Great news Tanzania lifts COVID restrictions! As of March 17, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers are welcome to travel to Tanzania without a negative COVID test per the Tanzania Ministry of Health.
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) All vaccinated travelers will be required to show their COVID vaccination card.
For those travelers who are not vaccinated, you will still be required to present a negative COVID test. The results must be from a COVID testing facility and not a home test. It must also be a PCR test, not a Rapid test. The test must be performed within 72 hours of your arrival at JRO in order to board the plane. For example, if you are flying from LAX to Doha to JRO, which is about 24 hours of flight time (not including layovers) you should be fine to get your test the day before your flight and receive the results before boarding at LAX. Check with the testing facility to verify how long it will take to receive the results via email.
Kilimanjaro International Airport Procedures
Once you arrive at JRO, unvaccinated travelers will also have to get a Rapid PCR test at the airport.
Travelers must also have valid passports and visas. The passport needs to be valid for six months past your departure date. Visas are still available for $100 at JRO.
For more detailed information on COVID testing and vaccine requirements for Tanzania follow the link for U.S. Embassy in Tanzania: https://tz.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/?goal=0_d645392662-68fa3a34d3-251778101&mc_cid=68fa3a34d3&mc_eid=5ef1d6d859
Returning to the US
The requirement for returning to the US is to have a negative COVID test before boarding the plane. This is for all travelers, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. The COVID test must be administered within 24 hours of travel. Rapid Antigen Tests are available at JRO, Just outside the airport gate on the left. We recommend that clients arrive at least four hours before their departure to receive test results with enough time. The price of the test is $10 USD.
As far as federal guidelines for masks, the mandate is still in effect until April 18, 2022. At that time it may be rescinded or extended. Fingers crossed. Many countries such as the UK and Ireland have dropped their mask mandates. However, they still recommend wearing a mask in airports for your safety.
UPDATE: Masks are no longer required to fly to Tanzania. Additionally, a negative COVID test is no longer required to return to the US.