Tanzania’s bag ban.
Are you heading to East Africa anytime soon? If so, and if your plans include time in Tanzania, here’s something important to keep in mind: Come June 1, 2019, the Tanzanian government will ban the production, importation, sale, and use of all single-use plastic bags to help reduce pollution from non-biodegradable waste.
Tanzania is the latest country 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. The East African nation joins more than 60 other countries that have banned, partly banned, or taxed single-use plastic bags, including China, France, Kenya, Rwanda, and Italy.
Tourists could face heavy fines for bringing plastic bags into the country. Visitors are advised to avoid packing any plastic bags in their suitcases or in carry-on hand luggage before flying to Tanzania. Items purchased at the airport before boarding the aircraft should be removed from plastic bags and the plastic bags appropriately discarded. Check hand luggage before reaching a Tanzania entry point, and discard any plastic bags. Similarly, Zip-Lock bags that U.S. airport security requires passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, and toiletries separately in hand luggage are also not permitted and should be discarded before entering Tanzania.
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