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 163.301 including 3.588 casualties, on a population of about 45 million
  • To enter Uganda you must be fully vaccinated, or a negative PCR test, not older than 72 hours.
  • Uganda has opened all business operations such as restaurants, hotels, shops, tourism operations, schools, places of worship, bars, cinemas, gyms, casinos, gaming centers and the national parks.
  • Public transport is allowed , 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 130.646 including 1.459 casualties, on a population of about 11 million
  • Rwanda has ropened all business operations such as restaurants, hotels, shops, tourism operations, schools, places of worship, bars, cinemas, gyms, casinos and gaming centers. Only Volcanoes National Park requires a negative PCR test, all other parks are open for visitors.
  • Rwanda has resumed international air travel, and its land borders are also open to all travellers.
  • Travelers traveling to from Rwanda must test negative for Covid-19 within 72 hours before departure. For departing passengers a Covid test is no longer required when fully vaccinated.
  • Face masks / face coverings are encouraged 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 328.709, including 5.651 casualties, on a population of about 54 million
  • Cashless transactions over cash. Cost of transactions reduced.
  • Hospitals and Shopping malls to give soap and water/hand sanitizers, and regular cleaning of facilities.
  • When fully vaccinated you do no longer need a negative PCR test on arrival in Kenya. When not fully vaccinated a negative PCR test not older than 72 hours is required, or a rapid antigen test will be done on arrival. No test required for departure.

                  


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 35.159 including 840 casualties, on a population of about 60 million
  • 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

For information about traveling to Uganda, please check the following websites:

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

And more information from the Civil Aviation Authority about arrival and departure at the airport:

https://caa.go.ug/category/covid-19-notices/

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

For information about traveling to Rwanda, please check the following website:

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

For information about traveling to Kenya, please check the following websites:

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

For information about traveling to Tanzania, please check the following websites:

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).

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.

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.