Important Information – Updated Plastic Bags Ban in African Countries

by Sandy Salle on May 28, 2019

As of June 1, travelers to Tanzania will have to pack very carefully. The country announced it’s second phase of its plastic bag ban on May 16. Visitors are advised to avoid packing or carrying any plastic bags as they’ll have to leave these at a designated desk in the airport.

The first phase of the country’s anti-plastic initiative to “protect the youth and environment,” was an initial ban on the manufacturing of plastic bags and in-country distribution. Phase two extends to tourists. “The government does not intend for visitors to Tanzania to find their stay unpleasant as we enforce the ban,” said a statement from vice president Samia Suluhu’s office. “However, the government expects that, in appreciation of the imperative to protect the environment and keep our country clean and beautiful, our visitors will accept minor inconveniences resulting from the plastic bags ban.”

Photo Credit: Andrew Kartende/Creative Commons

Many countries around the world have moved to ban the use of plastic bags in an effort to reduce litter and the long-term, negative impacts upon the environment. 

The ban includes plastic shopping bags, single-use plastic bags, with or without handles, zip top plastic bags and duty-free bag.

Countries in our travel sphere with laws banning plastic bags include Botswana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Please note that some countries are stricter in enforcing this ban than others.

Reducing plastic bag use then has two effects: It minimizes the creation of waste, much of which drifts and ends up in the world’s oceans, harming marine life and it reduces the air pollution caused by burning single-use plastics.

Suggested alternatives to plastic bags would include packing cubes or dry sacks, similar to those used for camping or kayaking. There are many options available, and easy to find online.  If you need help in what to pack, feel free to reach out to our team at 800.940.9344 as we would be happy to help you.

An example of packing cubes

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Serengeti holidays June 4, 2019 at 2:11 am

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