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Tanzania Reinstates Covid-19 Guidelines

The measure will apply to both foreigners and citizens, who will be required to present a test certificate showing negative Covid-19 results.

The Tanzanian government has issued new guidelines on coronavirus, including a 14-day quarantine period for people arriving into the country.

The measure will apply to both foreigners and citizens, who will be required to present a test certificate showing negative Covid-19 results.

Those arriving from countries with a high number of cases will have to undertake another mandatory Covid test on arrival at their own cost.

The directive, signed by the Permanent Secretary for Health Prof Abel Makubi, is effective from Tuesday.

In May last year, Tanzania lifted the mandatory quarantine for visitors and instead announced that screening and tests would be done on arrival.

The change has come under President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s administration, who has adopted a different leadership approach, including a science-based approach to tackling the pandemic.

Her predecessor, former President John Magufuli, downplayed global warnings on the threat of coronavirus.

Meanwhile President Suluhu has arrived in Kenya at the start of a two-day state visit, which analysts say is aimed at ending frosty relations.

She is expected to speak publicly alongside host President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House in the capital, Nairobi.

She will also address a joint sitting of Kenya’s parliament on Wednesday.

The visit is seen as an effort to improve relations between the two east African countries, fuelled by economic competition and which escalated under the administration of the late President Magufuli.

Kenya had also been uneasy over Tanzania’s lack of a Covid-19 response plan. Failure to agree on Covid-19 protocols at border points led the two countries imposing tariffs on each other’s goods. In retaliation, Tanzania barred four Kenya airlines, including Kenya Airways, from its airspace.