The travel advisory number five issued yesterday by the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children said although there is no 14-day mandatory quarantine, all arrivals will be subjected to enhanced screening for Covid-19 infection.
“All travelers whether foreigners or returning residents from countries or airlines get them tested for Covid-19 and turn negative as condition for travelling will be required to present such a certificate upon arrival,” reads the advisory, being observed from the day of issuance.
Tanzania lifted its 14-day mandatory quarantine as a containment measure against Covid-19 for foreigners and returning residents arriving in the country during May.
The directive says that crew members shall not be subjected to presenting Covid-19 negative certificate as a condition of entry or departure. However, they will be screened for symptoms or signs of infection.
Travelers with symptoms and signs related to Covid-19 infection will undergo enhanced screening “and maybe tested for real time polymerase chain reaction,” it stated.
“While in the country, all international travellers should observe adherence to infection prevention and control measures such as hand hygiene, wearing of masks and keeping physical distancing as deemed appropriate,” it elaborates.
The advisory further notes that all travellers are required to truthfully fill out surveillance forms available on board or any other means of transport and submit the same to health authorities at ports of entry upon arrival.
All arriving and departing conveyances must provide advance passenger information so as to allow authorities at points of entry to scrutinize the manifest for possible high-risk passenger identification.
As for trucks and other vehicles carrying goods, the same are allowed to carry up to three passengers to allow smooth border crossing at points of entry.
“Crew members have to declare their final destinations at the points of entry and during their journey are allowed to only stop at government designated locations,” it further provides.
In cases where crew members are suspected to be infected with Covid-19, the advisory says the vehicles will be decontaminated before they are allowed to continue to final destinations.
“Crew members will be subjected to enhanced screening at points of entry and maybe quarantined or isolated at designated facilities in case they are suspected of Covid-19 infection,’ it says as an alternative procedure.
“In case crew members are quarantined or isolated while on transit, truck owners or operators must make necessary arrangements to back up their crew to ensure that goods are delivered to the intended destination.”
The government in the past month announced resumption of social and economic activities after confirming a vast decrease of cases with specifically designated Covid-19 treatment facilities closed for lack of patients.