African countries are at different points as they take steps to reopen to tourism. (The information below was up to date as of press time on May 29, but events on the ground are changing daily.)

Botswana has allowed lodges and camps to reopen while hotels and restaurants can start operating again on June 5.

In Kenya, the government had recently extended the ban on all commercial flights to June 11, with the exception of flights that are arriving to evacuate foreign nationals.

Mauritius is completely Covid-free, but borders remain closed, with Air Mauritius saying that all international commercial passenger flights will remain suspended June 30.

Namibia has gradually reopened businesses under strict precautions. Domestic travel is allowed, but borders remain closed to non-Namibians. Namibia's national parks have reopened following their closure in April as a result of Covid-19.

Rwanda has partially lifted the national lockdown, allowing some businesses to operate. However, it remains unclear when international travel will return.

Like Mauritius, Seychelles is free of the coronavirus and announced a lifting of restrictions on the movement of people on May 4, while travel restrictions will end on June 1 when the island nation's international airport will reopen.

The government in South Africa has a risk-based lockdown approach in place, which comprises five levels -- Level 5 being a hard lockdown and Level 1 assuming general normality. The country is currently at Level 4 but is scheduled to move to Level 3 on June 1, which will allow for very limited business travel within the country. Domestic travel is only geared to start at Level 2, and international travel to resume only in Level 1. Prediction of international travel being allowed to South Africa again ranges anywhere from December to May 2021.

Tanzania reopened its tourism industry mid-May. International commercial flight operations resumed on May 18, and although all travelers entering or leaving the country will be screened, there are no quarantine requirements in place. So far, however, international flights have not resumed, and it is unclear when international airlines will start flying to the country again.

In Zambia, international flights are still able to land at Kenneth Kaunda Airport, but the government has suspended nonessential foreign travel. The government has, however, reopened Livingstone (Victoria Falls) and has encouraged local travel.

The nationwide lockdown has been extended indefinitely in Zimbabwe. President Emmerson Mnangagwa highlighted that the country needed to ease out of the lockdown "in a strategic and gradual manner."


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