COVID-19 Testing & Requirements for Custom East Africa Safaris, including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda
This information applies to Custom East Africa trips.
To Join Your Trip:VACCINATIONS
All guests will be required to be fully vaccinated. Additionally, all guests entering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda must show proof of full vaccination for COVID-19. Fully vaccinated guests should upload their vaccination card to their Adventure Portal prior to departure. In addition, you must travel with your original vaccination card to present to border officials.
All Nat Hab guests are required to test negative on a rapid antigen COVID-19 test, on Day 1 of their trip. Nat Hab has sent self-test kits in your pre-departure briefing package. Please pack them in your carry-on luggage. Please test yourself upon arriving and checking in to your first night's accommodation. If you did not receive a self-test kit, then you will be met on arrival for a rapid test at the airport.
Testing for Custom Extensions
If you have booked a custom extension with Nat Hab prior to a Nat Hab group safari, we will organize an arrival test at the start of your custom extension, and you will use your self-test kit on Day 1 of your group safari. If you have booked a custom extension with Nat Hab after a Nat Hab group safari, you will not need to be retested for your extension.
Before you depart for Africa, we recommend taking a COVID-19 test. After all, no one wants to travel halfway around the world and then test positive! Please note that you are responsible for knowing the requirements in place for any countries you are transiting through en route to your trip destination.
KENYA VACCINATION UPLOAD and HEALTH FORM
No pre-trip testing is required for entry into Kenya. All travelers arriving into Kenya must have a certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination. All travelers to Kenya are required to register and upload their vaccination certificates online prior to departure. Travelers should do so by creating an account on https://globalhaven.org/ and following the prompts to upload these documents. Please also be sure to bring your physical vaccination card with you to Kenya, as you will be required to show proof of vaccination for entry, as well as throughout the trip in certain businesses and airports.
Additionally, the Kenyan Ministry of Health requires all travelers to fill out a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form at ears.health.go.ke/airline_registration prior to departure. After completion, you will receive a QR code via email to print and present to the port health officials on arrival in Kenya. The form will ask you for a contact number from which you can report your health status during your trip. Please use the following phone number: +254 702 630 084. The form will ask you to indicate the location of your first night’s lodging. Please use the following information. Please refer to your confirmed itinerary for your first night’s accommodation:
Hotel: House of Waine
Sublocation/Estate: Masai Lane, Bogani Road, Karen
Postal Address: P.O. Box 25035-00603 Nairobi
Hotel: Ole Sereni
Sublocation/Estate: Luxury Airport Hotel
Postal Address: P.O. Box 18187-00500, Nairobi, Kenya
Hotel: Hemingways Nairobi
Sublocation/Estate: Karen Mbagathi Ridge, Kenya
Postal Address: P.O. Box 146-00502, Nairobi
Hotel: The Emakoko
Sublocation/Estate: Nairobi National Park, Uhuru Gardens, Nairobi, Kenya
Postal Address: P.O. Box 738, Uhuru Gardens, 00517 Nairobi, Kenya
Hotel: Macushla House
Sublocation/Estate: Nguruwe Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
Postal Address: Nguruwe Rd, 42510-00100 GPO, Nairobi, Kenya
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Airport Hotel
Sublocation/Estate: Jomo Kenyatta International, First Freight Lane, Nairobi, Kenya
Postal Address: First Freight Lane Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi 37813-0100, Kenya
Kenya visas must be obtained in advance and cannot be obtained upon arrival. Please see the "Visa Requirements" section of your Pre-Departure Briefing for more details and instructions to apply for and obtain your visa prior to your departure.
TANZANIA HEALTH FORM
No pre-trip testing is required for entry into Tanzania. All travelers arriving into Tanzania must have a certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination. Please also be sure to bring your physical vaccination card with you to Tanzania, as you will be required to show proof of vaccination for entry, as well as throughout the trip in certain businesses and airports.
Tanzania requires a health form to be completed 24 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania. The form can be accessed via this link, afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz and upon completion, travelers will receive a Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will present to health officials upon arrival. *It has come to our attention that this website is currently down. We have checked with our partners and they have confirmed that, while the website remains down, travelers are able to enter Tanzania without completing the health form.*
No pre-trip testing is required for entry into Uganda. All travelers arriving into Uganda must have a certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination. Please also be sure to bring your physical vaccination card with you to Uganda, as you will be required to show proof of vaccination for entry, as well as throughout the trip in certain businesses and airports.
No pre-trip testing is required for entry into Rwanda. All travelers arriving into Rwanda must have a certificate of full COVID-19 vaccination. Please also be sure to bring your physical vaccination card with you to Rwanda, as you will be required to show proof of vaccination for entry, as well as throughout the trip in certain businesses and airports.
Rwanda has some on-trip testing requirements, and Nat Hab will facilitate these tests on your behalf. Unless otherwise stated in your itinerary, these tests must be paid directly on site. This information may continue to change, so please check back closer to travel for the latest requirements.
A negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken within 72 hours is required for all visitors participating in gorilla trekking at Volcanoes National Park and other parks. These tests will be administered on arrival in Kigali or at your hotel or lodge as required, depending on your itinerary. This test is $60 per person, payable directly.
All guests participating in primate trekking activities should carry at least two N95 masks, surgical masks or double layered cloth masks with filters.
At Trip End:RETURNING TO THE UNITED STATES
Starting June 12, 2022, a negative COVID-19 test to re-enter the U.S. is no longer required. If you were charged for this test along with your final balance, you will be refunded. This government mandate is reevaluated every 90 days. If you require a COVID-19 test for your home country or onward travels, we will be happy to help direct you towards online resources for obtaining the required test, though you will need to arrange and pay for the test on your own.
For more information about the CDC’s current requirements, please visit cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
Some airlines, depending upon the country you are departing from and/or the country you are connecting through, may require a COVID-19 test prior to your flight’s departure. Please be sure to research your airline’s requirements for your specific flight routing. If you will require testing, please let our Adventure Concierge team know prior to departure so they can direct you to online resources to book your own test.
We also recommend double-checking your on-board mask requirements with the airline you are using to travel abroad.