Covid-19 Destination Updates
As the global Covid-19 pandemic is rapidly evolving, we have gathered below important information about our destinations concerning the current measures in place in country, the entry and quarantine requirements, testing facilities available and news related to any vaccination campaign happening.
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Status as of Jan 15, 2021 in GEI destination countries
- Entry requirements: Foreigners travelling to Kenya must possess a Covid-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 96 hours prior to the date of arrival and will be subject to temperature screening at the airport.
- Quarantine information: Passengers who may have a body temperature above 37.5℃ (99.5°F) or any symptoms of coronavirus will be referred to further management which may include testing and/or quarantine (72 hours).
- Measures in place: curfew applies from 10pm to 4am. Tourist attractions are open.
- Testing facilities: 54 approved Covid-19 PCR testing laboratories have been put up to carry out Covid-19 testing across Kenya. The charge for the test is approximately USD 100 (KES 10,000) at private health facilities and USD50 (KES 5,000) at government hospitals. Test results are available within 48–96 hours.
- Vaccination campaign: Kenya has joined other countries in the race to secure Covid-19 vaccines, and has ordered 24 million doses from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
- Entry requirements: Foreigners travelling to Rwanda must possess a RT-PCR Covid-19 negative medical certificate issued no more than 120 hours prior to the date of arrival and will be subject to temperature screening and take a RT-PCR test at the airport (USD 60). Visitors must be tested negative before departing Rwanda.
- Quarantine information: All travelers are required to wait 24 hours for the results of their Covid-19 test done at the airport in a designated hotel booked before arrival. If the test result is positive for Covid-19 (even if asymptomatic) while in Rwanda, they will be treated as indicated in the National Covid-19 Management Guidelines until they have fully recovered, at their own cost.
- Measures in place: Public and private transport is prohibited to and from the city of Kigali as well as between different districts. Travel will only be permitted for medical reasons and essential services. there is an imposed curfew from 8pm to 4am until further notice. All tourism activities are open and tourists are welcome to visit as long as they respect all Covid-19 prevention measures. As for visiting national parks all visitors are required to have negative Covid-19 test of not later than 72 hours. All business establishments, including restaurants, shops, markets and malls must close operations daily by 6pm.
- Testing facilities: For departure, the test is pre-booked via irembo.gov.rw. There are two testing site possible, one is located at the “Petit Stade” and the second site is Lancet Laboratories located at Umuyenzi Plaza, 1st floor.
- Vaccination campaign: No plan yet.
- Entry requirements: Foreigners travelling to South Africa must possess a Covid-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) negative medical certificate issued no more than 72 hours prior to the date of arrival and a health insurance.
- Quarantine information: If you do not have a negative PCR test, you may have to quarantine in a government-appointed quarantine facility, at your own cost.
- Measures in place: curfew applies from 9pm to 6am. Access to national and provincial parks, and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place, will remain open to the public. Hotels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, timeshare facilities, resorts and guest houses are subject to a restriction on the number of persons allowed in the establishment to not more than 50% of the available accommodation capacity, with patrons observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other.
- Testing facilities: Covid-19 testing in South Africa is handled by public hospitals, private doctors, community clinics and even some pharmaceutical retailers. Two of South Africa’s largest pharmaceutical chains, Clicks and Dis-Chem, also offer Covid-19 testing, with a possibility to book an appointment online or on the phone.
- Vaccination campaign: Not available yet. The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has established a specialised working group of experts to prepare for the country’s coronavirus vaccine rollout.
- Entry requirements: As of December 1, due to a third wave of Covid-19 in a localized community, Vietnam has temporarily suspended all inbound commercial flights, except for repatriation flights carrying Vietnamese nationals home. No foreigners are permitted to enter.
- Quarantine information: All arrivals are subject to compulsory 14-day quarantine and then 14 days of supervision.
- Measures in place: Hotels are open but mostly for domestic tourism. Currently, all public and private services are operating as usual (including schools) even though no major entertainment events are allowed. Social distancing is recommended, and hand sanitizers are readily available in public facilities.
- Testing facilities: there are 91 designated laboratories capable of conducting Covid-19 tests in Vietnam.