COVID-19 – Travel requirements Terms

As we prepare for a new travel landscape after COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted, our first priority is the safety and well-being of our guests. We will continue to update this page to address common concerns and we welcome you to reach out to us directly with any questions pertaining to your trip.

Galloping Safaris has been proactive in our approach to COVID-19 with improved health and safety guidelines designed to keep you safe when you do make it back out on safari.

Safety protocols are created with careful consideration and consolidation of the recommendations from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, Would Tourism Organization, the International Air Transport Association,Government of Tanzania and health professionals with safari knowledge.

In some countries, in order for a property to legally open, they must pass a rigorous process and site inspection by the Ministry of Health. Properties are reevaluated by the Ministry of Health every three months.


If the pandemic is not sorted by then and you Cancel your trip due to Pandemic, we postpone your trip up to a one year from your original travel date and we carry forward 100% of your booking’s value to the future booking with the same suppliers and there is no extra cost you will pay at the time your travel again within one year.


Leaving Home

Your international airline may have pre-boarding testing requirements. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Most of our guests travel through Amsterdam and currently if you have a transfer in Amsterdam, you only need a NAAT (PCR) test result based on a sample that’s taken within 72 hours before arrival in Amsterdam. Please make sure to check the entry requirements of your final destination.

Arriving into Tanzania

Tanzania requires filling out a Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form within 24 hours prior to arrival. Follow this link:  Once completed the traveler will receive a completion notification containing their Unique Health Code (UHC) which they will present upon arriving.

Additionally, all travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample collected within 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania.  Travelers in transit more than 72 hours will be required to be tested by rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.  The rapid test cost is $25 per traveler.

All travelers entering Tanzania may be subject to enhanced screening for COVID-19 and a rapid test. The rapid test cost is $25 per traveler.

Departing Tanzania

Prior to departing Tanzania, Covid-19 testing (PCR and/or Rapid Test) will be required for most travelers. Please study the requirements of your airline and international airport(s) carefully. Covid-19 testing costs (PCR Test $100 + facility fees pp / Rapid Test $25 pp) are the responsibility of the traveler. As your tour operator, we will help coordinate proper test timing, location, and test payment.

PCR Test Procedures:

PCR Tests should be administered no more than 3 days prior to your scheduled departure.

Your Final Summary Schedule will indicate the date when your test should administered.

Scheduling – Galloping Safaris Ltd will register you for your PCR test no less than 5 days prior to the test date on (for mainland / northern safari circuit locations) or (for Zanzibar)

Testing sites will vary based on your specific travel itinerary

Testing Fee Payment (Mainland) – Once your appointment has been made, our staff in Arusha will receive your testing payment Control Number (unique number for each traveler). We will make the payment on your behalf and you will reimburse this cost to your guide ($100 per person – cash). Since test requirements are subject to change, reimbursement on site will be the most accurate approach.

Testing Fee Payment (Zanzibar) – Once your appointment has been made, we will forward your test scheduling confirmation on Zanzibar. Payment for your test on Zanzibar can be made directly the day of your test. Credit card accepted onsite. We are booking tests at Global Hospital in Stone Town which is $120 per person (inclusive of facility fee).

Facility Fee Payment – You will be responsible for the facility fee that will be paid on site. This fee will range from $10-20 per person depending on the testing facility.

Testing Procedure (day of) –

Masks are required at the testing sites.

Have your passport available for check in as well as payment confirmation (provided by your guide).

Sample collection will take place in the morning. Test collection hours vary at each site.

Please expect the process to take anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Results – Once the testing process is complete and the certificate is ready, a notification with your results and certificate will be sent from the National Public Health Laboratory – Tanzania to the email address on file with A2T (usually in about 48 hours – check your junk mail). You may also check (for mainland / northern safari circuit locations) or (for Zanzibar) for updates using your passport number to pull up your results.

Please note that once the sample leaves the testing site, the testing site will not receive information about results. Should you have any concerns please ask your guide to contact the Regional Laboratory Technologist at +255 713 819 450 (Warda) or +255 715 361 518 (Nangai).

For travelers departing JRO, a printed copy of your test result will be given to you in Arusha. We will also email you a PDF of the certificate.

For travelers departing DAR or ZNZ, we will email you a PDF of the certificate.

Common PCR Testing Sites in the Northern Circuit

Arusha Region

Arusha Lutheran Center Referral Hospital – daily

50,000 TZ Shillings (approx. $21.50)

You can request to have someone come to you to administer the test (this should be pre-arranged)

Mt. Meru Regional Referral Hospital – 8 am – 3:30 pm daily

FAME Medical Health Center – 8:30 am – 11:30 am daily

$15 USD (cash or credit accepted)

Mara Region

Serengeti Seronera Airstrip (Musoma Regional Referral Hospital) – 7:00 – 10:00 am daily

20,000 Tshillings (approx $8.60)

North Serengeti Kogatende Airstrip – 7:00 – 10:00 am daily


Global Hospital (Stone Town) – 7:30 am – 2:30 pm M-Sat, 8 am – 12 pm Sun