Samia Suluhu Hassan became President of Tanzania after the death of her predecessor John Magafuli, a Covid-sceptic, in March 2021. Hassan is taking a more direct approach to curtailing the spread of Covid-19 in her country. So while tourism in Tanzania is still a go – and Kilimanjaro is open for business – there are some important precautions and quarantine rules coming into place that you should know about.
* We regularly update the information in this blog post to reflect the latest coronavirus-related news and developments pertaining to travel to Tanzania. But please always check the latest regulations as per Tanzania’s travel advisory to ensure you’re on top of every requirement relating to your travel plans.
Tanzania’s new international travel rules
Everyone intending to travel to Tanzania should please read the following three regulations carefully.
- The first thing to know is that to enter Tanzania you must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of your arrival into Tanzania.
- Those arriving from countries with particularly high infection rates will also be required to pay for a rapid test. The specifics of how this will roll out aren’t yet available, but please bear it in mind.
- Further, the Government of Tanzania is also concerned about new variants to the virus. With this in mind, those arriving from countries with known variants – as well as those who have travelled to such a country within the past two weeks – will be required to quarantine at their own expense. So it’s important that you go online to check the Government’s stance on the country from which you’re departing.
Please take careful note of the above three rules to ensure you don’t have any hiccoughs in your travel to Tanzania.
Coronavirus testing near Kilimanjaro
If you require a Covid-19 test while in Tanzania, no problem. You can have a test done for about $80 at Selian Hospital in Arusha or Mawenzi Regional Hospital in Moshi (the two towns closest to Kilimanjaro). The current turnaround time for tests results is 72 hours.
We can organise testing for you!
We’re happy to arrange this test for you. We’ll also drive you there, of course, and organise to receive your results.
Please note, however, that the onus is on you to request a coronavirus test if one is needed. This means checking with your airline and home country to see if a test result is required prior to travel (as well as the timeframes involved).
Safety precautions when travelling to Tanzania during the pandemic
The Government of Tanzania has put certain safety measures in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus through the tourism sector:
- All travellers are advised to wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose (though this isn’t mandatory).
- Everyone is advised to sanitise their hands regularly – and properly!
- You are given a Health Surveillance Form to fill in on the airplane.
- Upon arrival in Tanzania, all travellers will have their temperature taken in the airport – those with symptoms of the virus will be taken to a government-sanctioned hotel for a 14-day quarantine (at your own expense).
- Kilimanjaro climbers can also anticipate temperature checks at their local hotel and at the gates to Kilimanjaro National Park.
If you’d like to know more, please read the Government of Tanzania’s Travel Advisory No. 7 of 4th May, 2021.
Face masks and hand sanitiser
Please bring your own protective face masks for your time in Tanzania. You won’t wear them on the mountain, as there’s already limited oxygen. But it’s a good idea to wear a face mask during your travels before and after the climb. Face masks aren’t compulsory in Tanzania, but we do advise wearing them, in keeping with the recommendation set forth by the World Health Organisation.
While hand sanitiser is provided at most establishments and we provide it for you during our climbs, we still recommend having your own personal hand sanitiser that you carry with you at all times.
How Follow Alice is protecting staff and climbers from the virus
Safety has always been a top priority with Follow Alice. Accordingly, all of our Tanzania lead staff have undergone specialised Covid-19 prevention training. And we follow all of the new standard operating procedures set out by the Tanzanian authorities in terms of Covid-19 prevention. These measures include:
- Temperature checks
- Mask wearing (not on the mountain, as breathing is already too difficult at high altitude)
- Social distancing (especially on the mountain, when face masks can’t be worn)
- Regular hand sanitisation
Follow Alice climbers can be confident that we take all necessary precautions to protect the health of our staff and clients. Our cooks wear protective face masks when preparing your food. And we implement social distancing wherever possible – an easy thing to do when actually trekking!
Please take a gander at our Trustpilot score and reviews if you’d like to see what past clients who have travelled with us during the pandemic have to say.
Follow Alice’s amended booking policy
This year has been a real doozy! So much has been (and remains) up in the air, making travel somewhat difficult to plan. We want to enable you to book your adventure with confidence. With that in mind, these are our assurances in terms of all existing and new travel bookings …
For all bookings, we’ve reduced the number of days before your departure that you must give notice in order to make changes. Our notice period was initially six weeks, but now it’s just three weeks. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to three weeks before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked, and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new departure date. We’re very flexible, and will work on a case-by-case basis to ensure the best solution is found for you!
2. Support from your trip manager
Your dedicated trip manager is always on hand to help with any questions you have prior to your trip. We want you to feel confident and safe before leaving for your trip. Your trip manager is always up to date on local travel regulations and restrictions, and so is equipped to guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible.
3. Reduced booking deposit
To give you even further confidence to book, we’ve reduced our booking deposit amount by half. It was $500, and is now just $250.
4. Financial protection
Rest assured that your money is protected when you make a deposit with Follow Alice. We don’t sub-contract, which means that the money you spend with us, stays with us.
5. Small groups
Our travel groups are always small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a better connection with your destination. For social distancing efforts its a real plus. If you want it to be just you and your mates, chat to us for more information about making your trip private!
6. Want your own room? We got you!
If you’re joining one of our small group trips on your own, good on ya! Solo travelling is all the rage right now. It’s up to you if you want to have your own room or share with someone else. If you do opt to share a room, your roommate won’t change for the entire journey to support social distancing efforts.
As always, please feel free to chat to us at any time! We’d love to connect with you and talk adventure travel.
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