…and your travel plans in Tanzania
Dear Jambo Kilimanjaro customers
This page is for the information of all customers of Jambo Kilimanjaro as well as travel interested parties and is updated regularly.
The German Federal Government has reintroduced differentiated travel and safety instructions per country from 01.10.2020. These will be based on the assessment of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). For all countries classified as risk areas there, the travel warning will remain in place. For countries with low infection rates and unrestricted travel opportunities, the travel warning will be lifted and special precautions advised.
We from Jambo Kilimanjaro hope that our travel countries Tanzania and (new in program) Kenya will soon be taken off this risk list, as these countries are open and with good hygiene concepts have been welcoming international guests again for several weeks. We can inform you that several travelers booked with us have visited Tanzania in the past weeks or are currently there. The reports of these guests are consistently positive. Also the entry e.g. at the airport Kilimanjaro (JRO) has gone smoothly so far, whereby the queues have been reduced here as well. Our travelers report that they were asked about their state of health and fever was measured. Also the efforts to keep the rules of hygiene as much as possible were praised, no traveler did not feel well or safe during their stay. We can say that all travelers have returned from Tanzania without any incidents. Of course we are very happy about this and hope that this will remain so.
We have compiled the occupancy rates on the mountain for August, September and October 2020 as an example:
- August – 900 persons total (435 internationals, 14 emigrants, 463 citizens from East Africa)
- September – 1014 persons total (648 internationals, 28 emigrants, 338 citizens from East Africa)
- October – 1103 persons total (672 internationals, 61 emigrants, 736 citizens of East Africa)
To put this in perspective, in 2019 there were around 50,000 total climbers per year (4167 per month on average)
If anyone would like to receive first hand information, please check the recent travel experiences.
We can also help with travel insurance, as at the moment there are some insurance companies that have a Covid-19 exclusion and do not cover travel countries in Africa.
We have furthermore compiled some facts here:
1) German tour operator:
By booking your travel services with Jambo Kilimanjaro or any other German tour operator, you are covered by the German travel law. It is very accommodating and offers high security also in many matters concerning the Corona situation.
We will be happy to inform you personally about free cancellation fees or the coverage of travel price down payments. We also offer very accommodating regulations for bookings or the start of a journey until 31.12.2021.
2) Travel advice replaces travel warning Federal Foreign Office:
More detailed information on COVID-19 travel warning: FAQ
Information on COVID-19 in general and distribution worldwide:
3) Current information for the entry into Tanzania
There is no ban on entry or quarantine on/after entry.
The following rules apply (source: Federal Foreign Office, Germany):
“Warnings against unnecessary tourist travel to Tanzania are still issued.
Tanzania is still classified as a risk area. Current and detailed figures are available from the World Health Organisation (WHO).
No negative COVID-19 test is required on entry. All travellers will be screened for COVID-19 (fever) on entry. Persons with COVID-19 symptoms may be re-tested for COVID-19. If the test is positive, a 14-day domestic quarantine is mandatory. A general 14-day quarantine obligation no longer exists.”
According to our information, the so-called “Public Health Passenger Locator Form” (source: IATA.org) must also be completed and handed in upon entry:
4) Information on the COVID-19 test / PCR test
If your target country requires a PCR test, make sure you get one in time. Frankfurt Airport offers CENTOGENE a test centre for PCR test by means of throat swabs.
Information from RKI about the tests:
5) New regulations for entry into Germany from 14.01.2021 -> Tanzania is still a risk area
You need to bear this in mind:
- You want to enter Germany and have stayed in Tanzania or Kenya in the last ten days before entry?
- Even before you enter the country, you must complete a digital entry declaration if you have stayed in a risk area for up to ten days before entering the country. On the homepage www.einreiseanmeldung.de you enter the information on your stays in the last ten days. After you have provided all the necessary information, you will receive a PDF file as confirmation. As a rule, your carrier will check whether you can present a confirmation before carriage. Otherwise, carriage cannot take place.
- If you are unable to make a digital entry declaration due to a lack of technical equipment or due to a technical fault, you will have to fill in a substitute paper PDF file instead. Please refer to the instructions in the replacement notification to find out where to hand it in (e.g. to the carrier or to Deutsche Post E-POST Solutions GmbH, 69990 Mannheim).
- After staying in a risk area, you must also be able to prove that you are not infected with the coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entering the country. The competent authority (usually the public health department) may require you to provide proof up to ten days after entry. Proof is either a test result or a medical certificate regarding the absence of infection with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. You can find out where you can get a test near your home by calling 116 117 or on the Internet at www.116117.de. If you want to be tested by your family doctor, you should definitely call him or her first.
- Please note the special rules for entry after staying in areas with a particularly high risk of infection. These include regions with particularly high numbers of cases or regions where certain virus mutations have spread. These areas are identified on this list of the RKI (mentioned above). Travellers from these areas must have themselves tested before departure and must present a negative test result to the carrier, for example the airline. Proof may also be required at the entry control in Germany by the Federal Police.
- If you have stayed in a risk area, you must go home – or to other accommodation at your destination – immediately after arrival and seclude yourself for ten days (domestic quarantine). The Federal Government and the Länder have agreed on these regulations. Note: The quarantine regulations are implemented by ordinances of the federal states. Ultimately, the law of the federal state you are entering or staying in is binding. Please also note possible exemptions from the quarantine obligation according to the law of your federal state (especially transients and border commuters).
6) EU states and joint measures
The EU wants to take joint measures against the spread of the coronavirus and calls on citizens to refrain from non-essential travel. There are no bans at EU level for the time being. Click here for the press release:
We at Jambo Kilimanjaro hope that a vaccine against COVID-19 will be found as soon as possible or that the pandemic will be overcome and that we will be able to organize trips again without any uncertainties. All of you should be able to experience a carefree holiday, that is our highest priority!
For all questions please contact us!
Your Jambo Kilimanjaro Team
For travellers from other European countries*:
General information about COVID-19 and COVID-19 tests
– for travellers from France:
– for travellers from Great Britain:
– for travellers from Switzerland:
– for travellers from Austria:
*(without guarantee of completeness. These countries have been selected because travellers from these countries are most likely to travel with Jambo Kilimanjaro)