Severity: Critical Alert

Entry/Exit: Tanzanian authorities suspend all international commercial flights indefinitely starting Apr. 11. Business and travel disruptions likely.

This alert affects Tanzania

This alert began 12 Apr 2020 19:13 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: International commercial flights suspended; business and travel disruptions

Summary
Tanzanian authorities suspended all international commercial flights indefinitely from Apr. 11. Cargo flights may continue to operate in all of Tanzania's airports. Authorities had previously mandated a 14-day quarantine at a government provided facility for most individuals arriving to the country; conditions in these facilities are reportedly inadequate.

Further restrictive measure are possible on short notice.

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.

Advice
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.

Resources
US Embassy Tanzania: tz.usembassy.gov

World Health Organization: www.who.int