Travel open to Zanzibar

Currently, South Africans can travel to Zanzibar. Tanzania’s borders are open and travellers are welcome. You will be screened on arrival and could be required to take a COVID-19 test if showing symptoms. Be aware that tests can cost anywhere from $100 to $150 (R1,530 to R2,300).

You may be required to quarantine for 14 days, at your own cost, if a COVID-19 test is completed on arrival. Although the government of Tanzania doesn’t (currently) require a negative COVID-19 test, the airline may require one upon departure. If so, Tanzania border control may also request one. 

While Mauritius is a much-loved December getaway for South Africans, and has opened its borders to long stay visitors, there are strict conditions in place (including a 14-day quarantine), along with some uncertainties around which airlines are flying. Garrett suggests instead that you book your Mauritius holiday now for 2021.

A little further afield, authorities in Seychelles have permitted South African travellers to enter the country. Air Seychelles also announced weekly (Saturday) flights to Johannesburg from November, as well as three times a week from December for the holiday season.

The Maldives is also open, with Air Seychelles offering flights from Johannesburg to the Maldives from 4 December to 9 January.


The Flight Centre Travel Group has launched a Travel News information hub online that allows you to search for any country and get up-to-date COVID-19 travel information and other need-to-know resources for free.

Although every effort is made to ensure the information is up to date, information is subject to change at any time. It is always advisable to consult a travel agent and local embassy for the latest country and travel information.


Zanzibar is officially opened and Corona Free!

The Minister of Tourism announced, that there are no Covid-19 cases on Zanzibar since 10.6.2020!

Arrival to Zanzibar:

  • A negative COVID certificate is not needed on arrival in Zanzibar unless specified by the country of departure or airline 

  • There is no mandatory quarantine upon arrival

  • Travelers will be checked at the airport for COVID-19 symptoms by measuring temperature

  • Travelers must have valid health insurance

  • Travelers are encouraged to apply for online e-visas prior to arrival

  • Read the full Governmental Travel Advisory No. 5 of 5th of August 2020 and read the full Travel COVID procedures

In case of no symptoms of COVID-19, the traveler can proceed to the hotel without any limitations and without any need for quarantine.

In case of showing symptoms of COVID-19, the government will proceed with the corona test in their special facility.

Procedures during the stay on Zanzibar island:

  • free movement around the island is allowed

  • wearing the mask while in the public spaces

  • keeping social distance

  • all tourist facilities will follow the governmental Standard Operating Protocols (SOPs) to ensure Zanzibar is the safest destination