Planning a trip to Tanzania? Make sure you’re travelling plastic-bag free, as the East African country has become the latest to ban plastic bags entirely.

From 1 June 2019, all plastic carrier bags – regardless of their thickness – will be prohibited from being imported, exported, manufactured, sold, stored or supplied in mainland Tanzania.

While the government stresses that the enforcement of the ban isn’t intended to interfere with your holiday, there will be designated desks at the airport, where visitors will be asked to surrender any plastic bags in their possession. Yup, that includes the one at the bottom of your suitcase for dirty clothes or toiletries.

Certain industries are exempt from the ban (for example, packaging for medical services) and Ziploc bags for toiletries are also fine, as it’s expected you’ll be taking them back with you when you leave.

While it might seem like another thing to add to your long list of pre-holiday reminders, the aim of the ban is something we should all be able to agree on: a cleaner, more environmentally friendly future for the beautiful country of Tanzania.

By effecting the ban, Tanzania now joins Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi in mitigating the effects of plastic-bag waste.


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