Friday, July 31, 2020

Mapping African countries open for international tourism

On the 14th of February 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Africa, which leads to shutting down of many activities including the 'International Tourism' sector. The first confirmed case was in Egypt, and the first confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa was in Nigeria. Learn more on this Wikipedia page.

Five months later, a lot has changed, and some of the Africa countries are reopening for tourism activities. Check "Africa Reopening For International Tourism – A-Z List of Countries" for more details.

Given this, I decided to create a map to show the current reopening status (as at the 31st of July, 2020) of each country as either: 'Not Open for Tourism', 'Reopening Soon', or 'Now Open'.

As at the 31st of July, 2020 the Africa international tourism opening status is as follow:-
a) Reopening Soon = 13 countries
b) Not Open For Tourism = 28 countries
c) Now Open = 10 countries

The status of the four countries is unknown, and these countries are Western Sahara, Ivory Coast, Comoros and Swaziland.

See detailed breakdown on the table below...

To prepare the map, we will just link the status above to the map of Africa and the categorize the countries base on the status as seen below.

Stay safe and happy tourism.

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