Travelling during COVID-19 has proven to be difficult, but not impossible. With constantly changing lockdown travel rules and regulations, we’ve made a list of a number of African countries that allow foreign nationals from any country to enter, without having to quarantine.  We have prepared the list of countries, together with their entry requirements below.

Botswana

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours upon both entering and exiting.

Egypt

  • Travellers from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London, Paris, and Frankfurt must present a negative PCR Test taken within 96 hours of departure.
  • Travellers from all other countries, including Egyptians must present a negative PCR Test taken within 72 hours of departure.

Ethiopia

  • All travellers will be required to produce a negative PCR test taken within 120 hours of departure.

Ghana

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • A further PCR Test will be undertaken upon arrival at the airport and the cost must be borne by the traveller, which must be done prior to boarding the airline.
  • All travellers who test positive will undergo mandatory isolation for 7 days, with the treatment and cost to be borne by the traveller.

Guinea

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 5 days of departure.
  • Anyone who is symptomatic will be tested and face quarantine for up to 14 days.

Guinea-Bissau

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Anyone who is symptomatic or who develops COVID after entry must self-isolate for 10 days with a test in the second half of the isolation period.

Ivory Coast

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 5 days before entering.
  • A Health Declaration Form and a 4‑digit confirmation code on arrival are also required.
  • A PCR Test is not required for departure unless the airline specifically requires the same.

Kenya

Liberia

  • All travellers will be screened and required to present a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

Libya

  • Eastern Libya (the area controlled by Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar) require all travellers to present a negative PCR Test, taken no more than 48 hours prior to departure.

Mali

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

Mauritania

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 5 days before entering.

Morocco

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • All passengers without exceptions originating and with past travel history from Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Slovenia are not allowed entry into Morocco, irrespective of the time spent outside in a third country before travelling to Morocco. Flights to and from these countries are also suspended until further notice.

Mozambique

  • All travellers need to produce a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken within 96 hours of departure.
  • If travellers do not produce a Covid-19 PCR test upon arrival, they will be subject to a mandatory 10-day self-quarantine.

Namibia

  • All travellers require a negative PCR or Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Test (AgRDT) test, which must not be older than 72 hours.
  • Frequent travellers returning within three days following their departure from Namibia are allowed to re-enter the country using the negative PCR or AgRDT test result they used at departure.
  • A returning frequent traveller who spends more than 3 days outside Namibia will be required to present a PCR or AgRDT negative test result, without which such traveller will be subject to quarantine.

Sao Tome & Principe

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

Senegal

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and will be required to present a negative PCR test taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival.

Seychelles

  • All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken 72 hours of departure.
  • Upon receipt of PCR test results, visitors must complete the mandatory Health Travel Authorization (HTA) at seychelles.govtas.com.
  • Submit the PCR results, a selfie, passport details and hotel confirmation for the entire stay. This process must be completed immediately.
  • Travellers must also have valid travel health insurance that includes cover for COVID-19 related isolation, quarantine and clinical care.

Sierra Leone

  • Before departure passengers are required to apply for authorisation to enter Sierra Leone at travel.gov.sl. This authorisation consists of:
    • Negative PCR test result issued no longer than seven days before departure;
    • Pre-departure public health passenger locator form;
    • Proof of payment for COVID-19 testing on arrival, paid through the online platform.
  • This authorisation must be presented at the check-in desk before departure. Passengers also need to bring their negative PCR test result and present it on arrival in Freetown.
  • All arriving passengers are subject to mandatory testing for COVID-19. Passengers are given a Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) and a PCR test, which takes longer to analyse. If the RDT test is negative, the passenger can depart the airport and observe social distancing but if positive, the passenger will be isolated at a hotel near the airport to await their PCR result, at their own cost. If the PCR test is positive, the passenger will be transferred to a treatment facility.

South Africa

  • All travellers will be screened upon arrival and be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • A PCR Test is not required for departure unless the airline specifically requires the same.

Swaziland

  • All travellers will be screened upon arrival and be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 72 hours of departure.

Tanzania

  • All travellers must present a negative PCR test, performed within the 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.
  • Travellers should fill in Health Surveillance Form on the plane, or any other transport means and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.
  • If you show symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, you may be required to quarantine at a government-designated facility at your own expense.

Uganda

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry, as well as be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 120 hours upon both entering and exiting.
  • Passengers with symptoms will be transported to an isolation centre where they must remain, at their own cost, until the results of their Covid test are received.
  • Travellers who test positive will be taken to a Ministry of Health facility for treatment or given the option to be repatriated, at their own cost.

Zambia

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry and be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 14 days of departure.
  • A PCR Test is not required for departure unless the airline specifically requires the same.
  • Passengers with symptoms will be tested at the airport and required to enter isolation protocol at a Zambian government facility.

Zimbabwe

  • All travellers will undergo health screening upon entry, as well as be required to present a negative PCR Test, taken within 48 hours of departure, for both entry and exiting.
  • Passengers with symptoms or who don’t have a negative PCR test will be required to stay at a designated isolation facility for 7 days, then self-isolate for another 7 days. A fee of $60 will be levied on travellers tested at the port of entry

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Written by Bianca Nicholls & Melissa Moses