Africa or the Middle East? Yes, you can!
As the Covid-19 crisis goes on, many African nations have closed to foreign tourists.
However, if your clients are determined to travel, there are still a few unique destinations that are welcoming U.S. citizens.
At this time, Rwanda has resumed most business operations, including restaurants, hotels, shops, and tourism operations, and U.S. citizens are permitted to enter the country. Prior to travel to Rwanda, passengers must fill out a Passenger Locator Form which includes passport information, travel details, negative PCR COVID-19 test results, and a booking confirmation at one of the designated hotels for a 24 hour quarantine upon arrival. U.S. citizens are able to receive a visa upon arrival. A negative PCR COVID-19 test must be taken no more than 120 hours before their initial flight. The U.S. Embassy recommends that travelers carry a printed copy of their negative test results during all legs of their flights to Rwanda. Upon arrival visitors will be taken to the designated quarantine hotel of their choice. At the hotel, they will be tested again, at their own expense, for COVID-19. They will be required to quarantine in their hotel room until negative COVID-19 results are received. National parks are open to visitors with a negative COVID-19 test, and masks are required in public. Rwanda has resumed international air travel, but its land borders remain closed except for Rwandan citizens and residents. Travelers should note that there are currently no direct flights from the U.S. to Rwanda.
The suspension of international flights to Tanzania has been lifted, and all traveler entry requirements were lifted as of June 1. Travelers are are expected to fill out a Health Surveillance Form on the plane that will be submitted to Port Authority officials. All visitors can expect “intensive” screening, according to the government, and proof of negative testing for COVID-19 is a condition for travel. Documentation will be required upon arrival. The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 29, so it is difficult to provide specific guidance for U.S. citizens in Tanzania. It is presumed that there is ongoing community transmission in Tanzania, so there is a risk of contracting COVID-19.
The United Arab Emirates is open to travelers around the globe (with the exception of Abu Dhabi). Visitors must fulfil entry visa requirements to visit the UAE. Medical travel insurance is required before traveling, in the event the traverler does not have international health coverage. Travelers will need to sign a declaration to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure to ensure the passenger has no COVID-19 symptoms. Tourists required to register all their details in the COVID-19 DXB app. Emirates has added Boston as its newest gateway from the US to Dubai.
In early July, Egypt reopened major tourist attractions including the Great Pyramids of Giza after over three months of closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As of August 15, foreign visitors to Egypt must have a negative PCR test for COVID-19, at most 72 hours before arriving on Egyptian territory. Foreigners arriving in Egypt are required to have their temperature taken, fill out a Public Health Card, and show proof of a valid health insurance policy. Restaurants, cafes, sports clubs and movie theaters are currently allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. It is mandatory to wear a mask in public, and you may be denied entry to vehicles and public transport without one. Hotels have resumed operations, and must follow new health guidelines that include limits on capacity and hygiene standards.
The provinces of South Sinai, Red Sea and Matrouh were the first to re-open, as there were low numbers of cases in these coastal areas, making them safest. Later, the Nile Valley, with Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor and Aswan opened. Unfortunately, the much anticipated opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum has been postponed to 2021.
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