Entry Requirements & Travel Visas

Package: Incredible South Africa with Rovos Luxury Train and Victoria Falls
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.

We require all travelers on this package departing on or after Nov. 1, 2021, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to departure, except travelers who are too young to be vaccinated. You should have a total of 6 blank visa pages: you will need 2 consecutive blank passport pages for each entry into South Africa, 2  blank passport pages for each entry into Zimbabwe. If you have added the optional Chobe day trip, you will need a total of 11 blank passport pages. U.S. citizens require a visa to enter Zimbabwe.

BotswanaBotswana Entry Requirements

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For travelers arriving from a yellow fever endemic country, Botswana requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry. (This does not apply to most of our travelers, including anybody arriving from the U.S., Canada or South Africa).

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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.

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ZimbabweZimbabwe Entry Requirements

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Some of our packages offer an optional excursion from Zimbabwe to Chobe National Park in Botswana. If you are taking the optional Chobe National Park excursion, obtain a double-entry Zimbabwe visa and be sure to have an additional blank passport page for entry into Botswana. For more information, please check with the Zimbabwe Embassy or Consulate or the U.S. State Dept.

Travelers arriving from or who visited a yellow fever endemic country within 14 days of arrival in Zimbabwe will be required to show proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry to Zimbabwe. 

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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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