The Government of Tanzania has announced that from 1st Jun 2019 all plastic carrier bags 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 carrier plastic bags or items in plastic carrier bags in the suitcase or hand luggage before embarking on visits to Tanzania. Special desks will be designated at all entry points for surrender of plastic carrier bags that visitors may be bringing to Tanzania.
Plastic carrier items known as “Ziploc bags” that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in permanent possession of visitors and they are not expected to be disposed in the country.