Tanzania re-opens airspace for international flights


The government of Tanzania has reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights after its closure on 11 April 2020, in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

This follows the directive from President John Magufuli to the Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, Isack Kamwelwe and the Minister of Tourism, Hamisi Kigwangalla, to allow flights into the country.

President Magufuli added that travelers were allowed to enter Tanzania without being quarantined as long as their body temperatures were not unusual.

“As long as their body temperatures don’t point to anything unusual, I will allow them to proceed and view Tanzania’s wildlife without being quarantined,” said Dr Magufuli.

According to Minister Kamwelwe, commercial passenger flights, diplomatic flights, aircraft in emergency and operations related to humanitarian aid, medical and relief will be allowed into Tanzania without any restrictions.

“I direct the Tanzania Civil Aviation Authority to inform ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) about the decision, and ensure that the directive is fully implemented,” said the minister.

Recently, the Tanzanian government eased some restrictions on international flights to allow some categories of flight movements amid growing demand for the service.

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