African countries are responding to the spread of the COVID-19 virus with policies ranging from arrival screening to quarantine to travel bans. Below are the travel policies for Ghana, Kenya, Niger and South Africa.

Country Travel ban Screening Quarantine


Affected nationals


Quarantine period


Ghana No travel ban or blanket restriction.


Intensified screening and thermal scanning of all travelers at all ports of entry.


Individuals exhibiting symptoms and who have been to one of the high-risk countries or have been exposed to the virus are quarantined immediately.


Currently, individuals who report general symptoms of influenza at hospitals are advised to self-quarantine at home for 14 days while doctors conduct further tests.


Those exhibiting symptoms and have been exposed to the virus or have been to any of the high-risk countries (China, France, Italy, Japan or South Korea are quarantined at a government facility.

All travelers 2-14 days




No official notice on travel bans, but the government has issued several advisories for Kenyans traveling out of the country and posted banners at all entry points sensitizing travelers on how to protect themselves and manage COVID-19. Standard screening is conducted at all points of entry.


Every traveler is required to fill out a travel history form before being cleared to proceed.


Port Health is trained with test kits and on standby.


Suspected cases are reported and referred to Kenyatta National Hospital.

Quarantine is at government health facilities and one hospital has been set up as an isolation facility.


Individuals are also being asked to self-quarantine based on their travel history.

All travelers 14 days
Niger No official notice of travel bans. Protected measures as recommended by the World Health Organization are being taken as a precaution.


Each flight is routinely checked. If an anomaly is detected, the passenger is immediately quarantined.

Quarantine is within the airport by the health authorities until tests are carried out. All travelers To be confirmed.
South Africa No official notice of travel bans. All inbound passengers are subject to thermal screening and required to fill out a medical questionnaire. Military nurses at ports of entry conduct exams, if necessary. If exam raises concern, traveler is taken to hospital. All travelers

Analysis & Comments: Travelers should check the policies for their destination country before travel, including any travel bans, as the situation is fluid and policies may change with little notice.

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