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Can I climb Kilimanjaro during the coronavirus pandemic? (14 July 2021 update)

Mount Kilimanjaro is back open for business. We explain the Covid-19 protocols in place in Tanzania, as well as the precautions we take to keep you safe from the virus during your trip.

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 international travel rules

Everyone intending to travel to Tanzania should please read the following three regulations carefully.

  • All travellers are required to truthfully fill in an online Traveler's Surveillance Form within 24 hours before arrival into Tanzania.
  • All travellers will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test should be based on RT-PCR testing using a sample collected within 72 hours before arrival into Tanzania.
  • Everyone entering the country will be subjected to enhanced screening for Covid-19 infection, which includes a rapid test. The cost for the rapid test is US$25 and must be paid by the traveller.
  • Those who test positive for Covid-19 will have to quarantine at their own expense.

Please take careful note of the above three rules to ensure you don't have any hiccoughs in your travel to Tanzania.

 

Kilimanjaro summit Roger, James, Robert and Andrew

Robert, James, Roger and Andrew at the summit of Kilimanjaro in October 2020

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!

If you're travelling with Follow Alice, we're happy to assist you in arranging a Covid-19 test in line with your schedule. You would simply need to chat to your trip manager for more information or to arrange this test for you.

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).

Arusha Tanzania

Both Arusha and Moshi have hospitals where you can get a coronavirus test if you decide you need one

Safety precautions when travelling to Tanzania

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.

An emptier mountain

Nick climbed Kilimanjaro with us in 2020, and the party had the mountain pretty much to themselves! Check out the short video of his climb below ...

 

 

Chris and Nick, August 2020 solo Kilimanjaro climb

Nick climbed Kilimanjaro in August 2020 with Chris as his lead guide – because of the virus, they had the mountain virtually to themselves!

Follow Alice's safety measures

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.

Tanzania FA team coronavirus prevention certificates

Our awesome Tanzania local leaders holding up their coronavirus prevention training certificates

Our 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 (http://Book your adventure with confidence). With that in mind, these are our assurances in terms of all existing and new travel bookings …

1. Flexibility

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. 

Kilimanjaro trekking group

We look forward to seeing you on the mountain!

 

 

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