Tanzania COVID Information – Tanzania US Embassy Insight
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- 1 Tanzania COVID Information – Tanzania US Embassy Insight
- 1.1 Tanzania COVID; Country-Specific Information
- 1.2 Tanzania COVID-19 Testing
- 1.3 Tanzania COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
All airline travelers visiting the United States aged two and up, irrespective of citizenship or vaccination status, must show a negative Coronavirus test taken within 1 calendar day of flight beginning December 6th, 2021. Travelers entering the United States may also show proof from a licensed healthcare physician indicating that they have recovered from COVID-19 within the 90 days before travel. Additional information on Tanzania COVID requirements and FAQs can be found on the CDC’s website.
Tanzania COVID; Country-Specific Information
- On December 24th, 2021, the Tanzanian government issued “Tanzania Travel Advisory #9” as well as “Information to the General public on Tanzania COVID-19 Rapid Screening for Passengers Travelling Abroad,” which included updated entry/exit requirements along with quarantine details for travelers who tested positive for COVID-19 on arrival. More details on the requirements may be found below, and also the complete materials can be seen at https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements/.
- COVID-19 is still being transmitted in Tanzanian communities.
- Tanzania is now rated as Level 4 — Do Not Travel – by the US Department of State. The CDC[Centres for Disease Control and Prevention] in the United States also has particular advice for overseas travel.
- In September 2021, the Tanzanian government began submitting limited accumulated weekly figures to the WHO [World Health Organization] on Tanzania COVID-19 rates. Masks, Handwashing, and social distancing are among the mitigating methods promoted by the government, but popular acceptance remains low.
- Irrespective of the opening up of society and business in Tanzania, the danger of contracting COVID-19 via community transmission is still very serious. The Embassy has advised that US government employees and their families to continue to use caution in their daily activities [– for example, limiting who enters your home]. And also, take steps to reduce potential exposure while outdoors [e.g., wearing a face mask, frequent washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding crowded places].
- In the event of a healthcare emergency, Tanzanian healthcare facilities can swiftly become overwhelmed. Due to a lack of hospital capacity across Tanzania, life-threatening delays in emergency medical care may occur.
Tanzania COVID-19 Testing
- Are antigen tests or PCR available in Tanzania for US citizens? Yes
- If that’s the situation, can test results be expected within a single calendar day? Yes. Quick antigen tests are accessible for departing travelers on a walk-in basis at airports, including Terminal three  of the Julius Kambarage Nyerere International Airport located in Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro Airport, as well as Abeid Amani Karume Airport in Zanzibar. In contrast, PCR test results can take more than 24 hours. Travelers who intend to take the Tanzania COVID-19 airport quick test should arrive several hours ahead of time and contact the airport authorities for more information. In mainland Tanzania, a quick test costs $10, while Zanzibar charges $25. Travelers interested in taking a quick test at the airport may register at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/, and enter Tanzania as their destination and origin. Please remember that airports may require passengers to take the test within 6 hours of their departure time.
- Julius Nyerere Airport [Dar es Salaam]
+255 22 284 2402/3
- Kilimanjaro Airport
+255 27 255 4252
- Abeid Amani Karume Airport [Zanzibar]
+255 24 223 3674
- The MoH [Tanzanian Ministry of Health] website: https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking allows US residents to book the Tanzania COVID-19 PCR test. The cost of a COVID test varies but is often between $50 – $200.
- According to the MoH, when your test results are available, you will receive an SMS with an online link to your Tanzania COVID-19 certificate.
- Please see the following online link for information regarding limited humanitarian exceptions to the CDC’s mandate that all United States-bound travelers submit a negative Coronavirus test: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html.
- Humanitarian exceptions to this order will be given on a very limited basis and will only be accepted if the nation of departure lacks the necessary COVID-19 testing capacity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit evidence in support of an exception.
- During COVID-19, the CDC offers additional advice for international travel.
Tanzania COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the Tanzanian government approved the use of COVID vaccines? Yes
- Are vaccines accessible in Tanzania for US citizens? Yes. Tanzanian nationals and non-citizen residents aged 18 and up are eligible for Tanzania COVID-19 vaccination.
- Discover more about FDA-authorized vaccines in the U. S. by visiting the FDA’s website.
- The US government has no plans to deliver COVID vaccines to individual US citizens living abroad. Please stay up to date on COVID-19 vaccination progress and guidelines from the host country.
Entry and Exit Requirements
Are US citizens allowed to enter? Yes
- The completion of an online Tanzania COVID-19 Health Screening Form is mandatory for all travelers: [www.afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz – mainland Tanzania,
- healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tz in Zanzibar] within twenty-four hrs before arrival. Travelers will subsequently be assigned a UHC[Unique Health Code], which they must show to Tanzania COVID-19 health authorities upon arrival.
- Is a negative Coronavirus test [PCR and serology] required for entry? Yes
- Upon arrival, travelers need to provide a negative Coronavirus test certificate. The test certificate must be an RT-PCR[Real Time Polymerase Chain-Reaction] or a NAAT[Nucleic Acid Amplification Test] carried out at a nationally recognized laboratory within 96 hours of entry into Tanzania.
- Travelers who’ve recovered from COVID can enter Tanzania with recovery documentation from approved medical personnel.
- These requirements are detailed in the Department of Health’s “Travel Advisory Number.9, December 24th, 2021”: https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements.
- Are health testing procedures in place at major airports and other entry points? Yes
- All travelers visiting Tanzania will be subjected to heightened COVID-19 screening.
- Travelers entering from countries having variants of concern or a very high number of COVID cases, or who have been through those nations in the last 14 days, must take a quick test at their own costs at the port of entry. The list of nations requiring a quick test is available at [https://www.moh.go.tz] or at the port of entry.
- The COVID-19 quick test costs $10 or TZS 23,000 for visitors arriving on the Tanzanian mainland by sea vessels or air. The Tanzania COVID-19 quick test costs $25 or TZS 58,000 for visitors arriving in Zanzibar.
- Children under the age of five, transit passengers, and flight staff are excluded from both the RT-PCR certificate and the fast test requirements.
- Travelers who test positive on their quick test will be requested to quarantine at their own cost. For more information, please see the “Quarantine Information” below.
- Airlines receive passenger attestations regarding COVID vaccination status and screening from travelers departing Tanzania for the United States.
- Before checking in, passengers must provide the attestation in paper form to the airlines. Forms may or may not be accessible at airline check-in counters.
- Although printing and internet services are available inside the airport for a cost, travelers may find it more convenient to fill out and print the Tanzania COVID-19 form before beginning their journey.
- The CDC website has a fillable attestation form at: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html.
- According to the Ministry of Health, passengers visiting the United States must take a rapid test within 6 hours of their departure, and healthcare professionals at the airports may not administer rapid tests to travelers outside of that time period. For further information, please check “Information to the general Public on COVID-19 Rapid Screening for Passengers Traveling Abroad” at https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements.
Is there a curfew in effect? No
Is there a limit on intercity and interstate travel? No
- Is it mandatory for US citizens to quarantine? No, with the exception of some instances, such as passengers who test positive after landing.
- Asymptomatic travelers who test positive upon arrival will be subjected to obligatory quarantine at their own expense at designated locations under extreme surveillance measures. Until a negative test is achieved using an RT-PCR test or is determined to be non-infectious by public health specialists.
- Upon arrival, travelers who test positive for Covid will be segregated for treatment at Tanzania COVID-19 approved health institutions until they become symptomless. They will subsequently be quarantined in specified locations until they test negative for Covid using an RT-PCR test.
- The list of Tanzania COVID-19 quarantine sites is available at https://www.moh.go.tz.
- Travelers subject to obligatory quarantine are accountable for all quarantine charges, including lodging and treatment fees.
- These requirements are detailed in the Ministry of Health’s “Travel Advisory Number.9, December 24th, 2021”: https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements.
Fines for Non-Compliance (if Applicable)
- Not applicable
- Appointments with American Citizen Services can be found here.
- Visit this page for information on visa services.
- COVID-19 page from the Ministry of Health of the Unified Republic of Tanzania
- Other links
- COVID-19 Traveller Information is available at travel.state.gov.
- CDC page on Coronavirus
- state.gov National Information and Travel Consulting page
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