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Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) Statement Update

Author: Nicole Mbowe
Dated: May 19, 2020
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On 18th May 2020, the TCAA released a circular update for the general public’s information, guidance, and necessary action, concerning the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is released following Travel Advisory No. 3 of the same date, 18th May 2020, issued by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

The TCAA circular reiterates that which is contained in the Travel Advisory, noting that there is a decrease in the number of reported cases for COVID-19. Resultantly, the Government has decided to relax travel restrictions by reopening the border and initiating the resumption of economic activities concerning air travel.

The main facts are hereby briefly expounded upon:

  1. The lifting of suspended international scheduled and non-scheduled passenger flights into and out of Tanzanian airspace, which has been in effect since 11th April 2020. Hence, international commercial flights operations are resumed, effective 18th May 2020.
  2. Both local and foreign travellers entering or leaving the United Republic of Tanzania shall be subjected to enhanced screening for the COVID-19 infection. The mandatory 14-day quarantine is revoked.
  3. All international travellers and service providers at airports are to strictly observe and practice Infection Prevention and Control measures, including hand hygiene, wearing of face masks, and abiding to physical (or social) distancing, as appropriate.
  4. Cargo flights will be allowed based on respective Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASAs) between the United Republic of Tanzania and other countries. All prior arrangements contrary to the BASAs are hereby rescinded.
  5. Upon satisfaction of applicable requirements to be adhered to by operators, the Government shall continue to authorize flight operations into the United Republic of Tanzania for different purposes, including overflights, humanitarian aid, medical relief, diplomatic missions, and other safety-related operations.
  6. Aircraft crews to observe the following measures:
    • Crew members shall be subjected to enhanced screening at airports of entry and may be isolated in accordance with applicable procedures, as the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children may issue, particularly where they are suspected of COVID-19 infection;
    • Decontamination of aircraft where crew members are suspected to have the COVID-19 infection; and
    • Where crew members are quarantined or isolated while in transit, aircraft owners and/or operators must make necessary arrangements to back-up their crew and ensure that goods are delivered to their intended destination.
  7. All travellers are reminded to truthfully fill in the Traveller Surveillance Forms that will be made available onboard, or in any other mode of transport, and submit them to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
  8. All travellers are reminded to truthfully fill in the Traveller Surveillance Forms that will be made available onboard, or in any other mode of transport, and submit them to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
  9. All travellers are reminded to truthfully fill in the Traveller Surveillance Forms that will be made available onboard, or in any other mode of transport, and submit them to Port Health Authorities upon arrival.
  10. All air operators, whether arriving or departing, must provide Advance Passenger Information, to allow the Point of Entry Authorities to scrutinise the manifest for possible high-risk passengers.
  11. Pilots in command of a flight, prior to arrival, shall submit to Port Health Authorities, the duly filled-in health declaration forms (Health Part of the Aircraft General Declaration).
  12. All stakeholders should undertake all other measures in line with the respective airport Public Health Emergency Response and Preparedness Plans.
  13. In case of any medical emergency while in the United Republic of Tanzania, please call the toll-free Health Emergency Number 199.
  14. This Circular replaces earlier Circulars issued on this subject.

The Circular further noted that Circulars will be updated as the situation evolves, and as the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania gives more directives regarding this pandemic.

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