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Last updated: 04/08/21
*** Effective January 26, 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.
- 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 mask, washing your hands frequently, observing 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.
- 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? No. While the majority of test results are available within 72 hours, there are reports of test results being significantly delayed. Some people also receive inconclusive results and are asked to repeat the test after several days. Travelers have tested positive upon arrival in foreign destinations following negative COVID-19 tests in Tanzania prior to departure.
- 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 $100 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://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html
- Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry
Effective January 26, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will require all air passengers two years of age and over entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within three (3) calendar days of departure, or proof of recovery from the virus within the last 90 days.
- Covid-19 Testing Required for U.S. Entry
- 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 email@example.com.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Tanzania approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? No
- Are vaccines available in Tanzania for U.S. citizens to receive? No
- 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 should check with their airlines and all transit locations to understand their potential COVID-19 requirements for travel to and from Tanzania.
- All travelers whether foreigners or returning residents whose countries or airlines require them to provide negative testing for COVID-19 as a condition for traveling will be required to present a certificate on arrival. Travelers from other countries with symptoms and signs related to COVID-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening and may be tested on arrival.
- Passengers should fill in a Health Surveillance Form and submit it to health authorities upon arrival.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? No
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Contact the local immigration office for visa extensions.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
Fines for Non-Compliance (if applicable)
- Not applicable
- See here for information on American Citizen Services appointments.
- See here for information related to visa services.
- United Republic of Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children’s page on COVID-19
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