News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

Spain’s Embassy in Morocco Alerts Travelers of PCR Test Requirement

“The embassy said international travelers from ‘high-risk’ countries must have negative COVID-19 results of a PCR test conducted within 72 hours of arriving in Spain.”

via Morocco World News

Rwanda added to UK travel corridor list

“The UK government has added Rwanda to its travel corridor list, enabling citizens from Rwanda to travel to the UK without having to quarantine.”

via The New Times

As Santam loses COVID-19 claims case, reinsurers call the shots

“A South African high court decision that the country’s largest general insurer Santam is liable for COVID-19 business interruption claims represents victory at a high cost. The danger is that the judgement will prompt reinsurers to force insurance companies to stop offering pandemic cover.”

via The Africa Report

Egypt invites countries to resume tourism in fightback against travel slump

“Egypt’s Foreign Minister has urged countries to resume tourism activity with them, saying they have taken strict procedures to ensure the safety of tourists.”

via Arab News

Lockdown flies global airlines into turbulence

“The shockwaves are being felt by East African airlines with Kenya Airways, the region’s biggest carrier, now forced to suspend plans for the resumption of services to New York until November 29 at least. The lockdowns in Europe has also forced an adjustment of the Nairobi-London service from four frequencies to two per week.”

via The East African

Gorillas with a twist: on a COVID-19-era safari in Rwanda

“Because the 1,000 or so mountain gorillas in Rwanda are genetically so close to humans, they are also susceptible to COVID-19. The Rwandan government, which has done a commendable job preventing the spread of the disease among its 12 million people, has ramped up protocols to protect its gorillas too.”

via Financial Times

Rising global COVID-19 cases put Nigeria at risk

“The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 issued an advisory to Nigerians against making trips that are unnecessary to Europe, at this time. The Lagos State government has also cautioned against unnecessary movement and social gathering, unless it is absolutely necessary. It said travelling outside the country should be discouraged except when absolutely necessary.”

via The Nation (Nigeria)

Morocco: Unrest simmers over economy and COVID-19

“Tempers are rising over COVID-19 and ahead of elections in 2021, while concern grows about King Mohammed VI’s health.”

via Africa Confidential

African Union, Africa CDC adoption of digital technology set to save lives, revive economies

“‘The recent decision by African Union and the Africa CDC to adopt the use of digital COVID-19 certificates for travellers will go a long way in saving lives and improving economies on the continent,’ says Denver Phiri, COO Cassava Health Tech.”

via New African Magazine

COVID-19 quarantine chambers set up at Libyan-Tunisian border

“At Libya’s Ras Ejder border crossing with Tunisia, COVID-19 quarantine chambers have been set up in preparation for the reopening of the border. A total of eight prefabricated chambers have been set up at the border for those suspected of being infected with COVID-19.”

via Xinhua News