The Horn of Africa & Covid-19

As many African coutries opened their borders again beginning of August, we are committed to organising your safe travel experience in Ethiopia and embracing the new normal together! We feel a great responsibility to our guests, staff, partners and communities. We are following national/global health and hygiene protocols which seek to minimise the chances of people picking up and spreading covid-19 whilst travelling.

We are doing everything to the best of our ability to put health, safety and security first during your tour. Our office is situated in central Addis Ababa with a friendly support team are constantly monitoring the situation in all coutries we offer to assess risks to our travellers. Our team in the Netherlands are also here on hand to organise and advise all aspects of your tour booking.

Is the Horn of Africa a safe travel destination?

The Horn of Africa has vast open spaces and remote countryside lends itself to social distancing. Cases have been relatively low compared to other Western countries and are generally clustered around cities and bigger towns.

Most hotels and accommodation remain open and local coronavirus measures are in place to limit the spreading of the virus.

Covid-19 control measures in Ethiopia


Ethiopia openend its tourism sector officially on the 1st of October.

Current local measures are in place:
- Mandatory face masks in public places, indoors and recommended when travelling in vehicles
- Ban on greetings by handshake
- Limited movement across land borders
- Prohibition of meetings of four people or more
- Individuals must stand 2m apart from each other at gatherings
- Cafés and restaurants must have no more than three people per table


Passengers carrying a negative PCR covid-19 test certificate dated within the previous 120 hours (5 days) are required to self-isolate for 7 days at home or a hotel/residence with an address. Only PCR tests will be accepted. You will be tested again upon arrival.

Passengers arriving in Bole International Airport will have their temperature checked and those displaying symptoms linked to covid-19 may be transferred to a nearby isolation facility for 24 hours while further tests are carried out (in line with WHO guidance).

All other passengers will be subject to 7 days mandatory quarantine at government designated hotels. Please contact us if you’d like advice about quarantine hotel choices and prices. We can arrange the booking should you require it. During quarantine you will be tested for coronavirus. If you test negative you will be required to self-isolate for a further 7 days at a home or hotel of choice. If you test positive you may need to stay in quarantine until you have recovered and tested negative.

Covid-19 control measures in Djibouti

Travelers to Djibouti must present a negative Covid-19 PCR test, taken less than 72 hours before departure and maximum 120 hours before arrival in Djibouti. A saliva test will be done upon arrival, with the exception for children under 11 years old. These test are taken at the international airport, Nagad Central Station an at all national border. Results are communicated to the traveler within one hour of arrival. Pending the results, no passengers will be allowed into the territory. If you test positive, you will be admitted to the health services.

Current local measures in are in place:
- Hygiene and precautions are urged according to WHO rules
- The emphasis in communication is on social distancing and limiting social contacts
- Public gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited
- Mask-wearing is mandatory in public and private areas where social distancing is not possible

Covid-19 control measures in Kenya

Kenya reopened its airspace on August 1. Upon arrival, a negative Covid-19 PCR test of less than 96 hours must be presented, after which the traveler is exempted from quarantine if they show no symptoms upon arrival or during the flight.

An online Travelers Health Surveillance Form is completed before departure so contact can be made if a positive case is discovered upon arrival. This form must be submitted online in advance (find form in link below. Upon arrival, travelers should show the corresponding code.

Current local measures are in place:
- A curfew is in effect nationwide from 10:00 PM to 4:00 AM. Travelers arriving or departing by air can travel during curfew upon presentation of their travel document
- Face masks in public places are mandatory
- Meetings are limited
- There are no restrictions on domestic movements, except sanitary measures


These measures are regularly reassessed by the Kenyan authorities based on how the situation is evolving

Yared Tour covid-19 safety measures

We are doing our utmost to deliver a safe travel experience for our guests, local communities and staff through putting covid-19 protocols in place which focus on health, hygiene and reduction of physical contact to minimise risk. We will provide full guidelines on our protocols when you book a tour with us and our staff will talk you through the procedures.

Some of the measures we have taken so far include:
- Training of all staff including driver/guides and office personnel in; first aid and covid infection control, physical contact, enhanced hygiene practices, sharing of food and utensils
- Obtained a letter from the regional government for safely visiting local communities
- Implementing seating plans for people per vehicle to comply with physical distancing rules
- Provide masks to all staff and guests
- Provide hand sanitation and disinfecting products to guests at all times of the journey
- Deep cleaning and sanitisation/disinfection of vehicles
- Continuously vetting accommodation providers and partners to ensure we work with tourism establishments following safety protocols.

What to do before you travel?

Please regularly check the overseas travel guidance of your country’s foreign office before booking your trip. Advice is being constantly updated and travel disruption is still possible.

- Keep up-to-date with the latest developments by checking with our team via contact@yaredtour.com.
. - Check travel advice and contact emabssies of Ethiopia/Djibouti/Kenya in the country you are from
- Read the safer air travel guidance on precautions and steps to take during travel
- You will need to wear a face mask on flights
- Speak to your travel insurer and never travel if you display coronavirus symptoms


Useful links to official Ethiopian websites:
The Prime Ministers Office
The Ethiopian Public Health Institute
Official Twitter account of Minister of Health in Ethiopia
Official Government of Ethiopia Covid-19 Website
Ethiopian Airlines
Djibouti Hospital PCR test info
Kenya Travelers Health Surveillance Form

This page was updated on 14/12/2020 please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.