Middle East & Africa

Welcome to our Middle East & Africa travel page. Here you’ll find the latest updates from airlines, hotels and car hire companies, as well as information on border restrictions. Our traveller resources also have tips, frequently asked questions and useful links to help you plan and prepare for your next trip so you can get back on the road safely.

Rules and restrictions vary by country and are changing regularly, so if you’re travelling from outside the Middle East & Africa don’t forget to check the latest information on your departure and any transit countries here.  

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Latest News

NAMIBIA: Namibia opens for international travel

Namibia will open up for international travel from 18 September as it ends a six-month long state of emergency. The state of emergency came to an end at midnight on Thursday 17 September and will not be extended. From 18 September, travelling in and out of restricted areas including the capital Windhoek and the surrounding towns of Okahandja and Rehoboth will be permitted.
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SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa to move to alert level one

South Africa will enter alert level one as of midnight, 20 September 2020. There will be a gradual easing of restrictions placed on international travel for business and leisure purposes as of 1 October 2020. Travel may be restricted to/from countries with high infection rates. A list of these countries will be published in the week to come. Travellers will only be permitted to travel to/from OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport and King Shaka Airport. A limited number of border posts will remain open at South Africa's land borders. A negative COVID-19 test must be presented on arrival, not older than 72 hours from the time of departure from the point of origin. Should a COVID-19 test not be presented, passengers will be required to enter mandatory quarantine at their own cost. All travellers will be screened and should they display symptoms, they will be required to enter and remain in quarantine. All travellers will be required to download the COVID Alert SA App. South African Missions abroad will now be able to process visas and long stay visas will be reinstated. Further guidelines related to international travel during alert level one will be communicated in the week ahead.   
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MADAGASCAR: Nosy Be reopens for international travel

The government of Madagascar has announced that the island of Nosy Be will reopen for international travel on 1 October. All arriving passengers must present a return air ticket and may not travel outside Nosy Be. A negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) test is required for entry, and health screening procedures are in place at airports and other ports of entry. Free testing is provided at the airport on arrival. A 14-day quarantine is required.
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ISRAEL: Israel to impose three-week national lockdown

Israel is to impose a new national lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 – with tough restrictions coming into effect on Friday 18 September. The country's second lockdown will last for at least three weeks.
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OMAN AIR: Airline to resume flying to 16 destinations from 1 October 2020

The national carrier of Oman has confirmed that it will return to operating scheduled flights to 16 cities in 12 countries from 1 October. The airline will connect Oman's capital Muscat with London, Istanbul, Frankfurt, Cairo, Mumbai, Delhi, Kochi, Dubai, Doha, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Lahore and Islamabad, with more destinations to be added soon.
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Traveller resources

Packing and Preparation

Now, more than ever, it's important to be well prepared before embarking on a trip. Prepare for your next trip with our handy traveller checklist, download the traveller app Sam :] and make sure you've packed everything you need to stay safe and healthy.

In the skies

From touchless check-in kiosks to empty middle seats, air travel post-COVID will look very different. Even the most frequent flyer will have questions and want to know what to expect, so we've answered the most frequently asked questions.

On the ground

Rental car are changing their policies to decrease human interaction and touchpoints. Find out what else ground transportation companies are doing to limit the risk of COVID-19.

Accommodation

Hotels around the world are implementing new processes and safety precautions in response to COVID-19. To help prepare for your next trip take a look at our frequently asked questions to discover what measures hotels are taking and what the hotel experience will look like post-pandemic.