Can I Travel To Tanzania? COVID Guide

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After so long where travel was complicated, laborious, or almost impossible. The ability to travel again feels like a breath of fresh air.

With the UK’s red list being withdrawn, travel in the UK is the simplest it’s been in a long time.

But the reality is that certain parts of the world have different rules and are still battling COVID.

That and the fact that winter generally means more illnesses, is worth considering when you’re looking at your next trip.

Can I Travel to Tanzania from the UK?


It feels good to be able to say that.

Everyone arriving in Tanzania will need to present a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of departure.

All passengers must complete an online Traveller’s Surveillance Form, submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival- similar to the UK’s Passenger Locator Form.

You’ll also need to have an enhanced screening. This includes a rapid flow/antigen/lateral flow test, which will cost $10 per passenger or $25 if you’re arriving in Zanzibar. 

You can pay for this through the Traveller Surveillance form or on arrival. 

Children under 5 are exempt from all tests.

If you test positive for COVID-19 on arrival, you’ll need to self-isolate for 14 days.

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Returning to the UK from Tanzania

Rules differ in each country of the UK. Find full information on returning to the UK on the government website. 

What you need to do will also depend on if you’re fully vaccinated or not.

Before you travel to the UK, you must:

  • Book and pay for a COVID-19 test, to be taken before the end of day 2 in the UK (these can be either lateral flow or PCR as of 24 October 2021)
  • Complete a passenger locator form to be completed in the 48 hours prior to arrival in the UK

If you’re going to be in the UK for less than 2 days, you’re still required to book a day 2 test.

Once you arrive in the UK, you must take your day 2 COVID-19 test either on or before day 2, with your date of arrival being classed as day 0.

COVID Rules and Requirements in Tanzania

Commercial flights are operating to and from Tanzania, meaning, travel in and out of the country is possible and simple. 

Some airlines might be operating a reduced schedule, it’s worth checking out flight times and schedules before booking anything.

You’ll need to take precautions while in Tanzania, limiting your travel and how many people visit your accommodation. 

Some hotels remain closed, but tourism is mostly active currently. It’d be prudent to do your research on your potential accommodation and the situation where you’re heading to while planning your trip.

The good news is that there’s no restrictions on public gatherings or services, but social distancing and hand washing is recommended.

Tanzania’s healthcare system has been put under significant strain. The availability of non-urgent care is limited, hospitals reaching full capacity on occasions during the pandemic. 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme got underway in Tanzania in July 2021, and they’re also offering vaccines to foreign residents.
If you’re dreaming of travelling again and Tanzania is on your bucket list, take a look at our adventure holidays in Tanzania!

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