THE CORE OF THE PLAN
- Using protocols suggested by the WHO, the CDC and the government of Tanzania
- A common-sense approach that respects guests’ and Tanzanians’ safety
- Social distancing, frequent hand washing/sanitizing, face masks, rigorous cleaning protocols
- All guests are required to be vaccinated, and booster doses are strongly recommended
ARRIVAL IN TANZANIA
Fully vaccinated travelers do not need proof of a negative COVID-19 test to enter Tanzania.
You will need digital proof of vaccination which includes: a QR code, your name, date of birth, the type of vaccine(s) you received, and the date of each vaccination. Your CDC paper vaccination card is not accepted. If you do not have a digital record of vaccination, ask the location where you received your vaccine, or google “digital vaccination certificate” in your state. (Unfortunately, there is no one resource that works throughout North America.)
If you cannot access a suitable digital vaccination certificate, you will need to be PCR tested 72 hours prior to the first leg of your Tanzania flight. Proof of a negative result will be needed to board your flight, and test results must have a QR code. Please confirm your results will be digitized/have a QR code when making your testing appointment.
- Please bring your own supply of sanitizing wipes and gels, and your own supply of masks, either disposable or cloth, for the duration of your safari.
- The government of Tanzania requires all travelers to have emergency medical evacuation coverage. For example, AMREF Flying Doctors (Silver Plan) or Arusha Medivac (Tourist Plan). Please note: These plans typically cost under $25 per person and work only as a supplement to your existing travel insurance, and do not replace the need for travel insurance coverage.
- A Thomson representative will greet you outside of customs with a warm smile under his mask!
- Vehicle capacity will be limited, always seating fewer than the 8-passenger capacity, and each passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
- Vehicles are sanitized thoroughly with CDC-approved cleaning products.
- Bags will be sanitized before being placed in the vehicle.
- You and your guide will be required to sanitize your hands upon entering and exiting the vehicle.
- All staff will have received intensive training in these Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- All staff will have a daily temperature check.
- All staff will wear masks at and around camp, and in any group setting.
- During the trek, on the open trails, distance will be maintained, and masks will not be worn.
- Your guide and the staff will observe social distancing protocols throughout.
TENTS AND GEAR
- All gear and tents will have been sanitized prior to your arrival with approved cleaning solutions.
- A tent and sleeping pad will be assigned to you for the duration of your trek; it will be set up and broken down by the same porter each day and sanitized prior to your arrival at camp each day.
- Any rental equipment including sleeping bag, therma-rest, or cot is designated specifically to you throughout.
- International safe food handling standards will continue to be implemented, and all utensils, cups, etc. will continue to be sanitized to the same high standard.
- Meals can be eaten outdoors or in your personal tent, upon request; otherwise, meals will be shared in the well-ventilated dining tent.
- Only mountain chefs will handle food; no other members of the crew are permitted in the kitchen tent.
DURING YOUR TREK
- A routine temperature check will be performed every day.
- While out on the trail, social distancing will be maintained, and you may choose not to wear a mask in the fresh air. This is a personal decision.
- You must wear a mask when interacting within close proximity to the guide or crew at camp.
- You may occasionally be reminded to keep socially distant or don your mask in areas where mandated by the Tanzanian government or requested by your guide.
- Remember that this is your once-in-a-lifetime trek. Simple, common-sense practices implemented by both guests and staff will help everyone feel at ease – without intruding on your enjoyment of this awe-inspiring experience!
AFTER YOUR TREK
As of June 12, 2022, the United States government no longer requires travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test for re-entry into the US. If you are traveling to, or transiting through a country that still requires testing prior to arrival, please be sure to tell us. If we know your plans in advance, Thomson will assist with pre-flight testing.