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Let’s Travel! Some Countries Open Again For Tourism

Egypt has been open to international travelers from July. All visitors must present printed results from a negative PCR test taken 72 hours before arrival, as well as proof of health insurance. Most major tourist attractions are open for us to travel, with limited capacities, mask requirements, and many entrance fees have been reduced.

Many countries are informed to open their international gates for travellers by the end of this year. Some of these countries may be the next destination for our trip next year. The question we all have here is; Is it safe to travel? Can anyone travel there and what important things do travellers need to know if they are planning to travel to this country? Below is the update from countries on our agenda. 

  1. Kenya
    Kenya already opened their gates for international tourism since August 1st, 2020. According to the Ministry of Health, Entry requirements for travelers arriving in Kenya are : . bring a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to departure from their home country. Body temperatures must test below 37.5°C (99.5°F) and visitors must have no persistent cough, no difficulty breathing, and no other flu-like symptoms or they will face a mandatory 14 day self-isolation. When you are in Kenya, same like other countries you need to wear masks, practice social distancing, and sanitize regularly. Group gatherings of more than 15 people are banned throughout the country, and restaurants and bars must close at 10 p.m. The visa on arrival is about $ 50 USD.
    Kenya Airways resumed international flights since 1 August 2020. The airline’s COVID-19 certificate validity for all inbound flights to Kenya is 96 hours. For outbound flights from Kenya, a COVID-19 certificate is not required unless your country of transit or destination requires one. All passengers aboard any Emirates flight require a negative COVID-19 certificate, obtained no later than 96 hours prior to flight departure. Kenya Airways gives us more flexibility on the ticket by allowing you to leave it open until 30th June 2021. But They encourage us to always check Travel restrictions and requirements before traveling.
  1. Tanzania
    One of the first African countries to open for tourism is Tanzania. They are already open since June 2020. The Updated requirements to enter this country  are:
    – A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to boarding their flight.
    – Yellow fever vaccine.
    – Passengers should fill in a Health Surveillance Form on the plane, or any other transport means and submit them to Port Health authorities upon arrival.

    The Government of Tanzania is implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania. Only travelers who show symptoms will be required to go into quarantine, unless they have proof of a negative test.
    The Tanzanian government has not been releasing any of its COVID-19 statistics since April, so accurate information about the impact the pandemic is having on local citizens and resources is not readily available. You should comply with any additional screening measures put in place by the authorities. The Government of Tanzania is collecting tracking information for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania. We should contact our accommodation provider for more information. There are no restrictions on public gatherings or services. Some hotels, bars and restaurants remain closed for the time being. And we should continue to practice similar rules like hand washing and social distancing. The visa on arrival is 50 $.

    You might need to read this for more details on Tanzania
  1. South Africa
    Even though South Africa has been the continent’s worst-affected country with nearly half the deaths, travelers around the world put South Africa on their wishlist. South Africa is also open to travelers for some countries since October. Travelers from around the world will be allowed entry into South Africa, subject to a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Please read this for the latest South Africa’s government gazette.
    The update from President Cyril Ramaphosa said “(We are) opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative Covid-19 certificate. By using rapid tests and strict monitoring we intend to limit the spread of the infection through importation,” Wednesday, 11 November 2020
  1. Indonesia
    Until this blog post published today, Indonesia still has not opened its border to International tourism. Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment,  Luhut Binsar Panjaitan has stated that the reopening of Bali could be delayed until the end of 2020. But if you cannot wait to come to Bali, there is a way to enter this country with a business visa (but you better check your country’s embassy for detail).
    Below is info that might help you to enter Indonesia
    You can get into Indonesia with business visa B211a.
    The documents you need to prepare (Covid PCR test, fly ticket return, B211 visa print, traveling insurance including Covid19, statement letter where you say You will pay your treatment in hospital and do the quarantine, copy of passport, and the sponsor letter)

    Outbound Indonesia: requirements should refer to each destination country’s policy and information on the government, embassy, and related authority’s website or IATA Travel Center here.
    According to the Singapore Authority, flight transit through Singapore Changi Airport is temporarily not allowed until further notice.
    Inbound Indonesia: currently no foreigners are allowed to enter/transit in Indonesia. The exemption policy of foreigners that are allowed to enter Indonesian territory refers to the Regulation of Indonesian Minister of Law and Human Rights No.26 of 2020.

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