Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries is here. many African nations are starting to reopen airports, remove curfews, and slowly resume international tourism. Most countries in Africa have been very strict on containing the spread of the virus, with most of them going into complete lockdowns earlier this year. That means nobody in and nobody out. Now that case numbers are relatively low across the continent, some nations have already reopened, with others making plans on how to reopen responsibly.
Below we have a list of every country in Africa, and what their current reopening status is: Not open for tourism, reopening soon, and now open. For the nations that have already reopened, we also include which countries are permitted to visit, plus any entry requirements.
1. Burkina Faso – Reopening Soon
Burkina Faso has made a statement about commercial flights resuming on August 1. Land and sea borders remain closed until further notice. It is unclear at this time if Visa issuing will also resume on August 1.
2. Cameroon – Reopening Soon
Cameroon has resumed a few commercial flights, though mostly for essential travel only. Land and sea borders are not yet open. They’ve started testing requirements to land in Cameroon airports for essential travelers, including a negative PCR test no older than 3 days.
3. Cape Verde – Reopening Soon
Cape Verde has reopened sea borders for essential travel by passenger ferries. International flights have not yet resumed but are planning to restart in early August.
4. Chad – Reopening Soon
Chad will resume commercial flights starting on August 1. All international travellers have to surrender their passport, quarantine at home for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test on the 7th day. Passports will be returned upon presentation of the COVID-19 negative test receipt.
5. Democratic Republic of the Congo – Reopening Soon
The DRC plans to start reopening land borders and airports on August 15. After reopening, visitors into the DRC will require negative PCR tests, temperature checks, and the possibility of testing and/or quarantines upon arrival.
6. Djibouti – Reopening Soon
On July 17, Djibouti reopened the airport and restarted limited commercial flights. We are unsure if these flights are restricted to repatriation and/or essential travel only at this point, or if general tourism is now permitted.
All passengers entering Djibouti will receive a covid test upon arrival and will have to remain at the airport until results come through (approx 4 hours), at the cost of the passenger.
7. Egypt – Now Open
Egypt started reopening borders for tourism to seaside resorts as of July 1.
Travelers will have to:
– Have a valid visa
– Wear a mask on the flight and in the airport
– Fill out a health declaration card
– Show proof of travel health insurance
– Agree to have their temperature taken on arrival
– At this point travelers are expected to remain in high-tourist areas and are not permitted to travel independently inwards throughout the country.
8. Equatorial Guinea – Reopening Soon
Equatorial Guinea is currently in their domestic reopening phase, with domestic flights resuming as of June 15. Commercial flights are extremely limited at this point and are mostly used for repatriation and essential travel. All arriving passengers must present a negative PCR test taken no longer than 48 hours before arrival.
9. Ethiopia – Now Open
Ethiopia has now reopened the airport for international arrivals.
Passengers will need to bring a negative PCR test taken within 5 days of arrival. They have self-isolate at home for 14 days. Visitors are tested again upon arrival.
Passengers that do not bring the negative PCR test will have a mandatory quarantine at government designated hotels for 7 days at their own expense. At the end of 7 days, a PCR test will be given.
Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries
10.Ghana – Reopening Soon
Ghana has resumed domestic flights within the country. The current international travel ban is set to expire July 31. We are unsure at this time if the ban will be extended or removed.
11. Kenya – Now Open
President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced that Kenya will be reopening for international tourism on August 1st, 2020
Entry Requirements include bringing a negative PCR test, but the details of how long the traveler has to take the test before arrival has not yet been released.
12. Liberia – Now Open
Liberia has reopened for tourism as of July 1, but many restrictions are still in place. When they first opened they had a rule that if a passenger was coming from a nation with more than 200 active cases of the virus, they would be denied entry. Now, we believe that restriction has been removed and replaced with testing requirements.
Passengers arriving into Liberia will need to bring a negative PCR test no older than 72 hours, undergo a temperature scan and health check, and could be tested again upon arrival. Anyone testing positive on arrival has to go under government quarantine for at least 14 days.
13. Mali – Reopening Soon
Mali just reopened flights on July 25 and is planning on reopening land borders on July 31st. It is unclear at this time if flights are only for Mali nationals, or if tourists can also enter at this time.
Arrivals need to bring a negative PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. If they do not, a test will be performed on arrival while the passenger will remain in quarantine until results are processed.
14. Morocco – Reopening Soon
The current state of emergency was extended until August 10th. The partial reopening of Morocco’s borders started July 14, first to allow Moroccan residents to return and foreign citizens to depart the country.
While general tourism has not yet resumed, the reopening date is expected to be announced soon.
15. Nigeria – Reopening Soon
Nigeria reopened their passport offices July 1 and resumed domestic flights on July 8. Restrictions on domestic travel continue to lift. While international flights are currently only available for nationals and residents, announcements will come soon on the resumption of tourism.
16. Rwanda – Now Open
Rwanda has officially reopened for tourism as of June 17, 2020
Testing is must before arrival and again upon arrival. In order to gain entry into Rwanda as a tourist, you must take a PCR test in your own country within 72 hours of departure and have the negative results as proof. The negative test must be emailed to [email protected] before your departure and a copy of the results brought with you to show customs upon entry into Rwanda.
At the airport upon arrival, travellers have to go under the test again with the results available in around 8 hours.
17. Senegal – Now Open
Country has now reopened for tourism, with entry requirements explained below. Senegal has started international flights on July 15, even though land and sea borders are still closed. The state of emergency was lifted on June 30.
All arrivals into Senegal will require:
– A health declaration form
– A negative PCR test taken no longer than 7 days before departure
– Undergo medical screening and temperature scans upon arrival
Africa reopening for tourism – Full List of countries
18. Seychelles – Now Open
As of June 1st the Seychelles have reopened to tourists from ‘low’ and ‘medium’ risk nations, with different entry requirements for each category.
19. Sierra Leone – Now Open
Sierra Leone reopened for tourism on July 22, 2020. Flights are starting to be rescheduled, but land borders remain closed.
– Obtaining a travel authorization card from the government
– A negative PCR test taken no longer than 72 hours before departure
– A health declaration card
– Pre-payment for testing on arrival
– A valid visa
20 Sudan – Reopening Soon
Sudan just lifted bans on flights from Egypt, Turkey, and the UAE, but flights from other nations are still suspended until October 10.
21. Tanzania – Now Open
As of June 2020, Tanzania is now accepting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect.
However, under normal tourism laws, your country might require a Visa to enter Tanzania. There are currently 68 countries that can enter Tanzania Visa-free, with the rest requiring a Visa or Visa on Arrival.
There is no mandatory 14-day isolation or quarantine period for travellers into Tanzania.
22. Tunisia – Now Open
Country is officially reopening its borders June 27, 2020 allowing tourists to enter based on a color-coded system based on risk assessment.
Tunisia has created a ‘Green’ and ‘Orange’ list for arrivals. ‘Green’ countries may enter with no testing or quarantines, while ‘Orange’ countries will need to present a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. (See the lists here)
23. Zambia – Reopening Soon
Zambia’s borders have reopened, with both domestic and international flights starting to resume, but tourist visa services remain suspended until further notice. Since a tourist visa is must to gain entry into Zambia, general tourism cannot resume until they restart visa services.
Anyone the currently has a valid visa may get entry, but will face both testing on arrival and 14-day quarantine.
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