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Where To Travel Right Now

Where To Travel Right Now

The world is a strange place right now and it can be hard to know right now where you can travel and where’s off-limits, what’s safe and what isn’t when it comes to planning your next trip. But we have some good news for you! More and more countries are now welcoming travelers from around the globe onto their soil to come and explore. Many countries have missed tourism and have struggled due to the lack of income, so many destinations can’t wait to welcome tourists back with open arms. This is why we have put together this handy little guide to let you know where you can plan your next trip to and escape the lockdown life. Check out below where you can go and what protocols you’ll need to follow. It’s time to start packing your bags and dreaming of your next big trip!

Kenya

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Status: Open

Many nationalities can visit Kenya without having to perform a two-week quarantine, this includes both residents of the UK and the US. You can see the full list of countries exempt from quarantine here. Remember, travelers must meet the following guidelines:

  • Not have a body temperature above 37.5°C (99.5°F)
  • Not have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing, or other flu-like symptoms
  • Have a negative PCR-based COVID-19 test conducted within 96 hours before travel

If a passenger does not meet the above criteria, both they and the two rows of passengers traveling on either side of them on the plane must be quarantined for testing before being allowed to continue traveling. Also, a mandatory health form must be completed before passengers can enter the country, this can be found here if you wish to pre-fill this out.

Madagascar

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Status: Partially Open

Currently, Madagascar is partially open to all travelers. Currently, visitors are allowed to travel to the island of Nosy Be but the rest of the country won’t be open until late October or even early November at the earliest. For those of you looking to travel in October, you must follow the below protocols:

  • All travelers are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure
  • Travelers will not be allowed to leave Nosy Be Island
  • The wearing of masks is mandatory in all public areas, at all times

Maldives

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Status: Open

Travelers are welcomed to the Maldives but the below protocols must be followed:

  • All travelers are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure
  • All travelers must have a confirmed hotel reservation in a registered tourist facility for the entirety of their stay and will undergo a medical screening
  • Visitors to the Maldives are encouraged to install the contact tracing app ‘Trace Ekee’ upon or before arrival in the country

Mt. Kilimanjaro

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Status: Open

You can now visit and climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, there are no more restrictions against travelers coming to the country. Previously, the government subjected foreigners to a mandatory 14-day quarantine, effectively eliminating tourism for the East African destination for mountain climbing and safaris but this measure has now been lifted.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism released National Standard Operating Procedures for the management of the COVID-19 threat. The comprehensive 16-page document detailed the rules put in place to continue operations while at the same time protecting visitors.

Some of the items included in the procedures include:

  • Thermal screening for arriving passengers
  • All contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized regularly
  • Staff members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending to guests and servicing guest areas
  • Hand washing and sanitizing facilities must be provided to guests and staff
  • Staff members should maintain a distance from one another and guests

Our clients should expect the following:

When visiting, tourists will be subjected to a temperature check on arrival at the airport, park gate, and hotels. Individuals showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival in Tanzania will be directed to a medical team for further consultation. The all-mountain crew will wear masks when they are in vehicles, at the park gate, and while they are at camp. Hotel staff will wear masks when interacting with clients. All-mountain crew and hotel staff will maintain a distance of at least three feet (one meter) from clients. However, in dealing with a medical emergency, it may be necessary to be in closer proximity.  

It is worth noting: 

  • All travelers must wear a mask when traveling in vehicles and when in public places. 
  • Travelers are required to supply their own masks. Medical masks (KN95, N95, surgical masks) and non-medical face coverings (cloth mask, neck gaiter, Buff) are both sufficient. 
  • Travelers are advised to carry hand sanitizer on their person at all times.

Namibia

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Status: Open

Namibia is currently open to all travelers and the following protocols must be followed:

  • All travelers are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure
  • Visitors can proceed from the airport to their accommodation but must be sure to be available for testing five days after entering the country.
  • Travelers must again be available on day 7 to receive their results. If the result is negative, the traveler can then be released from surveillance and allowed to continue. Should the result be positive, the traveler will be moved to isolation facilities provided and treated according to national case management guidelines – at the travelers’ own cost. 

Reunion Island

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Status: Open

Reunion Island is currently open to all travelers, but note that present visitors over the age of 11 must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test results 72-hours before arrival. Upon arrival, travelers must also present a statement confirming they do not have symptoms or any knowledge of being in contact with any confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Rwanda

Uganda

Status: Open

Rwanda is now open to all travelers but they must adhere to the following protocol:

  • Present certificate of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, conducted within 120 hours before departure
  • Complete the Passenger Locator Form (found here) also within 120 hours before departure
  • Upon arrival undertake a mandatory COVID-19 test and wait 24 hours for the result in one of the 17 certified hotels in Kigali – stays will be offered at a reduced rate
  • Upon departure undertake a final mandatory COVID-19 test.

Please note – those looking to book a multi-destination safari can combine Rwanda with Kenya, as long as all tests taken have a negative result.

São Tomé and Principe

Banana Beach, Principe Island, São Tomé

Status: Partially Open

Recently, São Tomé’s borders have been opened and they are now welcoming all travelers but the following protocols must be followed:

  • All travelers are required to present a negative PCR Covid-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure
  • Upon arrival, all travelers will have their temperature checked

Please note – some accommodation on Principe remains closed until January 2021.

Seychelles

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Status: Open With Restrictions

You’ll be pleased to know that Seychelles is currently open, but note that this is only for travelers from countries on an approved list from the Public Health Authority. You can find the list here. Those visiting must adhere to the following protocols:

  • Present a certificate of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure – this applies to all travelers, including infants and children
  • Only stay at licensed establishments or liveaboards that have been certified by the Public Health Authority – your consultant will advise you further

South Africa

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Status: Open With Restrictions

At present, South Africa is open to travelers as a whole, but it’s worth noting that many countries are still restricted from entering if they’re traveling from high-risk countries. You can find the current list of those countries excluded from travel here, we would advise checking this before planning your travel. travelers who can visit are required to present a negative Covid-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure. Those travelers who do not provide evidence of a negative test and those who are showing symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to quarantine (at their own cost) until they receive a negative test result. All travelers will be required to download the official COVID Alert SA app to help with contact tracing.

Tanzania

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Status: Open

Tanzania is currently open to all travelers and doesn’t require prior COVID-19 testing or the presentation of a certificate of proof upon entry. However, airlines may request this proof before travel so travelers will need to confirm this before booking or flying. Whilst you’re in Tanzania, you will be expected to observe and follow strict hygiene practices (similar to other countries, such as regular hand-washing, physical distancing, and wearing a mask in indoor venues unless seated, eating, or drinking.

Uganda

Giraffes in Namibia

Status: Open

Uganda is open for all international travelers, however, the following guidelines apply:

  • All travelers arriving into the country are required to present a negative PCR COVID-19 test, conducted within 72 hours of departure.
  • travelers are required to check into a designated hotel where they will be tested again. Results will be sent by SMS or email from the Rwanda Biomedical Centre. If a negative result is received, they will be permitted to checkout and continue with their trip. If the result of the test is positive, the traveler will be transferred to a medical facility for specialized care or evacuated in line with protocols.
  • All travelers leaving Uganda must take a PCR COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their departure, the result of which must be negative.

 

Zambia

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Status: Open

Zambia is now open to all travelers, however, all travelers will have to have their temperature taken upon arrival and must carry proof of a negative COVID-19 test conducted within the previous 14 days before travel.

All travelers are expected to monitor themselves for possible signs of infection and report to a medical body/facility if they discover any.

Zimbabwe

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Status: Open

Zimbabwe is now open to all travelers and visitors that hold a certificate of a negative PCR COVID-19 test, conducted within 48 hours of departure. Those who provide this documentation will be allowed to travel as planned freely, however, if you are arriving without this certificate, you will have to quarantine for 21 days. First for 8 days at a designated quarantine facility (including guest lodges at a cost) and then 14 days self-isolation upon receiving a negative test result.

Open Countries & Quarantine Timescales:

Whether you’ve been dreaming of a getaway or if you’re in the middle of planning your next holiday. It’s wise to know the quarantine periods in place for each destination so you can factor this into your holiday!

 

Central African Republic – 21-day quarantine upon entry

Chad – 7-day quarantine upon entry

Republic of Congo – 14-day quarantine upon entry

The Democratic Republic of the Congo – 14-day quarantine upon entry

Ethiopia – 7-day quarantine upon entry

Malawi – 14-day quarantine upon entry

Mauritius– 14-day quarantine upon entry

 

Current Closed Countries:

Unfortunately, there are still some countries that are closed to tourists. Keep an eye out if you’re planning a trip to any of these countries soon, in the event their borders open. 

 

  • Botswana 
  • Eswatini
  • Lesotho
  • Mozambique
  • Bhutan
  • India
  • Sri Lanka
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