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!!

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

Meet Woni Spotts: The First Black Woman to Travel to Every Country in the World

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You’ve probably never heard of Woni Spotts. She hasn’t posted any photos on Instagram. She’s not engaged in the many Facebook travel groups. And she only recently became active on Twitter. But she’s accomplished two historic feats: she was recently recognized as the first black woman to travel to every country and continent in the world and she did so quietly without much social media exposure, crowdfunding or corporate sponsorship. We caught up with the 55-year old eCommerce professional and entrepreneur to congratulate her on her accomplishment and learn more about her travels, especially her travels in Africa. Here’s what she had to say:

TAM: Tell us about yourself.

Woni:  I was born in Los Angeles, California. I traveled with my parents as a child. Most of my travel was with the friends of my father doing a documentary. From 2014-2018, I traveled alone with a local guide. I work in eCommerce.

TAM: When did you decide to tackle the goal of being the first black woman to travel to every country?

Woni:  My early travel was with my parents. Later I hosted a documentary that allowed me to travel to many countries.  I learned recently that someone was claiming they were going to be the first black woman to visit every country. I knew I was close to visiting every country. Once I finished, I let it be known that I visited 195 countries, 7 continents, and 22 territories.

TAM:  How long did it take you to complete that goal?

Woni:  From 1979 to September 2018

TAM:  How does it feel to hold that title?

Woni:  It’s a shock to the system. The other people that traveled to every country received minimal coverage so I had no idea there would be interest. 

TAM:  What was the first and last country you visited?

Woni:  I traveled as a child but I began recording my travels in 1979. The 195 recorded countries began in Central America and the last country was Turkey. As a result of my travels as a child, I have visited many countries twice.

TAM:  In this era of social media where people post everything they do online, you accomplished this amazing goal without much social media fanfare. Was this intentional and if so, why?

Woni:  I began my travel before the internet was widely available. As for my travels in the 2000s, I never thought anyone was interested in my personal travel.

TAM:  Did you film your travels and do you plan to do more media engagement and publicity in the future?

Woni:  Photography and film were used. I don’t have any solid plans for the future. I have written about the global African presence around the world and their ancient roots in every major civilization. I have also written about my personal travels. I’d like to continue writing.

TAM:  Tell us about your travel in Africa. When did you first travel to Africa and which country did you visit first?

Woni:  My first documented travel took place in the early ’80s. South Africa was the first.

TAM:  What was your first impression and how did you enjoy it?

Woni:  The people that I met were very hospitable and happy that we were there. I could genuinely feel they were touched that we placed a value on visiting them.

TAM:  How long did it take you to visit all 54 African countries?

Woni:  1980 – 2014. I began around 1980 and visited Tanzania, Egypt, and Morocco in 2014.

TAM:  Was most of your travel in Africa overland or by air? Which method of travel do you prefer and why?

Woni:  I prefer air when possible. I think a cruise could be nice. In order to see wildlife, bumpy roads are always involved at some point.  It’s a dilemma, some interesting things are missed while flying while some interesting things can’t be seen while driving.

TAM:  Which African country was your favorite and why?

Woni:  I have enjoyed many African countries and have always been embraced. I don’t like to compare countries but I love desert landscapes along the West African coast and the elephant family that visited me daily during my stay in Tanzania.

TAM:  What was your favorite attraction or experience in Africa?

Woni:  Seeing animals in their natural habitats, flying over desert landscapes, tribal people living traditionally, and waterfalls.

TAM:  Did you have any especially interesting or dangerous experiences in Africa?

Woni:  [On safari in Tanzania] a Maasai had to escort me to the dining room because lions were known to be on the property.

TAM:  What tips would you offer to travelers visiting Africa for the first time?

Woni: It depends on which region and their interests. I think it’s important to visit the ultimate motherland.  I always visit the main cities, museums, and nature. There are so many experiences in nearly every African country, especially today. Visit for the desert landscapes sculpted by the wind, beautiful beaches, bird abundant lakes, legendary rivers, massive waterfalls, sacred mountains, gorilla viewing, incredible animal migrations, heart-stopping safaris, vibrant drumming ceremonies, the colorful Gerewol festival, and so much more. Many beautiful destinations in Africa are widely unknown but each country has its own treasures.

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