COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are ''open’’ and anxiously waiting to welcome you with a big smile and an elbow bump! 

Flights to Madagascar are still suspended. 
We encourage you to book and explore this magnificent continent now more than ever. The people need it, wildlife protection is under pressure due to lack of income from tourism, and having such iconic parks as the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Masai Mara to yourself is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Good to know that lodges offer great discount prices and you will have the parks to yourself. Moreover, it will be very easy to apply social distancing over-here, when going on a self-drive safari and camping in the bush. Do we need to say more?

Read below about the latest COVID updates and practicalities and our no risk payment terms.

Kenya entry requirements and corona travel regulations

Since the 1st of August, Kenya has opened its airspace again and travellers from overseas don’t have to go in quarantine. Restaurants, Lodges, campsites and national parks are open. 

Practicalities

  • When you arrive by plain, you need to show a medical certificate in English with a negative COVID PCR test result, not older than 96 hours (4 days).
  • If you enter Kenya overland, crossing the border from Tanzania, you also need to show a negative COVID test.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory when entering public spaces like supermarkets and government buildings. Hand sanitisers are placed at the entrance of every building and your temperature will be measured. When eating in a restaurant / lodge or sitting on a terrace, wearing a face mask is not needed.
  • All hotels, restaurants and bars are open. In cities and towns, there is a curfew from 10 PM. You will not notice this evening curfew when staying in a hotel or lodge in the safari parks. 

Where to do a PCR test and/ or rapid test in Kenya 

Its straightforward to get a PCR test done in Kenya. When you are staying in Nairobi, Karen area, the most convenient places to get the test done are AMREF and Waterfront Mall. Other places, but more down town, are Aga Khan, Kenyatta and Nairobi hospital. No need to reserve in advance, you can just show up for a test. The results are known latest within 48 hours and sent to you by email.

There are also lab facilities in the Maasai Mara ( The Pumba Collection) and Mombasa. In case these facilities do not fit into your itineary, let us know, and we can inform you where-else in Kenya you can do a PCR test. 

Some  countries also require a rapid test, such as The Netherlands, whereby you need to do a rapid test latest 4 hours before departure with your KLM flight. This can be done at Nairobi West Hospital ( KES 3,500), AMREF Health Africa (KES 6000), Aga Khan Hospital ( KES 6000). The results come out within 30 minutes. You don't need to make a prior appointment and can just show up and get tested. Note that only NairobiWest Hospital is open 24/7, the other test locations close at 5 PM.  

East Africa

East Africa managed to curb the spread of the corona virus and number of cases and deaths are far lower than those in Europe, Asia or the Americas, as shown in the WHO map below. Early and strict interventions played a crucial role in curbing the virus' spread. Also, East Africa has a young population with low obesity and diabetes rates and the low population density works favourable against the spread of the virus.

Looking for a safe corona proof travel destination? Go to Kenya!

The Coronavirus in Africa Tracker from the BBC also gives an updated overview of all confirmed, active, recovered and death cases of the entire continent and on country level. Access it here.

Roadtrip Africa flexible booking and no risk payment terms

Online payments by credit card or bank transfer can be done up to one day before your departure date. No down payments required. Hence, there are no payment risks involved.