Travel Intel: Tanzania Plastic Bag Ban

In a recent release, the African country of Tanzania has announced a plan to prohibit the import, production, sale, and use of single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bags by July 2019. By doing this, they join more than 127 nations worldwide who have banned or taxed plastic bags. Tanzania joins other African countries such as Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and others in this area.

What does this mean for business travelers, religious organizations, tourists, etc., who are traveling to Tanzania? Be mindful, visitors are not exempt from this law and may be subject to associated punitive measures.

Our advice is to avoid packing any plastics bags in checked or carry-on luggage, including:

  • Single-use plastic shopping/grocery bags
  • Trash bags
  • Resealable “Zip-Lock” style bags used for carry-on liquids

If any of these items make it onto the airplane in your carry-on luggage, be sure to dispose of them before you deplane.

Things like this are easy to overlook and should be included in a comprehensive travel risk assessment. The consequences of overlooking something simple can have huge consequences. Be sure to do your homework in order to successfully mitigate issues as much as possible.

Travel Planning: Pre-advance

When it comes to travel, everyone should be pre-planning their trip to one degree or another. This is especially important if you are traveling to a location with a higher degree of risk.

Why Small Risks Matter

When it comes to travel risks, it is easy to get caught up in the big issues that typically catch our attention. However, the importance of “small” risks should not be lost.

Travel Safety: Hotel Room Security

An often overlooked area when traveling is security planning in relation to the location you are staying. Hotel safety and room security should not be overlooked and are often glanced over despite the fact these types of places are known for being vulnerable.