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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Africa

UAS Operations | - 03/22/2020
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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions in Africa: Here are the African country restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 


  • All commercial and private flights are suspended
  • There are exemptions for cargo and humanitarian flights

Crew arriving from abroad are now allowed to overnight in Luanda, in a specific hotel authorized by the Angolan Health Ministry.


Anyone entering will be quarantined for 14 days.


  • All non-citizens shall not be allowed entry and will be returned back to their origin airport
  • For arriving citizens and residents of Botswana, a quarantine of 14 days is compulsory

Burkina Faso

Airport is closed to all commercial flights except national, military, cargo flights until April 4.


All international flights are suspended except cargo, humanitarian, and emergency operations.


These measures will be in place until April 21:

  • Medical evacuation flights may operate
  • Short technical stops with crew rest are acceptable
  • Special flights like evacuation and repatriation must be authorized by government
  • All landing permit requests must be submitted at least 48 hours before schedule
  • All arriving passenger flights must land at FKYS and passengers will be quarantined for 14 days

Cape Verde

  • Only cargo, ambulances, and repatriation flights are allowed
  • Crew must remain in the aircraft

Central African Republic

  • Only medevac flights, tech stops for refueling, and cargo flights are allowed
  • No night stops or crew entry is allowed


Closure of all airports in Comoros for international flights is extended until July 19.

Cote d’Ivoire 

International flights resumed from July 1.

This resumption must take place in strict compliance with the safety and security requirements of civil aviation as well as sanitary measures adopted by the government.

Democratic Republic of Congo

The CAA of the DRC suspended all international flights or transits from high-risk countries since March 20.

  • Only cargo flights containing essentials are allowed to land
  • Domestic flights departing or arriving at FZAA have been suspended (except cargo)
  • Techstops with no disembarkation may be considered for approval
  • Lock-down effective from March 28 for 21 days with intermittent 2-day breaks every 4 days during this time


Djibouti has announced the resumption of commercial scheduled flights to Djibouti (HDAM) from July 18 with the following conditions:

  • The airport is open for commercial scheduled flights only
  • Private flights are not allowed to transport passengers to/from Djibouti except cargo, emergency, and repatriation flights
  • Upon arrival, passengers will be screened for Covid-19 and if found positive will be quarantined for 14 days. If negative, they can proceed to immigration
  • Covid-19 test will cost $30 per person
  • Conditions for private flights:
    • Tech stop for fuel is allowed where there is no embarkation or disembarkation of passengers
    • Crew night stop is not allowed


No official communications from authorities, seems to be operating as usual.

Equatorial Guinea

International flight by all airlines operating are allowed at the rate of 1 per week per company.

Each company shall request an airport slot without any coinciding schedules.

Anyone arriving at Malabo must present a negative PCR test or a compulsory test will be done and charged to the passengner or crew member at the airport.

National airlines are allowed 1 flight per day, passengers who have already purchased tickets must be given priority.

All operations must abide by WHO guidelines.


  • Commercial passenger, domestic and foreign has been prohibited with the exception of cargo goods and exceptional flights
  • Overnight stops are not allowed on these exemptions and crew may not leave the airport
  • Tech stops are not permitted


  • All international flights suspended until further notice except cargo, ambulances, and repatriation flights
  • Crew must remain in the aircraft


Kotoka International Airport (DGAA) is closed to all international flights with the following exemptions: 

  • Emergency/humanitarian flights
  • Cargo flights
  • Technical landings for refueling
  • Medevacs
  • Repatriations

Guinea Conakry

  • All international flights suspended until further notice except cargo, ambulances, and repatriation flights
  • Crew must remain in the aircraft

Guinea Bissau

Only the following flights are allowed to overfly, take off, or land at Osvaldo Vieira International Airport:

  • Flights in a state of emergency
  • Flyovers
  • Humanitarian, medical, and rescue missions
  • Cargo flights
  • Aircraft that have taken GGOV as an alternative airport
  • Technical stopover without passenger disembarkation
  • Operations related to security


All flights require MOFA clearance.


Roberts International Airport (GLRB) has reopened for commerical flights.

Crew/passenger requirements:

  • Practice health protocols prescribed by the health ministry
  • Wear face mask at all times
  • Constantly wash your hands
  • Social distancing
  • Avoid touching your face with your hands
  • Cough into a tissue and dispose of it immediately


The following restrictions apply to all international flights until further notice:

  • Only FMMI can be used as a port of entry
  • All domestic stations are closed since March 18
  • Passenger flights to FMMI continue to be suspended
  • FMMI operating hours are 0200–0900 UTC
  • Night stops are not allowed
  • Technical stops for refuelling are the only flights allowed to operate as well as essential flights
  • Passengers and crew are not allowed entry


  • No passengers will be allowed entry or transit
  • Crew members are allowed entry but must stay confined to their hotel rooms

From July 1, domestic flights to and from Rodrigues will be allowed with these conditions:

  • Passengers must wear masks at all times
  • Body temperature check will be carried out for both departing and arriving passengers
  • Passengers must fill in health declaration card before landing


  • All international flights suspended until April 30 with the exemptions of cargo, ambulances, and repatriation flights
  • Crew must remain in the aircraft


  • International passenger flights are not allowed to operate to the country
  • There are no restrictions in place for cargo aircraft, but it is important to advise the crew that a visa is not required if they stay at MPM for less than 48 hours


Until September 30: All domestic operators wishing to operate within Namibia are no longer required to seek pre-authorisation.

Pre-authorisation is required by all relevant authorities and ministries for all operations into and out of Namibia before the NCAA will issue authorisation letters including overflight and landing clearance for:

  • Cargo flights
  • Technical flights
  • Humanitarian/ medevac/ repatriations
  • UN flights

Passengers on board shall not be permitted to disembark without prior authorisation.

Crew members may not disembark as directed in the state of emergency statement.

FYWH is still the only operational international port of entry for Namibia with the other airports only operating domestic flights.


A phased resumption of domestic flights has begun in Nigeria.

Murtala Mohammed International Airport (DNMM) Lagos and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport (DNAA) Abuja resumed domestic operations on July 8.

Other airports will resume from July 11 and 15.

International flights are still restricted with the exception of emergency and medical flights until further notice. 

International scheduled cargo flights with confirmed summer schedules are permitted to resume operations.


Niamey, Agadez, and Zinder airports are closed to all inbound international flights until July 25 with the following exemptions:

  • Aircraft in states of emergency
  • Cargo flights
  • Overflights
  • Humanitarian/ medevac flights
  • Military flights
  • Technical landings with no passenger disembarkation
  • Alternative airports on flight plan including en-route alternative in which case, passenger disembarkation is not authorized. Crew members who have authorization to disembark shall observe the health measures decreed by the state.


Resumption of commercial international flights at HRYR will be on August 1. All passengers, including those in transit, will be required to show proof of a COVID-19 PCR negative test from a certified laboratory. There must also be proof to show the tests were taken within 72 hours of arrival. A second PCR test will be done on them upon arrival. The results will be made available within 24 hours during which time they will quarantine at a designated hotel at their own cost.

International general aviation aircraft including private jets have been operating since June 18.


  • Roland Garros airport (FMEE) is operational
  • There is no restriction for crew rest
  • Lockdown has ceased and hotels are open


Airports will open fully for commercial operations from July 15.

  • All passengers will undergo a temperature check and they must provide hotel destination details
  • A rapid COVID-19 test will be carried out if the devices are available at the airport (results in 15mins)
  • If the rapid test is not available at the airport, the passengers must present themselves for a test under 48 hours of arrival
  • If passengers cannot produce prove of the above, they will be fined
  • Passengers must wear mask and maintain social distancing and disinfect their hands regularly
  • Those without symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 24 hours and anyone who notices COVID-19 symptoms must inform the authorities immediately

Sierra Leone

Lungi International Airport is open to all commercial airlines.

Arriving passengers are required to adhere to the following requirements:

  • Must wear masks during any time at the airport and onboard
  • Shall produce a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) on arrival
  • Produce a negative COVID-19 test result issued no longer than 72 hours before departure
  • At the check-in desk at the airport of embarkation, passengers are required to display government authorization to travel to Sierra Leone


Announced resumption of international commercial flights from August 1.

Until then, the following flights are allowed to operate:

  • Private jets with passengers destined to authorized resort, yacht, or residential facilities
  • Chartered passengers flights with passengers from low risk countries published by the Department of Health
  • Chartered cargo flights that may carry passengers under permission (e.g. patients, returning Seychellois, students who completed their studies)


  • Prior permission must be obtained from the Public Health Commissioner (PHC) by the aircraft operator. The application form is attached.
  • Once permission from PHC has been obtained then the landing permit can be applied through the Seychelles CAA. The approval from PHC must be attached.
  • All test requirements are stated in the conditions for entry (attached) and any further information will be communicated by the PHC once the Landing permit application has been submitted.
  • Crew Rest will also be advised by the Public Health Authority and approved hotel resorts are;
    • Cousine Island Resort
    • North Island Resort
    • Fregate Island Resort
    • Hilton Labriz Silhouette
    • Six Senses Zil Pasyon


All international flights suspended except medevacs.

South Africa 

All international and regional flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin unless authorized by the Ministry of Transport or an exceptional flight detailed below.

  • Technical stops for refueling where passengers do not disembark
  • Cargo – disembarkaition of crew is permitted subject to quarantine laws. Cargo flights will e subject to sanitation requirements
  • Aircraft in states of emergency
  • Repatriation flights
  • Charter flights with crew but no passengers
  • Evacuation of South Africans from foreign countries when passengers have fully paid their ticket cost and are ready to quarantine for 21 days
  • Air ambulances (may not carry passengers, only crew and patients)

Flights other than repatriations, evacuations, aircraft in states of emergency, cargo, or air ambulance operations must get written permission from the Department of Transport.


Khartoum airport will accept flights from Egypt, UAE, and Turkey (other countries will be added as they re-open).

  • Flights from countries under lockdown will be treated on a case-by-case basis under charter flight procedure
  • Technical stops are allowed with no passengers disembarkation
  • Domestic flights continue to be suspended
  • Sudanese passengers and foreigners with Sudanese origin will undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival
  • All other nationalities must possess a certified negative PCR test result from 72 hours prior to their arrival
  • Scheduled cargo flights , including those from lockdown countries, are allowed to operate as per their schedule
  • Humanitarian, medical, relief, UN agencies and oil services flights must obtain prior approval from Sudan Civil Aviation Authority

South Sudan

The reopening of South Sudan for domestic, regional and international flights requires social distancing, wearing of face masks and gloves throughout flight and airport time.


  • Resumption of domestic flights will be on July 15
  • International flights resume on August 1 in strict conformity to guidelines issued by Ministry of Health
  • Cessation of movement in and out of Nairobi, Mombasa, and Mandera to lapse on July 7
  • Nationwide dusk to dawn curfew extended until early August.


  • All International flights into the country are suspended from April 20.
  • Only cargo flights are exempted but crew will be quarantined for the duration of their stay.
  • Technical stops where there is no embarkation or disembarkation can be allowed subject to approval by the TCAA Director Economic Regulations (DER).

The application process is as usual, however, only the DER can grant approval.

Application should be made at least 72 hours ahead of the flight with the knowledge that approval can be denied.


All flights to and from Tunisia are suspended with the exception of aircraft in a state of emergency, overflights, humanitarian aid, medical/ humanitarian relief flights, and repatriation flights (only for nationals and permanent residents of Tunisia).

Tunisia has announced plans to resume commercial flights to the country and reopen its airspace on June  27.


  • International commerical flights are suspended
  • Medevac, cargo, tech stops and special flights require special authorizations
  • Any disembarkation pf passengers is prohibited


All international flights are suspended except emergency and cargo flights.


All international flights terminating at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (FLKK) will have all passengers undergo screening. Anyone with symptoms who tests positive will be quarantined in a government facility.

Transit passengers can’t disembark without authorization.

Crew can disembark but must undergo strict and mandatory quarantine during rotations.


All airports and aerodromes are closed with the following exemptions:

  • Cargo flights, essential staff flights, carriage of ill people to hospital, employees of foreign missions, flights carrying food and essential medical supplies, police and defense forces personnel flights.

Health screening protocols will apply for all arrivals.

While the Information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the Information. The Information may change without notice and UAS is not in any way liable for the accuracy of any information printed and stored or in any way interpreted and used by a user.

We advise you to contact your trip support partner for the latest restrictions. 

For support with your flight operations, contact UAS  

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