Coronavirus

Information and news to benefit our community.

Tanzanian authorities do not currently publish details of coronavirus cases in the country and there is no information about any tracking of the epidemic. Official figures have not been released since April 2020 (and the figures given on most data collection sites are those from that date). We are presently advising community members to take particular care as the health situation worsens.

There are no mandated rules for slowing the spread of the virus although frequent hand washing and/or use of sanitiser are advised. There has been no lockdown in Tanzania. At present many people do not wear masks. In February, the Minister of Health confirmed that there were no plans for Tanzania to procure any Covid-19 vaccines.

Visitors to Tanzania

Travellers to Tanzania are now being asked to complete a health questionnaire online before arrival. This questionnaire can only be completed within 24 hours of intended arrival in the country. Questions include details of your travel to Tanzania (eg flight, seat number), details of other countries you have recently transited, and questions about your health and whether you have been in contact with a sick person. The questionnaire is available at:

Most people will not be asked for a Covid 19 test result, unless they are considered to be a high risk. There is no compulsory quarantine or self-isolation required for travellers to Tanzania.

As at 1 May 2021, travellers from India are additionally required to have a RT-PCR Covid test within 72 hours of departure for Tanzania, and will also be expected to take a Rapid Antigen Test on arrival in Tanzania ($25).

Travelling Outside Tanzania

The UK has banned entry to all travellers from Tanzania and anyone who has transited through Tanzania in the previous 10 days (excluding British/Irish nationals & UK residents). This is part of an effort to stop the spread of variants of Covid-19 to the UK. British/Irish nationals & UK residents travelling to the UK from Tanzania are required to quarantine for 10 days after arrival in designated hotels at personal expense (in addition to the requirement for a negative test certificate). Read more…

Most countries now require travellers coming from Tanzania to have received a valid negative Covid-19 test issued not more than 96 or 72 hours before departure from Tanzania. The Tanzania Ministry of Health offers a service to obtain this Covid-19 test certificate. Register at:

Further details on this service can be viewed on the MoH video below (in English) or in the Ministry of Health Testing Guide for Travellers issued on 4th January 2021. A supplementary notice was issued on 27th February 2021.

Local Testing Centres are listed as KCMC, Mawenzi Hospital, Hai District Hospital and Mount Meru Hospital. The test costs US$100 and the Ministry statement says that results will be available within 48 hours.

Both PCR and Rapid tests may be available. In some countries, a negative PCR test may exempt you from quarantine/self-isolation requirements; in others (such as the UK) a negative test is required, but quarantine is also required. Some countries will accept a negative Rapid test for entry, but will still require you to quarantine/self-isolate.

Details on requirements for international travel are also available from the Africa CDC website for Trusted Travel at https://africacdc.org/trusted-travel/

UWCEA PRACTICES

The school has developed its own guidelines and practices to safeguard students, teachers and employees. UWC East Africa Covid 19 guidelines are based on research and school best practice including input from UWC International meetings and expert personnel and have been adapted to best fit our climate and campuses here in Tanzania. The school has also published a daily Screening Procedure for all students and employees, as well as procedures to follow in the case of a suspected Covid-19 patient in the school.

Frequent Health Bulletins describing measures taken to protect the health of our students, staff and community are published on this site. Please click here to view all Health Bulletins.

School was open and classes progressed as normal throughout the first semester of 2020/21. Both campuses are currently providing face-to-face teaching as normal. The School is working with medical professionals and the wider UWC movement to continuously evaluate the situation.

Document Archive

Please find below a number of documents issued during 2020/21 by authorities in Tanzania or by UWCEA relating to the Covid 19 pandemic.

The information on this page is provided without any guarantee of accuracy and is intended to inform our community. If you have any additional information specific to the management of Covid-19 in Tanzania that would help our community, please send it to webmaster@tsws.uk for possible publication on this page.