5 destinations off the beaten track in Africa open to tourism


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Westerners still relatively unexplored, Africa is possible the most underrated continent in the world. From the Pacific Ocean to the Indian coast, the cradle of humanity is brimming with culture and is ready to be rediscovered after two years of Covid.

Unlike many well-known destinations in Asia or the Caribbean, which still have stricter travel rules, others in Africa, which are equally heavenlythey welcome American passengers with open arms and very simple entry requirements.

Here you will find 5 destinations off the beaten track on the African continent, which are currently open to American, Canadian and British visitors, whether testing or vaccination is required for entry, and most importantly: what these unheard of countries have to offer.

Cape Verde

Santa Maria beach in Sal, Cape Verde

Are you looking for clean beaches with the cleanest water, luxury resorts which are much more accessible than similar beach sanctuaries in the Maldives or Cancun and are warm tropical climate all year round? Cape Verde may be the dream destination you didn’t even know you needed.

This country, an archipelago off the west coast of Africa, is steeped in history, thanks to its dual European-African identity and strong ties to Portugal. several island stays holidaymakers can choose from, including the Sal and Boa Vista tourist hotspots.

The port of Cabo San Lucas in Cape VerdeThe port of Cabo San Lucas in Cape Verde

Covid entry requirements for Cape Verde

Cape Verde is now clearly one of the simplest countries on the African continent in terms of entry requirements for Covid. In order for Americans to enter, they must complete and Travel form in advance and present only one of the following documents:

  • a vaccination certificate attesting full vaccination with all required doses of the approved vaccination schedule;
  • return letter no earlier than 90 days before departure;
  • Negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours of flight;
  • Negative Rapid Antigen test result obtained 48 hours before the flight.

When you are in Cape Verde, in addition to regular temperature checks at the airport, no further testing or quarantine is required from visitorsso that they can enjoy time in the sun carefree. On the other hand, it may be necessary to submit Covid documents travel between islands.


African Huts In The Hills Of MozambiqueAfrican Huts In The Hills Of Mozambique

Like Cape Verde, Mozambique is a former Portuguese colony and nation that boasts incredible wilderness, beaches and marine parks. Step by step Indian Ocean coastthis hidden gem is as interesting as its neighbor South Africa, but without the usual crowds of tourists.

Here you can visit the Quirimbas archipelago, which consists of 250 km of coral islands, explore the imposing ruins of Ibo Island, an island that owes much of its history to the Portuguese colonial period, or just relax on quieter beaches such as Tofo.

An old colonial era Christian church in MozambiqueAn old colonial era Christian church in Mozambique

Covid entry requirements for Mozambique

While Mozambique does not require proof of vaccination to enternor does it distinguish between existing categories of passengers, expecting all incoming passengers to provide evidence of a negative PCR test. up to 72 hours before the trip.

US citizens also need a visa to visit Mozambiquewhich is issued upon arrival. Travelers are advised to contact the Mozambican authorities for more information on visa fees, which may vary depending on the length of their stay. In short, they must have:

View of the Indian Ocean and a small fishing village in MozambiqueView of the Indian Ocean and a small fishing village in Mozambique
  • Negative PCR test result issued within 72 hours before the trip;
  • Return ticket;
  • Reservation of accommodation.

Despite the availability of visas on arrival, The US Embassy in Mozambique advises Americans to obtain visas in advance from the Mozambican embassy in Washington, noting that some “US citizens were denied entry because they did not obtain the correct type of visa in advance.”


Baie Beau Vallon beach on Mahe island in SeychellesBaie Beau Vallon beach on Mahe island in Seychelles

The Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa and one of the most developed nations on the continent. Its small capital, Victoria, offers a more relaxed stay in the city, while the Morne Seychellois National Park allows visitors to come into contact with nature again.

Boat trips are also a common activity in the Seychelles, which is known for its water activities and some the most beautiful secret beaches in Africa. When visiting, passengers are likely to land on Mahé, the main island and the most important hub of the country.

View of Eden Island, SeychellesView of Eden Island, Seychelles

Entry requirements for Covid for Seychelles

From March 15, 2022, fully vaccinated visitors no longer have to take the Covid tests before traveling to Seychelles. If more than six months have elapsed since the end of the primary vaccination schedule, they must receive a booster dose in order to remain eligible to circumvent testing. “

Other passengers are also welcome, although they may have to undergo testing before the flight, especially those who are not vaccinated and did not have Covid the year before the trip. in general passengers must choose one of the Covid entry documents listed below:

  • vaccination certificate older than 6 months;
  • booster dose;
  • confirmation of recovery less than a year before the trip;
  • Negative PCR assay within 72 hours of travel;
  • Negative rapid antigen test in less than 24 hours.


Safari 4x4 drive through the African Sahara country, TanzaniaSafari 4x4 drive through the African Sahara country, Tanzania

Tanzania is another surprising destination in Southeast Africa, located among the snow-capped mountains in the north, the peoples of Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi in the west, Mozambique in the south and the Indian Ocean in the east.

It is home to the imposing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in all of Africa, and the autonomous island of Zanzibar, which houses the UNESCO – listed Stone City. Visitors’ favorite activities include classic African safaris and wildlife watching.

Arabian fortress in Stone City, Zanzibar, TanzaniaArabian fortress in Stone City, Zanzibar, Tanzania

Covid entry requirements for Tanzania

Tanzania is open to tourism.

Those who have been fully vaccinated against Covid are exempt from all types of tests before and after their arrival in Tanzania, but must be able to present a valid certificate with readable QR code on landing. It means US citizens who only hold a physical CDC card may face further challenges.

Three giraffes in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania, AfricaThree giraffes in Kilimanjaro National Park, Tanzania, Africa

Alternatively, those who do not hold a valid vaccination card may enter upon presentation of a negative RT-PCR or NAAT test. The test must be performed within 72 hours of departure and presented at the landing border. Therefore, Americans are advised to keep either:

  • Digital vaccination card with QR code; or a
  • Negative PCR or NAAT test performed 72 hours before the flight.

Sao Tome and Principe

Sunset in Santo Antonio, the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe in AfricaSunset in Santo Antonio, the capital of São Tomé and Príncipe in Africa

The island country located in the Gulf of Guinea São Tomé and Príncipe is famous for its remarkable nature, which includes unique rock formations and a number of rainforests. As another former colony of Portugal, its cities are characterized by traditional Portuguese architecture.

Beach lovers will inevitably fall in love with the country, which is proud of itself miles of pristine coastline. Some of its most famous attractions are Rolas Island, a small island with beach with turquoise waterCão Grande, a major national monument, and the Blue Lagoon.

Cao Grande hill on São Tomé and Príncipe island in AfricaCao Grande hill on São Tomé and Príncipe island in Africa

Covid entry requirements for São Tomé and Príncipe

Sao Tome and Principe has some of the simplest entry requirements for Covid on this list. Everyone is welcome, regardless of the vaccination status, although all passengers must be tested before departure. After crossing the border, Americans can explore the islands indefinitely.

In total, they must submit one document:

  • Negative PCR test result obtained within 72 hours of travel.
Maasai village in Kenya, AfricaMaasai village in Kenya, Africa

Whether it’s unexpected walks on the beach, experiences in the Sahara’s arid territories that appear once in a lifetime, or walks through cities across different nations, there is certainly no shortage of sights you should visit in Africa.

As more countries on this continent reopen to tourism, Americans are advised to follow official CDC guidelines before preparing travel plans and make sure they are covered for all Covid cases abroad.

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