TAZARA suspends border crossing for passenger trains

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With effect from March 30, 2020 until further notice, the Mukuba and Kilimanjaro Passenger Trains will no longer cross the border between Tanzania and Zambia, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will instead continue to run within the respective boundaries of the two countries, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, TAZARA, has announced.

According to the Authority, freight train operations will, however, remain unaffected by this change.

“This adjustment in passenger train operations is as a consequence of the prevailing Coronavirus Pandemic and the subsequent measures taken by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and the Government of the Republic of Zambia in the effort to control the spread of the virus,” says TAZARA’s Head of Public Relations, Conrad K Simuchile.


Following the new schedule, the Mukuba Passenger Train will depart New Kapiri Mposhi as it normally does on Tuesday, but terminate and u-turn at Nakonde on Wednesday, arriving at New Kapiri Mposhi on Thursday. It will run again on Friday from New Kapiri Mposhi to Nakonde, u-turning at Nakonde on Saturday and arriving in New Kapiri Mposhi on Sunday.

The Kilimanjaro Passenger Train will leave Dar es Salaam as usual on Tuesday, but terminate and u-turn at Mbeya on Wednesday, arriving at Dar es Salaam on Friday, early in the morning. It will then will run again on the same Friday from Dar es Salaam to Mbeya, u-turning at Mbeya on Saturday and arriving in Dar es Salaam in the early hours of Monday.

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