means one dose of a one-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson or two doses of any mixture of two-dose vaccines.

Does a Covid vaccination card require a QR code to enter Zimbabwe?

No, currently your vaccination card does not require a QR code to enter Zimbabwe. However, the covid vaccination certificate should be printed rather than only carrying a digital version.

ZAMBIA

Getting to Zambia

Zambia was one of the first countries in Southern Africa to open international borders. As a result, all land borders and airports in Zambia are open and ready to welcome tourists and returning residents.

International Airlines to Zambia

Domestic Flights in Zambia

Proflight and Royal Zambian Airlines also offer domestic flight schedules, with Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka) being the central hub. United Air Charters also operates charter flights from Livingstone throughout Zambia.

Zambia Covid Entry Requirements

  • An airport official will take each traveller’s temperature, which should not be equal to or above 38°C.
  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Zambia as of 28th March 2022 – Fully vaccinated means both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated travellers from age 12 and above must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival in Zambia.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not required to be vaccinated or carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Zambia
  • Travellers must present a health questionnaire filled in onboard

 

Frequently Asked Questions about travel in Zambia and Covid-19.

Is a negative PCR test required to depart Zambia?

Zambia has no published exit requirement, and therefore you are not required to produce a negative PCR test for travel if the airline you are flying with, the country you are flying to or the country you are in transit through does not require it.

Is a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19 accepted for entry to Zambia?

Travellers are not permitted to enter Zambia with either a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19. Therefore, a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure from your initial destination or proof of being fully vaccinated against Covid-19 is the only permitted documentation to showcase Covid status.

Is proof of vaccination required for entry to Zambia?

Travellers entering Zambia are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, unvaccinated travellers 12 years of age and over must show a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure for Zambia.

Do kids need a PCR test to enter Zambia?

Children under 12 years of age do not need a PCR test to enter Zambia. Children twelve years and over will either need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or have their printed vaccination record showing that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated to enter Zambia means one dose of a one-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johson or two doses of any mixture of two-dose vaccines.

Does a Covid vaccination card require a QR code to enter Zambia?

No, currently your vaccination card does not require a QR code to enter Zambia. However, the covid vaccination certificate should be printed rather than only carrying a digital version.

NAMIBIA

Getting to Namibia

Airspace and land borders are open for travel in Namibia. International travellers are permitted to enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International Airport.

Airlines flying into Namibia

Namibia Covid Entry Requirements

  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Namibia – Fully vaccinated means both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated travellers from age 5 through 12 must carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 72 hours before arrival in Namibia.
  • Children under 5 years of age are not required to be vaccinated or carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Namibia
  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a PCR testing to enter Namibia but must travel with a printed copy of their vaccine certificate showing their vaccine status
  • All arriving travellers must submit their full itinerary on arrival
  • International travellers must have valid insurance that covers medical care or an unexpected extended stay
  • Passengers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms or with a temperature above 38ºC will be tested for COVID-19

 

Frequently Asked Questions about travel in Namibia and Covid-19.

Is a negative PCR test required to depart Namibia?

Namibia does not require a PCR test to depart the country unless the airline or onward country requires it.

Is a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19 accepted for entry to Namibia?

Travellers ARE permitted to enter Namibia with either a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Is proof of vaccination required for entry to Namibia?

Travellers entering Namibia are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, unvaccinated travellers 5 years of age and over must show a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure for Namibia.

Do kids need a PCR test to enter Namibia?

Children under 2 years of age do not need a PCR test to enter Zambia. Children between 2 and 11 years need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. Children, 12 years and over, must have either a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure for Namibia or have their printed vaccination record showing that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated to enter Namibia means one dose of a one-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson or two doses of any mixture of two-dose vaccines.

Does a Covid vaccination card require a QR code to enter Namibia?

No, currently your vaccination card does not require a QR code to enter Namibia. However, the covid vaccination certificate should be printed rather than only carrying a digital version.

BOTSWANA

Getting to Botswana

Travel to Botswana is back and in high demand! Airspace and land borders are open for travel in Botswana. Should anyone require Covid-19 testing in Botswana then it is readily available in the major cities such as Gaborone, Maun, Francistown and Kasane.

Airlines flying into Botswana

Botswana Covid Entry Requirements

  • Fully vaccinated travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Botswana – Fully vaccinated means both doses of a 2-dose vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not required to be vaccinated or carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter Botswana
  • Passengers will be subject to temperature checks on arrival, and anyone showing symptoms or with a temperature above 38ºC may be tested for COVID-19

 

Frequently Asked Questions about travel in Botswana and Covid-19.

Is a negative PCR test required to depart Botswana?

Botswana only requires a traveller to have a negative PCR test to leave the country if the airline or onward destination requires it.

Is a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19 accepted for entry to Botswana?

Travellers ARE permitted to enter Botswana with either a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19.

Is proof of vaccination required for entry to Botswana?

Travellers entering Botswana are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, unvaccinated travellers 12 years of age and over must show a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure for Botswana.

What does it mean to be fully vaccinated for entry to Botswana?

To be classed as fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter Botswana, a traveller must have the full course of their chosen vaccine. This means one course of a single-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson and two doses of a double-dose vaccine such as Astra-Zeneca or Pfizer.

Is a booster shot required for entry to Botswana?

No, a booster shot for Covid-19 is not a requirement to enter Botswana. However, a traveller must either have proof of being fully vaccinated or carry a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure.

Do kids need a PCR test to enter Botswana?

Children under 12 years of age do not need a PCR test to enter Botswana. Children twelve years and over will either need a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival or have their printed vaccination record showing that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated to enter Botswana means one dose of a one-dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson or two doses of any mixture of two-dose vaccines.

Does a Covid vaccination card require a QR code to enter Botswana?

Yes, currently your vaccination card does require a QR code to enter Botswana. In addition, the covid vaccination certificate should be printed rather than only carrying a digital version. If the vaccination card does not include a QR code then you will likely be required to get a PCR test administered at the Botswana border upon entry at your own expense. You will then need to wait for the results before proceeding. Note that this requirement is regardless of whether you have a negative PCR test done in advance of your arrival.

South Africa

South Africa Covid Entry Requirements

  • Vaccinated travellers do not require a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter South Africa – Vaccinated means any dose of a Covid-19 vaccine used in South Africa or recognized by the World Health Organization.
  • Alternatively, travellers may arrive to South Africa with a negative PCR or antigen test that is no more than 48 hours old at the time of departure. This Covid-19 test must have been executed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory.
  • Alternatively, travellers may arrive to South Africa with a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 which is from within the last 3 months. This letter must be signed by a registered health care provider in the country of origin and be accompanied by a PCR test result positive for coronavirus that is more than 10 days before arrival and no more than 90 days.
  • IF a traveller does not have any of the above, then they will be required to take an antigen test upon arrival to South Africa. However, those who test positive will be allowed entry to South Africa and will only be required to self-isolate if showing symptoms of Covid-19.
  • Children under 12 years of age are not required to be vaccinated or carry a negative COVID-19 PCR test to enter South Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel in South Africa and Covid-19.

Is a negative PCR test required to depart South Africa?

South Africa only requires a traveller to have a negative PCR test to leave the country if the airline or onward destination requires it.

Is a PCR test required to transit through a South African Airport?

Travellers transiting through a South African airport are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, unvaccinated travellers 12 years of age and over must show a negative PCR test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure for South Africa.

Is a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19 accepted for entry to South Africa?

Travellers ARE permitted to enter South Africa with either a doctor’s letter or proof of recovery from Covid-19. This letter must be signed by a registered health care provider in the country of origin and be accompanied by a PCR test result positive for coronavirus that is more than 10 days before arrival and no more than 90 days.

Is proof of vaccination required for entry to South Africa?

Travellers entering South Africa are not required to be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, unvaccinated travellers 12 years of age and over must show a negative PCR test or antigen test valid within 72 hours of their initial departure for South Africa OR a letter of recovery from Covid-19 that is between 10-90 days old.

Do travellers need to be fully vaccinated for entry to South Africa?

Travellers do not need to be fully vaccinated to enter South Africa. One dose of a South African administers vaccine against Covid-19 or an approved World Health Organization vaccine is sufficient. Travellers under 12 years of age have no Covid related requirements to enter South Africa.

Is a booster shot required for entry to South Africa?

No, a booster shot for Covid-19 is not a requirement to enter South Africa.

Do kids need a PCR test to enter South Africa?

Children under 12 years of age do not need a PCR test to enter South Africa. Children twelve years and over are subject to the same Covid-19 entry requirements for South Africa as an adult.

Does a Covid vaccination card require a QR code to enter South Africa?

Yes, currently your vaccination card does require a QR code to enter South Africa. In addition, the covid vaccination certificate should be printed rather than only carrying a digital version. If the vaccination card does not include a QR code then you will likely be required to get an antigen test administered upon arrival at your own expense.