UPDATE: COVID-19 and African Travel
Updated: Monday 23 March 2020
We’re in this together…
As a responsible tour operator who cares for our customers and colleagues, Captured In Africa are keen to impress upon our customers and keep them informed about the current status of the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic in Africa.
The confirmed number of COVID-19 cases in popular safari destinations and their respective country’s travel restrictions (if any) are as follows;
Botswana (0): To avoid the spread of the virus, President Masisi last week suspended all external trips by public officers.
Kenya (15): Kenya’s government has cancelled flights and barred entry to people from countries affected by the outbreak. Only its own citizens and permanent residents are being allowed back in, and they must undergo a 14-day quarantine.
Malawi (0): The Malawian government has temporarily suspended issuance of visa to citizens of countries highly affected by coronavirus.
Mozambique (1): President Filipe Nyusi has introduced restrictive measures to halt the spread of coronavirus pandemic by closing schools and tightening border controls.
Namibia (3): Namibia’s government has declared COVID-19 (coronavirus) as a state of emergency, the issuance of visas on arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport has been suspended and a travel ban of foreign nationals (by air and sea) from affected countries, namely Schengen states, China, Iran, Korea, United Kingdom, United States of America and Japan.
Rwanda (17): Borders are closed except for goods and cargo as well as returning Rwandan citizens and legal residents, who will be subject to mandatory 14 days quarantine at designated locations.
South Africa (402): South Africa’s government has declared a state of disaster and imposed a travel ban on foreign nationals from eight high-risk countries including the UK, US, Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, France and China.
Tanzania (12): All visitors entering Tanzania from countries with reported coronavirus cases, including Tanzanian nationals will undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine.
Uganda (1): President Yoweri Museveni has announced that Entebbe International Airport and all Ugandan borders will be closed, including the banning International flights and water vessels into the country.
Zambia (3): Zambia is currently not denying entry to any foreign nationals but do have increased screenings on arrival. The Zambian parliament and schools are temporarily closed.
Zimbabwe (1): President Mnangagwa this week declared the pandemic a “national disaster” and outlawed gatherings of more than 100 people. 1 confirmed case of Covid-19.
* Correct as of Monday 23 March 2020.
Captured In Africa advise all travellers to heed to advice of professionals and government restrictions. All immediate travel should be postponed and for anyone travelling in the near future, please keep up to date with these restrictions and the changing situation around Covid-19.
We welcome you to have faith and continue your support for tourism in Africa by postponing any existing travel booking. Tourism in Africa is an industry that results in job creation, continued employment, wildlife conservation and habitat protection benefits.
Without your assistance and travel, much of this would be at a greater risk during this testing time.
Minimising your risk to infection
Please take the advice of both your local government and health professionals, such as the World Health Organisation.
• Wash your hands frequently
• Maintain social and physical distancing
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
• Practice respiratory hygiene (ie cover mouth & nose when sneezing or use gloves and masks)
• Seek medical help should you develop a cough, fever and/or have difficulty breathing
• Keep up to date with medical advice and government restrictions
You can learn more information and keep up to date on COVID-19 via the official World Health Organisation (WHO) website or your government website and social media.
We all hope that this current situation passes as swiftly and with as minimal impact as possible to people’s health and travel arrangements.
The Captured In Africa Team
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