The United States government has reissued a travel advisory encouraging its citizens not to travel to Tanzania over rising cases of Covid-19 in the country.

In the advisory issued on February 22, 2021, the US Department of State noted that Tanzania had not put in place the required measures to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Tanzania due to COVID-19. CDC compliant testing for COVID-19 is either not available or results are not always available within 3 calendar days of testing. Travelers should expect delays returning to the U.S.

For the duration of the pandemic, Tanzania has not implemented stay-at-home orders, nor limited transportation options or business operations,” the advisory read in part.

Other than Covid-19, the US State department noted that its citizens should be careful when travelling to parts of Tanzania like Mtwara region due to terrorism threats and violence targeting members of the LGBTI community.

“Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

“Terrorist groups could attack in Tanzania with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners.

“Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations,” the State department said.