Tanzania Announces COVID-19 Measures to Curb New Variants

The Tanzanian government has announced on May 3 COVID-19 measures for travelers in an attempt to prevent new variants from entering the country.

The Tanzanian government “has decided to elevate and enhance prevailing preventive measures, especially those with regard to international travel,” the health ministry said in the announcement.

“Based on the global epidemiological situation and emergence of new variants of viruses that cause COVID-19, there is an increased risk of their importation into our country,” the health ministry cited.

Under the new measures, all travelers will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival and the test should had been taken within 72 hours before arriving to Tanzania.

All travelers entering or leaving Tanzania will also be subjected to an “enhanced screening” for COVID-19.

Furthermore, those arriving from countries that have cases of the new variants or have traveled to such countries in the last two weeks will be required to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon arrival.

International travelers will also be required to follow COVID-19 measures, which includes physical distancing, wearing of masks, and practicing hand hygiene, during their stay in the East African country.

The measures will come into effect on May 4.

The measures highlight a shift of approach to contain the pandemic in Tanzania — from the late President John Magufuli’s denial of COVID-19 to current President Samia Suluhu’s more active efforts to contain the pandemic.

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