Egypt eases Covid-19 restrictions to attract tourists – Quartz Africa


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The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on Africa’s $ 50 billion tourism industry, with the drop in foreign visitors potentially causing the loss of more than 6% of countries’ GDP on average in 2021, according to the UN.

Last month, officials from tourism and industry groups in South Africa launched a marketing campaign aimed at countering the damage to the country’s reputation by its association with a variant of the same name of Covid-19. And on June 24, Egyptian authorities – the continent’s second-largest tourist destination, with more than 11 million annual visitors before the pandemic –fall the requirement of a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country for anyone who can show proof of vaccination.

For travelers from the United States and Europe, most of Africa’s major tourist countries are widely open for business, albeit with quarantines and other measures in some cases. In all of these countries except Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia and Mozambique, land borders, unlike international airports, remain fully closed. Some, including Egypt and South Africa, remain in the UK market red list countries that require quarantine on return.

Here’s a breakdown of entry requirements for the top 10 tourist destinations in Africa (ranked by number of annual visitors before the pandemic). In all of these countries except Egypt, South Africa, Tunisia and Mozambique, land borders remain closed. This information was compiled from government sources by Shoreland Travax, a Wisconsin-based travel health consultancy, and is current as of July 7.

Morocco

Moroccan ports remain closed to cruise ships, with the exception of ferries from Sète, France, and Genoa, Italy. With some exceptions on a case-by-case basis, non-nationals arriving from certain countries are not allowed to enter; those arriving from these countries with an exemption must self-quarantine in a government-designated hotel for 10 days. Non-nationals arriving from any other country do not need to quarantine, but must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival, unless they can present proof vaccination with AstraZeneca, Covishield, Gamaleya, Janssen / J & J, Vaccin Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm or Sinovac.

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Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras , India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Qatar, Republic of Congo, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Ukraine , UAE, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Egypt

Non-nationals over six years of age from certain countries must show negative results to a PCR test carried out within 96 hours of departure; for all other countries the test must be taken within 72 hours of departure. Travelers with QR code-based proof of receipt of AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Janssen / J & J, Moderna, Pfizer, Sinopharm or Sinovac vaccine, with the final dose received at least 15 days prior to arrival, are exempt from testing requirements . No quarantine is required.

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North American countries, South American countries, China, France (Paris only), Germany (Frankfurt only), Japan, Thailand, United Kingdom (London Heathrow only)

South Africa

Non-nationals arriving from any country must present negative results from a PCR test carried out within 72 hours of departure. Travelers are required to download the country virus tracking app. No quarantine is required.

Tunisia

Non-nationals arriving from any country must show negative results, with a QR code, from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. All travelers, except those arriving from Libya, must quarantine themselves at home or other accommodation for 7 days and undergo antigen testing 5 days after arrival. Travelers with proof of having recovered from Covid-19 within six weeks of arrival are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements, as are those with proof of at least one dose of vaccine.

Mozambique

International airports are closed to passenger flights, except those from Ethiopia, Kenya, Portugal, Qatar, South Africa or Turkey. All travelers over the age of 11 must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival and may be required to retest upon arrival.

Algeria

International airports are closed to passenger flights, with the exception of those from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Tunisia or Turkey, and non-nationals can only enter from these country. These flights are rare. All travelers over the age of 12 must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 36 hours of arrival and must self-quarantine at a government-designated hotel for five days with a PCR test on the fifth day, or for 10 days without a follow-up test.

Zimbabwe

Non-nationals arriving from any country except India must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 48 hours of arrival and be quarantined at home or other accommodation for 10 days. Any traveler arriving from India must undergo testing upon arrival and then self-quarantine. To leave the country, all travelers must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 48 hours of departure.

Ivory Coast

All travelers must show negative results from a PCR test performed within five days of departure and may be required to self-quarantine for up to 14 days with physical or electronic surveillance. To leave the country, all travelers over the age of 10 must show negative results from a PCR test carried out within five days of departure.

Kenya

International airports are closed to passenger flights from India and ports are closed to cruise ships. Non-nationals who have visited or made a stopover in India within the last 14 days cannot enter. All travelers over the age of 5, including those in transit through a Kenya international airport, must show negative results, with a QR code, from a PCR test performed within 96 hours of departure. All travelers who have stayed in Brunei, Ireland, Kuwait, Pakistan or Thailand in the past 14 days must self-quarantine at a government-designated hotel for 14 days. All travelers arriving from the UK must self-quarantine at home or other accommodation for seven days and undergo PCR testing 4 days after arrival. To leave the country, all travelers must show negative results, with a QR code, of a PCR test.

Uganda

All travelers who have been or have made a stopover in India in the last 14 days cannot enter. All travelers over 3 years of age must show negative PCR results within 72 hours of departure. With the exception of those in designated countries, all travelers must undergo PCR testing upon arrival and self-quarantine at a government-designated hotel until test results are available. To leave the country, all travelers must show negative results from a PCR test performed within 72 hours of departure. Vaccinated travelers from designated countries are exempt from testing and quarantine requirements.

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Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States.

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