How ( Covid-19) Omicron is affecting travel worldwide – Mount Kilimanjaro & African Safaris in Tanzania
Omicron affects Kilimanjaro and safaris

Omicron Travel Restrictions exist in a number of African countries. Tanzania is not one of these countries. Tranquil Kilimanjaro is one of the few tour companies in Tanzania doing safaris and climbing Kilimanjaro during the Coronavirus, Covid 19.

The US Ambassador to Kenya promotes travel to East Africa, mentioning direct flights from the United States to Nairobi. From Nairobi Airport (NBO), there are various flight options to Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO).

We are constantly monitoring the situation and will update this page with the most up-to-date information.

Contact us today if you want to climb Kilimanjaro and have the mountain and safari all to yourself!

Read our Covid 19 update and where to get your PCR test in Tanzania

The impact of Omicron and Covid-19 on Kilimanjaro climbs and African safaris

So far, we know a little bit about the COVID-19 Omicron variant.
Disease transmissibility and severity
According to a Discovery Health study:

  1. The effectiveness of the Pfizer vaccination against infection was reduced to around 30% for the Omicron variation, compared to roughly 80% for the varieties preceding Omicron.
  2. However, in the cohort studied, COVID-19 provided 70% protection against hospital admission (down from 90% during the previous surge of delta in South Africa), demonstrating that the vaccination is still effective in keeping people out of hospitals.
  3. Nonetheless, none of us will be safe until we are all safe — the vaccine must be given to as many people as possible around the world. The risk of mutations and the continuation of the pandemic remain quite significant without vaccination equity. According to the World Health Organization, 41 countries have yet to vaccinate 10% of their population, while 98 countries have yet to reach the 40% milestone.


All COVID-19 variations can cause serious illness or death, especially in the most fragile persons, thus prevention is always the best option. The danger of the health-care system becoming overburdened exemplifies this.

As Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, puts out: “I must state unequivocally that vaccines alone will not save any country from this disaster. Vaccines aren’t being used instead of masks, separation, ventilation, or hand hygiene. Do everything. Do it on a regular basis. Make an excellent job of it.”

Maintaining a 6 foot (2 meter) social distance from others, wearing a mask, avoiding poorly ventilated or crowded spaces, keeping windows open to increase ventilation when possible, washing hands, coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or tissue, avoiding touching your face, and getting vaccinated when available are the most effective steps individuals can take to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Travel restrictions as a result of Omicron

Travel bans will continue to have a detrimental impact on travel and tourist activity, based on limitations implemented in the previous year. The ever-changing nature of travel bans has a significant influence on demand.

This is attributable to route cancellations rather than a lack of desire among travelers who would ordinarily go regardless of the pandemic. or apprehension of becoming stuck

The negative impact on economies that rely on travel and tourism more heavily, such as those in Southern Africa, is likely to be disproportionate.

Recent travel limitations, such as those in the United States, have begun to show an increase in air travel, improving confidence among both travelers and industry actors.

Is it true that travel restrictions protect public health?

Travel bans are ineffective at preserving public health while balancing the need for continued economic growth. Instead, countries should take a risk-based strategy.

“Travel restrictions may help to slow the spread of COVID-19, but they have a significant impact on people’s lives and livelihoods,” said Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, WHO’s regional director for Africa. “If limits are imposed, they should not be overly invasive or obtrusive, and they should be scientifically justified,” according to the International Health Regulations, a legally enforceable instrument of international law recognized by over 190 countries.

Is air travel safer?

Air travel has been confirmed to be safer during the pandemic. However, many nations continue to demand testing and immunization to protect against COVID-19 transmission throughout the travel process.

What impact does a changing travel sector have on safari and Kilimanjaro businesses?

The following factors will continue to have an impact on the travel and tourist industry: Multiple reports have surfaced of travel limitations imposed by the new Omicron COVID-19 variant, putting the travel and tourist industry at a severe disadvantage and threatening or closing down small and medium-sized businesses in particular.

In terms of other enterprises, as much as virtual has benefited the global economy over the previous two years, in-person engagements have a lot of advantages. Businesses are keen to resume business trips. At the same time, the landscape is fractured, and global harmonization is lacking.

The World Economic Forum and others are continuing their efforts in the hope of bringing more clarity to this environment, especially through the use of frameworks and digital technologies.

What are the most significant issues facing tourism businesses during the pandemic?

The main hurdles to date have been constantly changing legislation and travel policies. This can be difficult to navigate even at the best of times, let alone for firms with global operations that need to keep their employees safe and secure during COVID-19.

Flight shaming has become a reaction to traveling amid a global pandemic, and there is a pushback.

Travel costs have risen dramatically as a result of a drop in aircraft frequency, which is partly attributable to travel bans, as well as the increasing expense of COVID-19 testing prior to travel.

What can businesses do to respond to current events and plan for the coming year?

Companies and teams have adapted to virtual gatherings, so business travel will take longer to recover. However, most CEOs are ready to return to in-person convening and meetings with partners and clients. However, quarantine measures in several areas continue to obstruct many organizations’ return to in-person operations.

Because business travel spending is the highest in many countries, it is crucial to global economic development; enterprises should consider responsibly supporting the return to travel.

The World Economic Forum’s Travel & Tourism report is being updated.

The World Economic Forum is updating its Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report to better account for recognizing and mitigating climate, health, and socioeconomic risks. The pandemic has intensified and highlighted the necessity of sustainability and resilience for future travel and tourism competitiveness in many ways.

Businesses with large corporate travel budgets should think about their strategy in the same way, and be early adopters of more resilient and sustainable methods.

Aviation and tourism continue to benefit global business and economies, but they should be done in a way that takes public health and climate concerns into account.

Germany, France, Europe, and the United States affected by Omicron.

The discovery of the Omicron COVID-19 variation has shook the travel and tourist business, particularly in areas where travel restrictions have been imposed, such as in Southern Africa.
Many company leaders want to resume in-person meetings, but the major obstacles so far have been ever-changing legislation and travel policies.

Here’s all you need to know about Omicron and how to travel securely during the holidays.

The discovery of the newest COVID-19 Omicron variation has once again thrown the tourism and travel industry into disarray.

With uncertainty at an all-time high, some political decision-makers imposed travel restrictions, such as the red-listing of Southern African countries, while scientists toil away trying to figure out what we know and don’t know about Omicron and how to manage it.

With the holiday season approaching, air traffic in the United States was predicted to quadruple in 2020, but the Omicron variant might have an impact on that figure.

The German tourism business had yet another bad day on Friday. The “2G-plus regulation” for pubs and restaurants was agreed upon by German officials due to the rapid proliferation of the omicron version. “2G” stands for “geimpft oder genesen” — vaccinated or recovered, with the “plus” indicating that in order to eat and drink out, one must also have had a booster shot or be able to demonstrate a current negative test.

The new regulations are the latest in a long line of setbacks for Germany’s struggling tourism industry. Many people believe that the new laws would cause a large decline in customers or that it will become unprofitable to operate under them, forcing businesses to close.

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on small companies in particular. “There is a major shakeup in the market right now,” said Claudia Brözel, a tourism researcher at Eberswalde’s University for Sustainable Development. Due to considerable government support, large travel operators or airlines fared better during the pandemic.

The impact on various areas of the tourism business in Germany, France, the United States, and other countries varies substantially. Hotels in famous vacation destinations, for example, have profited from increased summer travel interest — in some cases, sales were even higher than before the outbreak. It’s no surprise that tour companies are cautiously enthusiastic about the year ahead.

For nearly two years, however, lodgings in locations commonly used for conventions and business visits have struggled with low occupancy rates. After the pandemic, the shortage of visitors could last for a long time. Even once the pandemic is ended, many business travels are expected to be replaced by online meetings, according to most experts.

Is it possible to move away from mass tourism and group travel?

The pandemic has led tourist sector officials in numerous regions throughout the world to reconsider their tactics. Tourist-heavy cities, such as Venice, have spent the last few months putting in place procedures to control the amount of visitors and prevent overcrowding.

A growing number of suppliers are stressing sustainable offers and prioritizing quality over quantity, even if this means that travel costs will rise as a result. According to tourism researcher Claudia Brözel, this tendency is also required to ensure the industry’s long-term viability. She claims that for far too long, businesses have relied on low pricing to make travel profitable only for the masses. “Now suppliers understand that mass tourism does not bring money into cities; it simply overcrowds them.”


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