Travel Notices

Entry Requirements & Travel Visas

Package: Highlights of Southern Africa
Entry requirements are provided for your convenience. However, unless otherwise stated, it is your responsibility to determine the requirements that apply to you and your trip and to comply with them, including obtaining any necessary visas or other travel documents by the required deadlines and carrying them with you. Especially with COVID-19, requirements are subject to change, so check back for the latest before you depart.

You should have a total of 9 blank passport pages. You will need 2 consecutive blank passport pages for entry into South Africa, 2 blank passport pages for each into Zimbabwe, 3 blank passport pages for entry into Botswana, and 2 blank passport pages for entry into Kenya. U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Note: This trip will include two entries into Zimbabwe and therefore you will need a double-entry visa, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Zimbabwe. Please be prepared with cash for this visa (suggested amount: $60) and be sure to have an additional blank passport page for entry into Botswana.

BotswanaBotswana Entry Requirements

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Entry Requirements: Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for travelers arriving to Botswana from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. This includes airport transits or layovers in countries with a Yellow Fever risk.

World Health Organization, List of Yellow Fever Endemic Countries
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KenyaKenya Entry Requirements

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Yellow Fever Vaccination Entry Requirements: Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for travelers arriving to Kenya from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.

World Health Organization, List of Yellow Fever Endemic Countries
Find a local vaccination center

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South AfricaSouth Africa Entry Requirements

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All visitors are required to have two consecutive blank passport pages for each entry into South Africa. Note that some of our packages include multiple entries into South Africa. You may be denied entry if your passport does not have enough blank pages.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Entry Requirements. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for travelers arriving to South Africa from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. This includes airport transits or layovers of more than 12 hours in countries with a Yellow Fever risk.

World Health Organization, List of Yellow Fever Endemic Countries
Find a local vaccination center

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ZambiaZambia Entry Requirements

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ZimbabweZimbabwe Entry Requirements

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Some packages offer an excursion from Zimbabwe to Chobe National Park in Botswana (either included in the itinerary, as in Highlights of Southern Africa, or offered as an optional excursion in one of our other packages). If you are visiting Chobe National Park, you'll need to obtain a double-entry Zimbabwe visa, which can be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Zimbabwe. Please be prepared with cash for this visa (suggested amount: $60) and be sure to have an additional blank passport page for entry into Botswana.

Yellow Fever Vaccination Entry Requirements. Proof of Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for travelers arriving to Zimbabwe from a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. This includes airport transits or layovers of more than 12 hours in countries with a Yellow Fever risk.

World Health Organization, List of Yellow Fever Endemic Countries
Find a local vaccination center

 

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General Requirements & Guidelines

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  • In general, you must have a passport to travel abroad, which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible. Passports contain at least 2 blank pages for each country visited. If your passport does not have this many pages, obtain a new passport as soon as possible.
  • If your passport and visa are not in order, airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding, countries may deny entry, and your trip may be disrupted. Travel insurance may not cover such losses.
  • Any changes in names or passport information should be reported to us immediately. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding if the name on your passport does not match your tickets.
  • Minors (age 17 or younger) departing and/or returning to the U.S. without parents or with only one parent may be required by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to present a notarized parental consent letter and/or unabridged birth certificate (more information). Many other countries have similar entry requirements, especially for minors traveling with a parent/guardian with a different surname; check with the consulates of all countries you'll be visiting to learn more.
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