Travel in times of uncertainty

Keeping you inspired and informed as we navigate COVID-19 together

TRAVEL READY DESTINATIONS | &BEYOND CONNECT | NEW BOOKINGS | EXISTING BOOKINGS | COVID-19 PROTOCOLS | VACCINE STATUS OF &BEYOND | COMMUNITIES & CONSERVATION

When humankind rallies in the face of adversity; we have proved our resourcefulness, our courage and, most of all, the ability to showcase the empathy that defines our humanity.

The spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) has once again tested our resilience, and we would like to take this opportunity to extend our thoughts to those who have been affected. The rapidly changing situation with regards to COVID-19 has affected people, businesses and economies everywhere. It is difficult not to be overwhelmed with impact on such a massive scale and our thoughts go out to all those affected, whether in terms of health or their daily income.

In troubling times such as this, we can take to heart that we have faced challenges like coronavirus before – and we have prevailed.

SO, HOW DO WE MOVE FORWARD AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL EXPERIENCES?

In this context, &Beyond’s priority remains the wellbeing and safety of all our guests and staff, as well as the communities surrounding our lodges. While it is difficult to plan in the long term, as things remain in a constant state of flux, we have put together a plan that we believe allows our guests a measure of certainty for the future, while still allowing us to care for the land, wildlife and people that depend on us.

Travel Ready Destinations

COVID-19 UPDATES

It’s important that you get the latest information from reputable sources. The World Health Organisation’s Situation Reports are our resources for all things COVID-19 related.

TRAVEL READY DESTINATIONS

Follow the below to keep tabs on which of our destinations of operation are open to international travellers.
Additionally, bookmark the following useful reference for the latest Travel Advisories from Global Rescue – our travel insurance provider.

Sri Lanka

✅ International Borders Open

Borders are open for tourists. Fully vaccinated travellers who arrive 14 days after receiving the final dose of the vaccine are not required to quarantine and are free to travel across the country. We strongly recommend ETA Visa be applied for online (click here for the link), however 31 countries can get a visa on arrival ($35). Mandatory Covid-19 Insurance is required (click here for the link) and costs $12 with a cover of $75,000 for one month in Sri Lanka. No pre-arrival/on-arrival PCR tests are required for fully vaccinated adult travellers and 12-17-year-olds with a single dose. Each passenger has to complete a Health Declaration Form online which is accessed via the Bandaranaike International Airport online portal (click here for the link). We recommend that printed copies of the vaccination certificate, negative RT-PCR test, and the confirmation of the Health Declaration form be carried.

Nepal

✅ International Borders Open

Air borders are open and many airlines are now flying to Kathmandu. Fully vaccinated travellers (18 years and above) i.e., those who have completed a minimum of 14 days from the prescribed dose(s) of the approved vaccine – do NOT need to undertake the pre-departure RT-PCR test, will be exempt from quarantine/on arrival tests and will also be provided a visa on arrival. Land borders are still closed for foreigners. Pre-approved visas can also be applied for at a Nepalese Embassy in the country of residence. It is advisable to register for a visa online. A bar code (reference) will be generated. You need to carry a printout and retain a screenshot on your phone. You should only register 14 days or less prior to your date of arrival into Nepal. The form is available here. Pre-arrival one will also need to complete the CCMC form online. The form is available here.

Bhutan

❌ International Borders Closed

Bhutan has recently eased a country wide lockdown. Every adult in the country has now been vaccinated. No Visas are being issued yet. We expect the country will remain closed until mid 2022. Bhutan has a 14 day quarantine for all fully vaccinated returning Bhutanese nationals and 21 days if not fully vaccinated.

India

✅ International borders open

FLIGHTS – India reopened for tourism on 15 November 2021, and quarantine requirements lifted w.e.f 14th February 2022. Regular International flights will be operational from the 27th of March 2022.

VISA PROCEDURES – Tourist visas are now available from Indian High Commissions, Embassies, and Consulates and from Visa services. eVisas are also available for 156 nationalities. All visas are processed and issued by VFS Global or other visa providers in the traveller’s country of residence. Up-to-date visa information can also be found here.

VACCINATION AND OTHER ENTRY REQUIREMENTS – All travellers should submit the self-declaration form on the online Air Suvidha portal before the scheduled travel. This will include a travel history for the previous 14 days. The traveller must upload a scan of the main passport page, valid Covid Vaccination certificate or a scan of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR report. All documents must show the traveller’s name and date of birth. There are currently different rules for travellers arriving from countries and our team in India can advise. Vaccination Certificates from 88 countries are accepted (click here for the list). There will be random testing of 2% of passengers on all flights landing at each of India’s 22 International airports.

Botswana

✅ International borders open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Botswana the latest information provided on COVID-19 protocols by the Botswana government is as follows:

  • All guests entering Botswana should show proof that they have been fully vaccinated. This means having taken 2 doses of a two-dose vaccine, or a single dose of a single-dose vaccine
  • Fully vaccinated guests as per the above will not require a 72hr negative PCR test to enter Botswana
  • Should there be any valid medical reason exempting a guest from being vaccinated, a stamped and signed doctor’s letter on the relevant doctor’s letterhead will need to be produced
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  • If a guest is not fully vaccinated, they will be required to present a valid PCR negative test no older than 72 hours from the sample date and undergo COVID testing at point of entry at own cost
  • Guests will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry.  Guests symptomatic upon arrival will be required to undertake mandatory testing and possible isolation and or quarantine. Guests will be required to remain in contact with the local health authority for a period of 14 days during self-monitoring
  • Guests exiting Botswana are expected to comply with travel regulations of the destination country at their own expense
  • Children below 12 years of age entering Botswana will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 result or vaccination certificate

Mozambique

✅ International borders open with restrictions

To enter Mozambique, guests must present a complete Covid-19 vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR test performed within 72 hours of arrival in Mozambique. Children 11 years old and younger are exempt from presenting both the complete vaccination certificate and the PCR test when entering Mozambique. Children 11 years old and younger are exempt from wearing masks in all places. The use of masks for guests 12 years and older are only mandatory indoors and on public transport. In open places, where it is not possible to maintain physical distance, the use of a mask is recommended, but not mandatory.

 

Namibia

✅ International borders open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Namibia the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the Namibian government is as follows:

  • Guest of all nationalities are welcome
  • Fully vaccinated travellers are no longer required to produce a negative PCR test results upon arrival at a Namibian Point of Entry, but are instead required to produce an authentic, valid vaccination card at Point of Entry
  • Fully Vaccinated is defined as anybody who has received all doses of a WHO approved vaccine at least two weeks prior to travel, meaning one dose of a single-dose vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine. Please check whether your vaccine is a single-dose or multi-dose vaccine.
  • Non-vaccinated guests (including children aged five years and older) must present a negative SARSCOV-2 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test result no older than 72 hours from time of the collection of the specimen to the time the individual arrives in Namibia
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  • Children below five years of age entering Namibia will not be required to produce a negative COVID-19 result
  • Non-vaccinated guests who arrive with PCR test results that are older than 72 hours and are not in possession of a de-isolation certificate, will be subjected to a PCR test at own cost at the port of entry and will be quarantined at own cost. Such traveller will be released from quarantine if the PCR results are negative.
  • Namibia has joined the Trusted Travel Initiative, whereby test results are uploaded onto a web platform for verification and a Trusted Travel (TT) code is issued. This code is presented to port health authorities upon arrival.
  • Prior to arrival in Namibia, non-vaccinated guests must go online to trustedtravel.panabios.org, create a profile and upload their negative test certificate onto the panaBIOS Trusted Travel website. They will be given a QR code that must be presented on arrival with their negative test certificate.
  • The following link provides guidelines regarding the process: https://www.atta.travel/media/21864/trusted-travel-system.pdf
  • Wearing of masks in public places is no longer mandatory. However, people who are in close settings, such as public transport or indoor public meetings, are encouraged to wear masks. Physical distance of no less than 1 metre must be maintained between people at all times.
  • If guests require a test prior to departure, an accredited lab will perform the PCR test and the guest will receive a link to the panaBios Trusted Travel web platform where they can login and obtain their code.
  • Some mobile devices may not display the QR codes or forms correctly – we recommend obtaining a different browser app or using an alternative device as a workaround to this
  • Guests will be required to complete a short health questionnaire which will need to be submitted, together with a full travel itinerary, to the Health Ministry staff on arrival at the airport. The health questionnaire forms can be obtained at here.
  • Upon arrival at Hosea Kutako International Airport, guests proceed to their pre-booked destination
  • Guests must ensure they have adequate travel insurance which covers both medical expenses and potential unexpected hotel stays in case of quarantine

South Africa

✅ International borders open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into South Africa the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the South African government is as follows:

  • Guests of all nationalities are welcome subject to visa requirements and Covid-19 protocols.
  • Fully vaccinated guests of 12 years and older (arriving as well as transiting) must produce a valid vaccination certificate at the Port of Entry.
  • If a guest’s vaccination certificate does not contain a QR code, it may lead to delays on arrival, or the guest may be required to undergo an antigen test at their own expense.
  • Fully Vaccinated means one dose of a single-dose vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine. Please check whether your vaccine is a single-dose or multi-dose vaccine.
  • Unvaccinated guests of 12 years and older (arriving as well as transiting) must produce one of the following documents:
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  • 1. a valid certificate of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of departure;
  • 2. OR a valid certificate of negative antigen COVID-19 test, performed by a medical practitioner, registered public health authority or accredited/approved laboratory, which was obtained not more than 48 hours before the date of departure;
  • 3. OR a valid certificate of a positive PCR Covid-19 test, recognised by the World Health Organisation, for a test date less than 90 days prior to the date of arrival and more than 10 days prior to the date of arrival, together with a signed letter from a health care provider, registered in the country of origin, stating that the person has fully recovered from Covid-19, is not experiencing any new symptoms and is fit to travel.
  • Children under twelve years of age are not required to present any of the documents specified above on arrival in South Africa.
  • An obligatory health questionnaire, which can be downloaded here, must be completed not more than 2 days ahead of departure to South Africa (also for those transit guests, who need to collect luggage before continuing on their journey). When leaving the country again, another questionnaire will need to be completed.
  • Upon arrival at the port of entry, guests will answer questions from health authorities and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and ensure they have not been in contact with infected persons.
  • Guests must provide proof of accommodation should they need to self-quarantine at the time of arrival.
  • If the guest shows COVID-19–related symptoms or has been in contact with an infected person(s), they must take a COVID-19 test at their own cost.  If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the guest will undergo a 10 day quarantine at a designated site at the guest’s expense.
  • Transit travellers through South Africa by air will be allowed to connect to their destinations, subject to them complying with applicable health protocols.
  • International flights are only available at King Shaka International (Durban), OR Tambo International (Johannesburg), Lanseria International (Johannesburg), Kruger Mpumalanga International (Nelspruit) and Cape Town International Airports.
  • Only certain border posts remain open at South Africa’s land borders.
  • The wearing of a face masks in an open public space is no longer required, but a distance of at least one metre between people must be maintained. When in an indoor public space, it is mandatory for everyone to wear a face mask, excluding a child under the age of six.

Zambia

✅ International borders open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Zambia the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the Zambian government is as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated guests do not require any form of negative COVID test to enter Zambia but are required to provide proof of full vaccination status
  • Fully vaccinated is defined as having received 2 doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose vaccine
  • All arriving guests will be required to complete a short health questionnaire on-board and presented to health staff at the airport
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  • Unvaccinated or partly-vaccinated guests will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test with samples taken within 72 hours before departure.  Re-testing at own cost will applied for any guests thet do not meet this requirement. If the result is positive, the guest will be taken to isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and treated at their own cost
  • Guests temperature will be taken at point of entry and they may be requested to undergo a further PCR test on arrival if they have a temperature equal to or higher than 38°C and/or appear to be symptomatic
  • Children under the age of 12 years are exempt from these measures
  • If the result is positive, the guest will be taken to isolation facilities identified by the Ministry of Health and treated at their own cost

Zimbabwe

✅ International borders open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Zimbabwe the latest information provided on COVID-19 protocols by the Zimbabwean government is as follows:

  • All passengers 12 years of age and over are required to either present a negative PCR Covid-19 Clearance Certificate obtained within 48 hours before departure to Zimbabwe or proof of being fully vaccinated.
  • Children below the age of 12 are exempted from all.
  • Fully Vaccinated to enter Zimbabwe means one dose of a single dose vaccine such as Johnson & Johnson or both doses of a two-dose vaccine such as AstraZenica or Pfizer.
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR test is no longer a requirement for departure from Zimbabwe unless the onward destination or airline requires it.
  • Guests must always wear a mask in public areas.
  • Guests are required to have a mask and must wear it when approaching police stops when travelling by road.

Kenya

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Kenya the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the Kenyan government is as follows:

  • The most recent COVID entry requirements for Kenya can be found here: https://www.kcaa.or.ke/covid-19/quarantine-exempted-states
  • All guests coming to Kenya who are fully vaccinated shall be exempt from the requirement of a PCR test. The following categories of guests may also enter subject to requirements:
    • Guests with medical conditions precluding vaccination. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner detailing the medical reason precluding vaccination
    • Guests who have recovered from an active COVID-19 infection or received convalescent plasma in the preceding 90 days. Such persons shall be required to provide a letter from a recognized medical practitioner showing that the person may have recovered from an active infection in the preceding 90 days
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  • Fully Vaccinated means one dose of a single-dose vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine. Please check whether your vaccine is a single-dose or multi-dose vaccine
  • All unvaccinated guests arriving at any port of entry into Kenya, must be in possession of a valid COVID-19 negative PCR test certificate conducted within 72 hours before departure regardless of the route of entry. Children below the age of 5 years are exempt from this requirement
  • Unvaccinated guests arriving at any point of entry shall be subjected to rapid antigen test at their own cost of 30 USD.  Any persons who test positive on antigen RDT will be subjected to PCR test at their own further cost of 50 USD and required to self-isolate. Guests below the age of 5 years are exempt from this testing requirement

 

 

 

Rwanda

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

  • Passengers are required to complete a Public Health Passenger Locator Form before arriving in Rwanda
  • Guests must take a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction) test in the country of origin at an ISO certified laboratory, 72 hours before first departure to Rwanda. They are required to submit the results of the first test to the following address lab@rbc.gov.rw before departure and ensure they have a printed copy of the results in hand upon arrival at the airport.
  • All arriving passengers will be required to take a RT-PCR and Ag RDT COVID-19 test on arrival
  • Arriving passengers are no longer required to quarantine in designated hotels
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  • Mandatory tests taken on arrival will be paid for upon arrival at Kigali International Airport
  • Tourists, including children over 5 years, where applicable, visiting the country’s national parks, will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours. An RT-PCR COVID-19 test is required for all visitors wishing to see primates at Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Gishwati-Mukura National Parks.
  • The cost of a COVID-19 test will be at the guest’s expense – approximately USD 60 per test, we recommend all guests are prepared to make payment via credit card. In the event of technical payment issues we also recommend traveling with a minimum of USD 250 per person in new bills and small denominations for any eventualities
  • Guests may be subjected to further health screening (temperature scanning and asked few questions about their heath). If at any time the guests exhibit any symptoms or test positive they will be quarantined at their own cost
  • While in the country, guests are expected to abide by guidelines of the Health Ministry and specific guidelines for tourists’ attractions including National Parks
  • For any emergency, questions and feedback related to COVID -19, please call toll-free number 114
  • Another mandatory test is to be taken 72 hours prior to departure from Rwanda, either in Kigali or a selection of popular tourist areas

 

 

 

Tanzania & Zanzibar

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Tanzania & Zanzibar the latest information that has been furnished to us by the Tanzanian government officials is as follows:

  • All guests are required to truthfully fill in an online Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form available at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ (Mainland) and https://healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tz/traveller/#/home (Zanzibar)
  • Fully vaccinated guests will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. Guests will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the United Republic of Tanzania and the World Health Organization
  • Fully Vaccinated means one dose of a single-dose vaccine or both doses of a two-dose vaccine. Please check whether your vaccine is a single-dose or multi-dose vaccine
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  • Guests not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT- PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure. Guests may be tested on arrival per www.moh.go.tz using a Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of 10 USD (TZS 23,000) for Tanzania Mainland. If found positive they will be tested with RT- PCR for confirmation, allowed to self-isolate and the results will be sent via email or any other means
  • Guests to Tanzania who are eligible for Rapid Antigen Test per the above are advised to pay online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival, through an automatically generated control number obtained after filling the online Traveller’s Health Surveillance Form
  • Guests in transit by air transport are exempted from both vaccination and COVID 19 testing requirements unless stated otherwise by the conveyance to be used or countries of their final destinations.
  • All departing guests are advised to seek information prior to departure from travel agent regarding COVID-19 requirements of their country of destination or conveyance to be used

The following are required to complete the Travellers Surveillance Form:

  • Your passport information
  • Your travel details, including times and dates
  • You will receive a confirmation notification – the notification will contain your Unique Health Code (UHC) which you will present upon arriving in Tanzania at the health desk
  • Some mobile devices may not display the QR codes or forms correctly – we recommend obtaining a different browser app or using an alternative device as a workaround to this

 

 

 

Uganda

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Uganda the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the Ugandan government is as follows:

  • Fully vaccinated guests may travel to Uganda without obtaining a negative COVID-19 test prior to departure
  • Fully vaccinated means having received 2 doses of a 2-dose vaccine, or 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine.  There are no stated requirements for any boosters
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests must have had a negative PCR COVID 19 test done within 72 hours before arrival in Uganda. They must ensure they show no symptoms of any infectious disease before boarding
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  • Children under 5 years of age are exempted from both vaccination and pre-arrival testing requirements
  • Vaccinated guests no longer require pre-departure testing, unless destination country or airline require it
  • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests must have had a negative PCR COVID 19 test done within 72 hours before departure from Uganda
  • Guests who show symptoms will be taken by ambulance to Entebbe Hospital where infectious disease checks and a sample for COVID-19 tests are carried out. The results will be returned within 24- 48 hours during which guests remain in Entebbe at an approved facility
  • If guests test positive for COVID-19 they will be taken to a COVID 19 treatment centre in Entebbe or Kampala, or repatriated for treatment at their own cost, following COVID-19 medical evacuation protocols

 

Mauritius

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Mauritius the latest information provided on COVID protocols by the Mauritian government is as follows:

  • Vaccinated guests are allowed to explore the island after receiving a negative result from an arrival test. Unvaccinated guests will need to self-isolate for 7 days in accommodation of their choice
  • All guests, regardless of vaccination status, must take a COVID-19 test on the day of their arrival.
  • Guests staying in hotel or resort accommodation will take an antigen test on arrival at the property – this may be charged, depending on the property
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  • Fully vaccinated guests are required to have a valid vaccination certificate showing that at least 14 days have passed since they received the 2nd dose of an approved 2 dose vaccine or at least 28 days since they received the 1st dose of an approved 1 dose vaccine.
  • The approved 2 dose vaccines are AstraZeneca (Covishield, Vaxzevria), Covaxin, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac-CoronaVac, and Sputnik. The approved 1 dose vaccine is Johnson and Johnson.
  • Guests that have received a combination of two different vaccines may still be considered fully vaccinated.
  • Prior to travel, it is compulsory for all guests to fill out the digital Mauritius All in One travel form, which you can access via this link: https://safemauritius.govmu.org/. It will generate a PDF document with a QR Code, which must be presented to Health Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport. At the moment, you also need to fill out the Immigration Disembarkation Card, which will be handed to you during your flight to Mauritius. Please submit this to the Immigration Officials on arrival at Mauritius Airport.
  • Travel Insurance: Guests travelling to Mauritius should be aware that it is mandatory to have proof of travel insurance that specifically covers COVID-19 as well as the normal medical cover. Travel insurance certificates that do not specifically mention the cover given for COVID-19-related events are not acceptable.

Maldives

✅ International Borders Open

All tourist arrivals to the Maldives will be provided with a 30-day validity visa on arrival. A self-declaration health form submitted within 24 hours prior from/to your departure flight. This is an online form to be completed via this link. Fully vaccinated travellers (18 years and above) i.e., those who have completed a minimum of 14 days from the prescribed dose(s) of the approved vaccine, do NOT need to undertake the pre-departure RT-PCR test and no arrival testing as well (random testing will still be carried out for symptomatic travellers). For unvaccinated children above the age of 1, RT-PCR test valid for a minimum 96 hours prior to the first port of embarkation will be required. A negative RT-PCR test (valid for minimum 72 hours) is required if moving between resorts during a single stay.

Seychelles

✅ International Borders Open with restrictions

In addition to all current entry requirements, on arrival into Seychelles the latest information that has been furnished to us by the Seychelles government officials is as follows:

  • No need for a pre-travel negative PCR test prior to arrival in the Seychelles for fully vaccinated guests from all countries
  • Fully vaccinated guests are defined as having had a full primary series of vaccination (1 or 2 shots depending on the vaccine) and a booster if more than 6 months have elapsed since the primary vaccination. This applies to guests 18 years or older
  • Guests aged 12-18 years are considered fully vaccinated after completing only the primary series of the vaccine
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  • Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated guests will still be required to obtain a pre-travel negative COVID-19 test valid within 72hrs of departure, or an Antigen test obtained within 24hrs or departure.  Children under age 12 are exempt from this regulation
  • All arriving guests to complete the Travel Authorisation Form at https://seychelles.govtas.com/
  • All guests require valid health and travel insurance to cover COVID-19 related quarantine, isolation or treatment
  • Guests recovering from a recent COVID-19 infection (between 2 and 12 weeks prior to travel) need to provide proof of infection and completion of isolation in order to obtain exemption from pre-departure testing requirements.  These will need to be uploaded during completion of the Travel Authorisation Form
  • Guests may stay in any certified tourism establishments
  • Conditions for stay for children up to the age of 17 will be as per for the requirements for their parent/guardian
  • All visitors must report illness/symptoms to hotel management and public health authorities

Ecuador

✅ International borders open

  • Guests entering Ecuador will need to present the following:
    • A valid vaccination card, with the last application date at least 14-days prior to arrival in the country or a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test which has been taken 72-hours prior to boarding.
      • Children between 2 and 16 years old must present the negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test which has been taken 72-hours prior to boarding.
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      • Guest entering the Galapagos Islands will need to present the following:
        • All guests must present a valid vaccination card, with the last application date at least 14-days prior to arrival in the country or a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test which has been taken 72-hours prior to boarding.
        • Children between 2 and 16 years old must present the negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test which has been taken 72-hours prior to boarding.
        • A Galapagos Transit Control Card will need to be completed online (or at the airport) before the flight.
        • A travel insurance certificate is required.
      • All guests must present the digital Traveller’s Health Declaration when boarding the plane for their journey to Ecuador. The form can be filled out online using the following link: HERE .
      • Guests must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses.
      • The Ministry of Health will carry out random, rapid antigen tests on guests over 14 years old. In the case of a positive antigen test, guests will be required to isolate for 10 days (at their own expense) in government-approved accommodation.
      • Health officials will also check for any COVID-19-related symptoms and carry out antigen tests, if necessary.
      • From May 2022 It isn’t mandatory wear face mask.
        • The use of masks in closed spaces will continue to be mandatory in the case of health centers, hospitals, and health establishments.

Peru

✅ International borders open

  • All guests 12 years old and older must present their COVID-19 vaccination card with the completed dose and booster dose (total 3 doses). Otherwise, they must present a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding. Children under 12 years old are only required to be asymptomatic to board.
  • Guests must complete an “Affidavit of Health and Geo location Authorization”, 72-hours before departure – HERE
  • All guests over 18 years old need to present a physical or virtual card of complete vaccination to board domestic flights or a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • For domestic flights/trains  within Peruvian territory, passengers over 18 years old, will only be able to board if they prove to be fully vaccinated, either in Peru or abroad or a negative molecular test issued up to 48 hours prior to boarding
  • It isn’t mandatory wear face mask in open spaces

Chile

✅ International borders open

  • An Affidavit for Travellers to Prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19) must be completed 48-hours before arrival – c19.cl
  • Guests must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses, with a minimum coverage of USD 30,000.
  • The Chilean government no longer requires travellers to obtain a Mobility Pass (“Pase de Movibilidad”) in order to enter Chile. However, a valid Mobility Pass will still be required in many situations as Domestic flights, restaurants and enclosed spaces – guests can validate their vaccine scheme HERE
    • The process could take up to 3 weeks, so a 30-day advanced register is recommended
    • For domestic flights it is possible to show a negative PCR test 72 hours prior to board in case the guest doesn’t have a mobility pass

Argentina

✅ International borders open

  • Guests must complete an affidavit, it must be completed 48 hours before the flight to Argentina. HERE
  • Guests must have travel insurance to cover COVID-19 expenses

&Beyond Connect

A virtual care package from our family to yours

Fernweh. Literally translated, it means ‘far-sickness’ (‘fern’ meaning ‘far’ and ‘weh’ meaning ‘pain’). As opposed to homesickness, fernweh is an ache for distant places and a constant, insatiable craving for travel.

Nothing feeds our fernweh and our need for meaningful connections more than travel. So, while the exhilarating world of travel remains (temporarily) on hold, &Beyond Connect is our virtual care package to you. So, what’s in this virtual collection?

  • A travel-inspired digital magazine to feed your insatiable wanderlust
  • A podcast channel with four exciting shows that bring our fireside stories to life

Made with love by a tribe of travel addicts and wildlife enthusiasts, we hope this virtual ‘pick-you-up’ will keep you entertained, make you smile and encourage you to dream until we can reconnect again in person.

New bookings with &Beyond – Our Certainty promise

&Beyond is committed to monitoring and amending our approach to travel during these uncertain times by providing guests with both flexibility and security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This Annexure replaces any previous releases and is applicable from 01 August 2021 and remains in place until such time as the restrictions impacting outbound travel from guests home country and/ or inbound travel to the destinations in their respective itineraries (in particular those countries where &Beyond operates) and / or restrictions on operations as a result of government lockdowns are lifted.

Once these conditions are lifted, any booking yet to travel or made under the auspices of this Annexure are subject to &Beyond‘s standard terms and conditions.

The revised Annexure only applies to camps and lodges in the &Beyond portfolio in Africa and South America as well as &Beyond owned or managed services in Asia, Africa and South America. The Terms and conditions offered by; and the application of those terms by partner properties and service providers not owned or managed by &Beyond remain at the sole discretion of these partners and service providers concerned.

NEW BOOKINGS – MAXIMISING FLEXIBILITY

To provide our guests and partners increased flexibility and comfort, &Beyond is offering the following revised terms for new bookings at all &Beyond Camps and Lodges:

  • Extension of all 2020 rates into 2021 at all 29 &Beyond lodges and camps.
  • Any booking made 61 days or more prior to arrival may be held provisionally up to 30 days, with the option to extend.
  • Should &Beyond receive a confirmed booking for the dates/rooms being held provisionally, &Beyond will request the holder of the provisional space to either confirm or release the booking within 72 working hours. Should &Beyond receive no response to this request the booking will be automatically released.
  • Cancelling a confirmed independent traveller/s reservation for the named COVID-19 reasons listed below, is subject to the following:

 

Between Confirmation and 48hrs prior to arrival Credit to the value of monies paid for future travel into any property within the &Beyond portfolio or 100% Refund of monies paid for &Beyond lodges and camps less any applicable fees
Between 48hrs and arrival Credit to the value of monies paid for &Beyond lodges and camps for future travel into any property within the &Beyond portfolio
Cancellation during travel 50% credit for any unused nights at &Beyond lodges or camps for future travel into any property within the &Beyond portfolio

 

The Fine Print:

  • These terms exclude all groups (15 or more guests) and series bookings unless otherwise negotiated and agreed. Unless otherwise agreed &Beyond’s standard terms and conditions will apply for groups or series bookings.
  • These terms specifically relate to &Beyond owned and operated services only. &Beyond endeavours to work with our partner properties and service providers to secure the most flexible terms possible. However, all amendments, reductions, refunds and cancellation policies of partner properties and service providers will be determined at the sole and unfettered discretion of the partner properties and service providers utilized in any itinerary.
  • Due to the fluidity of the global situation, &Beyond requests that bookings made under these terms and conditions delay making any decisions until 60 days prior to travel concerning postponement, cancelation or refunds. Requests for consideration outside of 60 days are at &Beyond’s discretion.
  • Where a refund is requested, these payments will be made less any applicable bank charges.
  • Notifications to defer or cancel should be sent to &Beyond in writing. This notification must be received between 60 and 14 days from travel.
  • &Beyond reserves the right to recover any costs it incurred in preparation for the guests arrival should notification be received between 14 days and date of arrival where:
    • There has been no change to either the outbound or inbound travel restrictions between 60 and 14 days;
    • The traveller has not tested positive for COVID-19 and is within 10 days of travel;
    • The traveller’s flights have not been cancelled by the air carrier or flights have been cancelled but the re-routing of flights is possible;

Cancellation of a booking with no penalty only applies where one or more of the following named COVID-19 reasons for cancellation impacts travel:

  • The government of the guest’s country of residence restricts all but essential travel or enforces a mandatory quarantine stay at a government specified site at the guest’s cost on return from the destinations the guests are travelling to.
  • The destination/s the guests are travelling to are under official government imposed lock-down which prohibits guests from traveling;
  • If the government of the destination/s in which the &Beyond lodges or camps are located has declared that no visas will be issued to travellers from the guest’s country of residence;
  • The destination/s have no formal lock-down but have closed their border either to international travellers or to travellers from the guest’s country of residence;
  • International flights are cancelled with no alternative routing available to reach the destination/s in the itinerary;
  • The guest has contracted COVID-19 and is under treatment or is in quarantine for COVID-19 within 72 hours of travel.

Other:

  • Any reason for cancellation not listed above may be construed as disinclination to travel and &Beyond’s standard cancellation terms and conditions will apply.
  • If some but not all of the destinations are impacted by any of the listed reasons the guest will be offered the option to re-route their itinerary to another &Beyond destination or camp. Any increase in costs as a result of the changes made, guests will be required to settle in full. If there is a decrease in costs as a result of the changes the guest will be refunded or that amount can be held as a credit for future travel.
  • &Beyond reserves the right to ask for any reasonable evidence, written statements and/or supporting documents.

Read our full COVID-19 Terms and Conditions.

 

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Existing bookings with &Beyond

EXISTING BOOKINGS THAT WOULD LIKE TO POSTPONE TRAVEL TO A FUTURE DATE

In order to accommodate this recognised Force Majeure event and the resulting varying worldwide travel restrictions, guests may elect to postpone their travel for up to a year after the travel date, 60 days prior to travel, and carry forward up to 100% of the booking’s value* to the future booking. If the Force Majeure event is still impacting on travel at the time of the postponed booking’s new travel dates, guests will be able to postpone their travels for a further year.

Bookings seeking to defer from 2021 into 2022:

  • Extension of all 2021 rates into 2022 at all 29 &Beyond lodges and camps during low demand and low season.
  • Price increase of 5% at all 29 &Beyond lodges and camps for bookings deferring from 2021 into 2022 shoulder and high season periods.

Bookings seeking to defer further out than 2022 will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be subject to applicable rates once released.

Should a guest elect to cancel a confirmed booking then &Beyond will charge for costs incurred.

Due to the fluidity of the global situation, &Beyond requests that guests who have booked under these terms and conditions delay making any decisions until 60 days prior to travel concerning postponement, cancelation or refunds. Requests for consideration outside of 60 days are at &Beyond’s discretion.

Notifications to defer or cancel should be sent to &Beyond in writing. This notification must be received between 60 and 14 days from travel.
&Beyond reserves the right to recover any costs it incurred in preparation for the guests arrival should notification be received between 14 days and date of arrival where:

  • There has been no change to either the outbound or inbound travel restrictions between 60 and 14 days;
  • The traveller has not tested positive for COVID 19 and is within 10 days of travel;
  • The traveller’s flights have not been cancelled by the air carrier or flights have been cancelled but the re-routing of flights is possible;
*Booking Value
  • The booking value carried forward will be calculated, less any government mandated costs, or non-&Beyond owned or operated services, whose terms are not aligned to &Beyond‘s.
  • At the time of deferment, &Beyond will clearly communicate what costs are not recoverable and deduct those from the future booking credit.
  • We continue to engage with our partners to align with the terms as set out above but our partners do so at their sole discretion.
  • 2020 rates will be honoured for new travel dates up to and including 31 December 2021
  • If are considering postponing an existing booking to 2022 please contact your travel specialist to enquire about potential rate changes before making a decision to defer.
  • Should the future booking be for travel in a different season, or availability of services means that the costs of the logistics, activities, or accommodation has increased, those price changes will be passed on.

Read our full COVID-19 Terms and Conditions.

COVID-19 Protocols

We’re making no exceptions with our COVID-19 Protocols to ensure we still go beyond the expected

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VACCINE STATUS OF &BEYOND

We are fully committed to providing all our permanent staff with the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We are working with the relevant government departments, in the various countries where we operate, to ensure that our staff are eligible and provided with every assistance possible to receive the vaccine.

We acknowledge that the speed with which vaccination efforts have been rolled out in the different regions has varied widely, depending on a number of factors. However, we are extremely encouraged that good progress had been made on vaccinations throughout our areas of operation, with the number of permanent employees vaccinated as follows:

Country Vaccination Status* (as of 06 April 2022)
South Africa 92% of our team in South Africa have been vaccinated.
Botswana 99% of our team have now been vaccinated in Botswana.
Namibia 82% of our Namibian team have had their first vaccination shots.
Mozambique 99% of our team in Mozambique have been fully vaccinated.
Kenya 99% of our team in Kenya have been vaccinated.
Tanzania 84% of our Tanzanian team have been vaccinated.
Asia 100% of our team in Asia are vaccinated.
South America 94% of our South American team have received their vaccinations.

Full COVID-19 prevention methods such as social distancing, health screening, the wearing of masks and more remain in place at all &Beyond properties, regardless of the vaccination status of our staff.

*Vaccination status as per the legal requirements of the respective country

Community Resilience to COVID-19

COVID-19 is on the move – at warp speed – and Africa’s vulnerable communities need our help: none more so than those situated in the remote areas surrounding our lodges. We are supporting our community development partner, Africa Foundation, in its call for assistance.

The various restrictions imposed by the countries where we operate in the context of COVID-19 have forced most of our projects with Africa Foundation to be temporarily suspended. While these will restart as soon as possible, we believe that, in the meantime, it is critical to increase the resilience of rural communities to the threat posted by COVID-19. For this reason, they have re-prioritized a number of projects, particularly those to do with the provision of water. We are also supporting Africa Foundation with their fundraising efforts for:

  • Borehole creation, which will provide clean, safe and accessible water
  • The provision of Hippo Water Rollers, 90 litre barrels that roll easily over the ground, providing an easy means of transport and storage for large volumes of fresh water
  • The provision of basic supplies to clinics in rural areas

To find out more about these initiatives and to donate please click here

CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES

While we believe that protecting rural communities is one of the best things that we can currently do to protect the land and the wildlife, the wildlife-management and conservation activities are continuing at &Beyond lodges during the COVID-19 crisis.

Many of our lodges throughout Africa are situated within national parks, which are run according to government regulations. Recognizing that the security of these reserves will be one of the main challenges faced during this time, we have retained skeleton staff at all our &Beyond lodges and camps. While strict social distancing measures are being applied to ensure the health of these staff members, their presence in the field serves a vital security function. With no tourists and far fewer numbers of vehicles moving through the reserves at the moment, there is currently a far higher risk of poaching, something that we can go a long way towards offsetting by keeping a basic number of staff moving around the reserve.

At private reserves such as Phinda Private Game Reserve in South Africa, where the land is owned and managed by &Beyond, additional security measures have been implemented. In addition our teams are working closely with local community leaders to bring accessible, clean water to rural clinics, orphans and vulnerable children, care centres and homes.

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