Tourism Slowly Returning to Normal in East Africa
Tourism is slowly but surely returning to normal in East Africa after regional states opened
Tourism is slowly but surely returning to normal in East Africa after regional states opened their skies and territorial borders for both regional and global holidaymakers.
Most countries in East Africa have opened up their skies ready to welcome tourists as the COVID-19 pandemic numbers are sliding down in most regional states with each country taking safety measures.
Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda have opened their skies between
August and October after Tanzania had taken the same measures by the end of May
The decision by Kenya and Rwanda to reopen their skies
amidst a surge in COVID-19 cases follows similar decisions in Tanzania and
South Sudan in June.
Domestic flights in Kenya resumed on July 15, a fortnight
after President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the phased reopening and said the
country would adopt a wait-and-see approach to any changes in the preventative
measures it has instituted since March.
Kenya had opened up its skies then allowed flights from
Uganda and Ethiopia, as well as Rwanda and later Tanzania.
In Tanzania, more foreign tourists are pouring to leading
wildlife parks since this African safari destination re-opened its skies for
international flights at the end of May as the COVID-19 pandemic diminished and
paled in its intensity.
The Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr. Hamisi
Kigwangalla, said recently that Tanzania welcomes all visitors to its
attractions while observing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In 2019, Tanzania received 1.5 million tourists and
generated US$2.6 billion.
Since July of this year, international airlines including
Ethiopian, Turkish, Emirates Airlines, Oman, Swiss and Rwanda Airs, Qatar, and
Kenya Airways, as well as Royal Dutch (KLM) and Fly Dubai had resumed flights
Site visits to a few places in Northern Tanzania and parts of Kenya had shown a smooth recovery of tourism in East Africa with international tourists seen booking hotels and safari itineraries.