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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Tanzania Has Reopened To Tourists

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.

Into Zanzibar 

  • 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
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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
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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.

Read More: See a full and complete list (updated daily!) of countries that are reopening for tourism worldwide

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Originally published June 11, 2020 with updates


Monday 3rd of May 2021

Tanzania now requires a negative PCR test implemented May 3rd 2021 by the new president Samia Suluhu Hassan. (link)

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Thanks for the tip Nicole!


Wednesday 14th of October 2020

Am Nigeria base in Kenya wishing to travel to Tanzania through land border how will I go about it pls help me out


Monday 12th of October 2020


Are all resorts open and functioning in Zanzibar?

What are the family friendly one you recommend.?

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 12th of October 2020

Hi Amanada, while we don't have any specific recommendations for resorts for you, we suggest you call any you are interested in to find out if they are open and to ask about their protocols in place before you book


Saturday 3rd of October 2020

Hello Kashlee, do you have more information about the Covid test? I dont have local contact to ask and i cant reach the ambassy. I will travel in 4 days to Tanzania but i cant do Covid test here in Paris (3 weeks to have the result)

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 3rd of October 2020

3 weeks is a long time! I would keep looking, as there must be places that can do it in a few days? European countries have generally been good about testing, so the 3 weeks seems very strange. I don't have local contact info for Tanzanian authorities, but you can try the Ministry of Tourism or border police


Friday 25th of September 2020

Hi Kashlee,

This is Rich again from your Zanzibar question earlier. haha I was thinking about doing a RT journey to Nairobi and then flying from Nairobi to Zanzibar and flying back to Nairobi to leave back to New York. Do you know if Kenya will allow you to transit through if your flight is technically not a "connection" but you are not leaving the airport at any given time?


Saturday 26th of December 2020

Good idea. Flights to Nairobi are usually cheaper than directly to Tanzania. But if you want to board the flight to Kenya, the airlines are being asked by the Kenyan Government to check on the entry requirements for all passengers before boarding. That means they will also ask you for a Covid-19 PCR test. If your first ticket shows that your flight ends in Nairobi, then I am pretty certain the airline will enforce the Covid-19 requirements for Nairobi.

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 26th of September 2020

Sorry Rich, I really can't advise on this. I would ask the airport in Kenya or your airline for more clarity