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  • Writer's pictureMana Brightman

Southern Africa Opening Latest


Zimbabwe:

Zimbabwe has opened its major airports, flights are expected to increase with time as travel restrictions in countries relax. Borders remain a sticky situation as reports suggest South Africa is open but Zimbabwe's remain closed. As of the 1st Kazembe Kazembe has stated that the "land borders remain closed to the traveling public" however, we believe this is temporary and the situation should normalize with rules of testing within 72 hours and showing the certificate before entering soon. We hope land borders open soon.


Mozambique:

Airports in major cities are opening slowly as well as borders. The situation as with Zimbabwe is not certain in terms of how you must enter or exit the country and if you need your test and how long it must be before. However, give it a week and we believe this will also normalize and a process be made known. We have reports of individuals crossing at some borders with slight delays due to the checks from Drive Moz on Facebook we suggest you join this group for the latest: Here is one from one of their admins. 

1. To exit Mozambique there is no requirement except to have a valid passport. If you have overstayed beyond the 30th September cutoff it seems you will be counted from day 1 starting 1st October @ 3000MZN (R750,) per day per passport.

This is what was enforced today. It can change at any time. Kosi Bay, Giriyondo and Pafuri border posts remain CLOSED.

2. To enter South Africa you need a negative PCR Covid-19 test result (original printed and signed) and you complete a health screening form. Self-Quarantine is not an option any more. If you did not go for a test you will be asked to quarantine at an approved facility at your cost. The valid certificate of a negative PCR Covid-19 test must be obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel; and in the event of failure to submit proof of a negative test, you are supposed to be able to quarantine your own cost. However, in practice today people are simply denied entry to SA.

It is our opinion that possibly there are no facilities and/or processes currently set up to handle these situations of government-approved quarantine and therefore, to avoid any issues (e.g. denied entry to SA), it is strongly recommended to have the negative PCR Covid-19 test result.

Both Mozambique and South Africa DO NOT accept the rapid test result. The test MUST be a PCR test.

We will update the list of places to do a PCR Covid-19 test in Mozambique and are also hoping to have clarity from Dept of Health on the processes/implementation of quarantine at own cost

3. To leave South Africa there is no requirement (but since you need a Negative PCR COVID test to enter Mozambique they will ask for it.)

4. To Enter Mozambique we are still unsure if tourists can obtain border visas (i.e. 30-day stamp) to enter - we are receiving conflicting reports and are awaiting official communication. Those with residents permits/Dires, work permits and residence, business and work visas are having no problems entering Mozambique.

The law as per Mozambique's gazette/Boletins da Republica regulations requires:

1. Negative Covid-19 PCR test on entry

2. 10 days quarantine and another Negative PCR test

OR 14 days quarantine (and then no test needed at the end of 14 days)

We are unsure as to how strictly this is being enforced.

We suggest to give a day or two for officials to "settle" and see how the process works. (Seems officials can apply and "interpret" laws differently.)


South Africa:

At present, the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Naledi Pandor, explained that South Africa had used WHO guidelines to determine three categories of countries – high-, medium- and low-risk. People travelling from here must either have a diplomatic visas or with proof of business activity.


“Travellers must have done a PCR test, no older than 72 hours from the time of departure from their country of departure. The test must be conducted by a certified medical practitioner, and the certificate they present on arrival will need a name and signature of the practitioner,” 


3 airports of entry are currently open: OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports.


Banned countries, as of October 1, 2020, are the following:

Albania 

Argentina 

Armenia 

Austria 

Bahrain 

Belgium 

Bolivia 

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil 

Chile 

Columbia 

Costa Rica 

Croatia 

Czech Republic 

Denmark

Ecuador 

France 

Georgia 

Greece 

Guatemala 

Guyana 

Honduras 

Hungary 

Iceland 

India

Iran

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Jamaica

Jordan

Kuwait

Lebanon 

Luxemburg 

Maldives 

Malta 

Mexico 

Moldova 

Montenegro 

Nepal 

Netherlands 

North Macedonia 

Oman 

Palestine 

Panama 

Paraguay 

Peru 

Portugal 

Puerto Rico 

Qatar 

Romania 

Russia 

Slovakia 

Suriname

Switzerland

Ukraine

United Emirates

United Kingdom

USA

Venezuela



We can not wait to travel with you soon. 

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