Covid19 Travel Restrictions In Africa – Part 2

COVID-19 – and the subsequent travel restrictions – has added further complexities to travelling within the region, something we’ve navigated successfully by constantly liaising with local authorities and our mining clients.

But, to provide a resource, we’re discussing the travel requirements for mining nations in Africa. In part one, we covered the DRC, Botswana, Mali, and Mauritania. In this article, we’ll cover Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mauritius.

Côte d’Ivoire

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Côte d’Ivoire has surpassed 32,000 positive cases, of which 883 cases are still active.

International Arrivals and Departures:

To enter Côte d’Ivoire, you need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test where the sample was not older than seven days before boarding the plane. Additionally, you will be required to sign a Declaration of Air Travel online before arriving, the cost of which is 2,000 XOF. You will then need to hand in the DAT form on arrival and comply with other medical checks, including providing temperature readings and your contact details. If you have a valid negative test and your temperature is below 38 degrees, you will be permitted to enter the country and monitored by SMS for 14 days. However, if your temperature is above 38 degrees, and/or you have an invalid COVID-19 test, you will be required to take another COVID test before quarantining.

When departing, you will need to complete another Declaration of Travel for 2,000 XOF and pay 48,000 XOF online for testing. You should complete this no later than seven days before your departure. If your test is negative, you will be permitted to depart. However, positive tests will require that you isolate for 14 days within the country, as travel is not permitted during your isolation period.

Local Restrictions:

Public gatherings the government permits are allowed. Additionally, bars, restaurants, and schools are open. However, you will be required to wear a mask in public. The government has also instituted a strict health and safety protocol which includes having widely available hand sanitizing stations.

Tanzania

There is no way to know the severity of COVID-19 in the country, as Tanzania hasn’t released any official data about COVID-19 cases since 29 April 2020, the same day 189 positive cases were reported.

International Arrivals and Departures:

Not much information exists regarding the official response on arriving and departing the country. Border entry requirements by the government of Tanzania continue to change. At this time, the government of Tanzania has removed the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test. A traveller’s airline or country of origin may require a COVID-19 certificate upon departure. If so, then Tanzania may also request the traveller to present the certificate on arrival. However, international arrivals are subject to temperature checks and may need to take a COVID-19 test if they show symptoms or have a temperature. If the test returns positive, travellers may be subject to a 14-day quarantine.

Local Restrictions:

No official information suggests there are any local restrictions. However, to protect yourself – and other, it is advised that you follow the guidelines the WHO has outlined, including social distancing, sanitizing and frequent hand washing, and wearing a mask in public.

Burkina Faso

Travel to Burkina Faso remains limited and land and sea borders are closed. The country, however, has reported a total of 11,914 cases with a 96% recovery rate.

International Arrivals and Departures:

On arrival at Burkina Faso, you will need to present a negative COVID-19 test not older than five days and will be subject to 14-day quarantine at a location of your choice and at your expense. While quarantining, you will be subject to testing from CORUS on the 1st, 8th, and 14th day of quarantine.

To depart, you will need to liaise with us as the protocol will be determined by your next destination as no official information exists surrounding departure.

Local Restrictions:

Local restrictions are limited to mandatory mask-wearing in public spaces. However, these restrictions may change at short notice.

Ghana

Ghana has recently breached 80,000 confirmed cases, but its recovery rate remains strong at above 90%. The government has also implemented stringent restrictions as they await a robust vaccine rollout.

International Arrivals and Departures:

Ghana requires that before boarding a flight, travellers complete a health declaration form confirming they are eligible to fly. This online declaration may also be followed up with a hard copy form while on the flight. On arriving at the airport, you will need to show proof of a negative PCR COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding your flight for Ghana.

While at the airport, you will undergo a temperature check and will be subject to a mandatory antigen fluorescent immunoassay test before your baggage is collected. The government has stated the test results should be available within 30 minutes.
Payment for this test – which is $150 – should be complete before boarding a flight to Ghana.

If the test returns negative results, you will be required to quarantine in a government facility for the duration determined by local officials. To complete this process, Ghanaian authorities suggest travel insurance and quick access to cash, as medical costs can be expensive in Ghana.

Local Restrictions:

Ghana’s government recommends getting takeaway to reduce congestion at restaurants. However, pubs, cinemas, beaches, and nightclubs are closed. While these closures may change, some tourist spots are still open. Additionally, mask-wearing is mandatory in public, and failure to comply with this could result in arrest.

Mauritius

Mauritius currently has reported fewer than just over 610 positive cases of the virus.

International Arrivals and Departures:

Mauritian nationals and residents are allowed to enter. Travellers who have been in the UK, Brazil, Japan, South Africa in the past 15 days are not allowed to enter the country. This measure will be in effect until at least 28 February 2021.On arrival, travellers need to provide proof of a medical certificate with negative COVID-19 test results that were issued no later than seven days before arriving in Mauritius. Furthermore, you may be required to quarantine in a government location for 14 days before you can continue travelling within Mauritius. When departing, you will also be subject to a negative PCR test before you can board a flight. Any passenger entering the country will have to undergo a COVID-19 PCR test on the day of arrival, on the 7th day, and on day 14 at their own expense. If found positive on any of these tests, the traveller will be transferred to a public medical institution for further treatment

Local Restrictions:

While wearing a mask and social distancing is mandatory in public, there are no restrictions around movement or any curfews. The latest information from authorities also suggests that although hotels are open to residents, they are not open to tourists.

While this information is accurate at the time of publication, these regulations may change with short – or no – notice. As dedicated travel consultants, our mission is to keep you informed of any changes so that your travel remains seamless when travelling in Africa. If you have any questions or need clarification, be sure to reach out to our team at bookings@approvertravel.com