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Is there Omicron in Tanzania: COVID-19

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    Ever since South Africa announced the discovery of Omicron, COVID-19 cases have surged notably. As a result to that, various travel restrictions have been placed on many African countries.

    But what about Tanzania? Are COVID-19 infections rising in the country? Is the COVID-19 pandemic still rapid among the community, and is omicron affecting direct flights to Tanzania? We’re here to answer all these questions, and more.

    Omicron in Tanzania: COVID-19 virus variant

    Omicron

    The Omicron in Tanzania: COVID-19 Virus Variant has caused a lot of concern throughout the world. As the disease continues to spread, it is important for people to understand the risks associated with it and how to protect themselves. This article will provide an overview of the virus and the current protocol in Tanzania.

    What is Omicron?

    Omicron is a variant of the COVID-19 virus. Health professionals from the WHO are calling it the variant of concern as the general risk of reinfection may be high.

    The variant detection was first reported in Southern Africa.

    Is there currently Omicron in Tanzania?

    As of writing, Tanzania is reporting zero Omicron cases.

    Is there Omicron—a COVID variant in Tanzania?

    There is still the COVID-19 threat in Tanzania. With just over 1300 cases as of December 2021, the transmission of the virus still remains.

    COVID-19 testing in Tanzania - what is the procedure? And where?

    The Health Ministry of Tanzania has confirmed that there are PCR and antigen tests available for U.S citizens and all other citizens. These tests are sent to laboratory experts in Tanzania to enforce stronger disease surveillance.

    Tanzania travel restrictions for COVID-19

    U.S citizens are permitted to enter the country if, and only if, negative COVID-19 tests are produced when asked for.

    According to the embassy:

    “Travelers will be asked to represent a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) collected at a nationally accredited/approved laboratory, with the sample collected within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.”

    Travelers from countries with high COVID-19 cases will be required to undergo a rapid test upon arrival. The tests cost between $10 – $25.

    If a traveler tests positive, they will have to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at their own expense.

    Are there movement restrictions?

    Currently, there are no restrictions on travel within Tanzania. As a precautionary measure, it is recommended to follow strict COVID-19 prevention measures, such as wearing a mask, social distancing, sanitizing, and getting vaccinated.

    Is Tanzania on lockdown?

    No. Currently, Tanzania does not have a lockdown or curfew in place. However, all COVID-19 patients must quarantine for 14 days at their own expense.

    Vaccines in Tanzania

    While the current vaccination rates in Tanzania are unknown, it is confirmed that vaccines are available to all those within Tanzania. COVID-19 vaccines are the most effective infection prevention measure available. Easy Travel recommends all travelers from countries outside of Tanzania get vaccinated before arrival.

    Does Zanzibar have the same requirements?

    Yes. To enter Zanzibar, a negative COVID-19 test will need to be produced upon arrival, regardless of the traveler’s vaccination status. Travel history will also need to be produced.

    What is the procedure with Easy Travel?

    Easy Travel values the health and safety of our safari-goers more than anything else. In addition to social distancing and avoiding unnecessary gatherings, we recommend getting vaccinated before arriving in Tanzania to reduce the chances of quarantining.

    The vaccine delivery in Tanzania is operational, so we also recommend getting vaccinated here if you can.

    Are there flights to Tanzania?

    Currently, there are is no suspension of flights. International flights are still operating to Tanzania, as well as domestic flights. With that being said, your dream safari adventure is still awaiting you in the beautiful land of Tanzania.

    This is true as of writing this blog post, but things may rapidly change as more news stories emerge regarding the Omicron variant. However, the Government of Tanzania currently supplies vaccines to all those within the country, so we suspect that the country will remain white-listed.

    When is the best time to come to Tanzania?

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    There are three main seasons in Tanzania, each offering different accommodation rates and things to do. We recommend reading our guide ‘The Best Time To Go On A Safari in Tanzania’ to find out more information, but we will break down the basics:

    Peak season: 16 December – February and June – October

    During peak season, the accommodation rates are at their highest and the crowds are dense and full of travelers from all over the world. This is because travelers come to Tanzania to enjoy the end of year festive season as well as the ‘dry season.’ The ‘dry season is the best time to see wildlife in Tanzania, as the animals are grazing out on the fresh grass and predators are always lurking for fresh food under the hot African sun. If you decide to come during peak season, we strongly advise our guests to be vigilant about social distancing as well as other COVID-19 protocols.

    High season: March and November – 15 December

    The high season is also a beautiful time of the year to visit the land of Tanzania. There are plenty of amazing wildlife viewing opportunities as the weather is still superb. Crowds disperse during this season, so you won’t have trouble booking a wildlife tour or finding accommodation within the country. While crowds may be less during this time, we still advise all our guests to take precautionary measures against the COVID-19 virus as mentioned above.

    Low season: April – May

    If you don’t mind the occasional rainfall and rainstorms, then this could be the best time for you to visit Tanzania. The low season is by far the best season for those looking to travel to Tanzania on a budget. The rainfalls do mean that a lot of animals may be out of sight during this time, but there are still plenty of amazing safari options for you to choose from. During the low season, or rainy season, the crowds are at their lowest and the accommodation prices are too. However, this does not mean travelers should attend unnecessary gatherings or stop following COVID-19 protocols.

    How many days should I spend in Tanzania?

    We recommend spending no less than 8 days in this beautiful country. However, it should be noted that the more days you spend in the country, the more activities you’ll get to do. There is so much to see, do and experience in this beautiful East African country, so look at spending two weeks here to really soak up the land and all it has to offer.

    It should be noted once again that when you arrive in Tanzania, you will need to either undergo a PCR test that produces a negative COVID-19 result or produce a PCR test result that was undergone in the last 48-96 hours, depending on where you’re traveling from. If you produce a negative COVID-19 test, you will need to spend 14 days in quarantine at your own expense. This could potentially ruin your dream vacation and cost you an extra fortune. This is why we strongly advise our guests to get vaccinated, follow COVID-19 protocols, and do whatever is necessary to avoid contracting the virus.

    What is there to do in Tanzania?

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    The answer to this question is too large to fit into a mere few paragraphs, so we have written in depth articles for you to checkout. You can read them to find out all about what you can do in Tanzania. However, we have summarized our favorite activities below:

    Climb mount Kilimanjaro: Africa’s highest peak

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world. It is also one of the 7 Summits of The World and is a majestic must-do if you’re a lover of mountain hiking. The climb isn’t too intense as there’s no technical climbing, but it does require a good deal of preparation and training.

    Fly over Serengeti National Park in a hot air balloon

    Wanting to pop the question to your loved one and witness the most beautiful sunrise of your life while floating over thousands of animals below? Then Easy Travel can arrange a special hot air balloon ride over Serengeti National Park where you can experience a truly breath-taking experience.

    Visit Zanzibar’s white sand beaches

    Zanzibar is famous for its Stone Town, a historic landmark town filled with culture and rich history, as well as its pristine white sand beaches. The beaches here are truly world-class and emit a feeling of leisure and relaxation like nothing else. Here you can go snorkelling to coral reefs under turquoise waters and sip on a cocktail as the sunsets. Truly spectacular. 

    Witness the great wildebeest migration: The greatest show on earth

    The Great Wildebeest Migration is an annual event like no other. Every year, millions of wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras, follow the rain cycle of Tanzania and move across the country in search of the great green grass in which they feed off, as well as freshwater. Alongside these herbivores lurks big cat predators, giving safari-goers front row seats to the circle of life. Along their trail, the wildebeest cross crocodile-infested waters where they’ll be facing dangers like no other. This is truly a spectacle to witness, and Easy Travel can arrange the best possible viewing times for you and your safari group.

    Plan your trip today

    We can help you plan your dream adventure from start to finish, whether it’s to walk on white-sand beaches in Zanzibar or fly over Serengeti National Park in a hot air balloon during sunrise. Nothing else compares to the magic Tanzania offers.

    Get in contact with Easy Travel’s professional safari expert team today to find out more news on COVID-19, safari adventure itineraries, and more.