A band from Zimbabwe performs during the Sauti za Busara 2022 festival at the Ngome Kongwe in Zanzibar on Feb. 11, 2022. (Photo by Herman Emmanuel/Xinhua)
Tanzanian has updated its COVID-19 international travel advisory in which fully vaccinated travelers, including Tanzanians, returning residents and those in transit, will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements.
DAR ES SALAAM, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian health authorities have released an updated COVID-19 international travel advisory in which fully vaccinated travelers, including Tanzanians, returning residents and those in transit, will be exempted from COVID-19 test requirements.
"Travelers will be required to present a valid vaccination certificate with QR code for verification upon arrival," said the updated COVID-19 travel advisory released late Friday by the Ministry of Health.
The travel advisory that became effective from March 17 and signed by the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health Abel Makubi said the only accepted vaccines are those which have been approved by the government of Tanzania and the World Health Organization.
Giraffes are seen at Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Feb. 12, 2022. (Photo by Cao Jingmin/Xinhua)
The travel advisory said travelers who are not fully vaccinated, unvaccinated and those not eligible for vaccination due to their country's policy will be required to present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR or NAAT certificate with QR code obtained within 72 hours before departure. Travelers who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated and have no negative COVID-19 RT-PCR certificate will be tested for COVID-19 using RT PCR test at their own cost of 100 U.S. dollars for Tanzania mainland.
"Results will be sent to them while self-isolated," said the travel advisory, adding that travelers in transit by air transport are exempted from both vaccination and COVID-19 testing requirements unless stated otherwise by the conveyance to be used or countries of their final destinations.
It said all truck drivers including crew should hold a valid negative COVID-19 RT PCR or NAAT certificate obtained from an accredited national laboratory, adding that the validity of the certificate shall be 14 days only.
All truck drivers, including crew, will be subjected to enhanced health screening at points of entry and will either be isolated or quarantined at the designated facilities at their own cost if they are suspected of COVID-19 infection, said the travel advisory. ■