Published on : Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Now in Tanzania, enjoying a normal holiday or vacation is the main message of the President and the said message has become the policy of Tanzania Tourism Board. For the official Tanzania travel and tourism portal, warnings and information about COVID-19 has all of a sudden vanished. Tanzania is all prepared to welcome tourists’ world over with open arms, or is this an act of extreme anxiety on the part of the government to keep away from a collapse of the Tanzania economy?
This action prompted Cuthbert Ncube, the Chairman of the African Tourism Board requesting Africa to be cautious, raising his concern that it will take few weeks after tourism starts to feel the impact or return of COVID-19.
eTN Correspondence, Apolinary Tairo had sent this report from Tanzania:
After experiencing a sharp drop of coronavirus spread in Tanzania, on Sunday, President John Magufuli was encouraging foreign tourists, business visitors to come to Tanzania to enjoy a normal leisure holiday and a business stay.
The Tanzanian president mentioned that Covid-19 infections in the country has dropped greatly, and was looking to welcome tourists to visit Tanzania unconditionally. “I have directed the Ministry of Tourism to attract airline companies to fly their tourist and passenger scheduled planes to Tanzania with immediate effect”, Magufuli said.
He explained that no international visitor will have to experience 14 days quarantine after stepping in Tanzania, however, complete protective measures against Covid-19 spread will have to be adopted by the tourists scheduled to visit this country.
Now in Tanzania, Covid-19 protective measures which are in place are the wearing of a mask, washing hands with flowing water and soap, hand sanitizing and maintaining social distancing of one meter in gatherings, and in public passenger vehicles.
During a Sunday Service at the Lutheran Church of Tanzania, the president said that many airlines until August had made full bookings for tourists waiting to travel to Tanzania holidays and wildlife safaris, adding further that he had trained his Ministers to let the flights fly into this country.
He also added that foreign visitors coming to Tanzania will not be placed under mandatory quarantine but will have to go through thermal temperature screening and then be cleared to tour this African safari destination.
During the church service, Magufuli took an oath that in the wake of the coronavirus, the country will not be placed on lockdown saying such a move would be disastrous to the economy and the people.
President Magufuli’s stand was made clear after the ministry of Tourism of Tanzania has released shocking data on negative effects of Covid-19 on the industry.