Tanzania Airport COVID Testing

COVID-19 Testing On Arrival to Tanzania

LAST UPDATED: June 23, 2021

2021 has been a big year for the country of Tanzania so far, with the ongoing struggle with COVID-19 combined with the death of the former president Dr. John Magufuli in March. Since the former head of state’s death, his Vice President, Samia Suluhu, has gone on to become the country’s first female president.

Along with the change in leadership came a change in how the country deals with the ongoing Coronavirus epidemic. The former president was known throughout Africa and the world as being a bit of a COVID-denier, and because of that Tanzania was quite lax in enforcing many of the tactics that other countries had been using to stop the spread of the disease (quarantines, mandatory testing, etc.). This has all changed very rapidly since the new president became head of the country, and now the government is taking a much harder stance on preventing any outbreaks in the country, as detailed below.

Pre-arrival COVID Testing

All airlines flying into Tanzania require you to have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test (and results delivered back to you) within 72 hours of boarding the first leg of your flight.

Rapid COVID tests are not acceptable, so check with your testing provider to make sure that the test is the right type, and that you will definitely get your results back before your flight is scheduled to leave. At the airport, one of the airline staff will ask to see your test results, which you can show them on your phone (the PDF of your results will be sent to your email), or via a printed copy of the test results.

For the most up-to-date information, please consult your airline directly, as they each have different policies regarding required tests.

COVID Testing On Arrival (New)

The government of Tanzania, via enacting Travel Advisory #7 (May 4, 2021), has started implementing mandatory Rapid COVID-19 testing, which will be done on arrival for all passengers entering the country. The cost for this test is $25/person and may be paid via cash or credit/debit card (remember to contact your card issuer before heading to Tanzania to let them know you will be traveling abroad). Once tested via a nasal swab, your results will be given to you within an average of 10 minutes or so, after which you will be allowed to collect your baggage and proceed through customs.

This will undoubtedly slow down the arrival and immigration process, so plan to spend a bit of extra time when entering the country.

Please note that the testing is mandatory regardless of whether you have been vaccinated or not. At present, proof of vaccination is not checked at any point to enter the country.

Passport Copies (New)

All guests arriving coming to Tanzania that plan on visiting any of the national parks will be required to submit a scan, photo, or copy of their passport photo page to your tour provider (us) before entering the country so that we can upload it into the TANAPA (Tanzanian National Parks) database in order to process your entry permits.

We will be asking all guests that currently have reservations with us for a photo/scan of their passport photo pages going forward in order to comply with the new rules.

Pre-departure COVID Testing

All airlines flying out of Tanzania require you to have a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test (and results delivered back to you) within 72 hours of boarding the first leg of your flight onward.

We have various clinics throughout the country (Serengeti National Park, Arusha, etc.) that provide test results back within 24 hours. The cost for this test is $100/person and is payable via cash or credit/debit card. We will make sure that your itinerary allows for the required amount of time at the end of your journey with us in order to take the test and have the results delivered before your flight home.

For the most up-to-date information, please consult your airline directly, as they each have different policies regarding required tests.

Additional Safety Precautions

In addition to the testing procedures detailed above:

  • All of our guides are tested within 48 hours of receiving guests at the airport
  • All vehicles are completely disinfected before guest arrival
  • Temperatures will be taken at regular intervals, and hand sanitizing/washing will also be required at points during the trip
  • Masks must be worn when interacting with members of any local tribes (Maasai, Hadza, etc.)

All of our partner lodges and activity partners are also trained in the detection of COVID-19 symptoms and how to prevent the spread of the disease. All lodges are disinfected before guests arrive, and common spaces are cleaned regularly.

Because of the scarcity of high-quality facemasks and portable hand sanitizer in Tanzania, guests are encouraged to bring enough supplies of each for the duration of their time in the country.

For more about our Safe & Clean Commitment, please look here.

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In summary, all visitors will need to undergo three separate COVID tests in order to visit Tanzania—one before arrival (required by the airlines), one on arrival (required by the Tanzanian government), and one pre-departure (required by the airlines).

We’ll be sure to keep this page updated with the most recent information, so be sure to bookmark it if you’re heading to Tanzania anytime soon!

Have any questions regarding entry procedures and COVID testing for entering or exiting Tanzania? Just let us know here.

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