We would like to inform you about the coronavirus Covid-19, in relation to your trip to Tanzania.
[Last update 27 October 2021]
I have booked a trip, but it is still code orange. Can I 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 does not apply to Tanzania. Now that almost 80% of all Dutch people have been fully vaccinated and there are practically no more restrictive measures in the Netherlands, it is also safe and responsible to travel to Tanzania according to the ANVR!
After our own research, we already had come to the conclusion that it is safe and pleasant to travel in Tanzania, provided you stay outside the busy areas. The imposed measures are adhered to and there do not appear to be any significant numbers of sick people outside the major cities. Awkwardly, the Tanzanian government is still secretive about this. In the meantime, this seems to be more open with the arrival of the new president Samia Hassan Suluhu. Dar es Salaam, as a busy city, we certainly do not recommend to visit now, just like other places where many people come together. You travel with us in your own company and stay in small-scale lodges, which are very careful with the required social distancing, hygiene and the use of mouth masks if required. Tourists are not prevented from leaving or entering the country at Schiphol and in 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).
What are the obligations for me as a traveler to Tanzania?
If you travel to Tanzania, you are obliged to:
- Fill in the online travelers form no more than 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania.
- Submission of 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 5 at Zanzibar Airport). If you have yourself tested via Coronatest2Travel and you have booked your trip through us, they offer a favorable rate.
- Fill in an online health statement when checking in on your flight.
- On arrival in Tanzania, do a self-check using health information cards about symptoms.
- Observe protective measures, such as washing hands, keeping a distance and wearing a face mask.
- Participate in screening for COVID-19 and a rapid test ($10 cash) upon arrival in Tanzania – when our country of origin is considered a high-risk country.
- 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:
- A vaccination statement that proves that you have been fully vaccinated with a vaccin that is approved by EMA or WHOEUL. The vaccination statement is valid for travel 14 days after your last vaccination. Or;
- A negative COVID-19 (PCR/NAAT) test statement, not older than 72 hours upon arrival in the Netherlands. (PS We do not recommend the also admitted result of a ‘negative antigen test’, because the result will not be in in time for your departure.) Or;
- A proof of recovery. Your positive PCR/NAAT test must have been taken no less than 11 days ago and no more than 180 days ago. Your recovery certificate must be issued by a European member state.
- Children under the age of 12 can travel back to the Netherlands without these documents.
- Fill in the health declaration and show it when boarding (boarding).
- Non-European residents must have a vaccination certificate or negative COVID-19 (PCR) test statement (max 72 hours old on arrival in the Netherlands).
- You do not have to be in home quarantine when you return to the Netherlands.
However you do, when returning to Belgium, unless you have been fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks or have a negative PCR test result (maximum 72 hours old on arrival in Belgium) or have recovered from COVID-19. You also fill in a PLF form for Belgium.
-> Of course we plan your safari or beach holiday (Zanzibar or Mafia island) so that you are near a test location for the COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival in the Netherlands. The cost of the PCR test is around $ 100, you can make an appointment on the mainland of Tanzania with your safari guide and for Zanzibar and the islands online or with the COVID-19 app. How this works you can read here.
For information about the required documentation and which type of COVID-19 test 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.
Code orange what does that mean?
Code orange is not a negative travel advice, but a stricter travel advice, not a ban! However, you must now be aware that various government institutions, museums, bars and restaurants may be closed.
[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 is again flying daily to Tanzania this summer, to Dar es Salaam and/or Kilimanjaro Airport and 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.
Rebooking due to COVID-19
We still offer travelers whose trip is canceled due to Covid-19 the option to rebook this trip to another departure date in the future.
What happens if I want to cancel or change / rebook 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 that. However, cancellation- or change / rebooking costs may apply. In this case – no later than 5 weeks before departure – contact us to discuss the options. It is also expected that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will soon again assess travel advice individually, including those outside Europe. So it could just be that Tanzania will also get a code yellow again.
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. Paul was on Zanzibar last July and, like many of our customers, experienced little or no inconvenience from corona.
At the moment we are already booking many 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.
By the way, The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has declared Tanzania safe to travel, 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.
- Fill in the online traveler surveillance form – within 24 hours before arrival – and print or download your unique health code for the Tanzanian immigration.
- Upon arrival in Tanzania, provide a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test statement (max 72 hrs old) and participate in a screening or rapid test there.
- Before your return flight to the Netherlands, arrange (together with us) a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test statement, in case you are not fully vaccinated. Also see above.
- For corona-related symptoms on arrival, participate in a corona screening or rapid 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) to be sure. If 1.5 meters distance is not possible during international transport, wear a face mask.
- Bring enough face masks and wear them where necessary, like on the airports and public transport.
- 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 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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, follow the recommendations on this and (eventually) make your dream trip. Because just like you, we love to travel…