By Ruth Mbijigoh
Economic hardship is putting pressure on lockdowns
Many African leaders, while supporting measures to control the virus, have expressed concern about the economic consequences. Many in the continent live on low incomes and are not financially resilient to such economic shocks. Here is a list of some African countries that will be reopening their borders in the coming days for international tourists.
The Egyptian government has announced it will reopen its borders for tourism to seaside resorts starting on July 1st. worth noting is Tourism industry brings in around One billion Dollar monthly revenue to the country thus impacts caused by invisible monster COVID-19 has been significant.
Abode of the ancient Pharaohs, Egypt is a dazzling destination of temples and tombs that entertain its visitors. It’s not all historic treasures, though. It also has a vast tract of desert, beautiful beaches and the famed Nile River, there’s something for everyone. It has so much for travelers to see and do, a perfect country for a mix of activities combining culture, adventure, and relaxation.
From the 1st of June Seychelles opened its borders to a selected list of 19 countries with respect to tests, Restrictions and Rules for Entry. This selected list includes: Australia, Austria, Botswana, China, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Namibia, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and Thailand.
France, Germany, Italy fall in a list of 17 other countries under consideration by the Seychellois’ Government.
Needless to say, the beautiful country harboring 115 Islands is found East of Kenya and North of Madagascar. Known for its beauty white sandy beaches, Seychelles attracts visitors who come for their ultimate romantic escape.
In June 2020, Tanzania started admitting tourists under normal and regular ‘pre-covid’ border rules. No mandatory quarantine period is in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect. The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, announced in May that the country had done a good job in controlling the virus and since new cases had been significantly reduced, he wanted to reopen the borders to revive the tourism industry.
Tanzania is an East African country mostly known for nature and adventure tourism. It has amazing safaris and animal conservations. The most popular tourist attractions you might be familiar with are:
Mount Kilimanjaro, the beaches of Zanzibar amongst others.
International flights were canceled in Tunisia as government closed borders March 16. After more than three months with its borders being locked down, Tunisia will reopen its sea, land and air borders to ALL tourists starting June 27. For tourists to be granted entry, they have to present a negative covid test within 72 hours of boarding. Forbes recently listed Tunisia as one of 7 countries for becoming a top tourist destination in a post-covid world.
The North African country bordered by the Mediterranean Sea and Saharan Desert accounts for 8 million visitors into the country per year. There is a lot to enjoy about it however it is important to get educated about the culture of this country for informed decisions.
From June 17th Rwanda reopened all tourism activities to visitors arriving on chartered flights and who are confirmed free of the coronavirus 72 hours before arrival in the nation famed for endangered mountain gorillas and when it comes to gender equality in politics, Rwanda regularly tops league tables.
Despite claims that the country won’t welcome international travelers until 2021, South Africa’s private tourism sector is aiming for a September reopening.
According to reports on AFAR, as the coronavirus pandemic spread global South Africa was quick to take action. On March 18, the nation closed its borders to a foreign traveler who in the previous 20 days had been in the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Iran, Germany, China, or South Korea. Two days later, South Africa Airways suspended all international flights.
Once countries started easing lockdown rule several months later, tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane issue a May 30 statement indicating that “based o the COVID-19 epidemic expected trajectory,” international tourism wouldn’t return to South Africa until “next year.” But the country’s tourism industry believes that data can and should come sooner and is now lobbying to reopen to international travelers as early as September 2020.
The country’s government and the travel sector are currently reviewing and revising the reopening strategy to see if that is feasible.
Reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly for some countries. We will do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information.