COVID-19 updated entry requirements - updated 24 December 2021

On 24 December 2021 the Tanzanian government has issued new guidelines for entry considering the ongoing COVID pandemic.


Updated entry requirements for tourists and residents travelling into Tanzania after 13 September 2021

The entry requirements into Tanzania have changed again on 24 December 2021!. The major points for our tourists to consider when traveling to Tanzania are:

  1. All travelers including those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to truthfully fill in an online Traveler's Health Surveillance Form available at for Tanzania mainland and for Zanzibar within 24 hours before arrival to Tanzania. Filling of Traveler's Health Surveillance Form is a mandatory requirement before boarding to URT and there shall be a penalty to conveyances for noncompliance.
  2. All travelers including those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to present a negative COVID 19 test certificate with a QR code for verification upon arrival. The only accepted test is Real Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing or Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs) done at a nationally accredited/approved laboratory using sample tested within 96 hours before arrival to Tanzania. Please note, negative COVID 19 test certificate upon arrival is mandatory, penalty shall be imposed to non-compliant conveyances while travelers without a negative COVID 19 test certificate upon arrival shall be denied entry and repatriated at conveyance cost.
  3. All travelers including those who are vaccinated against COVID-19 arriving from countries experiencing variants of concern/variants of interest, highest number of COVID 19 cases based on WHO epidemiological updates or those who have travelled through those countries in the last 14 days regardless of the routes taken shall be subjected to Rapid Antigen Tests at Points of Entry at their own cost. Cost for COVID 19 Rapid Antigen Test shall be 10 USD or TZS 23,000 of which is non-refundable and testing fees applies to travelers arriving in Tanzania Mainland by Air or Marine Vessels. For Zanzibar the cost for Rapid Antigen Test shall be 25 USD or equivalent to TZS. 58,000. Also, Travelers entering URT through Zanzibar having proof of fully vaccinated for COVID 19 using vaccine accepted by Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar will be exempted from Rapid Antigen Test. 
  4. Travelers to Tanzania Mainland are advised to pay for COVID 19 Rapid Antigen Test online to avoid unnecessary queue upon arrival through an automatically generated control number obtained after filling the online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form ( and for Zanzibar through
  5. Children aged 5 years and below, Travelers in transit, Aircraft crew are exempted from both RT PCR certificate and COVID 19 Rapid Antigen Test.
  6. All asymptomatic travelers with positive Rapid Antigen Test at the Points of Entry shall be subjected to mandatory quarantine at their own cost at designated places under strict surveillance procedures until they test negative using RT PCR or otherwise evaluated by public health experts as non-infectious. The symptomatic positive Rapid Antigen travelers will be isolated for treatment at designated health facilities until they become asymptomatic and will be transferred to designated places for quarantine until tested negative using RT PCR. The list of quarantine places can be found at
  7. Travelers who were infected and recovered from COVID 19 shall be required to submit a proof of recovering from the disease obtained from Authorized Medical personnel upon arrival to Tanzania.

You can read the full updated document here: read full update.

Note: This is only designed as a guide and accurate as of the date stated above / latest notice issued by the government. You will need to reconfirm if these rules are applicable at the time of your entry and we accept no responsibility for changed or incorrect information.