At the beginning of October, the Ministry of Culture & Tourism declared the official complete reopening date for the tourism sector of the country, which was disrupted for the past six months due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The date of re-opening, told by a letter to all industry operators, comes pending the World Travel & Tourism Council’s safe travel stamp. The stamp is awarded to countries that have implemented uniform global guidelines on health and hygiene.
While the country had drawn up a national safe travel protocol applicable to the entire tourism chain, including hotels, tour operators and destinations for the spread of the virus, upon entry into the country, the Council demanded that restrictive quarantine measures be removed as a requirement
A negative COVID-19 test result completed five days or less before arrival, and a 14-day self-quarantine at home after giving a sample upon arrival are currently needed by Ethiopia for travelers arriving in the country. Travelers without a certificate will be quarantined for seven days after testing is performed at selected hotels at their own expense, and an additional seven-day self-isolation period is expected.
According to Tewodros Derbew, Director of International Tourism Facilitation at the Ministry, the Protocol, established to contain the spread of COVID-19, was green-lighted by the Council in all other respects.
“In order to meet these conditions, the Ministry is conducting consultations with the Ministry of Health,” he said.
According to Tewodros, the implementation of the procedure, a prerequisite for the safe reopening of the sector, is being led by a joint effort between regional tourism offices.