Coronavirus

We would like to inform you about the coronavirus Covid-19, in relation to your trip to Tanzania.
[Last update 20 June 2022]

Travel advice code yellow!
Since February 16, 2022, the travel advice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Tanzania has been adjusted to code yellow. This also officially indicates from the government that you can travel safely to Tanzania. Of course you remain alert to the usual risks and there are still entry restrictions for travelers from the Netherlands due to corona. The additional travel restrictions for Dutch nationals to and from Tanzania are listed below on this page.

Corona has not gone away, but our personal experience and that of our customers is that it is nice to be traveling in Tanzania now. The safety rules are strictly observed by the partners we work with. The vaccination campaign for vulnerable people and people with contact professions is in full swing. And once there, you have all the peace and space to travel with your company, safely and confidently! Large crowds can be avoided.

What are the obligations for me as a traveler to Tanzania?
If you travel to Tanzania, you are obliged to:

  1. Fill in the online travelers form (mainland) or similar that for Zanzibar, no more than 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. The QR code must be printed out and brought with you. (Now that the website is temporarily out of service for maintenance, you will receive a form to fill in with pen upon arrival.)
  2. Non-vaccinated have to submit a negative COVID-19 test result of a PCR test that has been taken up to 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania. (A PCR test is not necessary for kids under 6). If you have yourself tested via Coronatest2Travel and you have booked your trip through us, they offer a favorable rate. Vaccinees must be able to submit a QR code showing that they have been fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the WHO.
  3. Adhering to protective measures, such as washing hands, keeping a distance and wearing a face mask on the plane is allowed, but is no longer mandatory.
  4. Cooperate with screening for COVID-19 and a rapid test ($10 cash mainland / $25 cash Zanzibar) upon arrival in Tanzania if requested. This does not apply to fully vaccinated passengers traveling only to Zanzibar (bring proof) or children aged 5 years or younger. (In the unlikely event that your rapid test at Tanzania airport is positive, you can self-isolate in your accommodation for 14 days until your test is negative again. Your journey is therefore not in danger!)

I am traveling back to the Netherlands, what (corona) obligations do I have?
For your return journey you are obliged to:

  1. Adhering to protective measures, such as washing hands, keeping a distance and wearing a face mask on the plane is allowed, but is no longer mandatory.
  2. You do not have to be in home quarantine when you return to the Netherlands, because Tanzania is not a ‘very high risk country’ .
    No additional measures are required when returning to Belgium either. Tanzania is also voor Belgium not a ‘very high risk country’ .

For information about the required documentation and possible tests you must have undergone to travel to the country of your destination, please refer to the KLM TravelDoc app. We keep a close eye on developments and will take additional measures if necessary. As soon as the corona virus affects your trip, we will inform you about this.

Until when can I cancel or change / rebook a booked trip?
If you do not find it pleasant to travel, you can adjust or cancel your trip up to six weeks before your departure. However, cancellation or change costs may apply. See also our traveler conditions with regard to the terms of down payment, cancellation and balance payment. If there is still a negative travel advice due to corona, you can have your trip converted free of charge. Of course, as always, we will arrange your repatriation if necessary and you are in Tanzania at that time.

What about corona in Tanzania?
We are in constant contact with our people and agents in Tanzania and Zanzibar. As far as we know, there are few cases of infection in Tanzania. The fact that the average age of the Tanzanian population is very young (18 years) and a healthy life (and does not yet have any lifestyle diseases) certainly contributes to this. Also read the travel stories of our customers, about their experiences in corona time. Each accommodation in Tanzania has its own corona coordinator, who ensures that the regulations to prevent the spread of corona are properly observed; people keep their distance, use mouth caps and clean frequently.

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has also declared Tanzania safe to travel and has given Tanzania the ‘Safe Travel Predicate’ (Safe Travels Stamp).

Repatriation in case of code orange? … our care!
Repatriation is done with special flights to retrieve travelers. This concerns, for example, a major natural disaster or the sudden closure of airspace (as in March 2020). But in case of a (security) code orange or red, repatriation is not automatic. First, we look at the situation on site and whether this is necessary in the short term. A (sudden) code orange from the Dutch government does not mean that you are in immediate danger or that you would no longer be able to travel and that you should end your holiday. Code orange is always travel advice and not a travel ban.

What are the most important pieces of advice when I travel to Tanzania?

      • Please carefully read the information provided by your carrier or accommodation.
      • Fill in the online traveler surveillance form – within 24 hours before arrival – and print or download your unique health code for the Tanzanian immigration. (Also see above).
      • Upon arrival in Tanzania, provide a QR code of your COVID-19 vaccins or a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test statement (max 72 hrs old) and if neccessary participate in a screening or rapid test there.
      • For corona-related symptoms on arrival, participate in a corona screening or rapid test.
      • Bring enough mouth caps with you and wear them where necessary.
      • To be on the safe side, stick to the basic rules (keep your distance, wash hands, sneeze in your elbow, etc).
      • Always follow the specific measures and directions from our colleagues, the airline crew and authorities in Tanzania.
      • You can make safaris with your own party, as well as the dinners and stay in the accommodations.
      • When returning home to the Netherlands home quarantine is no longer needed.
      • Also remember to check your travel – and health insurance policies. With most travel insurance policies, only corona-related damage is not covered (see also corona travel insurances). In almost all cases, your health insurance covers medical care costs abroad (code yellow or orange), but additional insurance is recommended. If you suddenly become infected with corona just before departure and you are therefore no longer able to travel, then this is again covered by most cancellation insurance policies (e.g. Allianz).

Because we really want you to travel safely and responsibly. Protecting your health and our colleagues in Tanzania remains our number one priority.

Maximum safe?
Do you still find it exciting and do you prefer maximum safety? think of Selous / Nyerere National Park or Ruaha National Park – wide and with few tourists anyway – and spend the night in your own tent in one of the small camps in the middle of nature. From the airport of Dar es Salaam you travel with a private driver to your accommodation. And a stay in Zanzibar Island, after your safari, you can limit as much as possible to your own company and some crew members, if you choose one of the detached private villas from our range (see accommodations Tanzania and use the filter button to make the selection).  Please let us know, we are happy to help you.

KLM and Corona
Corona did not disappear. In order to keep the risks of contamination extremely low, the following measures regarding covid-19 apply permanent in effect to all KLM aircrafts:

      • Face protection covering nose and mouth is no longer required on most flights.
      • The traveler takes care of his own face covering.
      • KLM aircrafts are cleaned more often and more thoroughly.
      • There is a minimum number of contact moments between crew and passengers.
      • Passengers from ‘risk areas’ are asked to complete a health declaration.
      • All KLM aircrafts are equipped with High Efficiency Particulate Air filters (HEPA filters).
      • HEPA filters catch 99.99 percent of all viruses and bacteria, including corona viruses.
      • The rapid airflow inside the cabin flows downwards from top to bottom and all air is replaced every three minutes.
      • See also the video below. And the KLM site about this.
      • Passengers fly with KLM at the highest attainable level of health and safety worldwide. KLM received the APEX Diamond Award for Health Safety for this.

In a letter to the Parliament on 20 August 2020, ministers De Jonge and Van Nieuwenhuizen write that up to then no flying passenger has been infected with the corona virus by fellow passengers. The measures taken by the airlines and airports against the contamination of the corona virus are therefore sufficient.

Green Camp and the Covid-19 measures
Like all accommodations in Tanzania, the Green Camps have also taken steps to ensure that its staff and guests remain healthy and still have a fantastic safari. The Green Camp philosophy has always been: far from the beaten track, private, detox and unwind .. so this new reality is actually not that new. That attempt to “isolate” you is only being taken a little further.

So the Green Camp simply continues with…

      • Privat dining and brunches in romantic and secluded places, with a view of the animals.
      • Setting up your tent in a private place, behind a large rock.
      • Preparing delicious and healthy meals from the clean bush kitchen. Plates are served at your own table.
      • Optimal cleaning of the camp and all equipment.
      • All (safari) activities, but with sufficient distance from each other and only with and for your own company.

And extra…

      • A daily temperature measurement of the staff takes place to ensure that they are healthy.
      • Suppliers no longer come into contact with staff. The stocks themselves are disinfected before use.
      • No hands are shaken, only waved.
      • A Covid-19 coordinator has been appointed to ensure that the protocols are observed, instructs the staff and keeps everyone informed of the latest information.
      • Are there sufficient means to wash and disinfect hands.

In summary: 10 reasons why you should be in Tanzania right now:

      1. Tanzania is a safe and stable country. 120 different tribes live peacefully together.
      2. This pure piece of Africa has everything to offer in terms of nature, culture and traditions. The Tanzanians are happy to show you their beautiful country (again).
      3. The parks have seen few visitors, the animals are very curious.
      4. In the event of a possible negative travel ban in the future, we will arrange your repatriation.
      5. The imposed corona measures are strictly observed by our partners, each accommodation has its own corona coordinator.
      6. No significant numbers of sick people are known outside the major cities. The average age of the population is 18 years old and is healthy.
      7. Tanzania is more than 23 times the size of the Netherlands, with only 3 times as many inhabitants. So you choose for peace, space and privacy.
      8. You travel in your own party, you are outside in nature all day and you stay in small-scale lodges and private accommodations.
      9. Your travel sum at Explore Tanzania is covered by SGR.
      10. You are very welcome. And right now there are great offers.