COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 11/29/2021

***  Effective November 8, 2021, all non-immigrant, non-U.S. citizen air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of vaccination status prior to boarding an airplane to the United States.

U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) who are eligible to travel but are not fully vaccinated will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test one (1) day before their flight. U.S citizens and LPRs who are fully vaccinated will need to present airlines with proof of vaccination and of a negative COVID-19 test three (3) days before their flight.

Exemptions will be considered on an extremely limited basis.  Please contact your nearest embassy or consulate to apply for an exemption.  Please visit the CDC webpages for more information about exemptions and the requirement for proof of negative COVID-19 test or recovery from COVID-19 for all air passengers arriving in the United States.

Country-Specific Information

  • Airlines collect passenger attestations from passengers departing Tanzania to to the United States regarding COVID-19 vaccination status and testing. Please see the Entry and Exit Requirements section below for more information.
  • Community transmission of COVID-19 continues across Tanzania.
  • The Department of State’s current travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 4 – Do Not Travel. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides specific recommendations regarding international travel.
  • The Tanzanian government has started reporting limited aggregated weekly numbers to the World Health Organization on COVID-19 starting in September 2021. This data is not shared with the public in Tanzania. The government is promoting mitigation measures such as handwashing, masks and social distancing but public compliance remains low.
  • Despite the opening up of sectors of business and society throughout Tanzania, the risk of contracting COVID-19 through community transmission remains elevated. The Embassy has recommended that U.S. government personnel and their families exercise continued caution in day-to-day activities (e.g., limiting entry of individuals into your home) and take steps to limit potential exposure while outside the home (e.g., wearing a face maskwashing your hands frequentlyobserving social distancing, and avoiding crowds).
  • Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Tanzania? Yes. Testing is available through Government of Tanzania laboratories.  The details of testing (including test type and performance characteristics) have not been made available nor independently verified.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes. While the majority of test results are available within 72 hours, there are reports of test results being delayed. Some people also receive inconclusive results and are asked to repeat the test after several days.
  • U.S. citizens can book a COVID-19 test through the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children (MoHCDEC) website: https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/booking. COVID-19 test costs vary but are generally between $50 and $200.
  • The MoHCDEC states that you will receive a text message with a link to your COVID-19 certificate when your results are ready.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html
  • Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email drsacs@state.gov.
  • The CDC provides additional guidance for international travel during COVID-19.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the government of Tanzania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Tanzania for U.S. citizens to receive? Yes. Tanzanian citizens and non-citizen residents age 18 and over are eligible for vaccination.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

 

Entry and Exit Requirements

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • Travelers are required to complete an online Health Surveillance Form (at https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/ for Tanzania mainland and at https://healthtravelznz.mohz.go.tz for Zanzibar) within 24 hours prior to arrival. Travelers will then receive a Unique Health Code (UHC), which they will present to health officials upon arrival.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test or Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) collected at a nationally accredited/approved laboratory, with the sample collected within 96 hours of departure to Tanzania.
    • The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children “Travel Advisory No. 8 of 13th September, 2021” has details on these requirements: https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • All travelers entering Tanzania will be subject to enhanced screening for COVID-19.
    • Travelers arriving from countries with variants of concern or with high numbers of COVID-19 cases or who have traveled through those countries in the last 14 days are required to take a rapid test at their own expense at the point of entry. The list of countries for which a rapid test is required can be found at https://www.moh.go.tz or at the point of entry.
    • The COVID-19 rapid test cost for travelers arriving in the Tanzania mainland by air or marine vessel is $10 or TZS 23,000. The COVID-19 rapid test cost for travelers arriving in Zanzibar is $25 or TZS 58,000.
    • Children aged five years and below, travelers in transit, and aircraft crew are exempted from both RT-PCR certificate and rapid test requirements.
    • Travelers who test positive on their rapid test will be required to quarantine at their own expense. Please see “Quarantine Information” below for details.
    • Airlines collect passenger attestations from passengers departing Tanzania to to the United States regarding COVID-19 vaccination status and testing.
        • Passengers must present the attestation in hard copy to the airlines before check in. Airlines may or may not have forms available at their counters.
        • Internet and printing services are available at the airport for a fee, but travelers may find it easier to fill and print the form before starting their travel.
        • A fillable attestation form is available from the CDC website here: https://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/fr-proof-negative-test.html.

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No, except for certain circumstances.
    • Travelers who test positive upon arrival are required to quarantine for 14 days or more until they test negative using a RT-PCR test.
    • Travelers subject to mandatory quarantine shall choose a place from the list designated by the Tanzanian government, which is available online and at airports.
    • Travelers subject to mandatory quarantine are responsible for all costs associated with the quarantine, including hotel fees.
    • Returning residents will be allowed to quarantine in their homes under a strict surveillance system at their residencies for 14 days or more until they test negative using RT-PCR test.
    • The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children “Travel Advisory No. 8 of 13th September, 2021” has details on these requirements: https://www.moh.go.tz/en/announcements.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)

  • Not applicable

Consular Operations

  • See here for information on American Citizen Services appointments.
  • See here for information related to visa services.

 

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