News & Analysis: Travel and tourism

COVID-19: Airport reopens, other borders remain closed (Ghana)

“President Akuffo-Addo has announced that the Kotoka International Airport will reopen and resume operations from Tuesday, 1st September 2020. This decision, according to the President, has been communicated to international airlines.”

via BFT Online

Egypt allows coronavirus tests on arrival for tourists

“Visitors to Egypt will no longer have to produce a negative coronavirus test to enter the country after fears that tourists would cancel their holidays because of the requirement. Instead, the country’s civil aviation authority told airlines that visitors could get a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival at these international airports for $30.”

via Arab News

Time to Re-open

“Africa’s lockdown era is nearing the end as policymakers focus on how to live with COVID-19 rather than defeat it. While retaining measures to protect public health wherever possible, the priority is now shifting to opening up economies again. One major pointer towards a return towards normality is that international flights are restarting. While fraught with possible danger, it marks the point where the era of waiting and seeing what COVID-19 will do ends, and the living with the virus stage commences.”

via Africa Confidential

COVID-19 Impacts Summer Economy Across Morocco’s Beaches

“With borders closed, Morocco’s GDP has suffered significantly. The International Monetary Fund ranked Morocco’s tourism sector as the fourth hardest hit by COVID-19 worldwide.”

via Morocco World News

Optimism in Egypt despite strict virus protocols

“Following a government decision, EgyptAir will ask passengers arriving in the country to submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours before arrival. Waheed Assem, a board member of the Tourist Chambers, said while the government decision has caused controversy in the tourism industry, he remains optimistic about the outcome.”

via Arab News

Nigeria to deny entry to countries that bar Nigerians

“Nigeria will bar entry to citizens of countries that do not allow in Nigerians due to coronavirus restrictions, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika said on Thursday.”

via Reuters

Ethiopia resumes land, air transport services to Djibouti

“”Ethiopia has resumed air and land transportation services with Djibouti after undertaking close negotiations with its Djiboutian counterpart,” Dina Mufti, spokesperson for the Ethiopia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told journalists.”

via The New Times

Impact of COVID-19 on public transport

“Public transport has been hit hard by COVID-19. With ridership significantly down, operators in developing cities will have to face difficult questions for their future viability. The appropriate response must plan for contingencies, but never forget the value of shared transit in the process of economic development.”

via International Growth Center

Rwanda Harnesses Technology to Fight COVID-19, Drive Recovery

“In a conversation with IMF Country Focus, Rwanda’s Minister of State in Charge of National Treasury Richard Tusabe explains how his government is leveraging technology and grass-roots networks to fight the spread of COVID-19 and ensure financial support for households and businesses.”

via IMF

COVID-19: Tourism entrepreneurs can now benefit from Komeza programme

“Entrepreneurs in the tourism value chain now have the chance to receive a grant of up to $50,000 thanks to the new Covid-19 recovery programme. The Komeza Covid-19 recovery and resilience programme is a partnership between Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), Equity Bank and MasterCard Foundation.”

via New TImes