COVID-19 Travel Advisories - 16 March 2020
South Africa - 15 March 2020 - 1820 GMT
“Extraordinary measures” have been taken by the South African government today to “reduce the impact of coronavirus” These measures include;
- Imposing travel bans effective 18 March to and from high-risk source markets, including South Korea, Italy, Iran, Spain, Germany, USA, UK and China
- Travellers from medium-risk source markets – Portugal, Singapore and Hong Kong – to present themselves for high-intensity testing
- Cancellation of visas granted to citizens from high-risk destinations
- Any foreign national who visited a high-risk country will be denied a visa
- Self-isolation for travellers who have come from high-risk destinations since mid-February
Kenya - 15 March 2020 - 1600GMT
- The Government is suspending travel for all persons coming into Kenya from any country with reported Coronavirus cases.
- Only Kenyan Citizens, and any foreigners with valid residence permits will be allowed to come in provided they proceed on self quarantine or to a government designated quarantine facility.
This will take effect within the next 48 hours to cater for any passengers who may be enroute. This directive will remain in effect for the next 30 days or as varied by the National Emergency Response Committee.
- All persons who have come into Kenya in the last 14 days must self-quarantine. If any person exhibits symptoms such as cough, or fever, they should present themselves to the nearest health facility for testing.
Namibia - 14 March 2020 - 1200 GMT
The World Health Organization has declared COVID19 a global pandemic.
Therefore, Namibia has to take steps to deal with this pandemic. The Minister of Health announced this morning that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Namibian soil.
The health of Namibians is the first priority. Appropriate precautionary measures must be taken. To protect Namibians from being affected by this virus:
- The Independence Celebrations that were scheduled for Independence Stadium are called off. However, the swearing-in-ceremony will take place at State House.
- The financial outlay for Independence Celebrations will be diverted to the fight against the Coronavirus.
- The Namibian Government is suspending inbound and outbound travel to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.
- All big gatherings are suspended for a period of 30 days.
- Lockdown of Windhoek Gymnasium with immediate effect for a period of two weeks
- Suspension of all travels by Namibian government officials, including State-Owned Enterprises
The Interministerial-Task Force whose members have joined me here will communicate additional Measures.
Full release available here
Uganda - 11 March 2020 - 1800 GMT
People residing in the following 16 countries (Italy, San Marino, Iran, South Korea, France, China, Germany, Spain, Belgium, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Austria & Malaysia) should consider postponing non-essential travel to Uganda. Any traveler from these countries, including Ugandan nationals will be subject to self-quarantine for 14 days on arrival to Uganda even if they do not exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
Additionally, individuals highlighted who insist on visiting Uganda will be subjected to self-quarantine or institutional (health facility) quarantine at their own cost.