Tanzania Welcomes Back Tourists as Borders Reopen

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Tanzania is set to be the first country to welcome travelers again following recent coronavirus restrictions.

This is great news for tourists and business people across the globe who can now start to plan their trip to the African nation.

A significant decrease in COVID-19 infections has allowed the government to ease Tanzania’s travel restrictions, indicating that normality is steadily beginning to return.

When Will Tanzanian Borders Reopen to Foreigners?

On May 17th, 2020, President John Magufuli announced that foreigners would once again be able to fly to Tanzania for leisure and business purposes unconditionally.

The president requested that the Ministry of Tourism contact airlines and encourage them to schedule passenger planes to Tanzania with immediate effect. As a result, commercial flights are expected to be operational again from June.

This action makes Tanzania the first country to welcome all tourists back to the country after the recent disruption caused by COVID-19.

Tanzania ends the mandatory 14-day quarantine on arrival

Until now, like many other countries, Tanzania imposed a mandatory 2-week quarantine on all overseas arrivals.

The government has announced that thanks to the decreasing infection rate this measure is no longer necessary.

This means that individuals who apply for a Tanzania tourist visa will be able to start enjoying their stay in the country as soon as they land.

Additional screening procedures will be in place such as completing a form whilst onboard the aircraft and reporting to health authorities on arrival.

These enhanced methods will help to identify any high-risk passengers and therefore maintain the downward trend in coronavirus cases.

Is It Safe to Travel to Tanzania Now?

Whilst foreign nationals are being encouraged back to Tanzania, it remains important for foreigners to remain vigilant until the situation fully stabilizes.

People in Tanzania should follow health guidelines currently being issued globally to protect themselves from catching coronavirus and help stop the spread of the disease.

Precautionary measures in Tanzania include.

  • Wearing a mask in public
  • Washing hands with soap and running water or hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing by a minimum of 1 meter, more in public gatherings

How many Coronavirus cases are there in Tanzania?

Figures reported by the government indicate that there have been far fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Tanzania than many other countries.

Of those infected, many have now made a full recovery. As Tanzania has not been hit particularly hard by the virus, officials believe that travel restrictions can now be safely eased.

The Importance of Tourism in Tanzania

Tourism is a key sector in the economy of Tanzania. In 2019, over 1.5 million people visited the African country, attracted by the fascinating wildlife and natural environment

Tanzania is a popular destination with many tourist attractions. There are 17 National Parks in Tanzania in addition to 29 game reserves. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, is also located in Tanzania.

Another tourist hotspot is Zanzibar, a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania famed for its miles of white sandy beaches and excellent snorkeling and diving.

In normal times, tourism provides over 600,000 jobs, the government hopes to protect the livelihood of as many of these workers by opening its borders to international visitors.

Planning a Trip to Tanzania: Visa and Other Requirements

Foreigners who wish to go to Tanzania in the coming months should plan their trip carefully and ensure they have everything they need for the trip.

Most overseas visitors require a Tanzania visa to enter the country. The single-entry visa is valid for stays of up to 30 days. The majority of tourists and business people can apply for a Tanzania visa online.

This is the quickest and easiest way to gain access to Tanzania. As the entire Tanzania eVisa process is electronic there is no need to present paperwork in person at an embassy or consulate, or join long queues on arrival at the airport.

For health and safety reasons, travelers are recommended to take their own masks with them as well as small bottles of alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel which can be used during the journey and when moving around Tanzania.

Sightseers are recommended to check in advance wish tourist attractions will be open to the public and their current timetables. Some businesses may have altered their opening times in line with coronavirus safety measures.