Corona update: What about Covid 19 in Tanzania?
February 14, 2021
Tanzania has taken a unique position in regards to Covid 19. The country is not publishing any Covid 19 figures, President Magufuli does not want to cause any panic. Already during the first wave of Covid 19 in May 2020, the president demonstrated the lack of reliability of the PCR test. He had secretly animals, fruits, and vehicle oil tested at the laboratory. A papaya, a quail, and a goat had been found to be positive, according to the president.
The World Health Organisation and the rest of the world are responding in a dismissive and suspicious way – the existence of the disease was supposedly being denied. At the same time, you could also wonder if the response of the rest of the world isn’t too panicky and extreme.
Does Tanzania suffer from Corona?
It can’t be denied: also Tanzania has Covid 19. Like everywhere, the virus concentrates in the big cities (Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Moshi) and on Zanzibar. And it is also correct there is a certain degree of denial: the cases of death are being assigned to acute pneumonia.
Because of the fact there are no Covid 19 data being published, the regular media presume the situation is severe. We are – together with our colleague tour operators in Tanzania- well informed about the situation; we have our contacts with the people, caretakers and hospitals. According to our information the amount of infections are not dramatic.
The Tanzanians do not only listen to their government, everyone knows Covid 19 has returned. Since the beginning of the rainy season, you can see everywhere bottles for disinfection and soap. People also have started to wear face masks again. The instruction in regards to keeping distance evokes a smile: keep distance the length of a cow!
The influence of the rainy season
Tanzania is a big country and during the nature travels, mainly taking place in the open air, it is easy to keep distance. The climate is favorable – after the rainy season (April/May) we expect the presence of Covid 19 to decrease again.
So even if we cannot make travels right now; it ís possible to think about the travels you would like to make this coming summer.
Do you need a Covid 19 test to travel to Tanzania?
In order to travel to Tanzania, you don’t need a PCR-test or non Covid 19 results. We do advise to do a test before departing to Tanzania, so you can be sure you won’t bring corona to Tanzania.
If you would like to travel back to the Netherlands, you will need a negative PCR Covid-19 test result and a negative rapid test result. You can read all about it here. Of course we will assist you in getting you tested in time. Take into account there will be extra costs involved – for PCR 115 US dollars and for the rapid test 25 US dollars.
Rapid test facilities are available for KLM flights at Dar es Salaam Airport, Zanzibar (Migombani COVID-19 testing centre, close to the airport) and at Kilimanjaro International Aiport (KIA). This means that direct KLM passengers flights between the Netherlands and Tanzania continue to fly. (source: Embassy of the Netherlands in Tanzania).
At this point in Tanzania, there are no strict covid measures like in the Netherlands (like wearing face masks, keeping distance, etc.). As dutch travel organisation we do hold ourselves to the dutch regulations in regard to wearing face masks in the car and keeping a distance of 1.5 meter.
To/re-connect with who we really are
What we believe makes our travels essential: the pristine nature in Tanzania, the unknown silence, the culture of survival, vast space and old priniciples, still manifesting in different tribes, the absence of wifi and other distractions. In this setting it is much easier to re-connect with who we really are; a loving, intelligent, powerful creature, made to live in harmony with eachother and nature.
A stay in Tanzania
Alina is offering her paradise house in Tanzania for you to stay! Surrounded by a big garden ful of tropical birds, fruit trees, flowers, lizards and sometimes even monkeys, here you can spend the winter safe and comfortable. Read more about spending winter in Tanzania!
Karibu Tanzania! (Welcome in Tanzania!)
A clear light on the effects of Corona for you
If you would like to shine some clear light on your personal situation and the effects of the corona crisis, please ask for a online intake. Do you have any other questions about Corona and our travels, feel free to contact us!