20 May 2019
Please be informed that effective 01June 2019 all plastic bags will be banned in Tanzania. Manufacture, using or importation of plastic bags, including garbage bags and shopping bags will be illegal and therefore tourists can face very heavy fines when using/importing plastic bags.
Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Tanzania. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags. Similarly, the transparent “zip-lock” plastic bags for keeping small liquids, cosmetics/toiletries are also not permitted. The ban also includes duty-free shopping bags.