Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Tanzania on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commercial flights are operating to and from Tanzania. Major carriers have now resumed flights to Tanzania, though in some cases on a reduced schedule. Check with your travel company or contact the airlines directly for more information.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Tanzania.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.
You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements. You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities. Tests can be booked on the Tanzanian government online booking system .
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Tanzania
If you’re in Tanzania, you should continue to take sensible precautions and preventive steps to reduce the risk of infection from COVID-19. Limit your movements and the number of visitors entering your accommodation. You should visit the NaTHNaC and WHO websites for further advice.
Everyone should comply with the measures put in place in Tanzania to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Some hotels remain closed for the time being. You should contact your accommodation provider for more information.
Public spaces and services
There are no restrictions on public gatherings or services. You should continue to practice measures recommended by PHE such as hand washing and social distancing.
Healthcare in Tanzania
Due to a rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Tanzania, medical facilities and personnel are under strain throughout the country. The availability of treatment for non-coronavirus-related illnesses, particularly for non-urgent care, has been adversely impacted. There have been instances during the COVID-19 outbreak when hospitals in Dar es Salaam reached full capacity due to the high volume of COVID-19 cases. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers. If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should contact your healthcare provider for further advice.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in Tanzania.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Tanzania
Wherever possible British nationals should aim to be vaccinated in the country where they live. We will update this page when the Government of Tanzania announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The Tanzanian national vaccination programme started in July 2021 and is using a mixture of Janssen (Johnson and Johnson), Pfizer and Sinopharm vaccines. The Tanzanian authorities have confirmed that they have and will continue, to offer vaccines to foreign residents who fall into the eligible categories, as and when these are applied to Tanzanian citizens. Vaccinations can be organised by the Government of Tanzania’s portal. This portal is in Kiswahili language only.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Tanzania, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
Help and support
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.