Covid-19 - Info & Updates
PLUS Visa and Yellow Fever info

Current Entry Requirements for East Africa  - updated 26th March 2022

TANZANIA

VISA

YELLOW FEVER

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Tanzania if arriving from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia

  • Transit of less than 12 hours through theses countries is permitted 

COVID-19

  • No testing is required for fully vaccinated arrivals. 

  • Proof of vaccination should be available with QR code.

  • Unvaccinated visitors to Tanzania are required to present a valid negative RT - PCR COVID-19 certificate tested within 96 hours prior to ARRIVAL

  • Unvaccinated passengers from US and some other countries currently required to undergo rapid-test at airport ($10) 

  • All arriving passengers must complete an online Health Declaration form within preceding 24 hours of arrival - link to form

    • Payment for Rapid Test on arrival (if required) can be made at the end of the Health Declaration Form process - make screenshot of payment confirmation

    • Health Form will generate a confirmation code - required on arrival

 

Testing In Tanzania

  • PCR testing is available in various locations - Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Karatu, Serengeti (Seronera, Ndutu & Kogatende)

  • Results times are variable 48 - 72 hours.

  • Certificates are dated as when sample processed in lab (not when sample taken)

  • Tests should be booked online     Mainland Tanzania    Zanzibar

 

 

KENYA

VISA

  • Visitors (and transit) visas MUST be obtained in advance by e-visa at https://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

  • Visas are NOT available in person on arrival to Kenya

YELLOW FEVER

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Kenya if arriving from Uganda, Ethiopia

  • Transit of less than 12 hours through theses countries is permitted 

​COVID-19

  • All travellers to Kenya aged 18 years and above, will be required to provide PROOF OF FULL VACCINATION STATUS.

  • Tesing is not required for fully vaccinated arrivals.

  • There will be no paper verification of COVID-19 test results and vaccination certificates upon arrival into Kenya. Travelers are required to upload both documents into Global Haven https://globalhaven.org/ before boarding. Those who have not done this will not be allowed to board the flight to Kenya.

  • All travelers (including those in transit) will be expected to fill the traveler’s health locator form and submit before travel (please do this once you have your airline seat numbers).  

  • Departing passengers will only need a negative COVID-19 test if their onward destination or airline require it.

 

Transiting through Kenya

  • All airline passengers transiting through Kenya/Nairobi must have have proof of full vaccination status

Testing in Kenya

  • Efficient testing is available in Nairobi - results within 24 hours

  • On-location testing is already available with some camps and is expected to increase in availability to more - results within 48 hours

 

UGANDA

VISA

YELLOW FEVER

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry FOR ALL ARRIVALS

​COVID - 19

  • All travelers arriving in Uganda must have negative PCR test within 72 hours of DEPARTURE

  • All travelers departing Uganda must have negative PCR test within 72 hours of DEPARTURE

 

Testing in Uganda 

  • Efficient testing is available in Kampala/Entebbe with results within 24 hours.

RWANDA

VISA

  • Visitors visas may be obtained in advance by e-visa - however currently the processing time is erratic.

  • Visas are also available in person on arrival to Rwanda - recommended.

YELLOW FEVER

  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry to Rwanda if arriving from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia

  • Transit of less than 12 hours through theses countries is permitted 

COVID-19

  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must have negative SARS-CoV 2 Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). within 72 hours of departure,

  • All arrivals must complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate.

  • All arrivals to Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test that was done prior to arrival, and the test is to the cost of the guest, at USD 60 per person per test;

  • PCR test is required on Day 3 for all tourists (this test is prepaid along with the arrival test and scheduled for a convenient test location)

  • PCR test is required within 24 hours prior to primate trekking.

  • Visitors must have a negative test valid within 72 hours of departure (often the test on day 3 will satisfy this requirement)

Testing in Rwanda

  • Efficient PCR testing is available in Kigali and Musanze with results within 24 hours. 

Re-entry to USA

  • All international passengers arriving by air into US (INCLUDING US CITIZENS) must have negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid viral test) carried out within one day of departure of first flight on USA-bound journey. This meaning any time from the day preceding travel.

We wish all of our partners and clients all the very best of health in this new world that we are navigating and a massive thanks to all the safari camp staff and management for keeping the faith and working so hard to prepare the safari environment to keep our guests safe.

In addition, and, perhaps more importantly, an incredibly massive thanks to the companies that have gone above and beyond to put boots on the ground to patrol the precious wild spaces and protect the wildlife during this time when the lack of tourism presence has made the threat of poaching much more real. Asante Sana!

    Collected here are a sample of the measures some of our favorite partners are implementing in order to keep you safe

Nomad Tanzania

Asilia Africa

Lemala

Camps & Lodges