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Covid 19 Travel Regulations for Tanzania

COVID-19 Travel Regulations

Are you planning a trip to Tanzania? Read on to learn about the current COVID-19 regulations and entry requirements applicable for travelers to Tanzania.

  • Latest update:

    If you're travelling to Tanzania, you must have a negative COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test result taken in the 72 hours before your arrival, complete the Ministry of Health's online surveillance form in the 24 hours before arrival and take a rapid test on arrival. Depending on your origin or transit countries you may also be required to undertake 14 days quarantine at your own cost. Confirm COVID-19 requirements with local authorities and your airline(s) ahead of travel. Our global travel advice remains do not travel due to the risk of COVID-19 and travel disruptions. Follow the advice of local authorities and COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures.

  • Safety

    Violent armed robbery, petty theft and threats of violence are common in Tanzania, especially in Dar es Salaam. Be extra careful in and around Arusha in northern Tanzania.
    Armed robberies, carjackings and home invasions have happened. Bag snatching from moving vehicles is increasing. Victims can be injured or killed by being dragged behind vehicles. Don't resist bag-snatch attempts. Only use registered taxis. Travellers have been targeted by criminals while using unlicensed taxis.
    Security incidents continue along the Tanzania-Mozambique border. In October 2020, a violent attack occurred in Kitaya village, in Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Terrorists have targeted the Cabo Delgado province near the Tanzania and Mozambique border area. Avoid travelling to within 20kms of the border with Mozambique, in the Mtwara region, due to the threat of militant attacks, terrorism and kidnappings.
    Bandit attacks occur along the borders with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Armed bandits have also been reported in the provinces of Kigoma and Kagera and around Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti and Arusha National Parks. Pay attention to your personal security. During the rainy seasons (March to May and November to December) floods can block roads. The monsoon occurs in coastal and island areas from July to October. Cyclones can also happen in coastal areas. Follow the advice of local officials.

  • Health

    COVID-19 remains a risk in Tanzania.
    Malaria, including chloroquine-resistant strains, occurs year-round, except in areas above 1800 metres. Consider taking anti-malarial medication. Yellow fever can occur, check with a health professional before travelling if you need to get vaccinated. Other insect-borne diseases include Zika virus, dengue, filariasis and East African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof and use insect repellent. HIV/AIDS is widespread. Take precautions if you're taking part in high-risk activities.
    Altitude sickness can affect anyone at heights over 2500 metres. If you plan to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5895 metres), make sure you're physically fit and in good health. Talk to your doctor before you travel.
    Medical facilities are limited and medicines are often not available. If you get injured or become ill, you may need to be evacuated to another country. This is expensive.In case of a medical emergency while in Tanzania call the toll-free Health Emergency Number: 199.