Travel Requirements

Let us navigate the regulations for you

With constantly changing flights, entry/exit requirements, and testing protocols between countries, planning a trip today requires an additional level of attention and care. It has always been our mandate to create worry-free journeys from beginning to end, and travel during the current Covid pandemic is no different. Be it sourcing a doctor to administer a test in a remote camp, or finding you an alternative route home when your international flight has been cancelled, we have always been and will always be there for you.

Here are some of the ways we are going above and beyond to support our travelers during Covid:

  • Creating itineraries with testing regulations in mind so you know that when you see a plan from us, you know you can actually travel.
  • Including logistics for testing throughout your itinerary. When possible, we will include testing fees so you will have one less out of pocket expense on the ground.
  • Last minute travel is more attractive now than ever. Our team can have you ready to go in as little as one week.
  • Final documents are sent by both mail and email to capture any small changes that may occur out the door
  • Our team will give you information about getting a PCR test in your town to get you out the door stress-free. We know everyone doesn’t live in a major city.
  • We will set up a group on What’s App between you, your team at EJ, and your team on the ground in every country you’re visiting so you’re never out of touch if there’s a bump in the road.

If you’re itching to plan a new trip, we’ve compiled a list of travel requirements for our most popular destinations for reference (in alphabetical order by region). All that’s left to do is pack your bags!

Africa

Updated February 3, 2021

Botswana

· International borders opened on the 9th of November, no restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from departing country is compulsory.
· Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival.
· Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms.
· Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive.
· International travellers returning to South Africa to stay or transit will require additional negative Covid PCR test certificate valid within 72 hours

Please note:
Adjusted emergency regulations valid till 31 January
Curfew in place from 8pm to 4am
All non-essential movement between these hours is restricted
Sale of alcohol is prohibited

Testing: Available at the airport in Maun, results within 12 hours. Alternatively, we can work with the lodge to fly a technician to you for in-camp testing.

Kenya

· Negative PCR test is required within 96 hours of arrival and must be uploaded in advance to Kenya’s Trusted Traveler site. Travelers must complete a Health Surveillance Form prior to arrival.

· Testing: Some safari camps throughout Kenya offer on-site testing. Rapid antigen testing is available near Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for travelers returning to the United States (must be pre-booked).

Mauritius

· Proof of purchase of a travel package including accommodation, on a full board basis, at a designated hotel for a mandatory 14-day in-room quarantine.

Mozambique

· International borders are open, with no restrictions on leisure travelers from ‘high-risk’ countries.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from departing country is compulsory.
· Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival.
· Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms.
· Quarantine at own cost should travelers test positive.
· At this time there is not 100% clarity on whether travelers need a further test to re-enter South Africa. Until this is clear and confirmed, we are advising they do.

Namibia

· Negative PCR test certificate within 7 days (168 hours) of swab being taken is compulsory.

Rwanda

· Negative PCR test certificate within 120 hours of arrival is compulsory.
· Additional PCR test is required on arrival ($60) and quarantine in a government-sanctioned hotel in Kigali up to 24-hours while awaiting negative result (test results typically available between 12-24 hours).
· Negative PCR test certificate required within 120 hours of departure. If your stay in Rwanda is less than 120 hours, your arrival test is sufficient.
· Negative PCR test certificate is required within 72 hours of each National Park entry and test within 72 hours of each chimp/gorilla trek to protect the health of the primates.

· Testing: testing is available at each National Park and in Rwanda’s major cities

Seychelles

· All visitors from any part of the world who have been vaccinated and are able to show proof that they have taken the complete dose of the vaccine (the two doses) and that two weeks have elapsed after the second dose will be allowed to enter Seychelles. Visitors must also provide a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to travel.
· Visitors who have not been vaccinated coming from Permitted Countries will also be allowed entry. Permitted countries have been divided into 2 categories based on risk levels and carry different conditions for entry. 
· Consideration for entry in Seychelles may also be given to visitors who are not on the permitted list of countries and who have not been vaccinated but they must be arriving by private jets.

Additional New Measures effective as of Mid-March 2021 onwards

· Once the majority of the adult population in Seychelles have been vaccinated, Seychelles will be open to all visitors from any part of the world whether they have been vaccinated or not. However they must still have a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours prior to travel. 

Testing: Testing is available on the main islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. PCR test results can be given within 24-hours for onward travel. Testing is also available, via traveling doctor, at many island hotels.

South Africa

· International borders are open, with no further restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of departure from country of origin is compulsory.
· Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival.
· Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms.
· Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive.
· Transit facilities are open and passengers are allowed to transit through South Africa provided they are in possession of the negative PCR certificate and adhere to screening and health protocols. Please note that the transit hotel at ORT is currently closed and any transit passengers needing to overnight will have to do so at the very basic designated Government ‘inadmissible’ facility.

PLEASE NOTE: Adjusted Alert Level 3

As of February 2nd, South Africa extend their advanced Level 3 alert with the following restrictions and protocols in place.

Domestic and inter-provincial travel is permitted without restrictions.

  • The hours of the curfew will now be from 23h00 – 04h00. 
  • Businesses such as restaurants will need to close by 22h00 to accommodate traveling for staff and customers.
  • Public places such as beaches and parks will be reopened, subject to health protocols.
  • Alcohol sales are permitted, with off-sites sales permitted between Monday and Thursday between 10h00 and 18h00. On-site sales, at places such as restaurants, are permitted throughout the week between 10h00 and 22h00.
  • It remains compulsory for every South African to wear a mask in a public place.

Testing: Ampath, Lancet and Pathcare laboratories are widely available throughout South Africa. Many lodges within the Greater Kruger are facilitating in-house testing. This is done by a company who sends a qualified medical practitioner to the lodge to obtain the test. Transport will need to be pre-booked to get the sample to the nearest testing site (Hoedspruit, Hazyview or Nelspruit). Results will be available within 24 hours. Pre-booking is essential.

Tanzania

· There are no Covid testing requirements for entry or exit, however, travelers need to be aware of testing requirements of the airline they are flying to their next destination.

· Testing: Tests can be administered in Arusha, Karatu, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar for onward travel. Results are available within 72 hours.

Uganda

· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 120 hours of arrival is compulsory.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 120 hours of departure is also compulsory.

· Testing: There are 15 accredited WHO testing labs in Uganda and results are back in 24-48 hours.

Zambia

· International borders opened in July, with no restrictions on leisure travelers from ‘high-risk’ countries.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 7 days of arrival is compulsory.
· As at 20 Oct, all travelers DEPARTING Zambia, must obtain a Travel Certificate from Zambian authorities which includes a Negative COVID PCR Test taken within last 14 days within country.
· Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival.
· Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms.
· Quarantine at own cost should travelers test positive.
· International travelers returning to South Africa to stay or transit will require additional negative Covid PCR test certificate valid within 72 hours.

Testing: PCR testing is available at SES Clinic in Livingstone (near Victoria Falls). The cost is $160 cash.

Zimbabwe

· International borders opened on the 01st of October, with no restrictions on leisure travellers from ‘high-risk’ countries.
· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 48 hours of departure from departing country is compulsory.
· Screening and Health Questionnaire on arrival.
· Further testing is mandatory should clients show symptoms.
· Quarantine at own cost should travellers test positive.
· International travellers returning to South Africa to stay or transit will require additional negative Covid PCR test certificate valid within 72 hours.

Please note:
Adjusted emergency regulations valid till mid-February.
Curfew in place from 6pm to 6am.
All non-essential movement between these hours is restricted.

· Testing: Lancet Clinical Laboratories have set up testing sites at the airport for all arriving and departing travelers at Victoria Falls Airport and Harare. Costs are $70 per test and Lancet has pledged results will be available in 2 hours. Antigen testing may be available at your safari camp.

Antarctica

· Please inquire directly with us

Indian Subcontinent

India

· International travel to India has been suspended through January 31, 2021.

North Africa & Middle East

Egypt

· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of arrival is compulsory.

Morocco

· Flights to Morocco are currently suspended

Oceania

Australia

· Travel is not currently open to international travelers

New Zealand

· Travel is not currently open to international travelers

The Americas

Argentina

· Argentina has restricted entry to most foreign travelers, except for nationals and residents, and repatriation, medical, humanitarian flights and tourist from neighboring countries.

Chile

· Negative COVID PCR test certificate within 72 hours of arrival is compulsory.

Ecuador

· All travelers arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. 
· Regardless of whether a negative COVID PCR test is provided, random rapid antigen testing may be conducted at the airport and upon arrival.  The testing will be administered by the Ministry of Health.  If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.
· Special, additional entry requirements for the Galapagos Islands: Any international traveler wishing to transit via Quito or Guayaquil International Airport to the Galapagos should first arrive in-country with proof of a negative PCR test taken in the last 10 days (as per instructions above). In addition, all persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos.  This can be the same test as the test used to get into Ecuador, assuming it was taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos.  If the initial test was not taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos, the traveler will need to take a second test in Ecuador

Peru

· Negative PCR test certificate within 72 hours of arrival is compulsory.

United States

· Negative PCR or Antigen test is required for United States citizens to re-enter after travel abroad. We strongly recommend PCR testing as MOST airlines require it. Please note that travelers should always follow their airline’s rules as they are checking results, NOT immigration in USA