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The Government of Tanzania has announced that from 01 June 2019 all plastic carrier bags, regardless of their thickness will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored, supplied and used in Mainland Tanzania.

Plastic or plastic packaging for medical services, industrial products, construction industry, agricultural sector, foodstuff, sanitary and waste management are however not prohibited.

Visitors to Tanzania are advised to avoid carrying plastic bags or packing plastic carrier bags, or items in plastic 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 into 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 are not expected to be disposed in the country.

The Government does not intend for visitors to find their stay unpleasant as they enforce the ban. The Government, however, expects that, in appreciation of the imperative to protect the environment and keep their country clean and beautiful, visitors will accept minor inconveniences resulting from this ban.

Kenya introduced a similar ban, but with strict penalties in April last year, and indications are that the effects have been most positive on the environment.  


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