Updated information as of 4th January 2021 here.
As governments and industry are starting to focus their efforts on lifting travel restrictions, many of our local partners are working hard to restore traveller confidence and stimulate demand across East Africa. We are all aware that the measures put in place today will shape tourism for tomorrow. As such, our Product Manager is keeping abreast of the cleaning measures, social distancing policies, information apps, promotion campaigns and opening timelines shared by our partners. Please find a snapshot of the travel situation in each of the countries in which we operate below:
International flights officially resumed on 18th May 2020, so far the following airlines have indicated that their passenger flights will resume:
- Doha – Dar es Salaam effective 30th June 2020 operating every 3 days;
- Doha – Zanzibar returning to scheduled operations on the 2nd July 2020;
- Doha – Kilimanjaro returning to scheduled operations on the 2nd July 2020;
- New York – Dar es Salaam operating 3 weekly flights, with daily flight resuming on 1st July 2020;
- Boston (BOS) – Dar es Salaam operating weekly from 1st July 2020, via Doha;
- Chicago (ORD) – Dar es Salaam operating weekly from 1st July 2020, via Doha;
- Dallas (DFW) – Dar es Salaam operating weekly from 1st July 2020, via Doha;
- Los Angeles (LAX) – Dar es Salaam operating weekly from 1st July 2020, via Doha; and
- Washington (IAD) – Dar es Salaam operating weekly from 1st July 2020, via Doha.
- Resuming normal schedule to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar effective 1st July 2020.
KLM ROYAL DUTCH AIRLINES
- Amsterdam – Dar es Salaam resuming 3 weekly flights effective 4th July 2020.
- Resuming daily scheduled flights to Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro effective 1st July 2020;
- All arriving passengers are free to move within Tanzania;
- There are no self-quarantine requirements for travelers arriving into the country;
- All arriving passengers are to provide proof that they are COVID-19 negative upon arrival;
- All arriving passengers will undergo screening and must complete a Health Declaration form to be submitted upon entry;
- All arriving passengers are to wear masks for travel and dispose of them when exiting the airport;
- Sanitisers are to be placed throughout airports and all airport staff are to be monitored for symptoms of COVID-19;
- A selection of hotels, lodges, and restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures and increased health and safety measures in place;
- Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places; and
- Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times
- International flights will continue to be banned for 30 days, from 6 June 2020;
- The nationwide curfew has been amended and is now between 2100 and 0400, from 6 June 2020;
- Travel by road, rail, and air is restricted into and out of the counties of Nairobi, Mombasa and Mandera for 30 days, from 6 June 2020;
- A selection of restaurants have reopened, with social distancing measures in place;
- Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places;
- Vehicles must carry only 50% of their passenger capacity;
- Random temperature checks will continue to be conducted in public places; and
- Social distancing of 1.5 m apart is required at all times.
- International flights were banned on 22 March 2020, a reopening date has yet to be announced;
- Local private and public vehicle movement is allowed with passenger numbers limited;
- The nationwide curfew continues between 1900 and 0630;
- Hotels, restaurants and shops were permitted to reopen from the 4 June 2020, with social distancing measures in place; and
- Face masks are to be worn by all people over the age of 6 years at all times in public places.
- Scheduled international flights continue to be banned, a reopening date has yet to be announced;
- Charter international flights are permitted (individuals and groups), with the requirement of a negative COVID-19 test of each passenger within 72 hours of arrival;
- On arrival in Rwanda, guests are required to undergo a second COVID-19 test at Kigali International Airport. Guests are to remain at their hotel in Rwanda until the COVID-19 test results are obtained (average waiting time of 8 hours), following a negative test result, tourists are free to move within Rwanda;
- The first test results are to be emailed to [email protected] prior to departure and the second results are to be submitted following results on arrival in Rwanda;
- Departing visitors will be offered a COVID-19 test at the airport;
- The cost of the COVID-19 test is to be covered by the guest;
- Guests are to maintain a minimum of 10 meter distance while visiting primates in Nyungwe and Volcanoes National Park;
- Gorilla experiences are limited to a group of 6 guests for a maximum of 1 hour per visit;
- Golden monkey experiences are limited to a group of 12 guests for a maximum of 1 hour per visit;
- Chimpanzee experiences are limited to a group of 8 guests for a maximum of 1 hour per visit;
- Movement between cities is permitted for tourism purposes;
- A nationwide curfew is in place between 2100 and 0500; and
- Face masks are to be worn by all people at all times in public places.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will of course share any changes as we learn of them. Should you require any information or need a quotation put together, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Courtesy – Cheli and Peacock Safaris