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Top 12 Dos and Don’ts When Visiting Africa

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We break down everything you need to know for a great trip. Here is our list of the top 12 Do’s and Don’ts when visiting Africa.

1. DO Verify Whether You Need a Visa and Vaccinations

A visa is an endorsement placed within your passport that grants you official permission to enter, leave, or stay in a country for a specified time period. US citizens can visit 14 African countries visa free, but most require a visa and they’ll cost you anywhere from $20.00 to $275.00. It varies by country, but visas can be obtained in advance, either online or from an embassy or consulate your home country, or upon arrival at the airport or at a land border crossing. Similarly, some countries, primarily in West and Central Africa, require all visitors to be vaccinated for the yellow fever vaccine and to present a “Yellow Card” as proof. The lack of a visa and/or evidence of vaccination can result in you being denied entry, so you should always verify the visa and vaccination requirements of the country you’re visiting. The CDC Traveler’s Health site is the best source of information about required and recommended vaccines and medications.

2. DO Respect the Local Culture and Customs

You will be immersing yourself in a culture likely different from your own and it is important to observe the local customs and traditions. You should study some of the local traditions and taboos before travel. Greetings are important in African culture and it is considered rude and disrespectful not to greet when meeting someone or engaging in any transaction. Likewise, respect is very important, particularly for elders and chiefs who hold positions of honor and status. Elders and dignitaries should always be greeted first and in some instances, you may be expected to genuflect before them. Finally, African societies tend to be more traditional and conservative than Western ones (though it can vary by country and region based on religion and culture). Most local men wear pants and shirts or traditional wear. Most local women wear dresses or skirts that fall below the knee and tops that don’t expose shoulders or cleavage. Tight and revealing clothes will stand out and may be frowned upon. Out of respect, you may want to leave the low-cut tops, midriffs, spaghetti straps, short shorts, and miniskirts at home.

3. DO Carry Tissues and/or Wipes

On occasion, you might find that some public restrooms lack toilet paper or there is a nominal fee for a small ration of paper. You should always carry tissue or wipes in case the restroom doesn’t have them. Hand sanitizer is also useful.

4. DO Get Over Your Fear of Bugs and Critters

Many of these countries have tropical and subtropical climates where bugs and critters thrive (especially flies, mosquitos, lizards, and roaches). There’s a chance that you may see a critter in your lodging or at a restaurant and it doesn’t necessarily mean the place is unclean. Most facilities have bug spray available, so ask if needed.

5. DO Visit Both the City and the Village

Contrary to some media portrayals, Africa is about more than poverty and safaris. African cities have gleaming skyscrapers, modern malls, museums, and fancy hotels and restaurants. They’re vibrant and fast-paced with many people selling goods and going about their daily business. The streets stay busy day and night, and the sounds, activity, bright clothes, and strong food aromas will thrill and entice you. By contrast, the rural villages are typically quieter and slower-paced, and the people live in more modest housing. But it is here where traditional customs, dance, and religions shine and you’ll have the best opportunity to immerse in the culture and interact with various ethnic groups. Be sure to spend time in both the city and the village to see the diversity and experience the contrasting lifestyles and cultures.

6. DO Be Open and Willing to Learn a New Way of Life

Africa’s countries are developing and you should not expect everything to operate like at home. Infrastructure for transportation, electricity, water, phone service, or internet might not be up to your country’s standards. Sanitation and waste disposal may be poor. Food may be prepared unlike you’re accustomed and people may eat with their hands. You will likely need to avoid tap water and drink bottled water instead. You may have to pay a small fee to use public restrooms. You may find that there are no set prices and you have to haggle and negotiate for the best deals. You may see street vendors dashing thru traffic and selling everything from snacks to phone chargers and pillows. Addresses aren’t common, so you may encounter difficulty finding a building and need to use nearby landmarks. Weather, power outages, loss of hot water, traffic jams, or other conditions may cause inconveniences or unanticipated delays. Don’t be rude or disrespectful if you encounter any of these circumstances, as they are a part of everyday life on the continent. Embrace the experience and learn from your new environment.

7. DON’T Wear Camouflage Clothing

It is illegal for civilians to wear camouflage clothing in at least 12 African countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. If you decide to wear it, make sure to verify it’s legal in the country you’re visiting. When in doubt, leave it at home.

8. DON’T Photograph Children or Adults Without Their Consent

Not only is it rude to snap a person’s photo and share it on social media without their permission, it may also be culturally inconsiderate or even illegal in some countries. In Senegal, it is against the law to photograph children without their parents’ permission. In Ethiopia, consent is required to publish a photo of a person in a public place. Culturally, some consider photos taboo because it is believed that capturing a person’s image is stealing their soul. Similarly, some strict Muslims believe that photography is forbidden by Islam and would take great offense to being photographed. Even still, certain tribal customs require you to ask first and provide money or a small gift for taking photos. For all these reasons, it is best to ask first and respect the answer given.

9. DON’T Photograph Police Officers, Military Installations, Airports or Government Buildings

Most countries prohibit civilians from photographing police officers, military installations, or airports. Some even prohibit photographs of government buildings. If you’re caught, a uniformed officer may demand that you erase your photos or surrender your memory card. In the worst-case scenario, you may be fined or arrested. When in doubt, ask first or forgo the photo.

10. DON’T Use Your Left Hand

Because the left hand is used for personal hygiene and bathroom functions, it is considered rude and dirty to use your left hand in interactions with others. To be respectful, you should always shake hands, handle money, pick up or pass items, and eat food with your right hand.

11. DON’T Expect Everyone to Speak English

Africa is a huge and incredibly diverse continent. But while it has 54 countries, there are only 25 in which English is spoken as a primary, secondary or official language. And only about 240 million of its 1.2 billion people speak English. Thus, while you will find some English speakers in the major cities of non-Anglophone countries, most will not speak English especially in rural areas. The majority of Africa’s population speak one or more of 2,000 traditional and other languages, with Swahili being the most widely spoken language. To better interact and communicate, you may want to learn a few words of the primary language in your host country.

12. DON’T Stress About Time

Africans generally lead a more relaxed and less rigorously scheduled lifestyle than Westerners. You may find that service is slower than you’re used to and events may start later than scheduled. Stores may open later or close earlier than listed hours of operation. This laxity about time is jokingly called “African Time” and you will almost surely experience it during your time in Africa. Know that everything runs at a slower pace, so just chill and enjoy your time out of the rat race.

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7 Unique Restaurants in Africa That You Must Visit

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If food experiences matter to you, here are 7 unique restaurants in Africa that you must visit.

Dining out is about more than just staving off hunger. It’s also a way to enjoy culture, nourish our souls and our bellies, share intimate moments with family and friends, and create lasting memories. If food experiences matter to you, Africa boasts some of the most scenic and out-of-the-ordinary restaurants in the world. Here are 7 unique restaurants in Africa that you must visit.

The Rock ~ Zanzibar Tanzania

The Rock is one of Africa’s most famous restaurants, situated on a rock in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It offers stunning panoramic ocean views, a variety of seafood dishes, and a unique experience that can’t be missed. When the tide is low you can walk to the restaurant by foot, but during high tide the restaurant shuttles guests back and forth by boat. The Rock is open daily for lunch, dinner and drinks and reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

Akemi ~ Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Akemi is one of Tanzania’s premier fine dining establishments and its only revolving restaurant. It’s located on the 21st floor in one of Dar es Salaam’s tallest buildings and offers breathtaking 360° city and ocean views. Akemi is open daily for lunch, dinner and cocktails and has a grand buffet with a live band on Sundays. The cuisine features Continental, African and Asian dishes.

Cargo Hold Restaurant ~ Durban, South Africa

Have you ever wanted to dine with sharks? If so, visit the Cargo Hold for the ultimate aquatic culinary experience. Built in a replica phantom ship, this restaurant offers seating next to a wall-sized shark aquarium (book those tables well in advance) or by windows that overlook the ocean. The cuisine is high-end international and South African fare. It’s open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and on Sunday for lunch only.

Carnivore ~ Nairobi, Kenya

Carnivore is a meat lover’s dream and a must-do for first-time visitors to Kenya. As soon as you enter, you’ll know you’re in for a treat as you’re greeted by a huge charcoal pit and the wafting aroma of meats roasting on traditional Maasai swords. This all-you-can-eat meat buffet features a menu that changes daily, with a wide variety of classic meats from lamb, chicken, and sirloin to exotic meats like crocodile, ostrich balls, and zebra. The meat feast is accompanied by a selection of salads, vegetable side dishes, and sauces. If you indulge, be sure to try the house cocktail, the Dawa (means medicine in Swahili), which is delivered on a hand tray by Dr. Dawa, the resident “medicine man”. Carnivore is open daily for lunch and dinner.

La Tante DC10 Restaurant ~ Accra, Ghana

La Tante DC10 is a restaurant located inside a converted DC-10 airplane near Accra’s international airport. Guests enter and exit the plane via a covered staircase and are greeted in the former first class seating area, which has been converted into a waiting area. The restaurant seats more than 100 people and is air-conditioned throughout. The cuisine is local Ghanaian fare.

Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant ~ Diani Beach, Kenya

Ali Barbour’s offers fine dining in a coral cave 33 feet underground. Don’t fret if you’re claustrophobic because the “roof” is open for star gazing. This magical restaurant is open 7 days a week for dinner only and reservations are required. The menu is international, but their specialty is seafood.

9 Pyramids Lounge ~ Cairo, Egypt

Africa’s latest unique restaurant is 9 Pyramids Lounge, opened in October 2020 on the southern side of the Giza Plateau. Visitors can enjoy breakfast, lunch or drinks at their choice of table seating or Bedouin-style seating on floor pillows, all while enjoying expansive views of the Giza Pyramid complex. Reservations are highly recommended because they are usually booked months in advance.

Why Now Is a Great Time To Visit Africa for Heritage Tourism

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If you’re looking to reconnect with your ancestral culture and homeland, there’s never been a better time to visit Africa for heritage tourism.

In 2019, Ghana issued a clarion call to Black people across the African diaspora to return to Africa and to specifically visit the West African country. Ghana’s Year of Return campaign, which commemorated the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first recorded enslaved Africans in Jamestown Virginia in 1619, was nothing short of a major success. While Ghana anticipated about 500,000 diasporans, more than one million people answered the call, coming from as far away as Brazil, Jamaica, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom for the yearlong series of events and cultural activities.

Other African countries have taken note of Ghana’s success and are instituting diaspora initiatives of their own hoping to see a similar tourism boom. If you’re looking to reconnect with your ancestral culture and homeland, there’s never been a better time to go to Africa for heritage travel.

Independence Arch at Accra Ghana

Ghana

During the Year of Return (YOR), the Chiefs of Asebu Traditional Area and Elders created the Pan African Village project and offered free plots of land to qualified African diasporans. On the heels of YOR, Ghana initiated Beyond the Return, a decade-long initiative which it hopes will spur more tourism, investment, and collaboration between Ghana and the diaspora. Under the theme “A Decade of African Renaissance”, the project is built on 7 pillars supported by periodic cultural events, tourism drives, investment programs and diaspora pathway programs. Ghana recently hosted Tulsa Massacre survivors Viola Fletcher (age 107) and Hughes Van Ellis (age 100) and is purportedly formulating a plan for dual citizenship for Black diasporans. The African Diaspora Development Institute (ADDI) is hosting the Wakanda One City of Return Expo in Cape Coast from December 2 to December 13, 2021. 

Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone made a splash in January 2021 when it gave citizenship to 22 diasporans who traced their roots to the country through DNA testing. Since then, the Sierra Leone government has partnered with the Black-owned DNA company African Ancestry to help more diasporans discover their ancestral roots and obtain Sierra Leonean citizenship. Under a newly created formal program, diasporans who can prove maternal or paternal lineage through DNA testing (solely with African Ancestry) AND who visit the country through a certified tour company can apply for citizenship. The goal of the program is to increase tourism, business opportunities, investments, and construction projects in the peaceful country also known as Salone. The next citizenship conferment ceremony will be held November 20 to December 4, 2021 in Freetown.

Guinea Bissau

Guinea Bissau has joined Ghana and Sierra Leone in recognizing the ancestral roots of diasporans and welcoming them to the continent. In February 2021, Guinea Bissau launched its own Decade of Return initiative in conjunction with the US-based Balanta B’urassa History and Genealogy Society. The program seeks to increase public knowledge of the country’s historical connection to the transatlantic slave trade and Afro-liberation struggle and set up a new model of development and cultural tourism for small, underdeveloped African countries. Free visas and the opportunity to apply for citizenship are being offered to diasporans whose lineage to the country is verified by DNA testing. The goal is to spur the diaspora’s reintegration into Guinea Bissau’s varied ethnic groups, as well as increase tourism and investment. The next Decade of Return event will occur November 23 to November 30, 2021.

Cameroon

Though Cameroon was a significant source of slaves during the transatlantic slave trade, this central African country has not been on the radar of most diasporans. One Tikar One People, a community of Cameroonians and DNA-tested diasporan descendants of the Tikar and Bamileke ethnic groups, hopes to change that. For 2021, they are holding a special edition of their annual Festival for the Returned for diasporans, to be held from November 26, 2021 through January 7, 2022. The festival will feature cultural events, community tourism, volunteer opportunities and ancestral/naming ceremonies. Additionally, the Tikar and Bamileke Kings have decided to adopt all DNA-tested descendants of Cameroon and give them the opportunity to own a piece of land in Tikar and Bamileke villages.

Senegal

The House of Slaves on Goree Island is one of the most famous memorials of the slave trade. Today, the island is the site of the Goree Island Diaspora Festival, an annual art and culture celebration created to promote the island and reunite the African diaspora. Held in November, the festival has a dual role as a meeting place for cultures and a space for reconciliation. Countries invited to past festivals include Martinique, Cape Verde, Guadeloupe, Brazil and Venezuela.

Statue of freed slaves at Goree Island, Senegal

We anticipate that more African countries will offer heritage tourism, land and investment initiatives, and citizenship opportunities in the coming years. African Ancestry is working to expand their DNA testing partnership to more than 30 countries in Africa where they trace ancestry. Stay tuned for more developments.

African Independence Days by Month

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Independence Day is celebrated across Africa to symbolize the determination and liberation of African people. Here’s a list of African independence days by country and month.

At the Berlin Conference of 1884-85, the leaders of 13 European nations and the United States met to discuss the partitioning of Africa and control of its resources. The “Scramble for Africa”, as it is called, led to the colonization of nearly the whole of Africa and the country borders that we know today. This period of European aggression and occupation would last nearly 100 years, until widespread African liberation movements wrestled control from the colonial rulers.

Today, Independence Day is celebrated across the continent to symbolize the determination of African people to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. The official date of independence is a national holiday in most countries, commemorated by military parades, fireworks, cultural and musical performances, and unofficial concerts, parties, and other events. If you happen to be traveling during this time, you’ll find the mood festive and jovial….in other words, LIT! So you don’t miss out on the fun, here’s a monthly list of African Independence Days.

Country

Sudan

Cameroon

Gambia

Egypt

Western Sahara

Morocco

Tunisia

Ghana

Mauritius

Namibia

Senegal

Togo

Sierra Leone

Zimbabwe

South Africa *

Ethiopia **

Eritrea

Madagascar

Dem. Rep. of the Congo

Mozambique

Seychelles

Djibouti

Somalia

Burundi

Rwanda

Algeria

Cape Verde

Comoros

São Tomé and Principe

South Sudan

Benin

Niger

Burkina Faso

Côte d’Ivoire

Chad

Central African Republic

Republic of the Congo

Gabon

Mali

Botswana

eSwatini (Swaziland)

Guinea-Bissau ***

Guinea

Nigeria

Uganda

Zambia

Lesotho

Equatorial Guinea

Angola

Libya

Tanzania

Kenya

Independence Date

Jan. 1, 1956   

Jan. 1, 1960   

Feb. 18, 1965 

Feb. 28, 1922

Feb. 28, 1976

March 2, 1956

March 20, 1956

March 6, 1957            

March 12, 1968

March 21, 1990

April 4, 1960

April 27, 1960

April 27, 1961 

April 18, 1980 

April 27, 1994

May 5, 1941

May 24, 1993

June 26, 1960

June 30, 1960

June 25. 1975

June 29, 1976

June 27, 1977

July 1, 1960

July 1, 1962

July 1, 1962   

July 3, 1962

July 5, 1975

July 6, 1975

July 12, 1975 

July 9, 2011

Aug. 1, 1960

Aug. 3, 1960  

Aug. 5, 1960

Aug. 7, 1960

Aug. 11, 1960

Aug. 13, 1960

Aug. 15, 1960

Aug. 16, 1960

Sept. 22, 1960

Sept. 30, 1966

Sept. 6, 1968 

Sept. 24, 1973

Oct. 2, 1958   

Oct. 1, 1960

Oct. 9, 1962   

Oct. 24, 1964 

Oct. 4, 1966   

Oct. 12, 1968 

Nov. 11, 1975

Dec. 24, 1951

Dec. 9, 1961

Dec. 12, 1963

Colonial Ruler

Britain/Egypt

France

Britain

Britain

Spain

France

France

Britain

Britain

South Africa

France

France

Britain

Britain

Britain

Italy

Ethiopia

France

Belgium

Portugal

Britain

France

Britain

Belgium

Belgium

France

Portugal

France

Portugal

Republic of the Sudan

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

France

Britain

Britain

Portugal

France

Britain

Britain

Britain

Britain

Spain

Portugal

Britain

Britain

Britain

* South Africa formally achieved its independence from Britain on May 31, 1910. However, it celebrates the end of apartheid and the day the first democratic elections were held on April 27, 1994. The Day is known as Freedom Day.

** Ethiopia is generally considered to have never been colonized. After it was invaded by Italy in 1935, Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed and went into exile in the United Kingdom. He regained his throne on May 5, 1941 and Ethiopia was completely liberated from Italian occupation on November 27, 1941.

*** Guinea-Bissau made a Unilateral Declaration of Independence on September 24, 1973, which is celebrated as Independence Day. However, Portugal recognizes independence as September 10, 1974, as a result of the Algiers Accord.

Ghana Independence Day, March 6, 2020
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Nigeria Independence Day, October 1, 2020
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Zimbabwe’s 1st Independence Day celebration in April 1960
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Happy Africa Day 2021

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Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25, both across the African continent and around the globe. Learn more about this historical holiday.

Africa Day is celebrated annually on May 25 to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (now the African Union) and Africa’s independence, freedom and liberation from colonial rule. It was inspired by Ghana becoming the first Sub-Saharan African country to gain its independence on March 6, 1957, under the leadership of Kwame Nkrumah. This year’s theme is Arts, Culture And Heritage: Levers for Building the Africa We Want.

For the second year in a row, MTV Base Africa and YouTube are sponsoring the Africa Day Concert, hosted by actor Idris Elba. This year’s virtual concert is a Pan African event featuring trailblazing African stars from across the continent, from Lagos Nigeria to Johannesburg South Africa. If you didn’t catch the show live, be sure to watch the replay here:

Finally, if you need more inspiration to celebrate the life, culture and rich history of the 2nd largest continent, here are 12 Ways to Celebrate Africa Day. Let this day be a reminder of our common destiny and vision for Africa.

Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Day 2021 is a call to action to citizens worldwide to be part of the solution in attaining a resilient planet. Learn more about how you can help.

Earth Day is celebrated annually on April 22nd. The theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth” and is a call to action to citizens worldwide to be part of the solution in attaining a resilient planet. To commemorate the day, EARTHDAY.ORG will have its second Earth Day Live digital event, starting at 12 PM EST. Link here: https://youtu.be/kICYfJ0qdrE

Workshops, panel discussions, and special performances will focus on the 2021 Theme and will cover natural processes, emerging green technologies, and innovative thinking that can restore the world’s ecosystems. Visit their website for more information.

In Africa, air pollution, improper waste management, deforestation, industrialization and urbanization, and illegal wildlife trafficking has lead to environmental degradation and climatic extreme events from floods, heatwaves, droughts, species endangerment, and deterioration of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. These crisis are threatening the availability of food, water and livelihoods of the people, species and ecosystems across the continent.  People from all over Africa are being challenged to unite and establish Earth Day programs and campaigns that best suit the needs of their communities. 

Likewise, we encourage you to join the Earth Day movement by doing some simple green acts, like turning off and unplugging items not in use, using eco-friendly house cleaners, or using re-usable water bottles.

Follow and tag us on IG at #travelafricamovement to let us know how you will help #RestoreTheEarth for #EarthDay2021.

Calling all Black Women! Are You Ready For Exodus Summit 2020?

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The Travel Africa Movement is proud to participate in the Exodus Summit 2020 for Black women travelers. If you haven’t grabbed your free ticket yet, there’s still time. Click here for more info…

The Travel Africa Movement (TAM) is a proud participant in Exodus Summit 2020, the travel summit For Black Women, By Black Women. The Summit kicks off in 2 days, with info about everything from Wellness While Traveling to Apartment Hunting Abroad to House Sitting For Free Accommodation and more! 

TAM‘s founder will be speaking on the Africa Regional Travel panel and sharing tips for traveling and living on the continent. Tune in on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for the best inside information about travel and life in Africa.

It’s not too late to join the fun! And don’t forget to invite your friends and family! Click here to get your FREE ticket! >>> https://tix.exodussummit.com/TMichelle

Get ready for 7 days of action-packed presentations and inspiration ~ September 21 – 27, 2020!!

#BlackoutDay2020 and #PullUpForTravel

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The Travel Africa Movement supports The Blackout Coalition and the Black Travel Alliance in their efforts to increase support of Black-owned businesses and inclusion of Black voices in the travel industry. Learn more….

As a 100% Black-owned company, the Travel Africa Movement supports The Blackout Coalition and the Black Travel Alliance in their efforts to increase support of Black-owned businesses and increase the inclusion of Black voices in travel marketing and story telling.

Blackout Day – July 7, 2020 – is a day of solidarity where Black Americans and their allies are urged not to shop, and if they do, to shop only at Black-Owned businesses. The goal is to be the start of a liberation movement and lifelong pursuit of economic empowerment for Black people.

Similarly, the Black Travel Alliance seeks to create a world where Black people are supported and accurately represented in the travel industry. One of their initiatives is the Black Travel Scorecard, which evaluates destinations and travel brands under five key areas: (1) Employment grades the current number and percentage of Black people in management and on staff; (2) Conferences & Tradeshows grades Black representation (number and percentage) on speaker panels, workshops, sessions, etc. in 2019; (3) Paid Advertising/Marketing Campaigns grades Black representation (number and percentage) in TV, radio, print and digital channels including social media in 2019; (4) Press grades Black representation (number and percentage) on media/press trips in 2019; and (5) Philanthropy grades charitable contributions and support (i.e. mentorship and intern programs, etc.) to Black charities and community groups.

We encourage you to learn more about their missions by visiting their websites at https://www.blackoutday.org/ and https://www.blacktravelalliance.com/ and to support their movements by using their hashtags #blackoutday2020, #blacktravelalliance and #pullupfortravel on social media.

As our way of saying Thank You for supporting our #BOB as we grow and change the narrative about Africa, we’re offering Free Shipping on all TAM clothing and $100 off all 2021 trips with promo code BLACKOUT. Discount valid thru 7/15/2020. #supportblackowned

Africa Border Re-openings

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, most African countries closed their borders to international travel. Here’s an updated list of border reopenings.

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 November 11, 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

Zambia – June 25: negative Covid PCR test within 14 days of departure required, retesting on arrival if passenger has symptoms or temperature above 38C/100F, 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.

Gabon – July 1: air borders open, land and sea borders closed, limited international flights allowed, mandatory face masks and social distancing policies in place, curfew from 8 pm – 5 am.

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 PCR 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 PCR 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, curfew 11 pm to 5 am, departing passengers also must have negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of departure or travel will not be allowed

Chad – August 1: air borders open for international flights, must have negative Covid PCR test dated 72 hours or less from arrival, passports confiscated upon arrival and 7 day self quarantine at passenger expense, retest required on 7th day and passports returned after final negative test result

Ethiopia – August 1: air borders open, land borders closed. 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: air borders open for international tourists, negative Covid test from 72 hours or less from time of arrival, temperature check, and health questionnaire, 11:00 pm to 4:00 am curfew.

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

Togo – August 1: air borders open, land borders closed, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure,  additional test upon arrival and travelers must quarantine in their hotel until negative results return, online immigration form required, must also download a contact tracing app.

Benin – August 10: air borders open for limited commercial flights, essential travel only at land borders, passports confiscated upon arrival, three Covid tests required at cost of 100,000 CFA, 3 day hotel quarantine at passenger expense, passports returned after day 15 upon final negative test result.

Democratic Republic of the Congo – August 15: air borders open, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure, temperature screening at airport, possibility of retesting and quarantine, face masks and social distancing required

Mozambique – August 20: air borders open, both a PCR test taken within 72 hours departure AND a second PCR test after 10-day mandatory quarantine are required, 2nd test can be avoided with a 14-day quarantine, NO Airport or border are being issued, so only those with valid existing visas or residence permits will be permitted to enter, mandatory face masks and social distancing policies will remain in place

Namibia – September 1: tourists from carefully selected low-risk markets, negative Covid-19 PCR test taken 72 hours or less before arrival, quarantine for 7 days at own expense and retesting on 7th day required.

Ghana – September 1: air borders open, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure AND mandatory retest upon arrival at cost of $150 USD, temperature screening at airport, face masks and social distancing required

Nigeria – September 5: air borders open, negative Covid PCR test required within 96 hours of scheduled departure (from certain countries tests only accepted from specified laboratories), mandatory quarantine for 7 days and retesting required on 7th day after arrival at passenger’s expense, online health questionnaire and test payment must be completed with copy on arrival, temperature screens, masks, social distancing and other safety protocols in place.

Cote d’Ivoire – September 24: air borders open, land borders closed, negative PCR test within 7 days of arrival and within 7 days of departure for passenger from certain countries, mandatory online health declaration form and fee with printed copy on arrival: https://deplacement-aerien.gouv.ci/#procedure, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival, masks, social distancing and other safety protocols in place.

South Africa – October 1: air borders open for tourists from low risk countries only, negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, mandatory travel insurance required, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival, travelers from high risk countries are banned for tourist travel: https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-aaron-motsoaledi-re-opening-borders-and-ports-entry-international-travellers, if a traveler has spent 10 days or more in a low risk country before departure, he/she is deemed to be arriving from a low risk country

Uganda – October 1: air borders open for all tourists, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure and 120 hours prior to departure from Uganda, temperature/symptom screening and fingerprinting upon arrival, mandatory masks and social distancing required, nationwide curfew from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am daily.

Zimbabwe – October 1: air borders open to tourists, negative PCR test within 48 hours of scheduled departure, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival

Cape Verde – October 12: air borders open to tourists, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure, online health surveillance form and online Airport Security Tax form must be completed prior to travel, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival

Gambia – Air borders are open for international tourists on October 31. Land and sea borders are open effective October 16, 2020, negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival, mandatory 14-day quarantine for travelers with rapid tests or those whose tests don’t fall within the required timeframe

Botswana – November 9: phased reopening thru December 1, 2020. International airports in Gabarone and Maun open on Nov. 9 and at Francistown on Dec. 1, certain land borders open on Dec. 1, negative PCR test within 72 hours of scheduled departure, temperature/symptom screening upon arrival, must self monitor and maintain contact with local health authority for 14 days

Future Border Openings

HAPPY AFRICA DAY!

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Africa Day is an annual celebration held on May 25th to commemorate the founding of the African Union and the diversity of Africa. Learn more about this year’s events.

Africa Day is observed each year on May 25th to commemorate the founding of the African Union (successor to the Organization of African Unity). On this day, the people of Africa and the African diaspora come together to celebrate the diversity of Africa and to reflect on past successes and current challenges in building a unified and decolonized continent. Africa Day is a public holiday in many African countries and is celebrated around the globe.

This year, YouTube and MTV Base have partnered to bring the world the Africa Day 2020 Benefit Concert At Home, to raise funds to help families in Africa affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The online concert is hosted by Idris Elba and will feature a variety of African musical artists, like Burnaboy, Tiwa Savage, Davido and more.

Netflix has a special Made in Africa Collection featuring more than 100 films and TV series made in Africa. Apple has curated an Africa Now playlist featuring musical talent from across the continent. We hope you enjoy and find some new favorites.

The Travel Africa Movement has also joined the celebration with 20% off all merchandise in our online store. Discount valid thru May 31st with code AFRICADAY. Visit our store today and show Africa some love!