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Message for U.S. Citizens: Charter Flights from Dar es Salaam to the United States in June
(May 25, 2020)
May 25, 2020

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The U.S. Embassy has confirmed availability of seats on two charter flights leaving Tanzania in June subject to reaching a minimum number of passengers.

Option 1: June 6 via Zurich/Frankfurt to New York, Washington, Chicago, Houston, or Los Angeles. Booking must be made by Wednesday, May 27 at 4pm East Africa Time.
You can register for this flight by contacting Rickshaw Travel:
Wasim, bdm@rickshawtravels.com, Cell +255 784 418 526 / +255 785 741 474
Andrea, pr@rickshawtravels.com, Cell +255 685 285 973
Prema, prema@rickshawtravels.com, Cell +255 785 266 106

Option 2: June 10 or 12 via Doha to Chicago or Dallas. You can register for this fight by contacting FCM TravelSolutions: +255 748 401 030 / +255 754 451 111

These are not U.S. government operated or funded flights. Availability and cancellations are controlled by the travel agencies. While additional flights may be available later, at this time these flights are the only known way to leave Tanzania. If you need to leave Tanzania, consider booking one of these flights now.

The Tanzanian government has not released any data on COVID in Tanzania since April 29, so there are no current data on the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in Tanzania.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19. For emergency American Citizen Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information.

The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Dar es Salaam is extremely high. Despite limited official reports, all evidence points to exponential growth of the epidemic in Dar and other locations in Tanzania. The Embassy has strongly recommended that U.S. government personnel and their families remain at home except for essential activities (e.g., grocery shopping) and substantially limit into private homes the entry of anyone but regular residents.

Many hospitals in Dar es Salaam have been overwhelmed in recent weeks. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for medical care, including for those with COVID-19.

The Government of Tanzania resumed international flight service to Tanzania effective May 18.

U.S. citizens who remain in Tanzania should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. The U.S. government does not anticipate arranging additional repatriation flights in Tanzania at this time. However, in the event that opportunity becomes available, we are asking you to let us know if you are interested in being contacted. Please enter your information via the following link: bit.ly/USCitizenInfo and complete the form for each U.S. citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident guardian accompanying minor children in your family or group. If a repatriation flight is arranged, an email will be sent to anyone who submitted information via this form. If you have already submitted your information via email you do not need to submit your information again.

Actions to Take:
Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19.
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