Is it safe to travel to Tanzania during coronavirus (COVID-19) periods?
Traveling the world over has greatly been halted by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Tanzania isn’t an exception as the country had COVID-19 infections which restricted travel to the country. With time, cases of the novel coronavirus outbreak reduced, and travel to the country was opened to travelers.
The World Health Organization reported 509 cases and 21 deaths in Zanzibar between March and May 9 2020. Since then minimum cases have been reported. Tanzania has the minimum COVID_19 prevention measures like washing hands, wearing face masks and ensuring social distance just like it is in other African countries.
Both Tanzania and the archipelago of Zanzibar can still be visited by tourists during the Coronavirus pandemic times with a required minimum of following the general World Health Organization prevention measures.
Tanzanian authorities are keeping minimal measures in effect as of their response to the COVID_19 pandemic. International flights and cross-border traffic are operational. Arriving international travelers are no longer required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period; travelers are also no longer required to produce proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 upon entry into Tanzania unless their airline or country of origin requires it as a condition of travel.
Guidelines for safe travel to Tanzania during coronavirus (COVID-19) periods
However, travelers arriving at airports, including Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Mwanza International Airport (MWZ), Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), must undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 upon arrival. Persons testing positive for the disease may be required to self-isolate for up to 14 days.
Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over time.
However, the decision of travel is always made by an individual and therefore safety of the individual will always remain in his or her own hands. To ensure your safety, always follow the guidelines from your country of origin and also the guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements before departure, including possible self-isolation requirements. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Consider delaying travel if showing COVID-19-like symptoms as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays.
However, after traveling to Tanzania, it is also advisable for one to follow the Covid_19 measures such as; wear a face mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, and wash their hands at all times.
Use multiple personal preventive practices at once to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. With the increased circulation of some variants of concern that can spread more easily, it is even more important that you strictly follow recommended personal preventive practices: Stay informed of the local COVID-19 situation, be prepared and follow local public health advice, and on arrival Isolate for 14 days if you’re experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, even if mild. If you think you have COVID-19, follow local public health advice regarding seeking health care. Also know where to go for medical care, including a COVID-19 test.
During these times, the wild is great as wildlife and nature have been rejuvenation from the break from incoming travelers. The wild is therefore amazing and less crowded. You can keep safe and still travel for a Tanzania safari during these times.