KAFUNTA SAFARIS COVID UPDATES AND BOOKING TERMS

(latest update 05 February 2023)

 Following challenging years of dealing with the pandemic, we have returned to normal operations in the Luangwa Valley.

 

Of course, we will continue to maintain our high cleanliness standards and to monitor any sanitary measures that may be requested by the  Zambian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Tourism as well as the World Health Organisation in order to ensure safe environments and experiences throughout your stay.

 

Traveling around the world in 2023 may still occasionally bring challenges and it is the traveller’s responsibility to verify the latest requirements put in place by the Zambian government, airports or airlines.

ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS & INFORMATION

Note dated February 2023:  the Zambian government’s latest official update is from March 2022 and to this date  it has not issued a new and formal version of the below requirements. 

 

Since 28 March 2022, international travellers entering through any Points of Entry who are FULLY VACCINATED will not require any form of negative Covid test results but shall be required to provide proof of full vaccination status. Fully vaccinated means complete doses of a vaccine (for example first and second dose of a two-dose Covid-19 vaccine).

 

International travellers who are NOT fully vaccinated MUST show proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours before departure from the country of origin.

 

Children below the age of 12 years are exempt from these measures.

 

In addition to the above information, the following may also apply:

    • Random temperature checks
    • All travellers should hand over their health declaration forms (available on flights/at port of entry)
  • All travelers entering Zambia must produce a PCR-based SARS-CoV-2 negative certificate no older than 72 hours prior to departure from the country of origin.
  • All PCR test results must be loaded on either the Trusted Travel or the Global Haven platforms to comply with Africa CDC
  • A Ministry of Health “Travel Health” questionnaire form must be completed on board the flight before landing.
  • Port of entry health officers will conduct a thermo-scanning (temperature check) of all travelers.
  • Port of entry health officers will conduct general observation of passengers in regards to signs of illness, which could lead to further Covid testing (at travelers cost) and quarantine in designated facilities until results are available.
  • All visitors are responsible for monitoring their condition for 14 days after arrival and should report any occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms to medical authorities.
  • Tourist and business visit visas are available in advance and on arrival in Zambia.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS for all travelers from countries that are deemed to be at high risk of COVID 19 by the Ministry of Health / Zambia National Public Health Institute (ZNPHI) (*see list below)
  • All travelers from countries that are classified as High Risk of Covid-19 by the Ministry of Health (see below) will be subjected to SARS CoV2 testing at the Points of Entry even if they have a negative PCR test certificate.
  • Testing at the Point of entry will be done at the traveler’s cost.
  • Travelers who transit through high-risk countries are not considered high risk if the transit time is less than 24 hours.
  • Mandatory self-quarantine of 14 days will be instituted for all travelers from countries classified as “high risk”.
  • However, travelers from countries classified as “high risk” shall be allowed to discontinue the 14-day quarantine once the Negative PCR test results are communicated to the traveler.
  • Travelers from countries classified as “high risk” who test positive will be managed in accordance with the prescribed Zambia’s COVID 19 management guidelines.

2) List of countries that are deemed to be at high risk of COVID 19 by the Ministry of Health / Zambia National Public
Health Institute (ZNPHI) as of 13 September 2021 

(there hasn’t been any update to this list, and it is still considered valid as of January 2022)

  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • Costa Rica
  • Iraq
  • Maldives
  • Oman
  • Paraguay
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • Tunisia
  • Uruguay
  • Brazil
  • Columbia
  • Fiji
  • Kuwait
  • Mongolia
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Suriname
  • United Arab Emirates

DEPARTURE REQUIREMENTS

Zambia doesn’t have any exit requirement.  Travellers are responsible to check if any measures are required by the airlines or countries of transit and destination. 

 

ATTENTION: as requirements for exit PCR tests have consistently decreased, there is no longer any travel-aimed testing facilities in Mfuwe. Inquire about testing options at Lusaka airport upon departure should this still be necessary in 2023. 

BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS

With travel conditions returning to normal, our general terms and conditions are again implemented. 

Other than the admin fee of $100, there is no penalty for cancelling a booking which is more than 91 days away. If the booking is within 90 days of travel, our regular cancellation terms apply (90-46 days 20%, 45-0 days 100%).

Any refund will incur an admin/banking fee of $100.

Clients are advised to claim compensation from their personal travel insurance.

 

However, if travel is made impossible due to strict and valid Covid-19 reasons (see below), we may agree on a case by case basis to postpone the reservation to later dates in 2023. Sadly, cancellations within the last 48 hours will forfeit full payment. 

 

 

COVID-19 RELATED REASONS INCLUDE:

If our properties are temporarily closed.

If the Zambian government has closed borders to international travellers or is not issuing visas for travellers from the guests’ country of origin.

If the government of the guest’s country of residence has closed its borders to all but essential travel.

If there is a compulsory quarantine imposed in Zambia or the traveler’s country.

Excluded: Testing positive prior to departure from country of origin. This is a medical cause that must be covered by traveler’s insurance.

These terms are for FIT bookings only, they do not apply to group bookings. Third-party services are subject to each suppliers’ policy.

Please contact us if you need any further information on Covid-19 protocols and support

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