Our Statement on Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Pandemic & Current Info for the Entry into Tanzania

There is no ban on entry or quarantine on/after entry.

The following rules apply (source: Federal Foreign Office, Germany):

“”All travelers whose airline or country of departure requires a negative COVID 19 test result as a condition for departure must also present this test result on entry into Tanzania. Travelers from other countries who show COVID-19 symptoms will be subjected to an extended examination and if necessary a PCR test. A quarantine obligation no longer exists.

All persons should observe rules of distance and hygiene and wear face masks.”

PCR test certificate is no longer required by the Tanzanian side, unless it is already required by the customer’s departure country/airline. Special care should be taken if airlines / countries have their own guidelines and they may still require their customers to present these certificates.  It is best to coordinate with the airline in advance, as the request – as mentioned – is no longer from the Tanzanian side. The regulations for re-entry into the respective “home country” must also be observed.

Specifics Regarding COVID Testing While in Tanzania:

If you require a test to return home, tests are available at any time from a hospital in Moshi that is less than 1km from our office. The test results will be reported back 48 hours later. A test certificate will be issued and will be valid for another 72 hours. The cost of the test is Tsh 115,000/= (approximately $50 USD payable in Tanzanian shillings only). The price is the same whether you are a citizen or non citizen. Tests are given between 09:00 and 13:00 7 days a week including holidays.
 

In light of the COVID 19 pandemic, we have put in place measures that ensure the safety of
both our clients and employees. All our staff  (employees) and officers have received their jabs, we used Pfizer and Johnson vaccines. Our employees undergo regular training on Covid-19 updates, time after time to ensure we stay aware and informed of every news regarding the pandemic.
As of today not a single customer of Uhuru Smiles has contracted coronavirus while exploring Tanzania with us! 

 

"Omicron" won't impact Tanzania travel

What impact may the novel “Omicron” coronavirus mutation have on Tanzania travel?

As of today, there are no restrictions regarding Tanzania travel for the citizens of the USA, Canada, EU or most of the other countries. The latest World Health Organization (WHO) announcements and expert opinions suggest that it is unlikely that there will be any large-scale rollback of the international travel restrictions in the future. 

On November 26, 2021, the WHO announced that the new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and several other countries is “of concern” and labelled it “Omicron”. Several countries announced travel restrictions to the Horn of Africa, creating uncertainty for holiday-goers and business travellers alike. 

Those planning to climb Mt Kilimanjaro or visit Tanzania national parks frequently ask us whether our tours will still run. They will, and here is why:
 

Tanzania is not among the countries where Omicron was detected

This variant of Coronavirus was found in the “Horn of Africa” countries - South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini. Tanzania is in East Africa, and it is separated by the Horn of Africa by thousands of miles. Tanzania is separated from these Horn of Africa countries by not one, but two countries that meet its southern border; Mozambique and Zambia. Interstate travel between Tanzania and these countries is very low these days, and so far it is not likely that the mutation will reach this nation. 

So far, there are no travel restrictions to Tanzania caused by the Omicron mutation. 
 

Air carriers keep flying to Tanzania 

International air companies operating flights to Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam haven’t cancelled  any of their flights. Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines and KLM Royal Dutch (in spite of the ongoing lockdown in the Netherlands) have continued regular air travel to Tanzania. A good indicator is that travelers may continue to purchase airline tickets on their respective websites. 

Furthermore, Delta Airlines (one of the largest air carriers in the USA), announced that it will not be cancelling flights to South Africa, the mutation hotspot. The plans to reopen the route to Cape Town still stand for Delta Airlines. 

Finally, recently, the European Commission suggested that everyone in possession of a valid European digital immunization certificate should be free to travel without any restrictions whatsoever. We hope that this approach will become the foundation of international travel policy around the world.
 

According to Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health epidemiologist “vaccines will most likely protect against Omicron”  

According to the New York Times, William Hanage, an epidemiologist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that the vaccines will most likely work against Omicron, though further studies are needed to define the scope of efficiency reduction, if any. 

We would like to emphasize that this is not the first mutation of the Covid virus discovered so far. Although the Beta-variant misgivings turned out to be largely justified, it did not stop travel to Tanzania. In fact, in the 2020-2021 season, when the Beta variant was rampaging South Africa, at Uhuru Smiles, we received over 230 clients from all over the world.  To our surprise, the winter climbing season actually surpassed the pre-pandemic figures. 

While the scientists continue to conduct trials to determine the threat posed by Omicron, we strongly believe that mass vaccination and our experience with other virus variations are solid proof that there won’t be any large-scale impact on traveling Tanzania, or being able to achieve your dream of climbing Africa’s highest mountain or visiting Tanzania’s incredible parks. 
 

Tanzania introduced strict measures to minimize the COVID-19 threat 

Since early 2021, Tanzania has strictly followed the WHO guidance on minimizing the Coronavirus risks. Every individual arriving in the country should have proof of negative PCR test results, mask-wearing is mandatory in public places, hand sanitizing is widespread, etc. 

Because tourism is an important part of the national economy, the health officials of Tanzania are strictly enforcing these rules. Now there are even mobile COVID test centers in the national parks, where travellers may get a swab to save time before their departure flight. 
 

Other Info on Health & Safety, and Our Advice for All Destinations

The risks to health whilst travelling will vary between individuals and many issues need to be taken into account, e.g. activities abroad, length of stay and general health of the traveller. It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. They will assess your particular health risks before recommending vaccines and /or antimalarial tablets. This is also a good opportunity to discuss important travel health issues including safe food and water; accidents; sun exposure and insect bites. Many of the problems experienced by travellers cannot be prevented by vaccinations and other preventive measures need to be taken.

Find out more, visit our General information page on Health & Safety for travelers.

If you require any further information, feel free to contact us.