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COVID-19 Rapid PCR Tests

As African safari countries re-open to international travelers, almost all require arriving visitors to show negative COVID-19 test results to gain entry. Regulations differ somewhat by country (see entry requirements above), but they all mandate the more accurate PCR tests, and the test must be administered within a certain timeframe before arrival (anywhere from 72 hours to 14 days). Turnaround times at regular testing sites are often too long to meet the timing requirements, but a handful of options are available that will beat the tightest deadlines. The COVID Consultants and Pixel by Labcorp provide an online service with results guaranteed within 24 hours of your sample arriving at their labs; Pixel will either bill your insurance or secure public funding if your insurance doesn't cover the cost. Recently, Costco also introduced a self-administered (with video observation) PCR test guaranteeing results within 48 hours of your sample arriving at the lab.

South African Plugs

South African plugs are changing shape. The current plugs, which feature three large pins configured in a triangle, are giving way to a compact hexagonal three-pin design. This shape is based on the latest international standard, and accommodates the European-type two-pin plugs on cellphone chargers. However, American travelers will still require an adapter plug for their electronic devices. To learn more, click here


Kenya Airways Adds Flights

Since August 1st Kenya Airways has been increasing their flight schedule between Nairobi and the rest of the world. On the continent, flights from Nairobi to Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, Kigali, Victoria Falls, and Zanzibar are in operation. Flights to Europe include London, Paris and Amsterdam, operating twice a week. There are now five flights a week to Mumbai and Dubai, and as of the 31st of October, there will be flights to New York's JFK Airport twice per week in November, possibly increasing to three times per week in December.


Delta to Resume Flights to South Africa in December

Subject to approval by the South African government, Delta will resume its daily, non-stop flights from Atlanta to South Africa on December 14th, operating a state of the art Airbus A350-900 on the route. The outbound flight will travel non-stop to Johannesburg, and then continue on to Cape Town; the return is non-stop from Cape Town to Atlanta.


 United to Begin Direct Flights to Johannesburg

In a recent press release, United confirmed that they will begin operating a daily, direct, non-stop flight between Newark and Johannesburg in the spring of 2021. The routing will operate year-round, using a Boeing 787-9. The exact start date for the new route has not yet been confirmed – stay tuned for details as they are announced.

But, is flying safe.....?
To read some encouraging news on airline safety protocols, click here.

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