Tanzania bans single-use plastic bags as of 01 June 2019

Tanzania bans single-use plastic bags as of 01 June 2019

On 10 April 2019, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa declared a total ban on all single-use plastic carrier bags with effect from 01 June 2019. The ban includes the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic carrier bags to help control pollution from non-biodegradable waste.

Tanzania joins about 13 countries in Africa that have either banned or introduced a levy on plastic bags to control and eventually stop its use. In East Africa, Rwanda banned all use of single-use plastic in 2008 and Kenya implemented their ban in 2017.

We urge you to please urgently communicate the new ban with all travelers to Tanzania (Rwanda and Kenya).

The below excerpt is take from the “Notice to Travelers Planning To Visit Tanzania” issued by the Tanzania Vice President’s Office.

“Visitors to Tanzania are advised to avoid carrying plastic carrier bags, or packing plastic carrier bags or items in plastic carrier bags in the suitcase or hand luggage before embarking on visiting Tanzania.”

Please note:

  • this ban does include bags used to carry duty free items.  Please advise clients to remove items from the duty free plastic bags and leave the bags on the plane.
  • this ban does not include “ziplock” or multi-use resealable plastic bags that are generally required to carry toiletries in international travel. We would however please ask that you recommend that your clients do not dispose of any multi-use plastic bags in country, but rather take them home with them.

“The Government does not intent for visitors to Tanzania to find their stay unpleasant as we enforce the ban. However, the Government expects that, in appreciation of the imperative to protect the environment and keep our country clean and beautiful, our visitors will accept minor inconveniences resulting from the plastic bags ban.”