In recent days we have noticed indications that some countries are beginning to allow their citizens to travel abroad and that several airlines have also planned to resume international flights.
In view of foregoing, the Government in collaboration with the tourism private sector through the guidance of the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the tourism related activities in the country.
The two main goals of SOPs are: firstly, to ensure that tourists entering the country do not bring Corona virus. Airlines are responsible for making sure that all passengers are screened for Coronavirus, and those found with the virus are not allowed to travel. Tanzania will only allow tourists to enter the country once there is evidence that those tourists are not infected with COVID-19.
Secondly, to ensure that when tourists enter the country they are safe and not infected with COVID-19.
SOPs serve as guidance on how to receive and serve tourists from the time they arrive at the airport to the rest of their stay in the country and the time they leave. In general SOPs will ensure that the entire tourism business chain, from airport, land transport, accommodation, food and tourist destinations, comply with the guidelines of the MoHCDEC and WHO. It is in the interest of the tourism industry in Tanzania to ensure that tourists stay safe while in the country. Government and the Private Sector will ensure that this guidance is adhered to and will monitor its implementation closely.
Through this SOPs, I would like to assure tourists and the general public two things as follows: first, tourism business operations will continue in the country while making sure that the health of Tanzanians is a priority. Secondly, tourists coming to the country will be COVID-19 free. We will make every effort to keep them safe.
Tanzania, truly unforgettable Hon. Dr. Hamisi A. Kigwangalla (MP)
MINISTER OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND TOURISM
For more informations please read the NATIONAL STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19 IN THE TOURISM BUSINESS OPERATIONS.
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