COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates

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

Starting 1st of November, Madagascar is open for overseas tourists again!
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.

East Africa

Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania have the Safe Travel Stamp, a certificate from the World Travel and Tourism Council acknowledging that it's safe and possible to travel to these countries again. 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. The number of COVID-19 cases keep dropping on the African on the continent, mainly driven by South Africa, which accounts for nearly half of Africa's cases. 

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. Also, the low population density works favourable against the spread of the virus.

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.

Tanzania

Since the 15th of June, Tanzania has opened its airspace again and travellers from oversees don’t have to go in quarantine. Also the lodges, campsites and national parks are open and Roadtrip Tanzania is back to business. We have received several clients from Germany, France, Hungary, US and South Africa and are having more bookings for the upcoming period, for which we are very happy. Roadtrippers who have been, rave about the abundance of wildlife and the privilege of having such iconic parks as the Serengeti and the Crater to themselves.

Practicalities

  • When you arrive by plain, you don’t need to show a negative COVID test, but your temperature will be measured.
  • If you enter Tanzania overland, crossing the border from Kenya, you do need to show a negative COVID test.
  • You are advised to wear a face mask in public places ( supermarkets, government buildings), but it is not mandatory.

Uganda

Finally! After months of strict lock down, Uganda opened its borders and airport again on 23th of September, and airlines have relaunched their flights to Entebbe!  
Practicalities
  • When arriving by plain, you need to show a negative COVID test, not older than 72 hours (3 days).
  • If you enter Uganda overland, you do need to show a negative COVID test. 

Kenya

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

Practicalities

  • When you arrive by plain, you need to show a negative COVID test, not older than 72 hours (3 days).
  • If you enter Kenya overland, crossing the border from Tanzania, you also need to show a negative COVID test.
  • If you are travelling in a car with a group of friends/ travel mates, the car can only have 50% occupancy ( so 2 adults can sit in a 4 seater), and you have to wear face masks.
  • If you are travelling with your household ( partner/ kids), the occupancy rate and face mask rule when driving the vehicle does not apply.
  • Wearing a face mask is mandatory when entering public spaces like supermarkets and government buildings. When eating in a restaurant / lodge or sitting on a terrace, this is not needed.

Madagascar

The island of Nose Be will open for international tourism from the 1st of October.There are no quarantine restrictions for travellers coming from overseas. But tourists are not allowed to get of the island and continue their travels to the mainland of Madagascar. The Tourism Board of Madagascar expects that that the international airport of Ivato on the mainland will open by the 1st of November, but this is not an official announcement yet.  

Roadtrip Africa flexible booking and payment terms

To minimise your risk, we have very flexible payment terms. We accept cash payment on arrival and online payments by credit card or bank transfer are only due 1 week before departure date. In the rare situation that you paid, and all of a sudden you are not able to enter your roadtrip destination due to changed COVID regulations, you can reschedule your trip up to one year after your original travel date.