Tanzania relaxes restrictions on international flights

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The government of Tanzania has relaxed some restrictions on international flights to allow some categories of flight movements amid growing demand for the service.

The easing up will be for medical and relief flights, repatriation flights, humanitarian aid related operations as well as technical landings where passengers do not debark.

According to The Citizen, Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority (TCAA) suspended scheduled and non-scheduled international passenger flights into and out of the country on April 11, 2020, in an effort to curb imported cases of COVID-19.

“We have been receiving a number of applications for repatriation flights that is why the government has decided to relax some restrictions,” the regulator’s director general, Mr Hamza Johari, told The Citizen.

Until May 8, 2020, the United Sates, Turkey, the United Kingdom , Lebanon, Pakistan and Ethiopia had arranged special flights and successful took home their citizens who were stranded in Tanzania.

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