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Covid–19

The global impact of Covid19 on everyone has, without doubt, had a major impact, and here at Chameleon it is no different. We understand the uncertainty this is creating as many Governments and countries of the world have issued advice against non–essential travel
Note that mask wearing, hand sanitizing, social distancing, and following strict health protocols are standard and as such not listed in each destination
Below we have tried to indicate with each destination the current rulings but note they may change at short notice

Namibia

Arrival

PCR covid test negative certificate – no more than 7 days old to arrival in Namibia. Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, tourists to have a brief health check (temperature taken etc), and to hand in Questionnaire/Health check forms (these will be sent prior to arrival), and if temperature normal, clients can continue to their pre–booked destinations and travel. Present a travel itinerary.

If traveller temperature is high, and a subsequent covid test result is positive, the tourist wil be taken to isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and Social Services and treated at their own cost and according to national case management guidelines.If PCR test is older than 7days, a traveller will be placed in quarantine for 7 days and required to take a COVID test at own cost.

Departure

Many countries require a PCR negative certificate to either enter their home country or due to a country they transit through. Namibia now has a range of testing centres based in/around Windhoek and in some more remote regions, varying from standard PCR tests to express, and rapid testing. Please ensure you check the requirements needed for your onward travel. We can help incorporate the testing into your programme.

Airlines flying into Namibia: Ethiopian Airways; Lufthansa/Eurowings; Airlink (from SA)

Botswana

PCR covid test negative certificate – no more than 72hours old to arrival in Botswana. Health screening at airport for covid-19 symptoms and temperature taken. If arriving at Maun Airport, a rapid antigen test is conducted with results in around 15minutes. Test is free of charge. Supply a travel locator form with contact information during travel. If positive, traveller will need to self-isolate at own expense.

Departure

Many countries require a PCR negative certificate to either enter their home country or due to a country they transit through. PCR test 24hours prior to departure . Please ensure you check the requirements needed for your onward travel. We can help incorporate the testing into your programme. Options include in-camp testing (qualifited ppractitioner flies to camp to test (min 2 people) and requires advance booking (costs for client). Alternatively, PCR test in Maun or Kasane airport and pre-booking essential, results are available in around 24hours. Some lodges/camps can also arrange testing at their establishment with prior arrangement

Airlines flying into Botswana: Ethiopian Airways; Air Botswana; Airlink (from SA)

South Africa

Arrival - international travel restricted to/from OR Tambo International Airport (JNB) King Shaka International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town airports are members of the Airport Health Accreditation Programme by Airports Council International (ACI).

PCR covid test negative certificate - no more than 72hours old to arrival in SA, The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner and the certificate must have the name and signature of the practitioner who conducted the test .Travel Health Questionnaire to be completed and general health checks on arrival, further testing required if visitors are in contact with anyone covid positive (though to be honest I think that applies everywhere)

Departure

Many countries require a PCR negative certificate to either enter their home country or due to a country they transit through. PCR test 24hours prior to departure. Please ensure you check the requirements needed for your onward travel. We can help incorporate the testing into your programme. Download, print and complete the Traveller Health Questionnaire (Exit) no more than 2 days before departure.

Zambia

Upon arrival, produce a negative COVID-19 test which has been conducted within 72 hours of arriving in Zambia. Undergo temperature and symptom screening.
Note visitors arriving from high risk countries are required to undergo a PCR test (own expense). If the test result is positive, travellers will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers who transit through high risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours. Unfortunately, as the list of high risk countries is updated regularly it is not always possible to keep abreast of changes so visitors need to be aware of extra checks Any visitors with symptoms will need to present themselves to health practitioner for testing and if necessary, self-isolate (own cost)

Departure

Travellers leaving Zambia will only be required to produce a negative COVID-19 test certificate when flying with an airline or to a country that requires said certificate.

Note visitors arriving from high risk countries are required to undergo a PCR test (own expense). If the test result is positive, travellers will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Travellers who transit through high risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours. Unfortunately, as the list of high risk countries is updated regularly it is not always possible to keep abreast of changes so visitors need to be aware of extra checks Any visitors with symptoms will need to present themselves to health practitioner for testing and if necessary, self-isolate (own cost)

Zimbabwe

Upon arrival, produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test which has been conducted within 48 hours of departure to Zimbabwe. Undergo temperature and symptom screening. If positive, or showing any symptoms during travel, present themselves to a health practitioner for testing and self-isolate (own expense) if necessary

Note: there are border restrictions between Zimbabwe/Botswana /SA. Only visitors with flights from Victoria Falls will be allowed to travel through (ie no day visitors from Kasane etc)

Tanzania

Complete Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form, must be submitted within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Upon submission, visitor will receive a Unique Health Code that will be requested during primary screening on arrival. Upon arrival, produce a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test which has been conducted within 72 hours of entry to Tanzania. Undergo temperature and symptom screening. Undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19, including rapid testing at USD 25 per traveller.

Kenya

Before arriving in Kenya, passengers are required to submit their COVID-19 test certificates to generate a Trusted Travel (TT) code. Click here to create a TT account, upload PCR test certificates, and generate a TT code. Upon arrival, produce a negative PCR COVID-19 test which has been conducted within 96 hours from departure from home country.

If there is a reported case of COVID-19 on a flight or if covid symptoms are detected, all passengers within two rows of the passenger with the symptoms will be quarantined for testing at designated airport hotels. If the test results are negative, they will be allowed to leave the facility. It is mandatory for all passengers arriving in Kenya to complete the Travelers Health Surveillance Form by the Ministry of Health online prior to disembarkation. Passengers will receive a QR code after completing the form and will be required to display it to a Port Health Official to proceed through immigration. Passengers arriving on international flights from countries that are not on the approved list exempted from quarantine are required to quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. Contact us for the most recent list.

Departure:

Leaving Kenya, visitors are required to have a Trusted Travel (TT) code for their COVID-19 test certificates if their destination countries, airlines or transit airports require PCR tests.Visit www.africacdc.org/trusted-travel to check the test requirements of transit and destination countries.Before taking a COVID-19 test, travellers are required to submit a ’Case Investigation Form’ via the Jitenge+ app: an integrated COVID-19 investigation and management system.See a list of laboratories that have been approved to carry out COVID-19 PCR tests and issue certificates and TT codes.

Airlines flying: Kenyan Airways & Ethiopian Airways

Uganda

Visitors are listed in category 2&3 (India is listed in 1 and as such is closed to visitors as high risk). Provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test result from an accredited laboratory in your country of origin, issued within 72 hours of departure for Uganda. Upon arrival, undergo temperature checks and health screening
Category 2 passengers:All travellers arriving from USA, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, South Africa, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Kenya and Tanzania will have to undergo a PCR COVID-19 test at their points of entry, including Entebbe International Airport.Travellers will be transferred by bus to Peniel Beach Hotel, located about 1.2 miles (2 kilometres) from the airport, where PCR testing is done. The Ministry of Health has signed an agreement with the private sector to carry out this exercise in a comfortable environment, and provide test results within 4 hours. The PCR test will cost USD 65 per traveller. Travellers who can produce proof of completing a full COVID-19 vaccination course are exempt from additional PCR testing on arrival.

Category 3 passengers:All arriving passengers from countries not in Category 1 and 2 are exempt from additional COVID-19 protocols listed above.

Departure:

Travellers should arrive at the airport four hours before their scheduled flights. Present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result, issued within 72 hours of departing from Uganda, even if the destination country does not require it. If the destination country requires a negative test result in less than 72 hours, the destination country’s time frame takes priority. Undergo temperature checks and health screening.

Airlines: Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Turkish, Kenya Airways

If you are planning to travel please contact us for the current regulations and just remember that polcies and guidelines can change with little notice

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still book a holiday with you?

Yes of course you can. While we appreciate there is uncertainty surrounding travel and international flights particulary with flights and insurance. So, if you wish to travel later this year or book for 2022/23 we can help you with your planning whether you wish to join a group tour, private–guided, self–drive etc tour. Just check out the search page by country and holiday type – remember many of the tours offered are tailor made and can be adapted to suit you. Remember as it has done so many times before, the industry will return to normal so why not consider spending some of your down time now planning your next holiday.

If that isn’t enough – we are happy to announce a 5% discount on accommodated self–drive, scheduled small group safaris and private–guided tours for any new direct clients bookings made between now and 31 December 2021 for Namibia – prices will be subject to the dates of travel and accommodation availability so contact us if you would like to take us up on this great offer

We are continuing to assess each of our bookings – prioritised by date of departure – to ensure that we are using the most up–to–date and relevant Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice, airline rulings and industry guidance. If your holiday is not currently disrupted, you will still receive a request from us to pay your final balance. If your holiday becomes disrupted, subsequent to paying your Final Balance, we will contact you and discuss the contingencies and alternative options available to you.

How will I know if my holiday is affected?

We have done our best to contact our clients already booked to travel within the next 6 –8 week period and discuss their options, for those travelling after this, though we suggest you can wait a little longer, you can of course, contact us. As we are currently uncertain how long flights and travel will be suspended we suggest you wait as flights and travel may be open again so you can enjoy your holiday as arranged.

Can I cancel my holiday even though you are still planning for it to go ahead?

We are recommending clients defer their travel plans and look at travelling at a later date, However, if you decide not to travel and choose to cancel your holiday then our usual cancellation terms apply as many suppliers are still holding to their standard cancellation terms. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions for full details. Please also remember that if your holiday is booked for later in the year and travel bans are lifted (allowing free travel again), it is likely you will not be covered through your insurance unless you have another reason to cancel (illness etc)

Will I be covered by my travel insurance if I decide to cancel?

All of our clients should have taken out comprehensive travel insurance at the time of booking a holiday. If you wish to cancel your holiday please check with your insurance provider if you wish to make a claim, as your cover will depend on the terms of your policy. We are more than happy to provide you with a letter or relevant documentation to provide to your insurance company for your claim – and as indicated above – Please also remember that if your holiday is booked for later in the year and travel bans are lifted (allowing free travel again), it is likely you will not be covered through your insurance unless you have another reason to cancel (illness etc)

Covid–19 pandemic is a rapidly changing and evolving situation so please check the World Health Organisation (WHO) regularly to see how this affects you with changes to travel regulations https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel–coronavirus–2019

Depending on your home address you can also check out travel guidance: for UK assistance perhaps also try (many countries have their own equivalent sites)

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