We would like to inform you about the coronavirus Covid-19, in relation to your trip to Tanzania.
I have booked a trip, but it is still code orange. Can I still go?
Traveling in Tanzania itself is quite possible, the safety rules to prevent further contamination of corona are in any case strictly observed by our partners. The flight ban for various high-risk countries, which went in effect on January 23, 2021, does not apply to Tanzania. However, an additional obligation for a rapid test has been added, which must be done no more than 24 hours (used to be 4 hours) before departure to the Netherlands. At the three main airports in Tanzania – Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar – it is possible to have an official rapid test done for a fee (about $ 25) since January 26, 2021. We recommend that you be at the airport five hours before departure.
We offer travelers whose trip is canceled due to Covid-19 the option to rebook this trip to a different departure date in the future.
(In 2020 we also issued the SGR guaranteed corona voucher, see also below).
After our own research, we have come to the conclusion that it is safe and pleasant to travel in Tanzania now, provided you stay out of the busy areas. The imposed measures are adhered to and there do not seem to be any significant numbers of sick people outside the major cities. Awkwardly, the Tanzanian government is secretive about this. In the meantime, there seems to be more openness here. Dar es Salaam, as a busy city, we certainly do not recommend to visit now, just like other places where many people gather. You travel with us in your own party and stay in small-scale lodges, which are very careful with the required social distancing, hygiene and the use of mouth masks. Tourists are not prevented from leaving or entering the country at Schiphol and Tanzania. It is no different in Tanzania than in the Netherlands, perhaps even better because of the size and uninhabited parts of the country (33x the Netherlands). However, you are advised to go into quarantine for ten days upon return to the Netherlands (this does not apply to Belgium, a PLF form has to be filled out).
See also the KLM TravelDoc app for information about, among other things, the required documentation and which type of COVID-19 test you must have undergone to travel to the country of your destination. All passengers (13 yrs and older) are subject to the additional (legal) requirement that they must have a recent negative COVID-19 NAAT* test statement in order to board an airplane to the Netherlands. Of course we plan your safari or beach holiday (Zanzibar or Mafia Island) in a way that you are near a test location 72 hours before your arrival in The Netherlands. Read here how exactly that works. From 23 January 2021 also a negative rapid test when checking in at the airport is mandatory for Dutch residents.
PS 1 As of March 3, 2021, this rapid test at the airport is leading, even if the COVID-19 NAAT test result is positive. And if the rapid test also remains positive a doctor’s statement, that you are no longer contagious, is leading to being allowed to travel.
PS 2 From March 16, 2021 a rapid test is no longer necessary if your COVID-19 NAAT test was taken less than 24 hours befor your return flight.
* = COVID-19 NAAT test is a new terminology for COVID-19 PCR tests such as PCR, mPOCT, NAAT, RT-PCR, RT-LAMP and TMA.
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.
Code orange what does that mean?
Code orange is not a negative travel advice, but a stricter travel advice, not a ban! For trips to Tanzania, Prime Minister Rutte’s press conference on January 12 – to stay at home as much as possible this winter – did not change this. However, you must now be aware that various government institutions, museums, bars and restaurants may be closed. However, there are calls for travelers to complete a declaration of necessity at Schiphol from early 2021, in which the necessity of your trip must be described, but so far this has not been the case.
[If flight and accommodations are available, the trip can be carried out.]
Code orange indicates that you must be properly informed about the situation on site, the protective measures to be observed and that you must also remain alert to this. But as a safari traveler, good preparation is required anyway, that has not changed.
[KLM flies almost daily to Dar es Salaam and / or Kilimanjaro Airport. And this winter directly to Zanzibar Airport.]
With the current code orange for Tanzania, the Dutch government wants to indicate that there are risks of contracting the corona virus in Tanzania. But that certainly does not mean that this risk is greater than in the Netherlands. Our personal experience and that of our customers is that it is very nice to travel in Tanzania now. The safety rules are strictly observed by the partners we work with. And once there, you have all the quiet and space to travel with your party, safely and securely! Big crowds are easy to avoid.
How does the 2020 corona voucher work?
The corona voucher allows you to book a trip with Explore Tanzania within one year of the date of issue of this voucher. The new departure date may therefore also be after the validity of the voucher, as long as the booking has been made within one year after issue. The value of the voucher is equal to the paid travel sum for the land arrangement. Will the total cost of the new holiday be higher in price? Then you pay the difference. The voucher is personal, cannot be transferred and is covered by the SGR guarantee fund, according to the ANVR. The voucher with SGR coverage could be issued at least until January 1, 2021 and is then valid for another year.
What happens if I want to cancel my trip?
If you do not find it pleasant and safe enough to travel now, and you do not like the new normal at all, then we understand. However, the cancellation costs are for your own account. In this case, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Traveling to Tanzania
We are in constant contact with our people and agents in Tanzania and Zanzibar. As far as we can tell, there are few contamination cases in Tanzania. The fact that the average age of the Tanzanian population is very young (18 years) and lives healthy (and does not yet have any diseases of affluence) certainly contributes to this. Properties have reopened in July 2020 and the first tourists returned enthousiastic. Read the travel stories ot our customers here. Each accommodation has its own corona coordinator, who ensures that the regulations for preventing corona contamination are properly complied with; they keep their distance, use face masks and clean frequently.
In summer 2020 we went on a trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar to learn about the situation there and to experience the imposed measures. You can read our findings about this in the blog Marjolijn travels to Tanzania, July 2020. In October 2020 we went to learn about the situation again, and to show why you should and can travel through this magnificant country. Read this from our: Marjolijn visits Tanzania, October 2020. In January 2021 Marjolijn worked again from Tanzania and homeschooled her children.
At the moment we are already booking new trips to Tanzania in a comfortable and safe way. Of course we apply adjusted and flexible conditions with regard to the terms of down payment, cancellation and residual payment. You can rebook free of charge if there is yet another negative travel advice due to corona and we will arrange – as always – your repatriation from Tanzania if necessary.
Incidentally, The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has declared Tanzania safe to travel again, and gave Tanzania the ‘Safe Travels Stamp‘.
The new travel to Tanzania, how do you do it safely and responsibly?
In the Netherlands (and on the airplane) we follow the applicable measures of RIVM and the Dutch government and the (inter) national rules and Covid-19 measures that apply to your total journey – transport, accommodation and activities – once at your destination (and ) in Tanzania.
Explore Tanzania is in constant contact with its colleagues and partners in Tanzania about the situation and developments there and keeps a close eye on the travel advice of the Dutch government. And acts accordingly, as do the advice from the Tanzanian government.
Repatriation? … our care!
Prime Minister Rutte’s statement that the government will not repatriate in the event of code orange has caused quite a bit of confusion. He forgot to mention that travelers who have booked their (package) trip through a tour operator such as Explore Tanzania will be offered all necessary assistance. As an ANVR travel organization, Explore Tanzania is responsible for your repatriation, if necessary!
[A package holiday consists of the combination of booked accommodation, transport and / or activities.]
Repatriation is also done with special flights to retrieve travelers. This concerns, for example, a major natural disaster or the sudden closure of the airspace (as in March this year). But in case of a (security) code orange or red, no automatic repatriation takes place. First, the situation on site is examined and whether this is necessary in the short term. A (sudden) orange code 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 your holiday should end. See also above under ‘code orange what does that mean’.
The most important advice that applies to you when you travel to Tanzania are:
- Please carefully read the information provided by your carrier or accommodation.
- Screening can take place for Covid-19 infections, but not a 10- or 14-day quarantine in Tanzania.
- A negative corona test / Covid-19 statement is currently not required by the Dutch government or the KLM (and therefore the Tanzanian government) to travel to Tanzania. However is it required for the return flight to the Netherlands, just as the rapid test for Dutch residents.
- For corona-related symptoms on arrival, participate in a corona test.
- Fill in the corona form of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport when checking in at Schiphol, and later that of the Tanzanian government on the plane, completely and truthfully.
- Keep 1.5 meters away (between households). If 1.5 meters distance is not possible during international transport, wear a face mask.
- Bring enough face masks and wear them where necessary.
- Keep your distance.
- Social distancing also applies to the airline crew and safari guides.
- Wash your hands more often.
- Cough and sneeze in your elbow.
- Use tissue paper.
- Don’t shake hands.
- Stay at home if you have any of the following: colds, runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, mild cough, increase (up to 38 ° C) and / or shortness of breath.
- Always follow the specific measures and directions from our colleagues and authorities in Tanzania.
- Support the staff in keeping all guests safe.
- Pay where necessary with pin or contactless (pin or mobile).
- Expect less direct contact with the staff.
- You can make safaris with your own party, as well as the dinners and stay in the accommodations.
- When returning home, a 10-day home quarantine (and a GGD corona test in case of medical complaints) is required in case of a code orange or red travel advice. This however does not apply to children up to 13 years old. On day 5 of your quarantine you can have yourself tested at the GGD. If this test is negative, the quarantine period ends.
- 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.
Do you still find it exciting and do you prefer maximum safety? think of Selous Game Reserve 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 memebers, 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
In order to keep the risks of contamination extremely low, the following measures regarding covid-19 apply to all KLM aircrafts:
- Everyone on the plane wears face masks covering both the nose and mouth.
- 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, still current. And the KLM site about 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.
- 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:
- Tanzania is a safe and stable country. 120 different tribes live peacefully together.
- 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).
- The parks currently have few visitors, the animals are very curious. And by being there you protect the animals from poachers.
- Code orange is stricter travel advice, not negative travel advice. In the event of a possible negative travel ban in the future, we will arrange your repatriation.
- The imposed corona measures are strictly observed by our partners, each accommodation has its own corona coordinator.
- 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.
- Tanzania is more than 30 times the size of the Netherlands, with only 3 times as many inhabitants. So you choose for peace, space and privacy.
- You travel in your own party, you are outside in nature all day and you stay in small-scale lodges and private accommodations.
- There are now flexible travel conditions at Explore Tanzania; cancellation is possible up to 2 weeks before departure. And your travel sum at Explore Tanzania is covered by SGR.
- You are very welcome. And right now there are great offers.
Visiting Explore Tanzania
Explore Tanzania has an office in a business center building, with clear measures regarding hygiene and protection through social distancing. You can of course visit us, but we are happy to do so by appointment.
We sincerely hope that you and your family stay healthy in this bizarre time, follow the recommendations on this and (eventually) make your dream trip.