Covid-19

In this Covid-19 information we explain to you about safe traveling during Covid in East Africa with up to date information about each destination, the measures taken in each country and the measures taken by Kazinga Tours.

If you have any questions about Covid-19, don’t hesitate to ask them: mail@kazingatours.com

Kind regards, 

The Management and Staff of Kazinga Tours
 

Please note the situation in each country can change overnight, so it is mandatory to check the website of the authorities of the country of origin and country of destination as well.

 

Where can I travel safely? Current Covid-19 situation in each country

Uganda

Uganda has taken Covid-19 very serious and strict measures have been taken. Relatively few cases of Covid have been registered in Uganda, so Uganda is considered a safe country to go to.

Please note the following before visiting Uganda.

  • Uganda recorded its first case of Covid19 on March 22 2020 and has a total of registered cases of 9538 including 86 casualties, on a population of about 45 million
  • Uganda has resumed most business operations such as restaurants, hotels, shops, tourism operations, schools (only candidate classes and finalists), places of worship are permitted to gather with groups of 70 persons or less, open-air sport activities are allowed without spectators. Bars, cinemas, gyms, casinos and gaming centers remain closed. National parks are open to visitors with a negative Covid19 test.
  • Public transport is allowed at half capacity, and all passengers are required to wear masks
  • Uganda resumed international air travel on October 1st 2020, and her land borders are also open to travelers.
  • Face masks / face coverings are required in public. Social distancing must be maintained at all times.

                  


Rwanda

Rwanda has taken Covid-19 very serious and strict measures have been taken. Relatively few cases of Covid have been registered in Rwanda, so Rwanda is considered a safe country to go to.

Please note the following before visiting Rwanda.

  • Rwanda recorded its first case of Covid19 on March 14 2020 and has a total of registered cases of 4885 no casualties, on a population of about 11 million
  • Rwanda has resumed most business operations such as restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism operations. Schools and bars (including the bars located inside of hotels and restaurants) remain closed. National parks are open to visitors with a negative Covid19 test.
  • Rwanda has resumed international air travel, but its land borders remain closed except for cargo and returning Rwandan citizens and residents.
  • Travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for Covid-19 within 120 hours before departure, and are encouraged to book and pay for their tests early enough.
  • Face masks / face coverings are required in public.

                  


Kenya

Kenya has taken Covid-19 very serious and strict measures have been taken. Relatively few cases of Covid have been registered in Kenya, so Kenya is considered a safe country to go to although there are limitations.

Please note the following before visiting Kenya.

  • Kenya recorded its first case of Covid19 on March 13 2020 and has a total of registered cases of 41.158, 760 casualties, on a population of about 54 million
  • The country reopened schools starting with Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four students.
  • Government and businesses people start working from home; except essential services.
  • Cashless transactions over cash. Cost of transactions reduced.
  • No congressional meetings –  malls, night clubs, limitation of visits to hospitals.
  • Places of worship may begin phased reopening in the conformity with applicable guidelines developed by the International Faith Council. The permitted maximum size of religious gatherings is increased to one third (1/3) of its normal sitting capacity. The maximum number of persons permitted to attend funerals, and weddings is reviewed upwards to 200, with all in attendance abiding with Ministry of Health Protocols.
  • Hospitals and Shopping malls to give soap and water/hand sanitizers, and regular cleaning of facilities.
  • The closing time for restaurants, bars and eateries is amended to 10 p.m.
  • Cargo vessels, aircraft or ships can come into the country provided they are disinfected at point of departure and the crew quarantined on arrival.
  • UN Headquarters in Kenya continue operating diplomats travelling to the UN are also exempted from the travel restrictions but observe the self-quarantine rule.

                  


Tanzania

Tanzania has taken relatively few measures for Covid-19 and relatively few cases of Covid have been registered in Tanzania, so Tanzania is considered a safe country to go to.

Please note the following before visiting Tanzania.

  • Tanzania has a total of registered cases of 509, no casualties, on a population of about 60 million, although the authorities in Tanzania have not released official figures on the extent of the outbreak there since the start of May
  • Tourism facilities are open and procedures are followed (following the procedures of the WHO, including hygiene measures and wearing face masks)

                  

 

Which measures have been taken in Uganda

Uganda has taken strict measures to avoid Covid-19 infections. See below what the basic information is to visit Uganda.

Simplified SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for visitors visiting Uganda:

Can all countries visit Uganda? Yes. Uganda is open to all nations that allow their nationals to travel to other countries.

Is a negative Covid19 test (PCR) required for entry? Yes. Travelers to Uganda must present a negative PCR Covid19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours before arrival in Uganda. Travelers will be required to present their test results to their airline to receive confirmation of their flight booking.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.

Arriving passengers to Uganda will be subjected to temperature and health screening upon arrival at Entebbe Airport. Arriving passengers who exhibit signs or symptoms of Covid-19 will be transported to an isolation facility for a Covid-19 test where they must remain, at their own expenses, until the results of the test are received.
Travelers 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.

Are tourists required to quarantine? No.
Arriving passengers with the required negative PCR Covid-19 test, who don’t exhibit any symptoms, are allowed to enter the country except in certain circumstances.

Tourists are taken direct to their destination by their operator provided they tested negative 72 hours before arrival in Uganda and must not mix with the locals.

Testing before visiting tourist attractions. All tourists must be test negative for Covid19 at their own expense.

Visitors shall carry their own masks (tourists going for primate tracking activities must carry at least two N95 masks or surgical masks or double layered cloth masks with filters), and shall at all times correctly and consistently wear the recommended face masks.

International tourists shall be required to provide proof that they have undergone the necessary government of Uganda or Ministry of Health measures for inbound travelers as shall be advised from time to time. The required documentary proof may include but not limited to clearance by MoH of rapid test results where applicable and any other documentation that the MoH shall prescribe as a requirement for entry into Uganda and the wildlife protected areas.

Covid-19 testing is available upon request at an average cost of $65 - $70 in the following laboratories.
Accredited laboratories include: Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), Central Public Health Laboratories (CPHL), Makerere University College of Health Sciences Laboratory (MAK), Adjumani Mobile Laboratory, Tororo Mobile Laboratory, Mutukula Point of Entry Laboratory, Infectious disease institute Laboratory (IDI), Mild May Laboratory and Uganda Cancer Institute – Fred Hutchson Lab.
Private for profit laboratories include: Lancet Laboratories, MBN Laboratories, Medipal Hospital Laboratory, Test and Fly Laboratory.

Fines for Non-Compliance: Violations of Covid19 restrictions may face punishments such as being detained for a period of time, or formal arrest for disobeying presidential directives or for a negligent act likely to spread disease.

Summary.

  • All countries can visit Uganda
  • All travelers must bring a negative PCR Covid19 test within 72 hours before arrival
  • All travelers undergo health screening procedures at the airport
  • No institutional quarantine
  • Re-testing may be done before going for gorilla or chimpanzee trekking

Airlines in the country to resume operations include Uganda Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Tanzania, Ethiopian Airlines, Fly Dubai, Rwanda Air, Brussels Airlines, Tarco Aviation, Emirates and KLM

 

More information about traveling to Uganda:

https://ug.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information-page/ and   https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda/staying-during-coronavirus

 

Please note: Always check the latest information on the official Uganda website regarding Covid, as the information we have compiled might be out of date (as it is updated frequently).

Which measures have been taken in Rwanda

Rwanda has taken strict measures to avoid Covid-19 infections. See below what the basic information is to visit Rwanda.

Simplified SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for visitors visiting Rwanda:

Can all countries visit Rwanda? Yes. Rwanda is open to all nations that allow their nationals to travel to other countries.

Does Rwanda have mandatory testing? Yes. Travelers to Rwanda must present a negative PCR Covid19 test certificate for a test taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight. We recommend that travelers carry a printed copy of their test results always.

All passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form before traveling to Rwanda. To fill out this form, passengers must provide passport information, travel details, negative PCR Covid19 test results, and booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for 24-hour quarantine upon arrival.

Travelers departing from Rwanda must test negative for Covid19 within 120 hours before departure, and are encouraged to book and pay for their tests at least two days prior to departure through the online platform. 

Testing before visiting tourist attractions. All tourists must be test negative for Covid19 at their own expense.
Domestic tourists visiting Nyungwe National Park and Volcanoes National Park are required ti test negative 48 hours prior to visiting these attractions. Results are expected to be presented at the parks’ reception.

Covid19 testing is available upon request by the Rwandan Biomedical Center. A Covid19 test cost $50. Covid19 tests are required prior to visiting many of Rwanda’s national parks including gorilla treks.

Fines for Non-Compliance: Violations of Covid19 restrictions may face punishments ranging from fines of up to 50,000 RWF and /or to up to five days in police custody depending on the violation.

Summary.

  • All countries can visit Rwanda
  • All passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form
  • All travelers must bring a negative PCR Covid19 test within 120 hours before departure
  • All travelers undergo health screening procedures at the airport and must test again for Covid19 upon arrival
  • Re-testing may be done before going for gorilla trekking.

NB: A private test center has been set up at Petit Stade and Amahoro National Stadium only and one requires an appointmentt prior to the visit.

 

More information about traveling to Rwanda:

https://www.visitrwanda.com/frequently-asked-questions/

 

Please note: Always check the latest information on the official Rwanda website regarding Covid, as the information we have compiled might be out of date (as it is updated frequently).

Which measures have been taken in Kenya

Simplified SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for visitors visiting Kenya:

Have flights resumed to Kenya? Yes. International flights and international tourism to Kenya resumed on August 1st.

Can all countries enter Kenya? Yes.
All arriving passengers are permitted if the following conditions are met. 1. The passenger does not have a body temperature above 37.5 oc (99.5oc) 2. The passenger doesn’t have a persistent cough, difficulty breathing or other flu loke symptoms. 3. The passenger has a negative PCR-based Covid-19 conducted within 96 hours of arrival.

Is a negative Covid-19 test (PCR) required for entry? Yes. The test must be conducted and the result must be received with in 96 hours of arrival. Travelers who don’t have such a test may be refused boarding or denied entry to Kenya.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes. Port Health forms can be found at the Jitenge MoH Kenya app.
The government of Kenya created an online portal to extend visitor and resident visas.

Are travelers required to quarantine? No. Travelers who present negative Covid-19 test results are exempted from quarantine.

Testing is available at the country’s major hospitals (Aga Khan Hospital, Nairobi Hospital, Kenyatta Hospital). The charge for the test is approximately $100 at private health facilities and $50 at government hospitals. Test results are available within 48 – 96 hours.

Fines for Non-Compliance: Those violating the curfew may be arrested and put in mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

 

More information about traveling to Kenya:

https://www.kaa.go.ke/airports/passenger-guide/ and https://ke.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Please note: Always check the latest information on the official Kenya website regarding Covid, as the information we have compiled might be out of date (as it is updated frequently).

Which measures have been taken in Tanzania

Simplified SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for visitors visiting Tanzania:

Have flights resumed to Tanzania? Yes. International flights for Tanzania were resumed at the end of May.

Are all countries permitted to enter Tanzania? Yes. All travelers whether foreigners or returning residents whose countries or airlines require them to provide negative testing for Covid-19 as a condition for traveling will be required to present a certificate on arrival. Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to Covid-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival.

Passengers should fill in Health Surveillance Form in the plane, or any means of transport and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.

Is a negative Covid-19 test (PCR) required for entry?  All travelers whether foreigners or returning residents whose countries or airlines require them to provide negative testing for Covid-19 as a condition for traveling will be required to present a certificate on arrival. Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to Covid-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival.

Please double check with local authorities before you go since the entry requirement keeps changing.

Passengers should fill in Health Surveillance Form in the plane, or any means of transport and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.

Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes.

Is there curfew? No

Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No.

Are travelers required to quarantine? No. there is no mandatory 14-day quarantine period for travelers into Tanzania.

 

More information about traveling to Tanzania:

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania and https://tz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

 

Please note: Always check the latest information on the official Tanzania website regarding Covid, as the information we have compiled might be out of date (as it is updated frequently).

Can I travel to a country with an orange travel advice?

It is possible to travel to a country with an orange travel advice, including Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania, our destinations. These 4 countries have very few Covid-19 infections and have taken very strict measure (see above for the measures taken in each country). So visiting these countries does not pose a very high risk. The orange color is given by the USA and some countries in the EU, while other countries in the EU (like France and Germany) have no restrictions of visiting Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

And the 4 countries mentioned also allow foreign visitors again, so we as Kazinga Tours are once again able to host you and organize a beautiful trip. From now on it is possible to book a trip for the future and even on short notice. We are ready to help you organizing an unforgettable trip for you!

It is also possible to organize a trip for any other date, without any risk, as we can cancel it again at any moment without any cost. So this way of booking is without any obligation and can be converted into a booking on a later date when there are no travel restrictions any more.

For people willing and able to travel now it has advantages; there are very few tourists, so you have the national parks including the wildlife almost for yourself. For example, gorilla and chimp tracking with very few people, the Ngorongoro Crater or Masai Mara for yourself and boat trips (almost) with a private boat. Less people also mean less chances of getting the Covid-19 virus.

Code orange is not a negative travel advice but a more strict travel advice. In general code orange indicates that you need to inform yourself well about the local situation and take the measures needed. The chance of getting the Covid-19 virus is significantly lower in East Africa because there are considerably fewer infections.

For all travelers willing to visit a code orange country it is important to check their travel insurance, as some travel insurers offer full coverage, to only for risks that are not related to Covid-19, to no cover at all. So, in some cases you need to add additional coverage. It is mandatory to check this with your Travel Insurance Company before you decide to travel to a code orange country.

To be able to enter some of these countries you must be able to submit a recent negative Covid 19 test. See details in the Q and A for these countries. When on trip we will follow all the rules of hygiene and we will ask you to do the same. Rules such as wearing mouth masks, regular disinfection etcetera. For details please see the details in the Q and A for these countries.

Guarantees and security when you book with Kazinga Tours

Kazinga Tours NL is member of GGTO and Calamiteitenfonds, for extended coverage of (financial) problems of the Tour Operator and problems in the destination (like natural disasters, serious riots etcetera). So if problems arise in the destination or with us, Kazinga Tours NL, the client is (financially) fully covered. For travelers who want to have this security, we always recommend to book through Kazinga Tours NL.

      

Flexible cancelations for booked trips and new trips

The health and safety and well-being of all our clients is always number 1, so If there is a code red before departure we offer our clients the option to rebook to another date free of charge and if the trip cannot be postponed it is possible to cancel the trip for free according to the international (ANVR) travel conditions.

We already successfully postponed many trips from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, all free of charge. Including rescheduling Gorilla and Chimp permits for Uganda and Rwanda free of charge. And apart from booking and organizing trips, we realize we are also good in rebooking trips

So if you book now and the situation around Covid-19 in the country of destination or in the country of origin is getting worse, we will postpone the trip together with you, free of charge.

Why visit East Africa now? Less tourists and discounted rates

We are specialists in tailor made trips, so clients can always decide when to travel, how to travel etcetera, within their interest, time scale and budget. And it will always be like that, also now during the Covid-19 pandemic. However, traveling to Eat Africa right now, during the Covid pandemic gives unique opportunities: There are very few tourists and you have the national parks, wildlife, lodges and sceneries almost for yourself.

Imagine a gorilla and chimp tracking with very few people…… Imagine the Ngorongoro Crater without usual vehicles….. Imagine being alone with a pride of lions….. This is an advantage and maybe even a unique opportunity.

Normally the prices of a trip rise a little every year, but for 2021, we have been able to keep the prices the same for our clients.

Apart from booking your trip, it is also possible to put your trip in option and book it when you are able to do so or have enough faith to do it. This is without any risk as your trip is still in option, so without any cancelation fee (cancellation of a trip in option is free of charge)

See the details of our flexible cancellation policies in the ‘Flexible cancelations for booked trips and new trips’.

Save flight to Africa

To visit East Africa you need to go by plane, so a save way of flying is important. All the airlines flying to East Africa have taken the necessary measures, following the guidelines of the WHO (World Health Organization)

During your flight both the passengers and the crew wear face masks, while other measures include: extra cleaning, disinfecting door handles and other frequently touched surfaces and wearing protective gloves by the crew. The air in the aircraft is continuously refreshed with air from outside the aircraft, while HEPA filters are also used, to make sure there is enough ventilation to avoid the virus to spread through the air system. HEPA filters are also use in hospitals.

For more information about the measures the airlines have taken, please check out the websites of the airline you plan to use.

Below are the links to show the videos of the Covid-19 measures KLM and British Airways have taken:

KLM: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-2OOj9DyPE

British Airways: https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/the-ba-experience/welcome-on-board

Apart from the measures taken by the airlines, there are also measures you can take yourself:

  • Maintain a distance of 1 meter (3 feet) between you and others as much as possible.
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick
  • Limit contact with frequently touched surfaces, such as handrails, elevator buttons and kiosks. If you must touch these surfaces, use hand sanitizer or wash your hands afterwards.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often. It's especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
Tips and advice on safe travel

Below we share what travelers can do to lower the risk of contracting the Corona virus. Check out our safety tips for flying, choosing a hotel a destination, low-risk activities, and how to limit the spread of COVID-19.

With our tips and advice regarding your health and safety, you know what you need before you travel. Our tips and advice emphasize prevention because when travelling, it is better to prevent than to cure. You can prepare yourself by knowing what type of country you will be traveling to, and adjust your clothing and essentials accordingly.


If you need more information or have a specific question, please feel free to send an email to mail@kazingatours.com. You can also contact us on social media.

When traveling to Africa, it is good to know that there are some tropical diseases transmitted by insects, know what to look for and don’t let them bite you. The topography of the land may differ from place to place.

 

Please find below some things you should know before you visit Africa:

     1. Get the right travel insurance

It is important that you should always get the right travel insurance when travelling. Travel insurance will always cost you some dollars a day but it will literally save you tens of thousands of dollars in the event of an accident, and even save your life. With Corona this is extra important.

Kazinga Tours ensures that its customers are fully protected by their insurance cover with SATIB Insurance Brokers, on the points to be insured by Kazinga Tours

     2. Check your government travel advisory

Before your start planning a trip, check the status of your government travel advisory, and follow its advice. It is possible to travel to code ‘orange’ countries, but always check the specific details.

     3. Look for destinations, hotels, and operators that are following COVID-19 safety guidelines

Tourism is vital to economies of many countries and they are eager to welcomes visitors again. But they don’t want to risk of creating a spike in local cases.

In response, some countries have created certification programs that enforce certain standards of hygiene for hotels, public-facing businesses, and attractions. Safety protocols that businesses and attractions can follow have been put together.

So, one way to help ensure that your activities and accommodations are COVID-19 safe is to look for destinations or operators that are following the safety protocols, which you should ask before you book. Kazinga Tours has implemented the necessary SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and will only use suppliers who have done the same.

     4. Seek out countries where COVID-19 case numbers are low

Some countries have been relatively unscathed by the COVID-19 pandemic, at least so far. If a destination has few cases or hasn’t new cases in several weeks, the risk of catching the virus while being there is low. Wherever you go, it is safe to stick wide open places, and avoid crowds. For safari destinations this is absolutely possible.

     5. Take enough face masks, hand sanitizer and a packet of baby wipes

Preventing the spread of COVID-19 is a shared responsibility. Millions of people are dependent on tourism for their livelihoods but opening their doors puts them and their fellow citizens at a risk. So, if a country welcomes you, the decent thing to do is to comply with its requirements.

Carry enough face masks, wear a mask on your flight and whenever you are requested at your destination, and in public. Wearing a mask in airports, in public and on your flight is a good way to protect against coronavirus.

 

How your visit to East Africa will impact lives of host communities

East Africa is a tourism hub in Africa but during the Covid-19 crisis the people working in tourism industry in these countries we travel to have been hugely affected including (tour guides, hotel employees and those working at the airports), porters, people selling crafts and suppliers to hotels and lodges. This means when you travel to one of the countries in East Africa (Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania) you do support the local people in a good way so that they don’t destroy the environment and we look forward to welcoming you soon.

If you need more information or have a specific question, please feel free to send an email to mail@kazingatours.com. You can also contact us on social media.

Disclaimer

Disclaimer:

Please note the information about Covid-19 presented here is compiled in the best possible way, however, the situation in each country can change overnight, so it is mandatory to check the website of the authorities of the country of origin and country of destination as well, plus the terms and conditions of your insurance. Kazinga Tours can never be held responsible for any information about Covid-19 as it is for general information purposes only. You should not rely upon this information as a basis for making any decision about traveling.