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Eswatini travel restrictions

Open for citizens: partial Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
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Crossing Rules
  • Passengers not holding a negative Covid-19 certificate obtained within 72 hours prior to arrival in Eswatini, or presenting with Covid-19 symptoms, will be required to submit to testing on arrival at their own cost.
  • Passengers may be required to quarantine for up to 14 days upon arrival in Eswatini.
Flight Restrictions

published 25.05.2020
1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Eswatini.
– This does not apply to nationals and residents of Eswatini.
2. Nationals and residents of Eswatini are subject to quarantine in designated locations for a period of 14 days.

Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

You may be required to undergo a quarantine period not exceeding 14 days, or isolation as advised by the port health officers.

Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 72 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry. Upon arriving in Eswatini, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked about your country of origin and any transit stops. If you do not present a negative COVID-19 result on entry, or if you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at your own cost.

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Full Restrictions

  • Eswatini International Restrictions:
    Specific conditions must be met in order to enter Eswatini. A COVID-19 test must be performed no more than 72 hours before departure and you must be able to demonstrate a negative test result on entry.
    Upon arriving in Eswatini, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and asked about your country of origin and any transit stops. If you do not present a negative COVID-19 result on entry, or if you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on arrival at your own cost. You may be required to undergo a quarantine period not exceeding 14 days, or isolation as advised by the port health officers.
    In addition, conditions apply on exiting Eswatini. You should arrange to have a COVID-19 test no more than 72hrs before you travel. Testing will be at your own expense at a private laboratory. You must be able to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test result when exiting the country. Upon exiting, you will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, and asked details about your country of destination and any transit stops
    If you display COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be allowed to exit the country. “Essential travellers” such as daily commuters (e.g. scholars, teachers and truck drivers) who have been making cross border travel during the travel restriction period, will continue to be able to travel following the protocols they have previously used.

    Internal Restrictions:
    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Eswatini to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 23 June a partial lockdown in Eswatini was extended. Non-essential travel between towns is currently restricted and it is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. The police will continue to be deployed to ensure compliance with the lockdown measures. Non-compliance risks a fine. A few hotels are open for business despite the lockdown. Strict hygiene measures are in place to ensure guest safety. From 23 June a partial lockdown in Eswatini was extended, with easing around the opening of some businesses: food outlets and banks are restricted to 20 people; bars and off licenses are closed; public gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited, with the exception of weddings, funerals and some community gatherings; It is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. The police will continue to be deployed to ensure compliance with the lockdown measures. Non-compliance risks a fine.

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    16.10.2020
  • Eswatini *****International Restrictions:
    There are currently no viable departure options from Eswatini. Border restrictions continue to be imposed, limiting entry and exit to Eswatini to citizens and residents only. Returning residents will be subjected to mandatory 14-day quarantine in government-designated locations or mandatory self-isolation.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Eswatini to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). From 23 June a partial lockdown in Eswatini was extended. Non-essential travel between towns is currently restricted and it is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. The police will continue to be deployed to ensure compliance with the lockdown measures. Non-compliance risks a fine. A few hotels are open for business despite the lockdown. Strict hygiene measures are in place to ensure guest safety. From 23 June a partial lockdown in Eswatini was extended, with easing around the opening of some businesses: food outlets and banks are restricted to 20 people; bars and off licenses are closed; public gatherings of more than 20 people are prohibited, with the exception of weddings, funerals and some community gatherings; It is compulsory to wear a mask everywhere, even when travelling alone in a vehicle. The police will continue to be deployed to ensure compliance with the lockdown measures. Non-compliance risks a fine.

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    13.07.2020
  • Eswatini *****International Restrictions:
    It is no longer possible to leave Eswatini by commercial aircraft until further notice. South African airspace is closed to commercial aircraft. At Eswatini’s main border posts (currently Oshoek and King Mswati III International Airport), there are ongoing screening processes for persons who have recently travelled to mainland China. Some land border posts have been closed, including Sicunisa, Gege, Lundzi, Sandlane, Bulembu, and Nsalitje.

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    Internal restrictions:

    From 19 May the partial lockdown was extended for another month with minor easing around the opening of some businesses. The army and police will continue to be deployed to ensure compliance with the lockdown measures introduced: movements outside of the home perimeter will be restricted, with exception of acquiring essential services such as healthcare, food and banking services, non-essential travel between towns will be restricted, public transport will only operate for essential movements, food outlets and banks will be restricted to 20 people, all bars and off licenses will be closed, public gatherings of more than 20 people will be prohibited.

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    27.06.2020
  • Eswatini 1. Passengers are not allowed to enter Eswatini. – This does not apply to nationals and residents of Eswatini. 2. Nationals and residents of Eswatini are subject to quarantine in designated locations for a period of 14 days. eSwatini has restricted the entry of all travelers who are not returning citizens or legal residents. All arriving travelers will be subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine in a designated location. All commercial flights out of the country have been suspended. The border is closed to everything except the transportation of goods and cargo. Neighbouring South Africa is the only foreign destination served by eSwatini’s international airport. However, the suspension of all international flights by South African authorities means that there will be no flights to and from eSwatini in the coming weeks. The country’s borders are closed, except for returning citizens and legal residents who are subject to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Foreign nationals from high-risk countries will not be allowed to enter Eswatini until further notice. Visas already issued are revoked.

    Internal restrictions:

    All domestic flights are suspended. A state of emergency is in place. Until 19/06/2020. During the lockdown, non-essential domestic travel is prohibited; people can only go out for essential purposes, such as buying food, seeking medical treatment and banking services. Until further notice All prohibited gatherings of more than 20 people and required social distancing of three-to-six feet (1-2 metres) for small gatherings. Until further notice Employers have been encouraged to implement work-from-home arrangements. Until further notice Public transportation has been reduced and is only available for essential movement. Until further notice The army and the police have been deployed to ensure compliance with the measures; people caught breaking the regulations may be penalised. Until further notice

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    27.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Government of Eswatini/
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