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    Default Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Hi all,

    first of all, hello to everyone! I am new to this forum and this is my first post.

    I am looking for current information on northern african border posts, especially the Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts. Official government websites are not proving to be very helpful. I would like to know if some of you recently maybe crossed these posts or are planning to in the next month or two.
    Are these borders open for private vehicles?
    How strict are they regarding corona certificates?
    Is the mandotory 14 quarantine enforced when crossing from Djibouti over into Ethiopia by vehicle?

    Reason i am asking is:
    we will be driving down from Djibouti through, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Tansania, Mozam to South Africa.

    Vehicle is shipped from the UK to Djibouti by container and the trip will start beginning November 2020!

    You might ask why don't we wait for all the borders to open and the corona situation to calm down? This trip can unfortunately only happen now! there is unfortunately no other way.

    thank you for any information!!
    cheers
    Alberto

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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Have you been following the news lately WRT ISIS activities in East Africa, especially northern Mozambique? If you're aware of all that and still want to do it, all the best of luck.
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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Hi Alberto,
    Situation is still fluid and is changing almost daily - I am not aware of anyone posting on the forum who has recently crossed especially the northern borders (this post may attract more replies in the East Africa section, as that's where Ethiopia is grouped). Best would be to keep an eye on news sites like the BBC's Africa Service, and also have a look at Allafrica.com - it is a daily digest of reports from many of the regional news sources. You can access individual country reports on the site.
    Re the Mozambique warning posted above, yes, you should avoid travelling between the Tanzanian Rio Rovuma border south into Mozambique, you will have to go the longer way around - that coastal/inland route is currently unsafe down as far as probably Pemba.
    Last edited by Tony Weaver; 2020/09/24 at 07:57 PM.
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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Quote Originally Posted by alspal View Post
    Hi all,

    first of all, hello to everyone! I am new to this forum and this is my first post.

    I am looking for current information on northern african border posts, especially the Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts. Official government websites are not proving to be very helpful. I would like to know if some of you recently maybe crossed these posts or are planning to in the next month or two.
    Are these borders open for private vehicles?
    How strict are they regarding corona certificates?
    Is the mandotory 14 quarantine enforced when crossing from Djibouti over into Ethiopia by vehicle?

    Reason i am asking is:
    we will be driving down from Djibouti through, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Tansania, Mozam to South Africa.

    Vehicle is shipped from the UK to Djibouti by container and the trip will start beginning November 2020!

    You might ask why don't we wait for all the borders to open and the corona situation to calm down? This trip can unfortunately only happen now! there is unfortunately no other way.

    thank you for any information!!
    cheers
    Alberto
    Alberto

    I wish you the very best of luck, but I fear that your trip will throw up a lot of difficulties in this COVID-19 world.

    The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website can give you some pointers for many of your questions. However, things change all the time and local and country lockdowns can happen with a few hours notice which may not be updated immediately on the FCO website.
    This is what the FCO is currently saying about Djibouti https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-ad...ti/coronavirus.

    A quick search by me brings up the mandatory 14 day quarantine when entering Ethiopia.
    https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ethiopia

    For crossing from Ethiopia into Kenya, you may well have to either quarantine for 14 days (and this could be in solitary confinement in a hotel with the cost of such paid by yourself), or have a certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours before entering Kenya. The difficulty for this will be finding a laboratory in Ethiopia capable of doing such a test. You will need very good contacts in Ethiopia.

    You can find the FCO advice on Kenya on the internet or contact the Kenyan High Commission in London.

    The African countries are taking coronavirus very seriously (with the possible exception of Tanzania).

    Only you can answer the question as to whether it is morally right to undertake such a trip in these unprecedented times. I have driven through Ethiopia and into Kenya in more benign times and I can tell you Ethiopia is “not for sissies”.

    All the very best.

    PS: Tony Weaver (for once!) is wrong... For this forum, Ethiopia is under “North Africa”. But, of course, Ethiopia is neither North Africa nor East Africa - it is the Horn of Africa.
    Last edited by Wazungu Wawili; 2020/09/26 at 01:22 AM.

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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Welcome to this forum Alberto.

    I am convinced that any attempt to travel south from Djibouti - via Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda et al will prove a very fraught exercise if tackled within the next couple of months, as you propose. Pre-Covid, as it seems you know, this route would have been realistic with visas being obtainable at the point of entry land borders without any problems.

    I think you would most likely be in for a very frustrating and very expensive exercise if your journey is not delayed for a good few months until there is more clarity on the pandemic situation, as each country vacillates on how to handle trans-border travel. Most African countries have been taking their lead from the World Health Organization, which has been hardline on minimizing spread of the virus between countries. The costs and logistics of perhaps having to find decent and reasonably affordable accommodation for up to two week's quarantine after each border crossing boggle my mind.

    I would ask the shipping agent to keep your vehicle in storage in Djibouti if the shipping cannot be delayed. Things might look very different within the next 6 months to a year. Perhaps, if you can have a Covid vaccination certificate in the future, border crossings may not be difficult later on. This pandemic, it's behavior and government reactions are still unfolding and few can accurately predict what lies ahead, least of all in less predictable Africa.

    If you do proceed with this journey please keep in touch with this forum as it would be fascinating and informative to follow your progress.
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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Guys, thank you very much for your inputs and concerns. The trip as i said unfortunately can not be postponed, and we are going ahead with it. I am therefore looking for actual/current experience at the borders to Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya...ie. someone who has recently crossed at any of these points.

    Any current information will be helpfull. I will also post any current information i gather...and of coarse finally of our trip.

    Thank you for your help. Cheers
    Alberto

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    Default Re: Looking for current info on Djibouti/Ethiopia and Ethiopia/Kenya border posts

    Best wishes, be patient and friendly towards the officials.
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