Covid-19 & health


HEALTH REGULATIONS

There are reported cases of corona virus in Tanzania. As a result of this, Tanzania has implemented a series of measures to avoid contracting the disease. These include self-isolation, application of good hygienic practices, maintaining social distancing, avoid unnecessary travels and gatherings.

Tanzania has lifted its ban for international flights with effect from 18th May 2020. Therefore, travelers who wish to visit Tanzania are warmly welcome. However, all travelers will be abided by the Travel Advisory Tips issued by the Ministry of Health. According to the Travel Advisory No. 5 of 5th August, 2020 issued by the Ministry of Health-Tanzania, all travelers whether foreigners or returning residents entering or leaving the United Republic of Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID19 infection. For more information please visit the ministry of Health website: https://www.moh.go.tz/en/guidelines

Compulsory Vaccine for Tanzania

Proof of Yellow fever vaccination is required for all passengers arriving in Tanzania from the following countries:

Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia.

Individuals arriving from any country listed above who intends to spend more than 12 hours in transit through Tanzania, or leave the immediate area of the airport, must be in possession of a valid Yellow Fever Certificate.

Health Insurance

Tanzania has a number of private and public hospitals across the countries. Most of the citizens are using health insurance facilities for medical assistance in the countries. There are both private and public insurance companies across the country. The National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) was established by the Act of Parliament No. 8 of 1999 and was initially intended to cover public servants but recently there have been provisions which allow private membership.

Several private companies, both international and domestic offer private health coverage. These involve both company and individual plans. Strategis was one of the first registered (2002) privatehealth insurance firms in Tanzania, however the space has grown to include companies such as AAR, Jubilee Insurance, Resolution Health and Metropolitan Insurance.

In Tanzania if someone does not have a health insurance card can still get medical treatments in the public and private hospitals. The patient will be charged and treated based on the rates of respective hospitals and on the nature of illness which has been diagnosed by medical doctors. For more information about hospitals in Tanzania you can visit: https://tz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/local-resources-of-u-s-citizens/doctors/ and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hospitals_in_Tanzania