Updated East Africa Travel Restrictions due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

– updated 31 August 2021 –

To help you navigate the ever-changing guidelines, protocols and safety requirements needed for your client’s East Africa itinerary, we have compiled this one-stop resource with regular updates on travel to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. 

Please note: It is recommended that you check government and airline websites regularly as travel requirements may change. 

Kenya

On 1 July 2020, Kenya was awarded the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp and resumed international travel on 1 August 2020.

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Kenya

As at 28 July 2021 Brunei, Thailand, Kuwait and Qatar are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days upon arrival into Kenya in a government approved facility at their own cost.

Flights between Kenya and India are not possible.

Travelers from the United Kingdom irrespective of their nationality, residency status and route of travel to Kenya must self-isolate for 7 days and take another PCR test 4 days after arrival.

Travelers that are not on the approved list will need to undergo quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. However there are 205 other countries (this list is updated 14 August 2021), that are exempt from mandatory quarantine.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers on international flights to Kenya must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to departure. Please note that children below the age of 5 years will be exempted from the COVID-19 negative PCR test to enter Kenya.
  • Prior to arrival, all travelers must upload their negative PCR test certificates to their Trusted Travel account.
  • All travelers arriving, or transition, in Kenya, must submit the ‘Case Investigation’ available on the Jitenge+ platform. Available for Android users in Google Play Store, or online here
  • All travelers are required to submit the International Travelers Health Surveillance Form before travel. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Offical to proceed through immigration. 
  • Thereafter submit daily health information to the Jitenge+ platform for 14 consecutive days. 
  • All travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks, and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.

Mandatory quarantine 

  • Passengers arriving on international flights from countries that are not on Kenya’s approved list are required to quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. 
  • Passengers from Brunei, Kuwait, Thailand, and Qatar are required to undergo mandatory quarantine for 14 days in a government-approved facility at their own cost.
  • Travelers from the United Kingdom will be required to self-isolate for seven days upon arrival and take a PCR test 4 days after arrival in Kenya. 
  • See the list of approved states and territories whose travelers are exempt from quarantine

 Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on departure

  • Passengers departing Kenya are required to have a Trusted Travel (TT) code for their COVID-19 certificates if their destination countries, airlines or transit airports require PCR tests. Visit Trusted Travel to see the latest test requirements of transit and destination countries.
  • See a list of laboratories that have been approved to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests and issue certificates and TT codes.

Airlines flying into Kenya

  • Kenyan Airways, Emirates, RwandAir, Lufthansa, Qatar, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines. 
  • Emirates require a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no later than 96 hours prior to the flight departure. 
  • Kenyan Airways require a negative COVID-19 certificate obtained no later than 72 hours before boarding.

Do you have questions about travel to Kenya?

Tanzania

An approved user of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travel Stamp, Tanzania lifted its international travel ban on 18 May 2020. 

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Tanzania

  • All, except India.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, travelers will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival in Tanzania. 
  • All travelers on international flights to Tanzania must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 72 hours of arriving in Tanzania. 
  • All travelers will undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 and could be required to have a rapid test at 10 USD per person.  This is to be paid for in cash in notes not older than from the year 2013.
  • All travelers will be expected to adhere to protective safety measures such as hand hygiene, wearing masks, and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate.
  • Travelers on transit in other countries more than 72 hours will be required to be re-tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. This excludes travelers from India.

Airlines flying into Tanzania

  • Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar, KLM Royal Dutch, Emirates, Kenya Air, Precision Air, Swiss, Turkish Airlines.

Do you have questions about travel to Tanzania?

Zanzibar

The island of Zanzibar reopened its borders to international travelers on 6 June 2020. 

Open for international travel

  • Yes

Countries allowed to visit Zanzibar

  • All, except India.

Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on arrival 

  • All passengers, including children, are required to complete and submit the Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival in Zanzibar. 
  • All travelers, except children below the age of 5, must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate, obtained no later than 72 hours of arriving in Zanzibar. Fully vaccinated travelers are also required to present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test certificate.
  • All travelers will be subject to additional screening measures and questionnaires in place at the port of entry. Travelers with signs and symptoms of COVID-19, will be tested and if Positive shall be managed at designated health facilities according to Zanzibar operational guidelines.
  • All travelers are required to have valid travel insurance for the whole period of their stay.

Mandatory quarantine 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine on arrival. This excludes travelers from India.

 Health & Safety COVID-19 Protocols on departure

  • A compulsory certificate is required to exit. You will need to to register via the Test Booking Portal. We can arrange for a mobile test to come to their hotel (USD 120). Please note each payment is separate per individual so book separately.
  • The digital certificate will be available online at the pre-selected date and travelers can request that the hotel print out the certificate. Usually this takes 48 hours to receive.

To summarize:
RT-PCR or antigen rapid diagnostic test

Fill in the test date, date & time of departure

Test date between 48 – 72 prior to exit

From the drop down choose mobile service and the preferred time slot

Fill in your information and attach a copy of your Passport

Click submit

Payment by credit card with Mastercard or Visa only

Remember to advise the resort of the appointment, speak to the hotel manager or the front office manager

On the test day have your Passport available or a copy, with the registration number and always still wear a face mask

Airlines flying into Zanzibar

  • Mango Airlines, Precision Air, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Air, Qatar, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Coastal Aviation, Auric Air.

Do you have questions about travel to Zanzibar?

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