If you have ever dreamed of Climbing Kilimanjaro, taking a Serengeti Safari, or relaxing on the sugar-white beaches of Zanzibar, now is the perfect time to book your holiday of a lifetime. Tanzania is officially open for business, and its tourism industry needs us more than ever before.
Since the outbreak of Covid-19, thousands of Kilimanjaro porters find themselves without work, safari lodges are empty, and Zanzibar’s beaches have never been quieter. While the rest of the world is facing similar challenges, tourism is a vital part of the economy in Tanzania and, without it, many local tour operators will collapse.
Of course, with the FCO advising against all but essential travel to the African continent, it is easy to understand why travellers are reluctant to book a holiday for this year. But by booking a Kilimanjaro expedition or safari adventure for 2021, you can help support Tanzania’s tourism sector while giving yourself something to look forward when things eventually get back to normal. Or the ‘new norm’ as everyone keeps telling us.
Many travel insurance companies are offering policies with full Covid-19 cover, so you can book with confidence, knowing that you’ll get a full refund if your trip doesn’t go ahead. The timing to secure a great deal has never been better, but before you go, here’s what you need to know:
Covid-19 Statistics Tanzania
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tanzania reports a total of 509 Coronavirus cases and 21 deaths. President John Magufuli declared the country “coronavirus-free” in June this year, although this is yet to be confirmed by officials.
Tanzania Coronavirus Entry Requirements
To enter Tanzania non-residents must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test performed within 72-hours of them boarding their flight, and they will be subject to temperature screening on arrival. There are no mandatory quarantine requirements, but anyone showing symptoms of the virus on arrival may be required to quarantine, either at a government-designated facility or at their own expense, and so comprehensive travel insurance is essential.
Returning From Tanzania
Depending on where you live in the world, you may need to self-isolate for 14-days upon your return from Tanzania. UK residents are also required to provide government officials with their journey and contact details.
We’re all advised to “Book Now, Travel Later” and for the sake of Tanzania, we hope that the bookings come in now and that “later” becomes sooner than we thought!