CAUTIONARY MEASURE

Tanzania bans flights from India over Covid-19 surge

Move to prevent possibility of importing the new virus variant into the country.

In Summary

• All travelers who had traveled through India in the last 14 days shall be subjected to rapid tests at the point of entry followed by stringent contact tracing.

• Cargo planes have been exempted from the ban but the crew members will not be allowed to disembark from the conveyance.

Tanzania President Samia Suluhu.
Tanzania President Samia Suluhu.
Image: STATE HOUSE TANZANIA

The Government of Tanzania has suspended all flights into and from India following the overwhelming cases of coronavirus.

In an advisory notice on Tuesday, Tanzanian Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Abel Makubi said that the move is to prevent the possibility of importing the new variant of the virus into the country.

“The government of the Republic of Tanzania has decided to elevate and enhance the prevailing preventive measures especially those with regard to international travel,” Makubi said.

He continued that “Due to the current situation of Covid-19 epidemic in India, all flights to and from are banned in Tanzania. This ban will be effective until further notice.”

Cargo planes have been exempted from the ban but the crew members will not be allowed to disembark from the conveyance.

Also, the planes undertaking operations that have been approved by the appropriate authorities that relate to humanitarian, diplomatic, and medical assistance have been exempted from the advisory.

All those who had travelled through India in the last 14 days shall be subjected to rapid tests at the point of entry followed by stringent contact tracing and 14 days mandatory quarantine at their own cost.

Travellers subjected to mandatory quarantine shall choose a place from the list that has been provided by the government.

The government has further said that all the authorities at the points of entry should ensure adherence to the preventive measures by travellers and the staff.

Also, all travellers have been asked to be honest as they fill the online Travelers’ Surveillance Form and will be required to present certificates indicating that they are free from the virus.

The travel on transit to other countries more than 72 hours will be subjected to another test by the rapid test upon arrival in Tanzania.

The PS said that a rapid test will cost 25 US dollars per traveller.

The statement comes a day after the PS issued new guidelines on the virus, including a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving into the country.

The measure will apply to both foreigners and citizens, who will be required to present a test certificate showing negative Covid-19 results.