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    PRE TOUR INFORMATION

    REVIEW YOUR PASSPORT

    All tourists must have an official and genuine international passport, valid for not less than 6 months from the time of visa application, and should have enough blank visa pages for entry and exit stamps from each country you visit.

    SECURE YOUR VISA

    East African Tourist Visa

    This is a Joint Tourist Visa and it allows the traveler to travel to Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda ONLY at 100 USD per visa; with no restrictions on country of origin. It can be used multiple times to all three countries for tourism purposes at no additional cost. The visa prohibits employment and is issued only for tourism purposes. The visa is valid for 90 days and is not renewable upon expiry or upon exit from the block (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda). All persons must apply in their own right.

    NB: The issuing country should be your first entry point

    For Republic of Tanzania Visas Only

    However, Visa applicants are advised to make their Tanzania visa applications separately through the Official Tanzania Immigration website (www.immigration.go.tz) ONLY and Not through any other links;
    Visitors who wish to come for holiday or Tourism are advised to apply for Ordinary Visa at 50 USD visa fee. However, holders of American passports who come for holiday or tourism will have to apply for Multiple Entry Visa at 100 USD Visa fee.

    Applicants who are Not Americans, and wish to apply for Multiple Visa at 100 USD Visa fee however are strongly advised to read carefully and observe the requirements for Multiple Visa,
    Any Visa wrongly applied or which lacks sufficient attachment(s) may be rejected;
    No refund will be made in respect of any rejected visa application;
    The Visa applications will be processed within ten days; therefore, applicants are strongly advised to observe the stipulated time frame while making their applications;
    After making payments, applicants are required to wait for approval of their Visa before they start their journey, even If the stipulated time frame expires;
    Approval notifications will be sent to applicants’ e-mails If for any reason, the applicant does not receive Visa notification within the specified time, he is advised to access the Visa Grant Notification by checking the Status of their Visa Online.

    REGISTER YOUR JOURNEY

    Be sure to register with your nearest embassy or consulate for the destinations included in your journey. You can also contact your travel consultant or directly email us for further guidance.

    COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

    For all Tailor Made, Small Group, Signature and Private Escape Tours, guests must comply with all country entry requirements, which may include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
    A negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate is no longer required for fully vaccinated inbound and outbound travellers. Children under the age of 6 are exempted from providing a negative COVID-19 PCR test certificate whether vaccinated or not.
    Arriving passengers will be subject to temperature checks and will be screened for infectious diseases by the Port Health authorities. If your temperature is above normal or you display COVID-19 symptoms you may be required to take a COVID-19 test.
    Visit the East African Immigration to find more requirements.
    Safari Retreats Africa will facilitate required in-country testing during your journey, including for travel between countries and for returning home.
    UPDATE VACCINES & MEDICATIONS
    Check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (cdc.gov/travel) or the World Health Organization (who.int/en) for the latest on required and recommended vaccines for your destination. You’ll want to visit your doctor or local travel clinic a couple of months before departure to allow time for any vaccinations to take effect or to fill any prescriptions.
    Be sure to pack your original COVID-19 and other vaccination certificates and required health documentation in your personal carry-on baggage in case you are asked to show them on arrival.

    MONEY MATTERS

    We recommend traveling with some cash, and at least two different major credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, so you have backup if your card is not accepted or lost. Contact your bank and credit card companies to let them know where and when you’ll be traveling, as well as confirm any foreign transaction fees.
    When carrying cash, try to travel only with recently issued currency in smaller denominations; many merchants overseas won’t accept wrinkled or torn bills. Only exchange currency at authorized outlets such as currency exchanges, ATMs or hotels and save receipts as they may be required for exit.

    KEEP CONNECTED

    While most smartphones work overseas, you might need to turn on international roaming service before you travel. Contact your carrier for information on coverage and voice and data plan options while traveling abroad.

    GETTING ONLINE

    Many hotels and public places have Wi-Fi and you’ll usually be able to stay connected throughout your journey, although Internet access may be poor to nonexistent in remote destinations. Note that some countries block access to social media sites or otherwise impose restrictions on what content you can view or send online.

    WEATHER & TIME ZONES

    Many websites and smartphone apps allow you to check the forecast and time zones for specific destinations. We recommend weather.com and timeanddate.com/worldclock. Upon arrival, the time on most smartphones will automatically adjust to the local time.

    STAY HEALTHY ON THE ROAD

    Carry your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications in their original containers in your carry-on luggage. Pack a simple first-aid kit along with medicines for motion sickness and mild upset stomach. As a precaution, use only bottled water and avoid foods from street vendors. Take care to observe safe health practices when traveling: Wash or sanitize your hands often; avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth; and cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing. If you begin to feel unwell at any point in your journey, please inform your guide.

    SAFE TRAVEL ESSENTIALS

    Be sure to bring your own face masks and any other PPE you may require during travel; a supply of masks will be on hand where needed. We also recommend travel-sized hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, facial tissues and disinfecting wipes or spray.
    Guests may be required to wear a mask in accordance with local regulations and service provider
    requirements. Details specific to your journey are included in Essential Information. All protocols are subject to change in accordance with relevant guidelines, local regulations and conditions.

    PACKING FOR YOUR JOURNEY

    Plan on packing light — many Safari Retreats Africa journeys include domestic flights that impose much stricter weight restrictions than your international carrier. Consult the Packing List and Baggage Restrictions specifics provided in Essential Information. Be sure to also confirm baggage limitations with your international carrier before packing.
    The typical attire on Safari Retreats Africa journeys is relaxed and informal during the day. Choose comfortable, versatile clothing that can be layered to account for changes in the weather throughout the day. Smart casual is appropriate for evenings. Be sure to bring a global travel adapter set with you to recharge your electronics at your hotel or aboard ship. You can purchase a global travel adapter and many items on our packing list through Safari Retreats Africa guide’s assistance.

    LUGGAGE TAGS

    Safari Retreats Africa Airport luggage tag numbers will be emailed to you prior to departure. Please use these tags, even if your bags already have ID tags. This makes it easier for Safari Retreats Africa staff to find and manage your luggage for you in case of any mishap.

    FLIGHTS

    Be sure to reconfirm your international flights 24 hours prior to your departure. Tickets for any internal flights, if included on your itinerary, will be issued by Safari Retreats Africa representatives at your destination and presented to you as needed.

    KEEP VALUABLES SECURE

    We strongly recommend leaving valuables such as jewelry at home as Safari Retreats Africa cannot be responsible. Use safes where available to secure your valuables, especially passports, money, jewelry, electronics and medications. Replacing a lost or stolen passport is much easier if you have a copy on hand. Pack a photocopy of your passport’s personal information page with your luggage, and keep a photo of it on your smartphone.

    ARRIVE TO A WARM WELCOME

    Your Safari Retreats Africa local representative (holding a bright yellow Safari Retreats Africa sign) meets you at the airport when you arrive. See your itinerary for additional arrival instructions.

    SMART SHOPPING

    If you are interested in shopping, your Safari Retreats Africa guide may recommend local shops; however, Safari Retreats Africa is not responsible for the quality or value of merchandise. Any purchases and shipping are at your sole discretion.
    Be sure to review your credit card receipts before signing, paying special attention to currency conversion. We recommend taking items with you in lieu of shipping them whenever possible. Consult the local customs authority (cbp.gov in the U.S. and travel.gc.ca in Canada) for information on what you can bring back and duty taxes. Keep receipts and items together.

    PHOTOGRAPHY ETIQUETTE

    Be sure to ask permission before taking pictures of local people, including small children. Note photography is not permitted in some locations, which is usually clearly marked. If in doubt, ask your guide to avoid having your camera confiscated.

    TIPS ON TIPPING

    Tipping on Safari Retreats Africa journeys varies depending on where and how you travel. Consult the
    Tipping Guidelines provided for your journey in Essential Information.

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