Tanzania Eases Restrictions on International Flights

Tanzania lifts Travel Ban

Tanzania has lifted restrictions previously imposed on international flights.

This will allow repatriation flights, operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief flights necessitated by the growing demand for the services.

The Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) placed a ban on scheduled and non-scheduled international passenger flights coming in and leaving the country on April 11. This was in line with the nation’s measures in curbing the spread of the novel in the country.

In a statement, the TCAA Director-General said: “We have been receiving a number of applications for repatriation flights [and] that is why the government has decided to relax some restrictions.”

The move has helped nations such as the US, Pakistan, Ethiopia, and Turkey to arrange special flights that helped them fly home to their citizens who were stranded in the East African nation.

Before the announcement, only cargo flights were allowed to fly in and out of the country with the crew members quarantined at designated venues and at their own cost.

TCAA said that the government would authorize empty flights with the purpose of picking up passengers with crew not being allowed to disembark.

All travelers, both citizens and foreigners, are to be subjected to mandatory isolation for 14 days at their own cost at government-designated facilities. After 14 days of mandatory quarantine, passengers with no symptoms of COVID -19 will be allowed to leave the facilities after registering their personal information for future follow-up.

Covid-19 has claimed 21 lives in Tanzania with 509 confirmed cases and 183 recovered cases.