COVID-19 and Tanzania

Updated: Apr 27

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has swept across the globe and new developments are occurring each and every day, in every country. Firstly, we would like to thank you for your patience whilst we contact and help our current and future Safari goers navigate through these unprecedented times, doing what we can to alleviate the stress of postponing, rebooking and so on. We, like many of you are longing for the borders to be opened and travel to be a normal part of life again. This will not be happening for some time yet but please know that when the time is right, we will be ready to go.

Now, on a broader scale, so far there have been 24 confirmed cases in Tanzania and sadly, one fatality. To their credit the Tanzanian authorities have not and are not sitting idly by waiting for it to get worse. All schools and universities have been closed, exams have been postponed. According to AfricaNews. the Government of Tanzania as instituted additional travel measures to limit the spread of the virus. As of 23.03.20 the following was instructed;

  • All travellers whether foreigners or returning residents arriving from COVID-19 most affected countries, will be subjected to mandatory isolation for 14 days at their own cost at designated facilities identified by the Government.

  • Passengers should fill in Health Surveillance Form in the plane, or any other transport means and submit them to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.

  • All travellers will be subjected to an intensive screening and where necessary COVID-19 rapid testing.

  • All travellers will then be informed of the designated isolation facilities, costs and arrangements in place and access to those facilities.

  • After 14 days quarantine, passengers who have not developed symptoms of COVID-19 may leave the facilities and will be required to register personal information for future possible tracking purpose.

  • All people residing in Tanzania are advised to avoid non-essential travels to COVID-19 affected countries

This is expected to be updated as the situation continues to evolve globally and on a national scale.

So what’s next?

If you have already booked, or begun the planning of your All Around Tanzania Safari, we will have already been in contact with you.

If you have been THINKING about booking, now is the time to reach out. Planning your customised dream Safari could take months to get absolutely right! So, whilst you continue to monitor the situation both in Tanzania and in your home country as well, now might be the perfect time to reach out and start putting together your bucket list trip of a life time for 2021.

The situation regarding the virus is changing on a daily basis, regardless of where you are. We will endeavour to have this blog as up to date as possible as information comes out of Tanzania.

Update as at 24.04.20

As of April 24, 2020 the Tanzanian Government announced there were 299 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 10 confirmed deaths and new measures were introduced to stop the spread;

  • International commercial flight options no longer exist. The Government of Tanzania suspended all international scheduled and chartered passenger planes effective 11.04.20

  • All travelers (whether foreign or returning residents) must isolate for 14 days. This is mandatory for everyone. Quarantines have been selected to cater for different needs, according to one's financial muscles, and they include free options. Read more here about the free dormitories and hotel options for quarantining.

  • All arriving travelers will be subjected to intensive screening and, where necessary, rapid testing.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Moeti says that there are concerns about the rise of cases reported in Tanzania over the last week;

"Certainly in Tanzania we have observed that physical distancing, including the prohibition of mass gatherings, took some time to happen and we believe that these might have been probable factors that led to the rapid increase in cases there."

As mentioned above, all schools and universities were closed after the first confirmed case was discovered on 16.03.20, for a period of 30 days. To prevent further spread of the virus, this closure has now been extended.

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