While it is absolutely in Team Kilimanjaro’s interests to encourage clients to visit Tanzania and use our Kilimanjaro and safari services, and we would therefore very much like to be able to advise that the Ministry of Health is competent to assist visitors with PCR testing, and to supply valid results within the requisite timescales, sadly, having already assisted many clients with testing and witnessed the procedures employed by the Tanzanian Ministry of Health, and received a great deal of feedback from tourists who are not our clients, we greatly regret that we are bound to disclose that the following are our findings:
While it is our professional duty to disclose the above, we would reiterate that to date the majority of tourists that we are aware of have received their results in time, and to date, no airline or government has identified the disparity between the “sample” date and the “test” date. Travellers are therefore nonetheless encouraged to visit Tanzania but should willingly undertake to accept the above risks as a condition of entry.
As from March 2021, PCR testing (or rather, sample-taking) is now available at Seronera and Ndutu airstrips in the Serengeti. This facility has been implemented to prevent clients having to either curtail their safaris or dissect their safaris with a journey to Arusha or, more recently, Karatu (FAME Hospital), mid-safari - so as to satisfy the "less than 72 hours old" validity rule that most airlines are required to enforce.
In theory, it is claimed that you may expect results to be emailed to you within 48 hours of the sample being taken. However, we recommend budgeting for a 72 hour turnaround time, but don't worry - the "test" date will be the date the sample is tested at the lab, not the day you visited the clinic.
Once the sample is tested, you'll receive a link to a URL on the Ministry of Health's website. Unfortunately, mobile devices currently cannot download these results as PDF files, so you need someone to access the results through a laptop or desktop, save them as a PDF and send this PDF to you. Once you receive the PDF you'll need to print this out and present it when boarding your homebound flight.
If you are on safari with TK we'll obtain the results for you in PDF format, and will WhatsApp these to you (if you have signal), and / or your driver, who will arrange to print them for you.
Occasionally, when boarding, certificates are simply reviewed briefly and passengers are permitted to pass. However, increasingly, airline staff will verify the validity of certificates. This is simple to do by simply adding your passport number (in this example, 12345678) to the end of this URL: https://pimacovid.moh.go.tz/#/certificate/12345678
Additionally, airport staff may ask you for evidence of having paid for your test. If you're on safari with TK we will send you your receipt electronically, to satisfy this scrutiny.