Tanzania has become the first country on the African continent to officially move to reopen its tourism sector as of May 18th, after having effectively closed its borders back in early April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Whereas there was previously a fourteen-day quarantine in effect for any travelers heading into the country, that mandate has been lifted. Upon arriving at the airport you will still have your temperature checked, but other than that it is business as usual.
Although flights to the country’s safari capital of Arusha, through Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), are still pretty nonexistent, carriers such as Ethiopian Airlines, KLM, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, and Kenya Airways are set to restart routes into the country in the following days.
We are still monitoring the situation on the ground here. Although COVID-19 cases have been low, it has been reported that the president of the country, John Magufuli, has been downplaying the infection in general (having not released new data since April 29th), which of course is quite disappointing.
First and foremost, stay up-to-date with the latest news via reputable sources (such as the BBC). If you don’t feel comfortable getting on an international flight and coming to Tanzania, don’t do it. The country will still be around after all of this is said and done, so no need to put yourself under any stress or anxiety when it comes to booking your dream vacation here with us. Your health and safety, as always, is of the utmost importance to us—we’ll welcome you here whenever it is you feel safe to journey to us.
That being said, since we provide private, custom tours in wide-open spaces, the chance of infection is very low once you step out of the airport. In addition to this, we have established standards for cleanliness and safety for both our employees and partners in order to provide our guests with the most protection possible, the details of which you can find here.
If you are planning on booking a safari with us during the summer season, from June through August, please make sure to get in touch with us first to hear the latest news.
We do feel confident that things will be pretty much back to normal here by early fall, so if you have any ideas of visiting from that point onward definitely let us know and we’ll put together a package for you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.