Tanzania reopens its borders to international tourists to visit the country for vacations. This comes after nearly two months of lock-down following the corona-virus outbreak that led to the closing of borders.
Airlines including Ethiopian, KLM, and Turkish are expected to be landing in the country this week after the first chartered plane with four Greek nationals landed at Kilimanjaro International Airport last week.
This comes after President John Magufuli’s directive to re-open the entire economy following what he termed as significantly reduced cases of corona-virus patients in the country.
The president also stated that there was no longer a need to curtail economic activity while hospitals across Tanzania had empty beds having discharged nearly all COVID-19 positive patients after they tested negative for the virus.
Currently, the exact number of corona-virus positive patients in Tanzania is not known since the country’s tally was last public in April. The toll stands at 509 positive cases and 21 deaths as of May 7.
The news of re-opening the country for Tanzania safaris was a green light for the tourism industry.
Tanzania is the first country in East Africa to open up to international tourists as the neighboring countries like Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Burundi and Kenya are still closed. The country’s airspace was opened for international arrivals from May 18th.
Some European countries that form the bulk of Tanzania’s tourists have started reopening their borders and economies following months of shutdown.
Countries like Greece, UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Poland, Romania, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland, South Korea, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, USA, Italy, and many others have set up opening dates and therefore a chance for people to move too.
The minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Hamisi Kigwangalla stated that;
“We’re resuming tourism activities, getting ready to receive international tourists from all over the world especially now that nations have started lifting lockdowns”
According to him, the Ethiopian Airways flight expected on June 1, and the Turkish Airlines flight are fully booked. All passengers on board are expected to submit proof that they have tested negative for the coronavirus.
If you are interested in taking a Tanzania wildlife safari, these guidelines should be followed for a successful trip;
Other holidays that can be undertaken in East Africa include Uganda gorilla safaris, Rwanda gorilla tours, Kenya safaris as well as any other kind of tours including birding, wildlife, and adventure trips.
Here are some of the recommended itineraries that tourists can choose when going on the East Africa safari.