Covid19 Travel Updates

LAST UPDATE - 18 August 2021

Borders are opening and flights are starting

After months of lockdown, Southern Africa is stirring to life and the re-opening of International Airports is a defining moment for the travel industry. Here is the latest on planning a safari to Africa’s Eden.




Getting to Zimbabwe

Although land borders remain closed for the time being, domestic flights resumed on the 10th of September and International Airports re-opened on the 1st of October.

International Airlines to Zimbabwe

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Kenya Airways
  • Emirates
  • Fast Jet

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.

Requirements on arrival

  • All passengers are required to complete a COVID-19 contact-tracing document on arrival.
  • All passengers are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure.
  • 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.


Getting to Zambia

Zambia was one of the first countries in Southern Africa to open international borders, and air access resumed in June.

International Airlines to Zambia

  • Kenya Airways
  • Ethiopian
  • Emirates
  • Proflight
  • Rwandair

Domestic Flights in Zambia

Proflight offers limited domestic flight schedules are operating twice-weekly between Kenneth Kaunda International Airport and Mfuwe International Airport, and between Kenneth Kaunda and Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone.

Requirements on arrival

  • An airport official will take each traveller’s temperature, which should not be equal to or above 38°C.
  • Travellers must carry a Negative COVID-19 PCR test, taken within 14 days before arrival in Zambia and a face mask.
  • Travellers must present a health questionnaire, filled in onboard


Getting to Namibia

Airspace and land borders are open for travel in Namibia. International travelers are permitted to enter Namibia through Hosea Kutako International airport only.

Airlines flying into Namibia

  • Ethiopian Airlines
  • Air Namibia
  • Eurowings

Requirements On Arrival

  • All passengers arriving on international flights must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, conducted within 72 hours of boarding the plane.
  • All arriving travellers must submit their full itinerary on arrival
  • International travelers 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
  • Travellers are not required to quarantine but all visitors must be available for a swab test on day five (5) of their trip. You must then be reachable/ contactable on day seven (7) to receive the results of the swabbing.


The Government of Botswana announced that the airports of Kasane and Maun will be open for international arrivals by private air charter from 1 November 2020. Notification has yet to be made regarding requirements on arrival.