As of June 2020, Tanzania is now reopen for tourism. No mandatory quarantine period is currently in place, however temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing is in effect.
2021 Note: Tanzania was NOT requiring tests from September 2020 until May 2021. Now a 72-hour PCR test is required for all passengers as of May 4, 2021.
The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, announced in May that the country had done a good job in controlling the virus and since new cases had been significantly reduced, he wanted to reopen the borders to allow for tourism to return.
The US Embassy in Tanzania sites states:
“The Government of Tanzania lifted the suspension on international flights to Tanzania and several airlines have scheduled international flights beginning June 2020.”
Who Can Travel To Tanzania?
As of June 2020, Tanzania has reopened to tourists from all countries, under normal immigration and border rules.
Under normal tourism laws, your country might require a Visa to enter Tanzania. There are currently 68 countries that can enter Tanzania Visa-free, with the rest requiring a Visa or Visa on Arrival.
Are There Any Rules For Visiting Tanzania?
The government of Tanzania has stated it has an enhanced screening policy for all incoming tourists, which includes a health questionnaire and temperature checks.
After you arrive into Tanzania they are asking tourists to wash their hands frequently, stay at least 1-metre away from others, and wear face masks. Tourists are also asked to give information about their accommodation during their stay.
There is no mandatory 14-day isolation or quarantine period for travellers into Tanzania.
You can read this detailed government document about health and safety for tourists and tourism service providers.
Have Flights Resumed to Tanzania?
Yes. At the end of May international flights were resumed for Tanzania. Throughout June and July more flights are being added.
Here is an example of some direct flights to Tanzania in June/July.
- from Dubai on Fly Dubai
- from Rome on Neos
- from Doha on Qatar
Into Dar Es Salaam
- from Amsterdam on KLM
- from Istanbul on Turkish Air
- from Johannesburg on South Africa Air
What Are Popular Tourist Attractions in Tanzania?
Tanzania is a country in East Africa that is mostly known for nature and adventure tourism. It has world class snorkeling and incredible safaris and animal conservations. The most popular tourist attractions you might be familiar with are:
- Mount Kilimanjaro
- The beaches of Zanzibar
- Serengeti National Park
- Mafia Island
- Stone Town
Almost 2 million tourists visited Tanzania last year, which brought in billions of tourist dollars that the president does not want to miss out on. At a press conference in May he was quoted saying: “Our economy must come first. It must not sleep. If we allow our economy to sleep, we will not receive salaries,”
While Tanzania is open for tourism, they have not released virus numbers since April 29th. Your decision to travel to Tanzania is your own.
Disclaimer: Tanzania’s reopening news is ever-changing and being updated constantly. We do our best to keep this article up to date with all the latest information, but the decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry before traveling.
Originally published June 11, 2020 with updates