COVID-19 Information

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Last updated: 09/13/2021

*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific 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 not released aggregate numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 2020. The use of masks, social distancing, and other prevention strategies are largely absent throughout Tanzania.
  • 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 (https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz/) 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
    • All 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, with the sample collected within 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania.
    • The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children “Travel Advisory No. 7 of 4th May, 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, including through a rapid test. The rapid test cost is $10 per traveler.
    • Travelers who test positive on their rapid test will be required to quarantine at their own expense. Please see “Quarantine Information” below for details.
  • Contact the local immigration office for visa extensions.

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.
    • All travelers arriving from India or having traveled through India in the last 14 days are required to quarantine for 14 days.
    • 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 from India will be allowed to quarantine in their homes under a strict surveillance system.
    • The Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children “Travel Advisory No. 7 of 4th May, 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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