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24 February 2022

Visa requirements for UK and USA passport holders

We've outlined the visa requirements for UK & USA passport holders travelling to Africa. Other nationalities should check the current entry requirements.

All travellers (regardless of nationality) must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date out of Africa (i.e. 6 months beyond the date you return home). Passports for all nationalities must have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank visa pages per country visited (endorsement/amendment pages do not count).

Please note that all other nationalities should check the current entry requirements.

Botswana

No visa required.
*Travellers with children under 18 - If you are travelling into or transiting via Botswana with children under 18 years, you will be asked to show the child’s ORIGINAL unabridged (full) birth certificate in English, as well as the child’s passport. Please ensure you travel with these documents as you will be denied without them. Ask us if you are unsure what to take and there are extra requirements if travelling with only one parent.

Kenya

Visa required and must be obtained prior to travel (visas on arrival are not issued). Currently US$50 pp (single entry) or US$20 pp (transit – valid for stay of up to 24 hours). Children aged 15 and under are currently free of charge. If you are remaining airside in Nairobi (i.e. not clearing immigration) a visa is not required. You must obtain a Kenya visa in advance of travel by using the official website: http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html

Mauritius

No visa required.

Namibia

No visa required.
*Namibia with children under 18 - If you are travelling into or transiting via Namibia with children under 18 years, you will be asked to show the child’s ORIGINAL unabridged (full) birth certificate in English, as well as the child’s passport. Please ensure you travel with these documents as you will be denied without them. Ask us if you are unsure what to take and there are extra requirements if travelling with only one parent.

Rwanda

Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$30 pp. Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival.

Seychelles

No visa required.

South Africa

No visa required.

*South Africa with children under 18 - If you are travelling into or transiting via South Africa with Children under 18 years, you will be asked to show the child’s ORIGINAL unabridged (full) birth certificate in English, as well as the child’s passport. Please ensure you travel with these documents as you will be denied without them. Ask us if you are unsure what to take and there are extra requirements if travelling with only one parent.

Tanzania

Visa required and can be obtained on arrival*. However, if you are arriving into Kilimanjaro Airport, we strongly advise that you obtain your visa in advance as there are long delays at the airport for anyone obtaining visas on arrival. Please ensure you use the official website to obtain your visa in advance: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz. Please list Yellow Zebra Safaris as host information when asked for this. We are aware that there are many third-party websites out there, but please use the official site for your visa.

*You can only obtain your visa in advance if arriving at Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam (also called Julius Nyerere) and Mwanza. If your first point of entry into Tanzania is Zanzibar or the Serengeti, then you will need to obtain your visa on arrival (USD cash needed for Serengeti, but valid credit card needed for Zanzibar as cash is not accepted here). Current visa cost is US$50 pp (UK passport) or US$100 pp (USA passport).

Uganda

A visa is required and must be obtained prior to departure – current cost US$50pp. Please ensure you use the official website: https://visas.immigration.go.ug We are aware that there are many third-party websites out there, but please use the official site for your visa.

Zambia

Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$50 pp (USA) & US$55 pp (UK). Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival. There is the option to purchase a UniVisa for US$50 pp, allowing entry into both Zimbabwe and Zambia (to view both sides of the falls). The UniVisa is subject to availability – check with authorities on arrival.

Zimbabwe

Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$30 pp (USA) / US$55 pp (British). Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival. There is the option to purchase a UniVisa for US$50 pp, allowing entry into both Zimbabwe and Zambia (to view both sides of the falls). The UniVisa is subject to availability – check with authorities on arrival.

East Africa Visa

This covers entry to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda (providing you do not break this with another country in between).  Visit https://irembo.gov.rw/rolportal/web/dgie/east-africa-tourist-visa You must apply for this from the first country you will be visiting (ie: If you first fly into Nairobi and clear immigration there before going to Uganda, you will need to apply for the visa from through Kenya).

*Entry/Transit rules if travelling with children

Where only one parent is accompanying or no parents are present, parental or legal consent for the child to travel is also required (e.g. an affidavit that is no more than 3 months old on the date of travel from the other parent, a court order or, if applicable, a death certificate), plus a certified photocopy of the passport of the parent not travelling. Please see the Government of Botswana’s website for the most up-to-date information for Botswana: http://www.gov.bw and/or the South Africa Home Affairs Department website for the most up-to-date information for South Africa: http://www.dha.gov.za/

*Please note*

Please note that Yellow Zebra Safaris cannot be held responsible for the visa, entry and vaccination requirements of any of the destinations where we operate trips; these requirements are ultimately the responsibility of our clients. The information we give you here is merely a guide, and applies to US and UK citizens only. All clients, including US and UK citizens, must contact the relevant authorities to confirm the most up-to-date information.

For more information for US citizens, please visit the US State Department website. 

For more information for UK citizens, please visit the UK FCO website.

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