Tanzania extends visa validity for visitors over Covid-19 disruption
London, April 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Tanzanian government is extending up to three months the validity of visas for visitors who were unable to travel because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“With the Covid-19 outbreak, Tanzania Immigration Services Department would like to inform the general public that prospective visitors, who were already, granted Visa Grant Notices but could not travel, an extension of three months period is granted from their visa start date,” the Immigration Department said in a statement.
The statement signed by chief spokesman for Immigration Department Paul Mselle said visitors whose visas have expired or were about to expire but due to the outbreak of Covid-19 were unable to leave the country will have a one-month extension free of charge
“They are required to report to the nearest immigration office for the one month extension,” said the statement.
However, if the situation persisted after expiry of such extension, holders were advised to report at the Immigration Office in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, said the statement.
The statement added that holders of expired resident permits, visitors’ pass, exemption certificates and dependant pass have been granted a one-month grace period to stay in Tanzania.
Meanwhile, Tanzania has reported the recovery of a second coronavirus patient, Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu has announced.
“On March 31, one of the Covid-19 patients who was recovering at Temeke treatment Centre in Dar es Salaam tested negative of the virus and has been discharged,” Ms Mwalimu said in a statement on Wednesday.
The minister also confirmed a new case in Dar es Salaam, raising the national tally to 20.
Ms Mwalimu said the new patient is a female American national who had close contact with a confirmed infected person.
“The total number of Covid-19 patients confirmed in the country has reached 20. 17 patients continue to receive treatment and their condition is improving,” she added.
Last week, the minister reported the recovery of a 46-year-old woman