Africa Visa & Entry Requirements

15 August 2017

Visa requirements for UK and USA passport holders. All 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). Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side-by-side blank pages per country visited (Endorsement/amendment pages do not count). 

BOTSWANA: No visa required. However, all passengers entering Botswana will be charged a Tourism Development Levy (TDL) to raise funds for conservation and national tourism development. The charge is USD30 (US Dollars) per person in cash or by card at ports of entry. A receipt will be generated and this is to be presented to Immigration Officials and is valid for 30 days and can be used for multiple entry.

* Please see further down for Botswana child regulations if travelling with children. 

KENYA: Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$50 pp (single entry) or US$20 pp (transit – valid for stay of up to 24 hours). If you are remaining airside in Nairobi (i.e. not clearing immigration) a visa is not required. Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival. 

MALAWI: Visa required and it is recommended this is obtained in advance. Current cost £65 (UK passport) or US$100 (USA passport) for a single entry.  For further information visit www.malawihighcommission.co.uk or http://www.malawiembassy-dc.org

MAURITIUS: No visa required.

MOZAMBIQUE: Visa required and must be obtained in advance. However, you may consider using a visa service company. Current cost £40 (UK passport) or US$160 (USA passport) for a single entry.  For further information visit www.mozambiquehighcommission.org.uk or www.embamoc-usa.org

NAMIBIA: No visa required.

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. *Please see below for SA child regulations if travelling with children.  

TANZANIA: Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$50 pp (UK passport) or US$100 pp (USA passport). Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival.

UGANDA: A visa is required and must be obtained prior to departure – current cost US$50pp. Visit https://visas.immigration.go.ug for further information and to apply for the visa online.

ZAMBIA: Visa required and can be obtained on arrival. Currently US$50 pp. Only passport and USD cash needed on arrival. *If visiting both Zambia and Zimbabwe, there is the option to purchase a UniVisa for US$50 pp, allowing entry into both Zimbabwe and Zambia. 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. *See above Zambia note if also visiting Zambia.

Please note, if obtaining a visa on arrival, you can only pay with cash (not card).

* Botswana & South Africa Entry/Transit rules if travelling with children:

If you are travelling into or transiting via Botswana and/or 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 may be denied without them. Any documents not in English must have a sworn translation (certified/ authenticated). It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation to comply with the rules when 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 Government of Botswana’s the 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.home-affairs.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.