Vaccinated Zanzibar perfect for international retreat seekers

Saturday July 31 2021
Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar

The Palace of Wonders (in Arabic: Beit-al-Ajaib) housing the Museum of History and Culture of Zanzibar. PHOTO | FILE


If you seek to enjoy what is remaining of yet another pandemic-indexed year, Zanzibar is the place to be.

Quieter than usual, serene, warm and open to all travellers, Zanzibar has few restrictions for visitors and one only requires a negative PCR test from the past 72 hours. No test and no quarantine is imposed upon arrival. All you need to do is fill out a travellers’ surveillance form prior to arrival. All queries and requirements are logged online

With its relatively small population, the government has chosen vaccination and minimal travel restrictions to salvage its tourism-dependent economy.

The government has rolled out a vaccination campaign for its populace to make it safe for visitors and locals alike to mingle freely in this coastal tropical paradise.

And Zanzibar is not alone. Popular island destinations around the world have chosen the same route, of easing restrictions to offer a semblance of normalcy and save tourism.

Zanzibar is just entering its high tourism season and the industry expects all the measures it has taken to attract those ready to holiday in the sun again.


The seaside cafes, bars and hotels have never closed, just idled and there’s never been a better time to enjoy the solitude of the coral beaches or hiking in the Jozani Forest.