Tanzania and Zanzibar remains open for tourists without travel restrictions

Tanzania reopening for tourism - restrictions

Tanzania is open to international tourism with virtually no restrictions -no quarantine, and no face masks.- The restrictions you can find when traveling to Tanzania are the ones imposed by commercial airlines.

In June last year, the country declared itself “COVID-19 free”, and all data gathering concerning the virus was forbidden. This year, President John Magufuli doubled down on his stance by declaring vaccines unnecessary and even dangerous.

Tanzania Reopening – Latest Updates

President John Magufuli rebukes COVID-19 vaccines – January 29

Tanzania’s president expressed his distrust in all vaccines for COVID-19, going as far as saying other nations will use them to steal their resources, and that Tanzanians who got vaccinated abroad “brought a strange type of Corona”. (Source: Reuters

Dengue outbreak in Zanzibar Islands as of Nov 30

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are reporting a new Dengue outbreak in Zanzibar. (Find updated information below).

Current COVID situation in Tanzania as of 10 NOV 15

Tanzania reports 0 cases of Coronavirus in the last couple of months but lots of media suggest that it can’t be true and the president is covering the situation. President John Magufuli says, Tanzania is “COVID free”. (Source: CNN.com)

Is Tanzania safe to visit Tanzania during COVID-19?

Tanzania is currently not a safe place to visit, according to the CDC warning level 3. Only essential travel is recommended. (CDC.gov)

Is it safe to visit Zanzibar during COVID-19?

Zanzibar is currently not a safe place to visit. Tanzania has a level 3 warning according to CDC. Only essential travel is recommended.

Additionally, the CDC.gov is reporting a new dengue outbreak in Zanzibar. Dengue is spread by mosquitoes and if infected some patients die because there is not a vaccine for this disease.

Visitors must take steps to avoid mosquito bites.

Is  health insurance required to visit Tanzania?

It’s not required but highly recommended. Several countries advise their citizens of the possibility of encountering inadequate health protocols and facilities in Tanzania.

Do I need a visa to go to Tanzania?

Tanzania reopening tourism - travel restrictions

Most likely. However, Tanzania has moved most of their visa operations online, so it is easier and safer to get a visa through their e-visa program; Travelers may still be asked to visit an embassy or consulate office in their country if an interview is required.  

Some visitors could also be eligible for a tourist or business visa on arrival. To avoid any complications it is best to visit Tanzania’s immigration website and check the qualifications for one of these visas and what documents need to be provided.

Do travelers need to disclose personal and travel information?

Yes. Tanzania is currently using a tracking system to keep outbreaks under control. Travelers will need to complete a Health Surveillance form detailing information about where they have been and where they can be located in the future while traveling through the country.

Are negative COVID-19 test results required?

Technically, they are not. However, airlines or airport policies (from your origin country or transit countries) may require you to bring one. Visitors should  check with carriers so as not  to face unexpected complications.

Are there health screenings on arrival?

Yes. All international passengers will be checked for COVID-19 symptoms such as a high temperature. 

Will they require COVID-19 testing at the airport?

Tanzania reopening tourism - airport restrictions

No. Unless a passenger displays signs of COVID-19 symptoms during the preliminary screenings.

Is there a mandatory quarantine?

No. The only exception is if the visitor had to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test on arrival after failing health screenings at the port of entry. In that case, authorities will inform the person how to proceed depending on the results and that may include additional tests/screening and/or a 14-day self-isolation period. 

What can visitors do for fun in Tanzania?

We all know Tanzania’s biggest attraction is the Serengeti, but when visitors are done watching the Big Five, they cannot miss any of these Tanzania’s attractions. 


Tanzania The big five tourism

Known as the Big Five, Tanzania is home to lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinos. Undoubtedly, one of Tanzania’s most incredible attractions. 


Tanzania tourism reopening

The National Museum and House of Culture – Here visitorsyou can find permanent exhibition including art, history, human evolution, biology, and ethnography, plus a collection of butterflies, and classic state cars

Beaches in Tanzania

Nungwi Beach Tanzania reopening tourism

Enjoy Tanzania’s pristine beaches and Crystal-clear waters at,

  • Nungwi Beach
  • Kendwa Beach
  • Mnemba Island
  • Saadani National Park
  • Sange Beach

Waterfalls and mountains and hiking

Arusha National Park Tanzania reopening tourism

For  hiking lovers, Arusha National Park offers paths in Mount Meru the fifth-highest in Africa. This place is surrounded by savannas and its home to hundreds of birds and monkeys.

COVID-19 situation in Tanzania

The government refuses to provide any reliable data -or any data at all-  regarding the pandemic. Back in April, the country had 509 confirmed cases and 21 deaths. As of today, nobody knows for sure the current status of the pandemic.

Our friendly suggestion

Get some robust insurance that covers COVID-19 before traveling. If travelers get the infection there, there is no way to know for sure the state of their COVID-19 treatments and medical care.  the government may deny that they are actually sick.