Tanzania issues new Covid-19 guidelines for travellers

The Tanzanian Government has issued new guidelines on coronavirus which including a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving into the country.

The advisory issued on Monday says the move is geared towards elevation and enhancement of prevailing preventive measures especially those in regard to international travel.

The measure targets all travellers, whether foreigners or returning residents who will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon arrival.

The test according to the advisory will be based on Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) using samples collected within 72 hours before arrival into the country.

The directive signed by the Permanent Secretary for Health Prof Abel Makubi also seeks to have all travellers entering or leaving the country to enhanced screening.

The directive which takes effect from Tuesday will also see travellers subjected to mandatory quarantine in designated government facilities while residents will isolate in their homes.

The Tanzanian Government has, in addition, extended these measures to trucks or vehicles carrying goods and services ordering them to have a maximum of three crew members on board to facilitate smooth border crossing in the region.

Crew members are also required to declare their final destinations at the Points of Entry and during their journey are only allowed to stop at locations designated by the government.

The trucks will then be decontaminated before being allowed to continue to the final destination if the driver or crew is suspected to have contracted the virus or test positive.

In case crews are quarantined while on transit, truck owners must make necessary arrangements to make sure goods are delivered to the intended destination.

All drivers or crew according to the directive will be subject to random retesting upon arrival for quality assurance.

In May last year, Tanzania lifted the mandatory quarantine for visitors and instead announced that screening and tests would be done on arrival.

The change has come under President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s administration, who has adopted a different leadership approach, including a science-based approach to tackling the pandemic.

Her predecessor, former President John Magufuli, downplayed global warnings on the threat of coronavirus.

  

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