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Current Entry Requirements for East Africa  - updated 10th Oct 2021


  • All visitors to Tanzania are required to present, upon arrival a valid negative RT - PCR COVID-19 certificate tested within 96 hours of departure

  • All arriving 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

  • All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport;

  • Sanitizers are placed throughout airports and all airport staff are to be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19;

  • Hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place

  • Blog post from Ellie's arrival to Tanzania - May 2021


Testing In Tanzania

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


  • All arriving passengers on international flights must have negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours before ARRIVAL 

  • 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 negative PCR based COVID-19 test carried out within 96 hours 

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


  • All travelers arriving in Uganda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of arrival

  • All arriving passengers will be subject to a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and quarantine in designated hotels until result recieved (approx 8 hours)

  • All travelers departing Uganda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure

  • Visitors are required to keep separate from the general population wherever possible.


Testing in Uganda 

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


  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda must be tested negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure, complete the passenger locator form, and upload the COVID-19 test certificate, please see the passenger locator form link on;

  • All travelers arriving in Rwanda will be screened upon entry and be given a second test to confirm the negative results of the first test done prior to arrival, and the test is to the cost of the guest, at USD 50 per person per test;

  • All travelers are required to complete 24 hours in a designated transit hotel while awaiting the results of the second test, the designated hotels are available at a discounted rate and we recommend accommodation in the following hotels:

    • Radisson Blu Hotel & Convention Centre, Kigali

    • Kigali Marriott Hotel

    • Kigali Serena Hotel

    • Park Inn by Radisson

  • Following 24 hours, guests’ results will be received via SMS or email. In the event of a negative test, guests will be invited to check out and proceed on their Rwanda safari. In the event of a positive test, guests will be transported to a medical facility for medical attention, at their own cost.

  • Visitors must have a negative test valid within120 hours of departure (often the test on arrival will satisfy this requirement)

Testing in Rwanda

  • Efficient 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 carried out within 72 hours of departure of first flight on USA-bound journey.


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


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