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Coronavirus: these African countries which are reopening their borders

Many countries are starting to reopen their airports after months of closure. And the recovery promises to be long. Since this Saturday, August 1, the opening of air traffic has accelerated on the continent, particularly in West Africa, with a resumption of commercial flights. According to information provided by several national authorities, almost all the countries of the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS) must reopen their air and sometimes land borders with the exception of Nigeria. At the end of June, the institution recommended a "coordinated and gradual opening of borders" in order "to revive the economies of ECOWAS member countries". A little behind its initial schedule, ECOWAS promises a periodical assessment of the health situation in member countries and others.
Coronavirus: these African countries which are reopening their borders

In any case, to know the recommendations of the country to which you wish to go in Africa, you can consult the updated information of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

West African skies are brightening

An economic heavyweight in West Africa, Côte d'Ivoire was one of the first African countries to announce the resumption of its international flights after more than three months of suspension. A completed “Health Declaration Form” must be submitted prior to departure.

In neighboring Senegal, the situation has gradually improved. While President Macky Sall announced on June 29 the reopening of Senegal's air borders "from July 15", the Ministry of Tourism and Air Transport backpedaled two days later, declaring that the country would "apply the principle of reciprocity to all States which have taken measures against it ”. A turnaround due to "the EU's decision to ban Senegal from the list of countries authorized to travel in its space". While flights have indeed resumed, some nationals are not allowed to enter the country. A good overview of the prospects for air travel in Africa is given by the free interactive map from IATA. The International Air Transport Association updates travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic several times a day.

Same situation in Mali open since July 25 and in other Sahel countries such as Niger, Chad or Burkina Faso where local authorities have announced the reopening of air, land and rail borders as of August 1.

It is also official on the part of Togo which reopened its air borders this Saturday, August 1, closed since March to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, the government announced in a press release confirming the resumption of domestic and international flights. Namely, all passengers bound for Togo, will be "subjected to the Covid-19 PCR test (a single test on arrival and another on departure), with the exception of passengers in transit", according to the terms of the press release. . To this end, a platform has been set up to allow travelers to complete all formalities online.

For the moment, connections are planned to several African capitals, including Abidjan. There should not be more than 3 to 4 flights per day at first, mainly provided by Asky, the company based in Togo. There is no question for the moment of welcoming international carriers such as Air France, Brussels Airlines or RAM. Airport and health authorities favor caution. They first want to see how the arrangements that will be put in place on arrival and departure work.

If conditions are satisfactory and there is no import of Covid-19, more flights will be scheduled as and when throughout August. Togo, which recorded its first case of the novel coronavirus on March 6, had 927 cases of infection and 18 deaths, according to official figures released Thursday evening. 634 patients are cured and 275 others are under treatment. The Togolese authorities extended the state of health emergency already declared in April in early July for three months.

On the other hand, it will still not be possible for Togolese to cross the land borders to go to nearby Benin. In this West African country, flights - albeit limited - are available to and from, but passengers will need to be tested upon arrival at their own expense and quarantined pending their results ...

What about Ghana and Nigeria? All the borders of the former Gold Coast are closed until August 13, when international flights reopen. Only citizens are allowed to re-enter the country but will need to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. After months of closure, Nigeria reopened its airports in Abuja, Lagos, Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri and Maiduguri on July 11. In contrast, international travel does not have a recovery date.

Tourism struggles in East Africa

Elsewhere in Africa, information is often scattered and difficult to verify. In the east of the continent, Rwanda aside, a war of nerves is playing out as tourism crumbles for the two lighthouses in the area, Kenya and Tanzania. In principle, Nairobi announced a first phase of reopening on July 7. But in fact, it was August 1 that domestic and international flights were authorized. “Over the next 21 days, we will be studying the patterns of interactions and the spread of the disease. If we observe a worsening of the pandemic, we will have no choice but to return to lockdown, ”President Uhuru Kenyatta said.

Even before the official appearance of the virus in Kenya in mid-March, tourism, one of the pillars of the Kenyan economy, was hit hard by cancellations in January and February, particularly from crucial markets like China, 'Europe and the United States. The sector is already suffering a shortfall of 750 million dollars (664 million euros) for this year, or half of revenues for all of 2019, according to the tourism ministry.

And the war with the Tanzanian neighbor will not help the situation. Indeed, Tanzania on Saturday banned Kenya Airways flights, after being itself excluded from countries allowed to fly in Kenya. Kenya Airways flights are banned on "a reciprocal basis", according to the Tanzanian authorities. "The Tanzanian government has decided to revoke the approval granted to Kenya Airways to operate flights between Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar as of August 1, 2020 and until further notice," said the letter. Tanzanian civil aviation. "This letter also repeals all previous arrangements which allowed Kenya Airways to operate flights to the United Republic of Tanzania," the letter added. Kenya Airways Executive Director Allan Kilavuka said he was "saddened" by the move and hoped the situation would change quickly.

The refusal of the Tanzanian President John Magufuli to impose a lockdown in his country and his decision to stop the publication of figures concerning the coronavirus pandemic at the end of April have created certain concern among Tanzania's neighbors and within the country. World Health Organization (WHO). President Magufuli in June declared Tanzania free from any presence of the virus and thanked God and the prayers of Tanzanians. And international travelers do not need to bring a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country.

None of that in Rwanda, neighbor. Anyone wishing to visit the country will need to produce a negative RT-PCR test which was performed 72 hours before arrival. Once you have landed you will need to remain in quarantine at your hotel until a second PCR test performed in Rwanda is returned to you 24 hours after arrival. Rwanda also offers visas on arrival for citizens of all countries. All of the nation's national parks are open, but visitors will need to test negative for the coronavirus 19 to 48 hours before going there.

Mauritius and Seychelles, take off again, but how?

While Mauritius, a popular destination for foreign tourists, keeps its borders closed, Seychelles is opting for a different strategy. Since June, foreigners have been allowed to spend their holidays there again, but the Ministry of Tourism is currently only looking for “high-end” visitors, according to the Seychelles Nation newspaper. Explanation: “Only visitors traveling on private jets and charter flights, and who will be heading directly to remote island resorts, will be allowed entry. »Visitors will not be permitted to leave their island resorts during their stay. Commercial flights have also resumed, but at a very slow pace ...

Further south of the continent, the situations are very diverse. From Botswana to Zambia, everything is being done to save the tourist season but each of these countries is preparing for the worst. Especially South Africa where talks to reopen the country to some foreign tourists are underway. The tourism industry is pushing to reopen the country by September, but this timeline seems difficult to keep as South Africa remains the epicenter of the pandemic in Africa with more than 500,000 cases of Covid-19 . The peak of the epidemic is expected in August according to the authorities. There are reports that most international flights will not resume until 2021, but this schedule could be updated.

The situation in the Maghreb, a popular summer destination, remains just as unclear. To date, only Tunisia has lifted all restrictions on the reception of European travelers, especially French. They can move around freely since June 27. In Morocco, no date has been put forward for the resumption of tourism. Only Moroccans and foreigners residing in the country have been allowed to return since July 14. Algeria, for its part, announced the closure of its borders until the end of the pandemic.

The vagueness persists for Europe

And for Africans looking to travel to Europe - the vagueness persists. It has in fact been possible since July 1 to travel to the Old Continent, but it should be noted that only travelers from three of the 54 countries on the African continent, namely Morocco, Tunisia and Rwanda are authorized to travel there. . Algeria was removed from this list on Thursday after the country was on it just a month ago. 'The decisive factor in deciding whether the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU applies to a third-country national should be residence in a third country for which the restrictions on non-essential travel have been lifted ( and not nationality) ”, warns the Council of 27. This vote concerns a recommendation which is not legally binding, the EU countries being sovereign over the control of their borders.