Covid-19 update for Visiting Tanzania

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Covid-19 update for Visiting Tanzania and where to get PCR tests for Safaris & Mount Kilimanjaro Treks

It is now obvious how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted travel all over the world and  Tanzania is no exception. Now every country you want to visit requires a PCR test a few hours before departure and a negative PCR certificate on arrival at the airport.  At Materuni Tours, we vow to give you all the information you need as we aspire to give you assistance to take all the safety measures for your safety before, during, and even after taking a safari or Mount Kilimanjaro trek with us.

The Government of Tanzania is doing its best efforts in curbing and controlling the spread of the Covid-19 virus.  As much as countries are pushing vaccination efforts, more and more variants of the same are mutating to spread faster.

We work hand in hand with our staff and our accommodation partners to ensure your trip in Tanzania goes smoothly.

International Travel Status

Open – Tanzania has been open to international guests and tourists since mid-May 2020.

Access into Tanzania

Kilimanjaro International Airport, Julius Nyere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, and Zanzibar International Airport are open and so are all land borders.

Airlines flying into the country include:

– Ethiopian Airlines
– Qatar Airways
– Turkish Airlines
– Kenya Airways
– Emirates

Entry Requirements for Visiting Tanzania

  • All international visitors are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate on arrival. The test should be based on a RT PCR using a sample collected within 96 hours before going to Tanzania. Children aged 5 and under are NOT required to produce a negative PCR certificate to get into Tanzania.
  • International visitors will be required to take a rapid test on arrival at a cost of USD 10 – guests can pay for this online whilst completing the health declaration form. Guests arriving via a land border such as Namanga will not need to take a rapid test on arrival.
  • International visitors are required to fill in a Traveler’s Health Declaration Form 48 hours prior to departure. After completing to fill the form, the website generates a control number which is required in order to pay for the rapid test. Visitors will have the option of paying for their rapid test by credit card on the site. This is the recommended choice to avoid people lining up at the airport.
  • Hand sanitizers, wearing face masks, and maintaining physical distance is required at all times while in public.

Covid-19 and PCR Testing in Arusha:

PCR Testing is in Arusha can be obtained at Selian Hospital and Mount Meru Hospital. Cost: USD 90 per person. Open daily 08:00 to 15:00.

Rapid test that is required by KLM is done at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Cost: USD 25 per person. Guests must arrive 6 hours before their flight to do the test. We recommend that you book a day room at a hotel in Arusha town for the guests to use while they wait for their test results.

Covid-19 and PCR Testing in Moshi:

PCR Testing is done at KMCM Hospital. Cost: USD 90 per person. Open daily 08:00 to 15:00.

Covid-19 and PCR Testing in Karatu:

PCR Testing is done at Family Clinic. Cost: USD 90 per person. Open daily 08:00 to 15:00.

Covid-19 and PCR Testing in Dar es Salaam:

PCR Testing is done at Aga Khan Hospital and IST Clinic. Cost: USD 100 per person to be paid at the center via credit card. Hospital facilitation fee: 50 USD per person. Transport fee: will be advised at time of booking. Cash or Card accepted. Open daily 08:00 to 15:00.

Rapid test as often required by KLM is done at Dar es Salaam International Airport. Cost: USD 25 per person. Guests must be there 6 hours before their flight to do the test. Due to the high traffic levels in Dar es Salaam visitors will have to wait at the airport until their flight departs.

Covid-19 and PCR Testing in Zanzibar:

Zanzibar offers 3 type of tests:

1. PCR, results given in 24 – 48 hours, this can be done:
a. at Migombani center, cost 80 USD pp
b. or guest can select Mobile clinic for which the Health Authority come to the hotel the guests stay, cost 120 USD pp.
2. PCR – Rapid result, certificate issued in 3 hours, guests to arrive at the airport 6 hours prior their departure (so as to be on the safe side), cost 100 USD pp
3. RAT = rapid antigen test, this can be done at Migombani center or the airport, cost 25 USD pp, although since this is an antigen test some countries (such as Kenya) will not accept is as valid document to enter the country, therefore guests will have to rely on PCR.

We are just serving as a facilitator in order to help tourists who have booked a safari with us get their COVID-19 test. We are not liable or responsible for any faults, delays, or problems experienced during the testing process, or the performance or non-performance of the testing facilities, as all testing is done by third parties with no link or affiliation with us.

Please note: The data presented above has been well examined. However, we cannot guarantee the accuracy of the material, and it is updated on a frequent basis. Always double-check travel restrictions before booking and traveling, both in your home country and in the destination you’re visiting.