New Norms for Safer Tourism in Tanzania

Updated: May 16

The COVID-19 pandemic has sent economies reeling with several businesses taking blows. Tourism and Aviation industries were worst hit due to safety concerns and consistent lockdowns. However, one thing to take away from the pandemic is that we need to learn to live in this new world to ensure that there is no economic meltdown. While several vaccine trials have already started by now, a new future emerges where new rules and norms have been standardized. A hopeful future is what we, at Trip Quest Safaris, look forward to with the slow, but a safe revival of tourism.

With the spread of the virus almost contained in Tanzania, on 1st June 2020, The United Republic of Tanzania announced the reopening of its border to tourists with specific standard operating procedures (SOP) provided by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) and MoHCDEC (Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children). Air travel has also resumed with several international flights operating at Dar Es Salaam and Kilimanjaro Airports.

Hand Sanitizer and Face Masks
Hand Sanitizer and Face Masks are Mandatory

Your well being & health is Trip Quest Safaris priority. We strictly adhere to SOPs to keep our clients & our staff safe. We have introduced new norms with regard to how your travel + lodging will be handled from arrival until departure.

Trip Quest's Standard Operating Procedure for Safari:

  • Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar airports, all passengers shall be subjected to procedural screening for COVID-19 symptoms, which include (but not limited to) high body temperature, cold/cough, etc. by public health officials.

  • Any vessel boarding passenger showing respiratory or related symptoms of COVID-19 may be tested by MoHCDEC officials (Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children) upon arrival.

  • Passengers must hand over a health certificate which they must fill out upon arrival at the airport, during the flight or upon departure.

  • In the arrival and departure halls, social distancing and wearing a mask is mandatory.

  • Added measures such as temperature checks, symptom assessments may be done at various entry points in the country such as national parks' gates, public sites, or border crossings, and clients can be refused entry should they have a fever or flu-like symptoms.

  • The Trip Quest Safaris team has appointed a Covid-19 liaison officer who will be the point of contact with the Ministry of Health Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC). The client's health will be regularly monitored & updated.

  • Our guides have been trained by the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO) on first aid and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • The guide will be provided with face masks, hand sanitizer, fresh gloves throughout the safari, and maintain a safe distance from clients, as well as other practices to reduce contamination. Handwashing stations will be available at various points for use and will be an added safety measure to the use of hand sanitizers in the vehicle.

  • Guides will be te