Doing business in Tanzania: updates regarding COVID-19

The outbreak of COVID-19 has consequences for entrepreneurs doing business in or with Tanzania. We provide an overview of useful information intended for everyone involved in agribusiness in Tanzania. The agriculture team of the embassy of the Netherlands can answer further questions via

Update 21 June 2021

  • As at 6th  April 2021, no official data and report on Covid-19  the country stopped publishing data on Covid since 29th April 2020 which stands at 509 confirmed cases and 21 confirmed deaths. Travelers are required to complete an online Health Surveillance Form ( within 24 hours prior to arrival. Travelers will then receive a Unique Health Code (UHC), which they will present to health officials upon arrival.
  • All travelers are required to present a negative COVID-19 test certificate upon arrival. The test must be a Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test, with the sample collected within 72 hours before arrival in Tanzania.
  • Tanzania announced a new travel advisory note effective from 4th  May, 2021 aiming at controlling Covid-19. The advisory note includes 14 day mandatory quarantine for people arriving into the country. All travelers including foreigners or returning residents will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test certificate upon arrival. For more information please see the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children “Travel Advisory No. 7 of 4th May, 2021 at also more information about covid through the Tanzania Ministry of Health Covid page
  • The EAC Secretariat argued to  fast track regional coordination and harmonization of measures on COVID-19 for economic resilience and growth of the EAC block. Currently, Covid-19 tests are priced differently in each EAC partner state while containment measures are also varied. See more about this article in the Citizen.
  • President Samia Suluhu Hassan assigned a scientific committee of experts on COVID-19 to advice the government. This committee recently presented a report with recommendations, including the recommendation that the government should allow the free use of the COVID-19 vaccines, should provide information on the presence of the disease and take steps to strengthen all preventive measures to avoid a possible third wave coming from India.

COVID-19 in Tanzania

The Tanzanian Ministry of Health is the main source of information regarding COVID-19 in Tanzania. Information is shared by the Ministry of Health via their website and occasionally on their twitter account. Check their website and social media for any updates.

Further information and useful links

The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania has carefully compiled a COVID-19 economic update on the expected impact of the pandemic and measures in place. This update serves to enable Dutch businesses with general information and multiple web links to make better-informed decisions. You can find the update created by the Netherlands Embassy here.

In addition to this economic update we would like to provide an overview of useful websites based on the type of questions we receive. In case you have suggestions for useful additions to this list, kindly share them with us by sending us an email:

  • For Dutch entrepreneurs that are doing business in African countries, the Netherlands Enterprise Agency made an overview of frequently asked questions about COVID-19 in Africa in Dutch.
  • The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency published an overview of measures to help Dutch businesses that are affected by COVID-19 here.
  • The European Commission’s response to COVID-19 includes a number of restrictions to transport, which can be found on the website of the European Commission.
  • Find out what the European Union in Tanzania is doing in response to COVID-19 on their twitter account.
  • The World Food Programme published a factsheet on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on food security. Kindly find the factsheet here.


Due to the COVID-19, many of the upcoming (agriculture) events have been rescheduled. As soon as new dates have been confirmed we will share them in our agenda

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COVID-19 in the Netherlands

For questions regarding travel restriction for the Netherlands, travelling abroad and visas, have a look at information from the Netherlands government here. More general information about COVID-19 in the Netherlands can be found here.

Travel advice Tanzania

Find here the latest travel advice for Tanzania, in Dutch. Frequently asked questions in relation to the travel advice can be found on this website

Factsheet doing business in Tanzania

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tanzania also developed a factsheet providing general guidance on doing business in Tanzania. You can find this factsheet with (non COVID-19 related) tips here.

Important note: Owing to changing nature of COVID-19, the current situation and government measures in place are continuously evolving. Please continue to update yourself on the current state of affairs, including by verifying information with the relevant business associations or your local partner.

Questions for the agriculture department can be addressed directly to Questions on general trade can be direct to This website links to the general contact information of the Netherlands Embassy in Dar es Salaam.
For the latest updates follow the agriculture department on twitter via @
NLAgriTanzania and the Netherlands Embassy on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.