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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. 

Angola

  • All commercial and private flights are suspended since March 20 for a period of 15 days (this could be extended)
  • There are exemptions for cargo and humanitarian flights

Benin 

  • Anyone entering will be quarantined for 14 days

Botswana

  • All non-citizens shall not be allowed entry and will be returned back to their origin airport
  • For arriving international passengers (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.

Burundi

  • Bujumbura International Airport is closed for 7 days from March 21.
  • All international flights are suspended except cargo, humanitarian, and emergency operations.

Cameroon

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

  • All international flights are suspended until April 9.
  • 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.

Comoros

Arbitrary restrictions on aircraft depending on their country of origin.

Cote d’Ivoire 

  • Anyone arriving from a country with more than 100 confirmed cases won’t be allowed to enter.
  • Nationals and residents arriving from countries with more than 100 confirmed cases will be put in quarantine for 14 days.

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

All international flights suspended except cargo and emergency operations.

Eritrea

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

Gabon

  • 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.

Gambia

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

Ghana 

  • Kotoka International Airport is closed to all inbound international flights for two weeks effective March 22 util April 5 with the following exemptions: emergency flights, cargo flights, tech landings for refueling only, and medevac flights.
  • Everyone on board accept the crew will not be allowed to disembark.
  • Crew shall undergo mandatory quarantine under state supervision during the rotation period.
  • Exempted flights must get prior authorization from Ghana authorities.

Guinea Conakry

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

Ethiopia

All flights require MOFA clearance.

Liberia

  • All commercial flights to and from Roberts International airport are suspended except for cargo, medevac, emergency, Red Cross, charter and special flights.
  • Crew members must remain onboard.

Madagascar

  • All domestic stations are closed since March 18
  • Only FMMI station can be used as port of entry
  • Passenger flights to FMMI are suspended since March 20
  • Exceptions may be granted for emergency flights (i.e. Medievac, Mercy flight, Diplomatic) subject to Civil Aviation approval
  • National curfew is in place from 1700 – 0200 UTC since March 23

Mauritius

  • The nation is in in lockdown until April 3
  • CAA will not issue any landing permits for private, commercial or Cargo flights unless exempt and consulted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • International flights are suspended until further notice

Mauritania

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

Mozambique

  • 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

Namibia

  • All international, regional and domestic flights are suspended until further notice
  • Airport is on shutdown, but will be manned by some staff
  • Requests for flights are to be done through the respective embassies
  • Approval is to be given by the Department of Foreign Affairs, who will inform all parties

Nigeria 

  • All international flights are prohibited from March 26 for 3 weeks.
  • Exceptions: Medevac, Cargo, Technical stop for refueling with no pax embarkation/disembarkation, Overflights.
  • All flights must be operated with 02 sets of crews: 1 set inbound, and the 2nd set to operate out bound leg.
  • All the above categories of overflight must be applied to and approved by the Minister of Aviation.
  • The entire state of Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja, and the the State of Ogun sharing immediate borders with Lagos shall be on 24 hour lockdown under April 13.
  • All private and commercial flight movements are suspended immediately. Special permits will however be issued on a needs basis from the Office of the Minister of State for Aviation.

Niger

  • Niamey and Zinder airports closed to all inbound international flights until April 17, with the following exemptions: domestic flights, cargo flights, emergency flights, overflights, humanitarian/ medevac flights, military flights, tech flights with no passengers, disembarkation, alternate aerodromes on flight plan including en-route alternate but passenger disembarkation is not authorized.
  • Crew members authorized to disembark will observe the health measures decreed by the state.

Rwanda

Borders closed and flights suspended except for cargo and emergency operations.

Sierra Leone

  • All commercial flights to and from Roberts International Airport are suspended until April 12. Exceptions of cargo, medevac, emergency, Red Cross, charter and special flights.
  • Crew members must remain on board.

Seychelles

With immediate effect and until further notice:

  • Only returning citizens are allowed to enter.
  • All citizens returning from any country will be subjected to additional health screening and placed under obligatory quarantine for at least 14 days.
  • All airlines with inbound flights are directed not to board any passengers or crew (except returning citizens) from any country.
  • All travellers should monitor their health closely for two weeks on return and seek medical attention if feeling unwell.
  • A foreign national who requires to enter for any special mission must obtain written permission from the Public Health Commissioner prior to leaving the country of origin.

The following measures still apply:

  • All citizens and residents are banned from travelling abroad from March 23 for a period of 30 days.
  • All foreign workers holding a GOP are not allowed to return until further notice.

Somalia

All international flights suspended except medevacs.

South Africa 

  • All international and domestic flights are prohibited, irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin
  • Only essential air cargo will be allowed
  • Cargo from a high risk country must be sanitized

Sudan

Passengers are not allowed entry.

Kenya

  • The suspension of international flights was extended on April 5 for a further 30 days.
  • Only evacuation, emergency and cargo flights allowed.
  • Evacuation flights must give a minimum of 72 hrs notice and must not bring any passengers on board.

Tanzania

Anyone arriving from most-effected countries will undergo quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

Tunisia

Anyone who’s been in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea in the past 14 days is not allowed to enter.

Tunisian nationals, their partners, and children who have been to the above countries in the past two weeks will be put in quarantine for 14 days.

Togo

All flights are suspended.

Medevac, cargo, tech stops and special flights require special authorizations.

Any disembarkation pf passengers is prohibited.

Uganda

All international flights are suspended except emergency and cargo flights.

Zambia

All international flights to and from Lusaka Fir shall land and depart from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport only.

All incoming international passengers and crew terminating their flight at Kenneth Kaunda will undergo mandatory quarantine for at least 14 days at their own expense.

Zimbabwe

All airports and aerodromes are closed until April 19 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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