Plastic bag ban in Tanzania: UPDATE

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Please note that from June 1, 2019, plastic bags will be illegal in Tanzania. All passengers arriving at any Tanzanian airport are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage. 

Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags before disembarking from the aircraft.  

The transparent “zip-lock” plastic bags that some airports require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, toiletries etc. separately in hand luggage are also not permitted to be brought into the country and should be removed and left on the plane before disembarking.

You can buy airport security approved clear travel bags with zips. If you are found with plastic bags in your luggage or on your person, you could face heavy fines. 

 

More info: The East African nation of Tanzania is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges.

Tanzania will join more than 60 other countries that have banned, partly banned or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Kenya, Rwanda and Italy.

In August 2017, neighboring Kenya introduced one of the world’s toughest bans on plastic bags.

Source: Reuters