Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Authorities in Tanzania reopen universities from June 1 amid easing of COVID-19 restrictions. International flights operational from May 19.

This alert affects Tanzania

This alert began 30 May 2020 04:32 GMT and is scheduled to expire 15 Jun 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and travel disruptions

Authorities in Tanzania plan to reopen universities from June 1 as part of measures to ease restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Officials require the institutions to abide by the health and social distancing guidelines, including wearing face coverings. Primary and secondary schools will remain closed until further notice.

Previously, authorities resumed all international flights and cross-border traffic, May 19. As part of the measure, all travelers arriving at airports, including Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), Mwanza International Airport (MWZ), Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ), will be required to undergo enhanced screening for COVID-19 upon arrival.

Other requirements international flights must meet include:

  • All international travelers should adhere to hand-washing hygiene, wearing masks, and maintaining physical distancing guidelines.
  • All travelers are required to fill out a traveler's surveillance form available onboard and submit to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
  • Flight crew members are required to submit duly completed health declaration forms before their arrival.

Measures implemented on cross-border vehicular and truck transportation include:

  • Only a maximum of three drivers or passengers are allowed per vehicle.
  • Cargo drivers will be quarantined at designated hotels or within their trucks for the duration of their stay.
  • Crew members have to declare their final destinations at the point of entry; only one stop will be allowed at government-designated locations.

COVID-19-related measures may be tightened or eased on short notice. Disruptions to supply chains and shortages of essential goods are possible.

Background and Analysis
The measures taken by Tanzania's authorities correspond with similar actions taken by other governments globally in recent weeks in response to the spread of COVID-19, a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions. On March 11, the WHO declared the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic.

Follow all official instructions. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers. Plan for possible ground shipping and travel delays; seek alternative routes and shipping methods for time-sensitive cargo.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.

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