Somaliland, a self-declared state in Somalia, has lifted all its COVID-19 restrictions, effectively opening its airspace and sea routes.
As Busiweek reports, passenger flights will, therefore, resume activity to and from Somaliland’s capital, Hargeisa. At the same time, sea vessels arriving at Berbera Port, which was previously limited to seafaring ships, boats, and dhows bringing essential, life-saving commodities, will also be allowed to operate.
Furthermore, public gatherings and social events are also allowed, meaning conference and dining and wedding halls are, again, open for business in Somaliland.
All learning institutions will reopen, and restrictions on passenger capacity on public transport are waived.
The Somaliland government also lifted the ban on inland travel across the borders with neighboring countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, and Djibouti.
South Sudan reopened its airports in May, signifying a resumption of local and international flights after the country eased its coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
According to the country’s Civil Aviation Authority, passengers and staff will have to follow all measures put in place to ensure their health is in check.
Egypt is set to reopen all its airports and resume international flights as from 1st July 2020 after the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) granted it a safe travel stamp. International flights have been suspended since 19th March 2020, when Egypt took the step to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The resumption of flights seeks to attract foreign tourists to three provinces with the least coronavirus infections; South Sinai, the Red Sea, and Matrouh.
Furthermore, Egypt’s government has waived tourist visas from 1st July until 31st October 2020, with a 20% discount on tickets offered to travelers on Egyptian airlines.
Zanzibar has also removed quarantine restrictions and announced the reopening for tourist activities. The region will now allow charter and scheduled flights to bring in tourists and returning residents.