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Beginning on December 29, 2020, the Government of the Netherlands requires people travelling to the Netherlands from a high risk area outside of the EU to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

The countries currently on the EU list of safe countries are Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and China. Those flying from these safe countries are not required to present a negative COVID-19 test result.

However, this requirement applies to passengers traveling from the USA to Kilimanjaro Airport, with a connection in Amsterdam. Therefore, many of our US clients who fly to Tanzania on KLM or Delta flights, which normally have a layover at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (airport code: AMS), are affected.  These travelers must comply with the negative COVID-19 test regulation or risk being forbidden to fly.

US passengers flying to Tanzania connecting through Amsterdam Airport must be able to present the following documents:

They must show these documents to the airline in the departure country. On arrival in Amsterdam, they must show them again to Netherlands officials.

The document must include the following information:

  • Type of test: the test must be a molecular PCR test for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19. No other type of test, including a rapid test, is valid;
  • Test result: the test result must be negative (or not detected);
  • Date and time the test was conducted: the test must have been conducted no more than 72 hours prior to the passenger’s arrival in the Netherlands.
  • Passenger’s first and last name as stated in their passport;
  • Name and contact information of the institute or laboratory that conducted the test.

Passengers without a negative test result may not travel to the Netherlands and will not be permitted to board the aircraft.

The official notice can be found here.

We urge anyone who is flying to Kilimanjaro Airport through Amsterdam (Delta and KLM flights) to plan accordingly and get a COVID-19 PCR test several days prior to their departure date.

Covid Testing in Tanzania

COVID-19 PCR testing is available in Moshi (Mawenzi Hospital), Arusha (Mount Meru Hospital, Selian Lutheran Hospital) and Zanzibar (Emergency Response Unit in Stone Town). Currently the turnaround time for results can be up to 72 hours. There is no COVID rapid test in Tanzania.

On December 27, 2020, the Government Chief Medical Officer directed the health laboratory to improve the turnaround time to less than 24 hours. Read more here.

Our Peak Planet staff in Tanzania will assist you in getting the PCR tests and obtaining the lab results if you need assistance.

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