COVID-19 Safety

Wanderful Tanzania COVID-19 Policy

Africa is open and ready to welcome back travelers with Health and Safety Guidelines in place. With most safari lodges situated in remote areas, these accommodations are about as safe as possible. Wanderful Tanzania (WT) outlines each country’s Entry Requirements, and our travel experts are here to help you every step of the way during your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

COVID-19 Travel Requirements

Traveling to and from Tanzania during COVID-19

The information on this page will be updated periodically as requirements and protocols change. Date of last update: May 13, 2022.

The information below summarizes the content of Travel Advisory No. 10 as of March 17, 2022.
All full-time safari guides working with Wanderful Tanzania (WT) have been vaccinated.

Traveling to Tanzania

USA Entry Requirements

  • Always check the CDC website before traveling.
  • Check specific airline and international airport rules, as some airlines and airports require COVID testing.
  • Tanzania requires visitors to complete a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival. Once completed, travelers receive a completion notification containing their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will present upon arriving. If arriving directly onto Zanzibar, fill out this form instead.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers are exempt from both RT, PCR, and Rapid Antigen Test requirements. However, travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification at initial departure airport and upon arrival. Note: The only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) and the World Health Organization (WHO). If your vaccine card does not have a QR code you can use a program such as VaxYes to get a digital version of your vaccination card with a QR code on your mobile device.
  • Not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated, and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country policy will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or NAATs certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure. Be prepared to take a Rapid Antigen test ($10 USD) upon arrival.

Traveling in Tanzania

During much of your time on safari, you will be outdoors and socially distanced from other travelers. However, if you plan to travel in a more populous area (city or town), we recommend being masked when social distancing cannot be maintained. Standard COVID-19 protocols (masking, social distancing, and sanitizing) will be adhered to by your safari guides and those working in the tourism industry.

Most safari properties have open-air walkways with rooms that are spaced well apart and allow for natural airflow. Protocols are in place at all WT camps and lodges with regard to sanitization, distancing, and other preventative measures.

If you’d like to completely avoid crossing paths with anyone outside your own travel party, we recommend focusing on exclusive-use accommodations. This will eliminate any common areas that could be shared with other guests. Additionally, there are a number of ways to enhance the exclusivity of your experience on safari, such as upgrading to a private game drive, organizing a private charter, or booking a private tour.

Please note: Mahale National Park requires all visitors to show a negative test result within 14 days before entering the Park in order to protect the primates.

Departing Tanzania

As of June 12, 2022, the CDC no longer requires American air passengers returning to the United States from a foreign country to show a negative COVID-19 viral test or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before they board their flight.

The government of Tanzania does not require testing related to COVID for departing travelers. If U.S. travelers plan to stop anywhere before heading home, all departing travelers are advised to seek information prior to departure regarding COVID-19 requirements of their country of destination.

For travelers that need a PCR or Rapid Test in order to depart Tanzania, both tests are available. COVID-19 testing costs are the responsibility of the traveler. Facility fees may be applicable at some locations. All international airports (JRO, DAR and ZNZ) have Rapid Test capacity and results are provided within 15 to 20 minutes of taking the test. Travelers requiring a Rapid Test should arrive at the airport of departure at least 3-4 hours prior to departure; pre-registration is not required. Payment can be made in cash on site.

Your Impact on Communities and Conservation in Africa

In Africa, an average of seven people are dependent on one salaried family member to sustain them. Imagine the ripple effect of the loss of employment due to COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The lack of activity within the camps and their surrounding wildlife reserves also makes it easier for poachers to move through normally protected areas without being noticed. This has resulted in a spike in poaching incidents within Africa in recent months. While this is certainly sobering news, it is not irreversible.

One of the greatest ways you can have an impact on Africa’s wildlife and its people is simply by traveling and being aware of where your money goes and what it supports. If you are interested in contributing directly to staff members or to anti-poaching initiatives, we invite you to make a donation to the nonprofit, Alluring Impact.

We are forever grateful for the generosity of our guests and we look forward to welcoming you back to Africa soon.

If you have any questions, please reach out and our experts can assist you.