Tanzania Travel Restrictions Lifted
Last week Tanzania’s President John Magufuli announced that there would be no more restrictions against travelers arriving in the country.
On March 23rd, 2020, the government subjected foreigners to mandatory 14 days of quarantine, thus eliminating tourism for Tanzania. This measure has now been lifted.
The high season for tourists normally begins in June and lasts until October. However, due to Covid-19, it is projected that the country will experience a 76% drop in visitors this year. Employment in the tourism industry is expected to fall from 623,000 jobs to 146,000 jobs.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism released National Standard Operating Procedures for management of the COVID-19 threat. The comprehensive seven page document detailed the rules put in place to continue operations while at the same time protecting visitors.
Some of these procedures include:
thermal screening for arriving passengers
all contact surfaces are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis
staff members must wear personal protective equipment (PPE) when attending to guests and servicing guest areas
hand washing and sanitizing facilities must be provided to guests and staff
staff members should maintain a distance from one another and from guests
Local Moshi Adventures is in the process of establishing Standard Operating Procedures above and beyond government requirements to ensure the safety of our clients and crew.
These include training our porters and guides to take extra precautions when packing, transporting and preparing food for climbers.
PPE will be worn by crew members when interacting with guests and tents will be disinfected at every campsite. One crew member will be designated to ensure procedures are adhered to. The number of crew and interactions with clients will also be limited.
For climbers who would like to follow social distancing with other climbers, we offer single tents on the mountain and single rooms on safari or in Moshi town. Meals can also be served in the sleeping tent instead of the community mess tent.
Starting June 1st, 2020 we will re-open our office and become fully operational.
When airlines resume flights to Tanzania and our climbers feel comfortable travelling, our crews are ready to serve. We believe that our above and beyond standard operating procedures will be effective in minimizing the risk of infections on the mountain and during safari.