Health Alert: U.S. Embassy Dar es Salaam

Event:  The Tanzanian government has announced twentyfive (25) confirmed cases of COVID-19.  There has been one (1) confirmed death.

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International commercial flight options currently exist in Tanzania.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging repatriation flights in Tanzania at this time.

Ethiopian Airlines remains the only commercial carrier flying international routes in and out of Tanzania.  As of March 31, Ethiopian Airlines operates three flights per week from Dar es Salaam:  Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

U.S. citizens who are considering returning to the United States are urged to book directly with Ethiopian Airlines immediately to make travel arrangements while flights are still available.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.  Effective March 18, the embassy suspended routine consular services.  For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

Actions to Take:

  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.
  • Have a plan to depart from Tanzania that does not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Check with your airlines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.