Notice to Travelers Planning to Visit Tanzania

The Tanzanian Government has officially announced a ban on the entry of all plastic carrier bags according to a press statement from the vice president’s office.

The May 16, 2019 statement titled: ‘’Notice to travelers planning to visit Tanzania,” said the Government is going to set up a special desk at entry points to enforce the measure.

The statement read as follows:

The Government of Tanzania wishes to make an official note to travelers planning to visit Tanzania that from 1st of June 2019 all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored supplied, and used in Mainland Tanzania.

However, plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, construction industry, agricultural sector, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are not prohibited.

Visitors to Tanzania are advised to avoid carrying plastic carrier bags or packing plastic carrier bags or items in plastic carrier bags in the suitcase or hand luggage before embarking on visit to Tanzania. Special desk will be designated at all entry points for surrender of plastic carrier bags that visitors may be bringing into Tanzania.

Plastics carrier items known as ‘’Ziploc bags’’ that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed in the country.

The Government does not intend for visitors to Tanzania to find their stay unpleasant as we enforce the ban. However, the Government expects that, in appreciation of the imperative to protect the environment and keep our country clean and beautiful, our visitors will accept minor inconveniences resulting from the plastic bags ban.

For further inquiries please contact: ps@vpo.go.tz, +255685 333 444,

Issued by

Government Communication Unit.