News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

COVID-19: Tanzania announces 14-day mandatory quarantine for travellers

“All travellers, whether foreign or returning, arriving from countries with new COVID-19 variants based on WHO daily updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of route taken shall be subjected to rapid test at point of entry.”

via The East African

Nigeria bans travellers from India, Brazil, Turkey over COVID-19 fears

“‘Non-Nigerian passport holders and non-residents who visited Brazil, India or Turkey within Fourteen (14) days preceding travel to Nigeria, shall be denied entry into Nigeria,’ Boss Mustapha, chairman of the presidential steering committee on COVID-19, said in a statement.”

via Reuters

In a Bid to Get People Back in the Air, Ethiopian Airlines Deploys Chinese Tech For Rapid Passenger COVID-19 Testing

“Regular tests will be available within three hours for both departing and arriving passengers. The airline says that it will be able to test up to 1,000 passengers a day with the new equipment.”

via China-Africa Project

Morocco’s aerospace ecosystem faces up to COVID-19

“The growth of Morocco’s aerospace industry was stopped in its tracks by the pandemic but market experts are bullish about the sector’s underlying health.”

via African Business

West Africa: Airline Asky remains determined to make its mark despite COVID-19

“Even though the IATA warns that the sector will probably not return to normal until 2024, the company’s management refuses to give up. And, while waiting for possible aid from public authorities and financial development institutions, Asky has sought help from its shareholders.”

via The Africa Report

COVID-19: Morocco suspends flights to and from Tunisia

“The Moroccan authorities decided to suspend flights to and from Tunisia as of April 15, until further notice, the Moroccan Airports Authority announced.”

via Tunis Afrique Presse

The future of the hotel sector in Africa after COVID-19

“Job losses have been significant and the positive impact of the downstream multiplier effect that tourism revenues provide has all but been lost over the past year. Recovery to pre-pandemic levels will be slow and reliant on the international airline industry’s recovery and vaccination programmes.”

via How We Made It In Africa

Western Cape officials warn of COVID-19 risk as holidays loom

“There have been small spikes of COVID-19 in towns in the Western Cape, says the province’s health team, which issued a stern warning on Thursday.”

via Daily Maverick

Paris airport: Algerian passengers from UK stranded for weeks

“In Paris they were told by Air Algeria they could not continue their journey, reportedly because of COVID-19 measures. They have since been living rough in the transit area of Terminal 2 at Charles de Gaulle.”

via BBC

Spike in new virus cases risks Africa GDP growth

“In its latest forecast, AfDB projects real GDP in Africa to grow by 3.4 percent in 2021, after contracting by 2.1 percent in 2020. Recovery will be underpinned by a resumption of tourism, a rebound in commodity prices and a rollback of pandemic-induced restrictions.”

via The East African