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Health & Safety Measures

Covid testing/screening on arrival

Must complete an online Traveler’s Surveillance Form ( This form must be submitted no more than 24 hours before arrival.
Whether foreign nationals or returning residents, will be required to present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate for a test taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival in Tanzania.
Will also be subjected to a rapid COVID 19 test on arrival at their own expense. The cost of the rapid COVID 19 test is USD 25 and must be paid in cash.
Children 10 years old and below are exempted from COVID 19 testing requirements.
The Government of Tanzania is also implementing temperature scanning for all international passengers arriving into Tanzania.
Travelers will be provided with health information cards with toll-free numbers and advised to self-monitor themselves for symptoms and signs.
There is no isolation period required for people without symptoms upon arrival. In the case that the traveler develops COVID-19, they will be tested and treated at designated health facilities at their own cost.

Covid testing before departure from Tanzania:

Requirements for travelers departing Tanzania will be in line with the requirements issued by the travelers’ respective airline or destination country.
COVID-19 PCR testing is currently available at: Tests cost $100 and the results will be back in 48 hours. The facilities in the Serengeti and Karatu have a small additional fee and will email the results. Test fee is payable in cash.
Serengeti – Seronera (central Serengeti), Kogatende (northern Serengeti)
Please note that the current government advice is for travelers to undergo COVID-19 testing a minimum of 3 days prior to departure (depending on the specific airline and destination country requirements) to ensure adequate time is allowed for test results to be received.
Safety procedures have been put in place to increase social distance and sterilization of surfaces and food. The government has established medical facilities and ambulance networks specifically for tourists. We ask you to either have medical insurance or to sign a waiver accepting financial responsibility in case of emergency.
Kindly refer to for details related to country covid requirements.

East Africa Travel Company along with the government of Tanzania has implemented measures to give you the best chance for a safe and healthy holiday in Tanzania. Naturally, Corona Virus is the hot topic and of the biggest concern.
East Africa Travel Company has one staff member whose duty to is to insure that safety & health regulations are adhered to and that you are comfortable with the safety and health measures at all times.
You will have access to communicating with our Health & Safety Representative at any time during your trip as well as a COVID-19 hotline number that the Tanzanian government has put into place. To be in contact with our Health & Safety Coordinator you can email direct
How Safe Is Tanzania for Travel?
Tanzania, the largest country of East Africa, officially the United Republic of Tanzania, is located in eastern Africa within the African Great Lakes region.
It shares borders with a great number of countries: Kenya and Uganda to the north, Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, and Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south.
A large portion of the country is made up of a central plateau between 900 m and 1800 m.
But, this doesn’t make Tanzania geographically monotonous: what cuts across the country are mountain ranges of the Eastern Arc and the Southern and Northern Highlands forming a part of the Great Rift Valley.
Not only that it’s not monotonous, but it’s also actually geographically extremely diverse, with the world-known highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, and the lowest point of the land – which is the lake bed of the, again, world-famous Lake Tanganyika, as well a portion of the largest lake in Africa (Lake Victoria), which makes traveling to this country a unique experience for any tourist.

Warnings & Dangers in Tanzania


If you go and visit Tanzania, chances are you will have no negative experiences or incidents. However, it is a country where you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of something going wrong.

Public transportation is not the safest or the most convenient option: you are highly advised to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets, and public transport is where the pickpockets and thieves operate.

There is an extreme threat to petty crime. Pickpockets are practically an everyday occurrence. You should be extremely careful when handling your valuables and never carry your money in a purse or a pocket. Never carry all your money in the same place, and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

The most common natural disasters in Tanzania are droughts, floods, and epidemics. Various epidemics are common, but not one natural disaster has hit people harder in Tanzania, than droughts.

There is also a risk of getting mugged and violent crimes aren’t really rare in Tanzania. Avoid traveling alone, even within Lomé city limits, especially at night. It’s generally recommended not to resist armed attack.

Tanzania is also targeted for terrorist attacks. Even though there haven’t been major terrorist attacks in its recent history, apart from the bombing of the United States embassy in 1998, it suffered many smaller incidents, and most of them are performed against local security forces,

When it comes to scams, there is a high risk of getting scammed in Tanzania: children might try and fool you just to steal from you in the end, and others might try to distract you. There are also scammers impersonating officials or authorities and trying to extort money from you. Apart from that, double check your change and negotiate everything in advance.

Tanzania isn’t exactly the safest place for a woman to be visiting alone. If you do, be sure to avoid remote streets, both during day and night, and do not flash your belongings or handle money in public. Stay out of the streets at night and be vigilant for any possible dangers at all times.
So… How Safe Is Tanzania Really?
Tanzania is mostly safe to visit, though caution is recommended especially in tourist areas such as Arusha, Stone Town (Zanzibar), and Dar es Salaam.
Apart from petty crime on the streets of Tanzania in the form of pickpocketing, bag snatching and common scammers that operate in crowded areas such as markets, like Kariakoo and bus or train stations, there is also a violent crime, and violent crime against foreigners is not altogether uncommon either, so be very cautious.
When it comes to pickpockets, be especially wary of children running around, since they’re mostly forced into a life of crime and they might try and steal from you.
Another safety issues are taxi drivers and you are highly advised to call a taxi you trust instead of hailing one on the streets.
If you must take a taxi that is unknown to you, take its number and send it to someone you trust so that they can track it, just in case something happens.
Also, bear in mind there are scammers impersonating police and authority, trying to extort money from you while flashing “immigration papers” at you.
Keep in mind that real officers mostly wear uniforms.


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