Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam (February 10, 2021)
Event: Increase in COVID-19 Cases
The U.S. Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since January 2021. The practice of COVID-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited. The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on COVID-19 cases or deaths since April 2020. 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.
The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3 – Reconsider Travel due to COVID-19. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states travelers should avoid all travel to Tanzania. The most current information regarding the impact of COVID-19 may be found at our COVID-19 Information Page.
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.
COVID-19 testing is available through Government of Tanzania laboratories. The details of testing (including test type and performance characteristics) have not been made available or independently verified. While tests results are often received within 72 hours, results are not always returned within a timely manner and there are reports of individuals receiving inconclusive results and being 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.
The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take 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., observe social distancing, wear a face mask, avoid crowds, and wash your hands frequently).
Actions to Take:
- Consult the CDC website for general information on COVID-19 and specific information on COVID-19 in Tanzania.
- Visit the COVID-19 Traveler Information page on travel.state.gov.
- Visit the Embassy COVID-19 Information Page.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani,
P.O. Box 9123
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
+255 22 229-4000