We all care about the environment, about nature, about the wonderful wildlife that Tanzania has to offer. We all share the responsibility of preserving what we have…otherwise, it may disappear forever.
In an important development, Tanzania has joined nearly 60 other countries in banning single-use plastic bags, and visitors to our beautiful country will have to take a share of the responsibility to keep it beautiful.
You can no longer bring any single-use plastic bags into Tanzania, nor use them when you are here!
Your responsibility as a visitor will start from the moment you arrive at the airport, or other entry point (for example, if arriving by land from a neighbouring country). You are allowed to bring in the see-through, zip-lock bags which you use to carry your liquids and toiletries through airport security, but you are expected to keep hold of these and not to dispose of them while in Tanzania. No other plastic bags should be brought into the country in either your hand luggage or your checked-in luggage. Failing to comply could result in delays when you arrive.
A small exception to the ban has been made for certain milk and sugar bags authorised for use by Tanzanian retailers and additionally, any plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, the construction industry, the agricultural sector, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are not prohibited.
Replacements will be in the form of environmentally-friendly, biodegradable bags and these will shortly be available in Tanzania. Visitors arriving with any other plastic bags will have to surrender them on arrival and will be provided with alternatives.
The new regulations take effect from 1st June 2019, and just being a tourist or a visitor in any other capacity will not be acceptable as an excuse for carrying or using plastic bags.
Please observe these new rules and ensure that all members of your group are aware of them, too. Together, we can work to tackle the huge problem across the world, namely the dreadful pollution caused by non-biodegradable waste – especially plastic bags.
Currently, less than 10% of the world’s production is recycled. One thing’s for sure: the use of plastic is both an environmental catastrophe and a horrible eyesore – especially when set against the natural beauty of the Tanzanian landscape.
Help Tanzania to remain beautiful – so do not bring any single-use plastic bags into the country!