DODOMA, 4 May 2021 – The government of Tanzania has issued new guidelines on COVID-19, instituting a 14-day quarantine period for travelers arriving in the country.
The new directives are effective from Tuesday, 4 May 2021, according to a release signed by the Permanent Secretary for Health Prof Abel Makubi.
All travelers – both nationals and foreigners – must comply with the guidelines which require that they should take a COVID-19 test and arrive with a certificate showing that they tested negative for COVID-19 just before embarking on their journey.
Travelers from countries considered to be COVID-19 hot spots (having high levels of infection or of transmission of the new coronavirus) will henceforth be required to submit, at their own costs, to another COVID-19 test upon arrival in Tanzania.
Tanzania’s new president, Samia Suluhu Hassan, has adopted a different approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic compared to her predecessor, John Pombe Magufuli, who downplayed the virus.
The new guidelines from President Suluhu Hassan automatically rescind the decision taken in May last year to lift the mandatory quarantine for travelers arriving in Tanzania.
At the time of lifting those old guidelines, Tanzanian officials said screening and tests would be done on arrival.
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that people should delay travel until they are fully vaccinated, because travel, according to the CDC, “increases your chance of getting and spreading COVID-19”.