As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, 36 African countries closed their borders to international travel. Another 8 countries suspended flights from countries with high Covid-19 transmission. Now these countries are slowly re-opening their borders and allowing international flights to resume in a bid to rejuvenate their economies.
Be mindful that many countries still have mandatory mask and social distance requirements, as well as prohibitions on mass gatherings and/or public transportation which may limit some tourism options. Also, be sure to check with country embassies for detailed information regarding entry, testing and quarantine requirements, as information is subject to quickly change.
* Current as of August 1, 2020. Below is a list of current and future planned border re-openings. Check back often as we will update the list as information becomes available.
Current Border Openings
Seychelles – June 1: air borders open for tourists from select countries, charter flights only, commercial flights commencing Aug. 1, negative Covid test from 48 hours or less from time of arrival
Tanzania – June 1: normal border rules apply, no mandatory 14-day isolation or quarantine period
Equatorial Guinea – June 15: phased reopening of air borders, land and sea borders remain closed until further notice, negative Covid test from 48 hours or less from time of arrival, social distancing rules in place
Cameroon – June 22:
Zambia – June 25: mandatory masks and social distancing required
Tunisia – June 27: air, land and sea borders open to select travelers based on country risk assessment, mandatory masks, hygiene and social distancing policies in place.
Egypt – July 1: foreign tourists may only visit the South Sinai, Red Sea, and Matrouh provinces and select resorts. Proof of valid health insurance is required.
Liberia – July 1: air borders open, negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, temperature scan, health check, and retesting may occur upon arrival, mandatory 14-day quarantine for anyone positive on arrival
Morocco – July 14: air borders open for Moroccan national and legal residents only, both a PCR virus test taken within 48 hours or less from time of arrival AND an antibody test are required, mandatory face masks and social distancing policies will remain in place
Senegal – July 15: air borders open, land and sea borders will remain closed until further notice, reciprocal ban on tourists from EU and other countries who have banned Senegalese travelers, negative Covid test within last 7 days required or test on arrival, health declaration form must be completed on arrival, mandatory masks and social distancing rules in place
Sierra Leone – July 22: air borders open, tourists must have negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of departure and be tested again on arrival, must prepay for Covid testing online before arrival, mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine will be required, at traveler’s expense, if traveler tests positive on arrival, mandatory masks and social distancing rules in place, departing passengers also must have negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of departure or travel will not be allowed
Ethiopia – August 1: air borders open. Negative PCR test within 5 days of arrival AND upon arrival, must self-quarantine for 14 days. Passengers arriving without a negative PCR test must quarantine at government designated hotels for 7 days at their own expense and be retested at end of quarantine period
Kenya – August 1: phased reopening for international tourists, negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of arrival, 9:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew to remain in place for 30 days
Rwanda – August 1: air borders open, tourists must have negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of arrival and be tested again before visiting any tourist attraction or embarking on any tour/trek, negative test results must be emailed to [email protected] before departure and a copy provided on arrival
Future Border Openings
Namibia – borders expected to reopen in September to tourists from carefully selected low-risk markets
Mauritius – TBD