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Travel Advisory July 31, 2023

Tanzania - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with obsolete COVID-19 page links removed.

Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons .  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider Travel To:

  • Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania due to the threat of terrorism.

Country Summary : Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common.  Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

Terrorist groups could attack in Tanzania with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners. Please see the additional information below regarding the increased threat of terrorism in Mtwara Region.

Members of the LGBTI community have been arrested, targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses.  Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations.

Read the country information page for additional information on travel to Tanzania.

If you decide to travel to Tanzania:

  • Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa and keep original documents in a secure location.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not leave your food or drink unattended.
  • Stay alert in all locations, especially those frequented by Westerners.
  • Avoid public displays of affection particularly between same-sex couples.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Country Security Report for Tanzania.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest Travel Health Information related to your travel.

Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania – Level 3: Reconsider Travel There have been reports of violence in Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania. Increased activity by extremists along the southern border has led to attacks against both government and civilian targets.

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Quick Facts

Yellow fever required if traveling from a yellow fever endemic country

Travelers are required to declare international currency valuing more than $10,000 on both entrance and exit from Tanzania. Non-residents (except Kenyans and Ugandans) may not import or export Tanzanian Shillings (TZS)

Non-residents (except Kenyans and Ugandans) may not import or export Tanzanian Shillings (TZS)

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U.s. embassy dar es salaam.

686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Telephone:  +(255) 22-229-4000 Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(255) 22-229-4000, dial '1' for an emergency operator Fax: +(255) 22-229-4721 Email:   [email protected]

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Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania.

Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card or bank transfer at www.immigration.go.tz . If the e-visa is approved, the applicant will receive a “grant notice” via email. Present a copy of the grant notice to the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

U.S. citizens may also obtain a tourist visa upon arrival at the airport in Tanzania. The cost is $100 USD. Be prepared to pay in cash in case connectivity issues make electronic transactions impossible.

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page, is required. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Be prepared to show your passport and explain your visa status when entering or departing Zanzibar or when traveling around the mainland.

Volunteer activity – even if the traveler is paying for the opportunity – is prohibited on a tourist visa. If you plan to engage in business or commercial transactions in Tanzania, please consult with the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. before applying for a visa.

Visit the Embassy of Tanzania website for the most current visa information. Read the page on visas and immigration to ensure you will have the correct status during your visit to Tanzania.

For information on obtaining a residence permit, please see the Tanzanian Immigration Department's Ministry for Home Affairs website  or contact them by phone: Dar es Salaam: +255 (0) 22 2850575/6 Zanzibar: +255 (0) 24 223 9148

Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers arriving from, or having transited through, countries where yellow fever is endemic. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries, including all countries in Europe and North America, are usually not required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides additional information about recommended vaccines and medications for travelers going to Tanzania. The CDC notes there are reports that unless a traveler has a medical exemption letter from a physician, some immigration officials require evidence of the vaccine for entry in Tanzania – particularly entry via Zanzibar – from all travelers. Travelers with neither the shot nor an exemption letter are usually allowed entry and directed to a health officer to obtain the vaccine. The CDC recommends that travelers staying for an extended time or those who will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes consider obtaining the vaccination before visiting Tanzania.  

The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Tanzania.

Find information on  dual nationality ,  prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.

Currency Restrictions: Travelers are required to declare international currency valuing more than $10,000 on both entrance and exit from Tanzania. Non-residents (except Kenyans and Ugandans) may not import or export Tanzanian Shillings (TZS.)

Safety and Security

Terrorist incidents, including the 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in Dar es Salaam and Nairobi, as well as occasional attacks by extremists on police stations and mosques, among other targets, highlight the threat posed by terrorism in East Africa and underscore the capacity of terrorist groups to carry out such attacks against Westerners.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution when traveling between Julius Nyerere International Airport and Dar es Salaam, as there have been incidents of robberies while cars are stopped at traffic lights and kidnappings. Drivers should lock their doors and keep windows up at all times.

Crime: U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and stay current with media coverage of local events. Report crimes to the closest police station and request a copy of the report to use for any insurance claims.

Muggings, Robberies, and Assaults:

Robberies are common in Tanzania. U.S citizens become victims when they hail taxis at airports, bus stations, hotels, or on the street. Victims are held until they provide passwords for credit/debit cards and are driven around town to deplete their accounts at all available ATMs. Victims are usually released hours later. A number of people have been victimized en route to the airport. To minimize risk, travelers should use marked or known modes of transport. They should also consider leaving ATM cards at home and traveling to Tanzania with a minimal number of credit cards.

  • Stay alert when walking on beaches, footpaths, and roads; especially on Zanzibar, in Dar es Salaam, and Arusha.
  • Avoid carrying a bag, wearing flashy jewelry, or using personal electronics while in public.
  • If you must carry a bag, hold it by the handle loosely so you can let go quickly and not be injured if someone in a passing vehicle attempts to grab it. Do not put the strap across your chest as you can be dragged and badly injured.
  • While on safari, visiting parks, hiking, or mountain climbing, remain alert to your surroundings and report anything unusual to your tour guide, park ranger, or the police.
  • If someone attempts to rob you, hand over all your valuables immediately, comply with the demands, and do not make eye contact with the aggressors.

ATM/Bank Fraud: To reduce your vulnerability:

  • Minimize the amount of cash you carry.
  • Avoid using stand-alone ATMs.
  • Monitor your account balance regularly and immediately report unusual activity.
  • Avoid using debit cards if possible.
  • If you will be spending time outside of the large cities, have sufficient cash or traveler’s checks for your trip.

Reputable financial institutions will require the bearer of a traveler’s check to present the original receipt for the checks and proof of identity before completing a transaction.

If a public official attempts to solicit the payment of a fine from you, ask to travel to the nearest police station to file a report regarding the incident. Obtain a receipt and a written report of any such transactions. If your passport is seized, ask for a receipt, note the officer’s name, location, and contact details and report it immediately to the U.S. Embassy.

Home Invasions: U.S. citizens residing in Arusha and Dar es Salaam frequently report crimes targeting the homes of expatriates. Armed home invasions usually involve some violence and some victims have been seriously injured.

  • If you live in Tanzania, ensure that your home has a safe haven, a secure area with reinforced barriers, where you can retreat and remain safe if intruders enter.
  • A professional security company with 24-hour guards and roving patrols as well as the use of house alarms can help mitigate risks.

Carjackings: To avoid carjackings:

  • Drive with doors locked and windows rolled up.
  • Do not stop in unpopulated areas.
  • Travel in convoys if possible.
  • Be wary of drivers of stopped cars flagging motorists down for assistance.

Dar es Salaam: Exercise caution in the Coco Beach area of Touré Drive, the scenic beachfront road leading from the Sea Cliff Hotel into town, on Msasani Peninsula. This road is a concern any time of day or night, whether you are on foot or in a vehicle. There are regular reports of muggings, pick-pockets, and thefts from cars.

Walking or jogging on the streets at any time can be hazardous because motorists can be careless, pathways abruptly end, and there are frequently no shoulders.  

Zanzibar: Beware of pickpocketing, assaults, and bag snatching in Zanzibar. Wear modest dress and keep a low profile, especially on Friday afternoons, the traditional time to attend mosque.

Arusha: In Arusha, the high number of foreign tourists attracts pickpockets and bag snatchers. You are strongly discouraged from walking around at dusk or at night, and encouraged to avoid the section of Arusha on the far side of the Themi River at all times when on foot. Many muggings have occurred near the clock tower in the center of town.

Tanga: Criminals use the Amboni Caves north of Tanga City to hide from authorities. Police and military raid the cave system to apprehend criminals. Additionally, armed robberies in the shopping establishments of the Mzizima Ward of Tanga Rural District are common.

Mwanza: Violence and attacks by armed groups in and around the city of Mwanza have increased. You should remain alert and avoid large gatherings when travelling to Mwanza.

Pwani coastal region: Following an uptick in violence in April 2017, Tanzanian authorities have increased their security presence in the Pwani coastal region, about 100km south of Dar es Salaam. Additional checkpoints are in place, particularly on highways and in towns.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

VICTIMS OF CRIME:

U.S. citizen victims of crime should report crimes to the local police at 111 and contact the U.S. Embassy at 255 22 229 4122 and at 255 22 229 4000, dial ‘1’ for an emergency operator.

Sexual Assault: Sexual assault is a risk for U.S. citizens, especially for women travelers. Victims of sexual assault should see a doctor immediately to ask about the availability of post-exposure HIV prophylaxis or other necessary medical care. They should also report crimes to local police at 111 and may contact the U.S. Embassy at 255 22 229 4122 and at 255 22 229 4000, dial ‘1’ for an emergency operator.

  • Avoid drinks given to you by strangers and do not leave your drink unattended
  • Avoid walking after sunset, especially alone
  • Be careful about sharing travel plans as well as personal and social media information

Some police stations in Dar es Salaam (such as Oysterbay and Selander Bridge) offer a special desk for tourists to report crimes. However, they have limited daytime hours. In general, police stations may not have an English speaker available or be staffed to make a written report even during opening hours.

Local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas .

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.

Tourism:  The tourism industry is unevenly regulated, and safety inspections for equipment and facilities do not consistently occur. Hazardous areas/activities are not always identified with appropriate signage, and staff may not be trained or certified either by the host government or by recognized authorities in the field. In the event of an injury, appropriate medical treatment is typically available only in/near major cities. First responders are generally unable to access areas outside of major cities and to provide urgent medical treatment. U.S. citizens are encouraged to purchase medical evacuation insurance. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Penalties for possession or sale of illegal drugs of any kind are severe in Tanzania, with a minimum sentence of seven years imprisonment for simple possession and 30 years to life for more serious charges.

Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately.

Photography: Photographing military installations is forbidden. Individuals have been detained and/or had their cameras and film confiscated for taking pictures of hospitals, schools, bridges, industrial sites, and airports. Sites where photography is prohibited are not always marked.

Animal products: In Tanzania, it is illegal to export an animal or animal part (including live or dead animal parts, such as skins, bones, teeth, and feathers) without export certification from the Tanzanian government. It is also illegal to export any such products received as a gift or exchange without the correct documentation. The penalties can range from a fine and/or two to five years imprisonment. Additionally, it is illegal to gather, collect, or remove flora or fauna, including seashells and ebony or mpingo wood. Penalties include a fine and/or imprisonment of up to two years.

Safaris: Remember that the animals you encounter on safaris are wild. Their reflexes and reaction times are quicker than those of trained guides. Critically review and assess the protection measures offered by safari companies. Stay in vehicles or protected enclosures when in game parks.

If you have chronic health problems, consider the risks before joining an extended trip in the African wilderness where emergency medical help is not readily available.

  • Know the signs of altitude sickness.
  • Heed the advice of the professionals organizing the ascent.
  • Don't try to save money by selecting a tour guide who offers a faster ascent - your body needs adequate time to acclimate to the altitude.
  • If you experience altitude sickness, descend immediately and seek medical help.

What to Wear: While visiting Tanzania, you should dress modestly (upper arms and legs covered and no exposed midriffs) outside of the hotel or resort and when arriving and departing from Zanzibar.

Ramadan: During the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast during daylight hours, avoid eating, drinking, smoking, or chewing gum in public except in hotels or restaurants.

Scams: U.S. citizens have been victims of scams involving the alleged sale of gold, diamonds, gemstones, minerals, and other natural resources. You should be very cautious of seemingly lucrative business opportunities offered by agents based in, or with ties to, Tanzania and neighboring countries.

There are also scams involving offers to arrange volunteer visas and safari excursions. Vet anyone offering to provide you such a service and check their references carefully.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

  • Faith-Based Travel Information
  • International Religious Freedom Report – see country reports
  • Human Rights Report – see country reports
  • Hajj Fact Sheet for Travelers
  • Best Practices for Volunteering Abroad

LGBTI Rights: Tanzania’s penal code criminalizes consensual same-sex sexual activity on the mainland and on Zanzibar. Those arrested and charged for consensual same-sex sexual conduct may be sentenced up to thirty years in prison. Authorities use the penal code to intimidate and arrest individuals on the basis of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct may be subject to or threatened with forced anal examinations. Members of the LGBTI community may be denied entry to Tanzania by immigration authorities (including on Zanzibar) or once admitted may be targeted, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses. Public displays of affection between persons of the same sex may be met with harassment or violence. Non-governmental organizations that support the LGBTI community and their staff may also be targeted, harassed, or have staff members detained by local authorities.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation challenging to find in Tanzania. Sidewalks are nearly non-existent and there are frequent power outages. The Tanzanian constitution prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips .

Women Travelers: Hire only legitimate tour guides, preferably arranged by a known travel agency or hotel. Be wary of offers of sightseeing from new contacts and avoid being alone with strangers who propose special, customized sightseeing trips. Practice common sense and remain vigilant regarding your surroundings.

If you are the victim of sexual assault, see your doctor immediately to ask about the availability of post-exposure HIV prophylaxis or seek medical care outside of Tanzania if needed. Feminine hygiene products can be difficult to obtain, particularly outside of large cities.

See our travel tips for Women Travelers .

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Click here to access the list of medical facilities in Tanzania from the Embassy website.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage .

  • We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
  • Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.  

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although Tanzania typically only requires yellow fever shots for those traveling from an endemic country, there are occasional reports of officials requiring yellow fever shots from all foreign travelers.

Further health information:

  • World Health Organization
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Travel and Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road travel in Tanzania can be extremely dangerous, especially at night. Traffic in Tanzania moves on the left. Drivers and pedestrians alike must maintain vigilance. Although a number of inter-city highways are periodically repaved and maintained, maintenance schedules are erratic and even good roads may deteriorate quickly due to weather conditions.

During the rainy seasons (late March to mid-June and mid-November to mid-December), many roads in Tanzania, both urban and rural, are passable only with four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Traffic Laws: Tanzanian law requires all motor vehicle operators to be in possession of a valid driver’s license. Persons staying in Tanzania for fewer than six months may use a valid U.S. driver’s license after validation by local traffic authorities, or an international driver’s license. Persons intending to remain in Tanzania for more than six months are required to obtain a Tanzanian driver’s license. All vehicles are required to carry third-party liability insurance and to post the decal in the front window.

Public Transportation: Use taxis or hire a driver from a reputable source. When traveling by taxi:

  • Do not ride in a taxi hailed by someone you do not know.
  • Ask the hotel or restaurant to recommend a driver. Before entering the vehicle, ask the driver to see their credentials, take a picture of the taxi license plates, and send the photo to a friend.
  • Make sure the child locks are not engaged and the door can be opened from the inside.
  • After entering, lock the doors and roll up the windows. If the driver unlocks the doors or rolls down the windows, exit immediately.
  • Do not ride in taxis already carrying a passenger. If a taxi stops to allow another person to enter, exit immediately.

Travelers should also avoid using dala-dala microbuses and bajaji, three-wheeled taxis.

Ferries traveling between the mainland and Zanzibar may be unsafe. When traveling by ferry:

  • Travel on a high-speed ferry.
  • Purchase your tickets inside the ferry terminal, from a travel agency, or online in advance, not from vendors outside.
  • Tickets should include your name, date of travel, and class of travel.
  • Travel during daylight with good visibility, fair weather, and calm water.
  • Avoid overcrowded vessels or those which lack sufficient life vests, easy access to exits, and a functioning communications system.
  • Become familiar with emergency procedures on board, especially the locations of life jackets and emergency exits.
  • Beware of pickpockets aboard the ferry, and be wary even of uniformed personnel who seek to assist you.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Motorcycles: Riding motorcycles is not advisable and is restricted in some areas.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tanzania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Tanzania's Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA's safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Tanzania should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci . Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select “broadcast warnings”).

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  • See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution  and  Travel Advisories .
  • Follow us on  Twitter  and  Facebook .
  • See  traveling safely abroad  for useful travel tips.

Review information about International Parental Child Abduction in Tanzania . For additional IPCA-related information, please see the International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act ( ICAPRA ) report.

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Tanzania Travel Requirements

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Tanzania travel requirements

If you’re planning a trip to Tanzania, it’s important to know the travel requirements before you go. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare for your journey:

COVID-19 Requirements

  • Visa Requirements
  • Health Insurance

Culture and Etiquette

You do not need to show a COVID vaccination certificate or negative COVID test to enter Tanzania.

Health officials may screen you for COVID symptoms on arrival. They may also randomly select travellers for rapid antigen testing.

Visa requirements

Passport validity.

If you are visiting Tanzania, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

If you are a resident in Tanzania, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

Most foreign passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. It is no longer possible to get a visa from the Tanzanian High Commission.

Visa-Exempt Countries:

Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Tanzania without a visa for up to 3 months :

Health insurance

When traveling to Tanzania, it is crucial to prioritize your health and well-being by obtaining comprehensive health insurance coverage. While Tanzania has healthcare facilities available, the standards can vary, and the costs of medical treatment, especially for foreign nationals, can be significant.

To safeguard yourself against unforeseen medical expenses and ensure access to quality healthcare, it is essential to have reliable health insurance coverage. In the event of an illness, injury, or medical emergency, having adequate insurance will provide you with the peace of mind that you can receive necessary medical care without incurring exorbitant costs.

Health insurance not only covers medical treatment but also offers additional benefits such as emergency medical evacuation, which can be crucial in situations where you may require transportation to a more advanced medical facility or back to your home country for specialized treatment.

It is important to carefully review the terms and conditions of your health insurance policy to understand the extent of coverage, including outpatient care, hospitalization, prescription medications, and emergency services. Ensure that your policy includes coverage for medical evacuation, as this can be a significant expense if required.

In Tanzania, the local currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). It is relatively easy to exchange foreign currency at banks, exchange bureaus, and authorized Forex dealers located in tourist areas, major towns, and cities throughout the island.

US Dollars are widely accepted in Tanzania, especially in hotels, resorts, and larger establishments. It is advisable to carry smaller denomination notes as larger bills may not always be accepted, or you may receive a lower exchange rate for them. Euros are also accepted in some places, although to a lesser extent compared to US Dollars.

Credit cards are accepted at many hotels, restaurants, and larger businesses in popular tourist areas. It is recommended to carry a credit card with a Visa or Mastercard logo, as these are widely recognized. However, it is important to note that some smaller establishments, local markets, and rural areas may not accept credit cards. It is always a good idea to carry some cash as a backup, particularly when venturing into more remote regions.

For currency exchange, banks and Forex bureaus are reliable options, and ATMs are available in major towns and tourist areas. However, it is advisable to inform your bank of your travel plans in advance to ensure that your debit or credit cards will work seamlessly while in Tanzania.

To make your transactions smoother, it is recommended to carry a combination of local currency (Tanzanian Shilling) and some US Dollars or Euros in cash. This will provide you with flexibility and convenience when paying for goods, services, or local experiences throughout your stay in Tanzania.

Remember to keep your money secure and be cautious when handling cash or making transactions in crowded areas. It is advisable to store your cash, cards, and important documents in a safe place, such as a hotel safe, and to carry only the amount of cash you need for the day.

By being prepared with the appropriate currency and payment methods, you can enjoy a hassle-free and enjoyable experience while exploring the enchanting island of Tanzania.

Tanzania is a culturally vibrant destination with a rich blend of traditions and customs. When visiting this enchanting island, it is important to respect and appreciate the local culture. Tanzanians are known for their warm hospitality, and showing an interest in their customs will undoubtedly enhance your experience.

Greetings are an essential part of Tanzanian culture. It is customary to greet locals with a handshake, and it is polite to use appropriate titles such as Mr., Mrs., or Doctor when addressing someone. Taking the time to exchange pleasantries and inquire about each other’s well-being is greatly appreciated.

Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites or rural areas. Both men and women are encouraged to cover their shoulders and knees. Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural fabrics is ideal for the tropical climate of Tanzania.

Public displays of affection should be avoided, as they are not traditionally practiced or considered appropriate in Tanzanian culture. Respecting personal space and refraining from intimate gestures in public will help ensure cultural sensitivity.

When visiting local homes or communities, it is customary to remove your shoes before entering as a sign of respect. Tanzanians often offer food and drinks to their guests, and accepting these offers with gratitude is customary to show appreciation for their hospitality.

Tanzanians have a rich culinary heritage, and sampling local dishes is a delightful way to immerse yourself in the culture. Remember to eat with your right hand, as using the left hand is considered impolite. It is also customary to avoid pointing your feet at others, as this is considered disrespectful.

By embracing and respecting the local customs and cultural practices of Tanzania, you will create meaningful connections and foster a positive cultural exchange during your visit. Showcasing your interest and appreciation for the unique traditions of this captivating island will enrich your journey and leave a lasting impression.

Travel details

Passport Visa if not from visa-free country Travel insurance Tanzanian Shilling (TZS), or USD, GBP or EUR cash for exchange You do not need to show a COVID vaccination certificate or negative COVID test to enter Tanzania.

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania overall due to the risk of violent crime. 

Higher levels apply in some areas.

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Local emergency contacts

Fire and rescue services, medical emergencies.

Call 112 or go to the hospital.

Call 112 or contact the local police. 

Advice levels

Exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania overall.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania overall due to the risk of violent crime.

Do not travel to within 30km of the border with Mozambique, in the Mtwara region.

Do not travel to within 30km of the border with Mozambique, in the Mtwara region due to the threat of militant attacks, terrorism and kidnappings.

  • During the rainy seasons (March to May and November to December), floods can block roads. Monsoons occur in coastal and island areas from July to October. Cyclones in coastal areas are also common. Follow the advice of local officials.
  • Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks anywhere in Tanzania. Be alert to your surroundings and pay close attention to your personal security.
  • Violent armed robbery, petty theft and threats of violence are common in Tanzania, especially in Dar es Salaam. Be extra careful in and around Arusha in northern Tanzania. Armed robberies, carjackings and home invasions have occurred. Bag snatching from moving vehicles is increasing. Victims can be injured or killed by being dragged behind vehicles. Don't resist bag-snatch attempts.
  • Only use registered taxis. Travellers have been targeted by criminals while using unlicensed taxis.
  • Security incidents continue along the Tanzania-Mozambique border. In October 2020, a violent attack occurred in Kitaya village, in Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Do not travel within 30km of the border with Mozambique in the Mtwara region. 

Full travel advice:  Safety

  • Malaria, including chloroquine-resistant strains, occurs year-round, except in areas above 1800 metres. Consider taking anti-malarial medication.
  • Yellow fever can occur. Check with a health professional before travelling if you need to get vaccinated. Other insect-borne diseases include Zika virus, dengue, filariasis and East African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness). Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof and use insect repellent.
  • HIV/AIDS is widespread. Take precautions if you're taking part in high-risk activities.
  • Altitude sickness can affect anyone at heights over 2500 metres. If you plan to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5895 metres), make sure you're physically fit and in good health. Talk to your doctor before you travel.
  • Medical facilities are limited, and medicines are often not available. If you get injured or become ill, you may need to be evacuated to another country for treatment. This can be expensive. In the case of a medical emergency while in Tanzania, call the toll-free Health Emergency Number: 112.

Full travel advice:  Health

  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences. It's also illegal to possess pornographic material.
  • Plastic bags are banned in Tanzania.
  • Same-sex relations are illegal and punishable by up to 30 years in jail. Authorities have targeted LGBTI rights activists.
  • It's illegal to photograph military zones, weapons or personnel. 
  • Dress and behaviour standards are conservative in Tanzania, especially in Zanzibar. If you're female, don't wear shorts or sleeveless tops outside resorts.

Full travel advice:  Local laws

  • You need a visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an  online visa  application form that can be submitted and approved online before travel. Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact the nearest  embassy or consulate of Tanzania  for the latest details.
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry to Tanzania if arriving from or transiting through a yellow fever risk country.
  • All ships, cruise liners and commercial vessels are targets for Somali pirates. Many attacks and kidnappings have happened off the Tanzanian coast. Be alert and exercise extreme caution in coastal waters. Don't leave sight of the coastline.

Full travel advice:  Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  details what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • There's an Australian Consulate in Dar es Salaam. It can provide limited consular assistance.
  • For full consular help, contact the  Australian High Commission in Kenya .
  • To stay up to date with local information, follow the High Commission's social media accounts.

Full travel advice:  Local contacts

Full advice

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks anywhere in Tanzania. Terrorists could attack with little or no warning, targeting hotels, embassies, restaurants, malls and markets, police stations, places of worship, and other places frequented by Westerners. 

Attacks have continued intermittently along the Tanzania-Mozambique border.  In October 2020, a violent attack occurred in Kitaya village, in Mtwara, close to the border with Mozambique. Terrorists have targeted the Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique adjacent to the Tanzania border area.  Avoid travelling to within 30km of  the border with Mozambique, in the Mtwara region,  due to the threat of militant attacks, terrorism and kidnappings. 

Terrorists may target places associated with foreigners or Westerners, including:

  • hotels, restaurants, bars and clubs
  • embassies, high commissions and other diplomatic interests
  • places of worship
  • shopping malls, markets and outdoor events
  • police stations

To avoid terrorism:

  • be alert to your surroundings
  • pay close attention to your personal security
  • consider the level of security at places you visit
  • stay alert in crowded places and locations frequented by foreigners
  • keep a low profile
  • monitor local media

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

More information:

Violent  armed robbery , petty theft and threats of violence are common in Tanzania, especially in Dar es Salaam.

Travellers have been  sexually assaulted . HIV/AIDS is widespread in Tanzania. If you're a victim of rape or violent crime, seek immediate medical attention.

Criminals in Dar es Salaam are becoming bolder and crime is more common. There are regular reports of crime along the Toure Drive on the Msasani Peninsula, especially bag snatching from moving vehicles.

Serious injury and death after resisting bag snatching is possible. Victims have been dragged behind vehicles. Don't resist or try to stop bag snatch attempts.

Take extra care in and around Arusha in northern Tanzania. Armed robberies, carjackings and home invasions have happened.

Don't accept food or drink from strangers — it may be spiked.

To protect yourself from violent crime:

  • take care on public transport, in shared taxis and at bus stations
  • take care at places frequented by travellers, including national parks and beaches
  • avoid walking and travelling after dark

Thieves target travellers in isolated and coastal areas. ​

' Express kidnapping ' occurs. Kidnappers abduct people and force them to withdraw funds from ATMs before releasing them. This can happen after being befriended by strangers or while using unlicensed taxis. Only use registered taxis.

If you're stopped by police, ask to see their ID, especially before paying fines.

Border areas

There are bandits near the borders of Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Do not travel within 30km of the border with Mozambique in the Mtwara region. Terrorists are likely to target foreigners and foreign interests. The insurgency poses an extreme threat in neighbouring Cabo Delgado province in Mozambique, and attacks are highly likely to continue. Read the  Mozambique travel advice  for more information.

In August 2021, the South African Development Community (SADC) deployed military forces to Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Terrorist organisations may increase operations in the Mtwara region as it may be outside the current reach of SADC operations. 

The US Embassy and the United Nations recommend that you use police escorts on parts of the Rusomo to Kahama Road near the border with Rwanda. There's a threat of armed attacks.

Pay attention to your personal security when visiting national parks, game parks and reserves.

Cyber security 

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you're connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth. 

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media. 

More information:  

  • Cyber security when travelling overseas  

Civil unrest and political tension

Be alert in public places. Avoid locations without an obvious security presence.

Avoid large gatherings or demonstrations. Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.

Monitor the media and other sources for safety information.

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Tours and adventure activities

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes adventure activities, such as diving.

If you plan to do an  adventure activity :

  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Wildlife safety

Follow local wildlife laws. Keep a safe and legal distance when looking at animals. This includes marine animals and birds.

Only use trusted and professional guides or tour operators.

Follow park rules and the advice of wardens.

Don't swim in lakes and rivers. You could be attacked by wildlife. There's also a risk of catching waterborne diseases.

Climate and natural disasters

Tanzania experiences  natural disasters  and  severe weather , such as:

  • earthquakes

If a natural disaster happens, follow the advice of local authorities.

Register for updates from the  Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System .

The rainy seasons in Tanzania are from March to May and November to December. Unusual weather patterns may mean the rainy season is delayed or extended.

Floods  may close roads.

Monsoons occur in coastal areas and on islands, between June and October. 

Earthquakes

Tanzania lies on a fault line so earthquakes are possible.

All oceanic regions can experience tsunamis. In the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the risk is higher. There are many large earthquakes along major tectonic plate boundaries and ocean trenches in this region.

Cyclones can happen along coastal areas. The direction and strength of cyclones can change with little warning.

If there's a cyclone or severe storm:

  • you may get stuck in the area
  • ferries may stop running (to and from Zanzibar)
  • flights could be delayed or suspended
  • flights out may fill quickly
  • adequate shelter may not be available

Severe weather may also affect:

  • access to ports
  • road travel and bridges
  • essential services, such as water and electricity

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave. 

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition.

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)

Medications

Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if it's legal in Tanzania. Take enough legal medication for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Medical care

Medical facilities.

There are limited medical facilities and medications are often not available, even in major cities.

If you have an accident or become ill, you may need to be evacuated by air to Kenya or another country. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

Health risks

Insect-borne diseases.

Malaria  is found throughout the year, except in areas above 1800 metres. Chloroquine-resistant strains of malaria have been reported.

Other insect-borne diseases occur. These include:

  • yellow fever
  • human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)

The tsetse fly carries sleeping sickness. This is common to the northern safari area of Tanzania.

To protect yourself from disease:

  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • insect-proof your accommodation
  • consider taking medication to prevent malaria

Get medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.

HIV/AIDS  is widespread. Take steps to reduce your risk of exposure to the virus.

Marburg Virus

On 21 March 2023, the Tanzanian Government confirmed an outbreak of Marburg virus in the Bukoba District in Kagera Region. The disease is spread through contact with infected bodily fluid from people and animals. Take steps to reduce your potential risk of exposure to the virus, including practising good hygiene and avoiding high-risk activities.

Other health risks

Waterborne, foodborne and other  infectious diseases  are common. Serious outbreaks happen. These include:

  • tuberculosis
  • meningococcal disease
  • Rift Valley virus

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid ice cubes
  • don't eat raw or undercooked food, such as salads
  • don't touch domestic animals
  • don't swim in fresh water

If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.

Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.

Altitude sickness

If you plan to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) make sure you're physically fit and in good health. Be aware of altitude sickness.

If you rapidly climb to altitudes greater than 2500m, you can get altitude sickness. This can be life-threatening and affect anyone, even if you're physically fit.

People who are more at risk of altitude sickness are those who:

  • have had altitude sickness before
  • exercise or drink alcohol before adjusting to the change in altitude
  • have health problems that affect breathing

If you're planning to visit high altitudes areas, check with your doctor before you go.

Make sure your insurance policy covers you.

While in Tanzania, you're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our  Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Pornography

It's illegal to possess or access pornographic material.

Same-sex activity is illegal. Authorities can jail you for up to 30 years. Authorities might subject you to an invasive examination.

In June 2017, the Tanzanian Government announced a crackdown on LGBTI rights advocates in Tanzania. 

In September 2017, authorities arrested 20 people in Zanzibar while they were receiving training about HIV/AIDS prevention.

The Regional Commissioner of Dar es Salaam has formed a surveillance team to identify suspected LGBTI people.

Members of the LGBTI community and advocates can be targets for harassment. There are regular cases of harassment and arrests by authorities and intimidation by members of the public. LGBTI travellers should take precautions. 

  • Advice for LGBTI travellers

Penalties for drug offences are severe. They can include long jail terms.

  • Carrying or using drugs

It's illegal to photograph military zones, weapons or personnel.

Serious crimes, such as treason and murder, carry the death penalty.

There's corporal punishment for some crimes. This includes rape or robbery with violence.

Be aware of how you use social media, and what you post online. You need to comply with cybercrime laws.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

  • Staying within the law and respecting customs

Local customs

Dress and behaviour standards are conservative in Tanzania, especially in Zanzibar. Take care to be respectful and not offend.

Avoid public displays of affection.

If you're a woman, don't wear shorts or sleeveless tops outside tourist resorts.

  • Advice for female travellers

Dual citizenship

Tanzania doesn't recognise dual nationality.

This limits the  consular services  we can give if you're a Tanzanian dual national and arrested or detained.

Always travel on your  Australian passport .

  • Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

You need a visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an online visa application form that can be submitted and approved online ahead of travel.

It is also possible to get some single-entry visas on arrival in Tanzania at the main points of entry if you meet all the requirements for entry. You may also be asked to provide proof of your return journey. For further information about visas, visit the  Tanzanian immigration website .

Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. Contact an  embassy or consulate of Tanzania  for details about visas, currency, customs and quarantine rules and the online visa application form.

Yellow fever vaccination

Proof of yellow fever vaccination may be required for entry to Tanzania if arriving from or transiting through a yellow fever risk country. S ome airlines may want to see one when you leave.

Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever and see the World Health Organization's advice on  countries with a risk of yellow fever.

  • Countries with a risk of yellow fever (PDF 152KB)

Border measures

If you intend to travel to Tanzania, confirm entry requirements with Tanzanian authorities prior to making any travel arrangements. Refer to the latest requirements on the Ministry of Health’s website .

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting  a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the  Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest  Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with 'X' gender identifier 

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can't guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the  nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

More information: 

  • LGBTI travellers

Other formalities

Single-use plastic bags are banned in Tanzania, including in travellers' luggage.

The Tanzanian currency is the Tanzanian Shiling (TZS).

Credit card fraud can occur in Tanzania. Always keep your credit card in sight during transactions.

Avoid using ATMs on the street. Use ATMs in banks, shops, hotels and shopping centres.

Local travel

Road travel.

Driving can be hazardous, especially at night.

Most roads and vehicles are in poor condition.

High speeds, poor driving and bad lighting are all road risks.

Accidents are common and deaths happen.

You're more likely to be killed in a car accident in Tanzania than in Australia.

  • Driving or riding

Other transport

Use only well-maintained transport and taxis. This includes long-distance buses.

Ferries  can be overloaded or unseaworthy. There have been 2 major incidents in recent years with many deaths.

Don't board any vessel that's overloaded or in bad condition.

  • Transport and getting around safely

Piracy  happens off the coast of Tanzania. 

Somali pirates attack shipping vessels up to 1000 nautical miles (1852km) from the coast of Somalia.

All ships, cruise liners and commercial vessels are targets for Somali pirates. Many attacks and  kidnappings  have happened off the Tanzanian coast.

Be alert and exercise extreme caution anywhere in coastal waters. Don't leave sight of the coastline.

  • International Maritime Bureau

DFAT doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check  Tanzania's air safety profile   with the Aviation Safety Network.

Emergencies

Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the  Consular Services Charter  for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

The Australian Consulate in Dar es Salaam provides limited consular help to Australians in Tanzania by appointment only. The consulate doesn't issue passports. 

Full consular help is available from the Australian High Commission in Kenya.

Australian Consulate, Dar es Salaam

Level 3, Address Building Plot 1403/01, Bains Singh Avenue, Msasani Peninsula Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Phone: +255 (0)753 301 837 Email: [email protected]

Check the Australian High Commission in Kenya's website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

Australian High Commission, Nairobi

Limuru Road, Rosslyn  Nairobi, Kenya Phone: +254 20 4277 100  Fax: +254 20 4277 139  Website:  kenya.highcommission.gov.au Facebook:  Australian High Commission, Kenya Twitter:  @AusHCKenya

Check the High Commission website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia

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Read the information on the COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel page for advice on travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Vaccinations and malaria risk

Review both the Vaccination and Malaria sections on this page to find out if you may need vaccines and/or a malaria risk assessment before you travel to this country.

If you think you require vaccines and/or malaria risk assessment, you should make an appointment with a travel health professional:

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  • Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A; Poliomyelitis; Tetanus.
  • Other vaccines to consider: Diphtheria; Hepatitis B; Meningococcal Meningitis; Rabies; Typhoid.
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Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers aged 1 year or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Notes on the diseases mentioned above

Risk is higher during floods and after natural disasters, in areas with very poor sanitation and lack of clean drinking water.

  • Diphtheria :  spread person to person through respiratory droplets. Risk is higher if mixing with locals in poor, overcrowded living conditions.

Risk is higher where personal hygiene and sanitation is poor.

Risk is higher for long stays, frequent travel and for children (exposed through cuts and scratches), those who may require medical treatment during travel.

  • Meningococcal Meningitis :  spread by droplet infection through close person to person contact. Meningococcal disease is found worldwide but epidemics may occur within this country, particularly during the dry season. Risk is higher for those mixing with locals for extended periods.
  • Tetanus :  spread through contamination of cuts, burns and wounds with tetanus spores. Spores are found in soil worldwide. A total of 5 doses of tetanus vaccine are recommended for life in the UK. Boosters are usually recommended in a country or situation where the correct treatment of an injury may not be readily available.
  • Typhoid :  spread mainly through consumption of contaminated food and drink. Risk is higher where access to adequate sanitation and safe water is limited.
  • Yellow Fever :  spread by the bite of an infected, day-biting mosquito. The disease is mainly found in rural areas of affected countries but outbreaks in urban areas do occur. Vaccination is usually recommended for all those who travel into risk areas. (View yellow fever risk areas here), and areas where there is an outbreak ongoing (check the 'news' section for outbreaks). In addition, certain countries may want to see proof of vaccination on an official yellow fever vaccination certificate - check above under Immunisations .

Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease transmitted by mosquitoes.You cannot be vaccinated against malaria.

Malaria precautions

  • Malaria risk is high throughout the year in all areas below 1800m.
  • Malaria precautions are essential Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially after sunset, using insect repellents on exposed skin and, when necessary, sleeping under a mosquito net.
  • Check with your doctor or nurse about suitable antimalarial tablets.
  • See malaria map – additional information can be found by clicking on the Regional Information icon below the map.
  • High risk areas: atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine is usually advised.
  • If you have been travelling in a malarious area and develop a fever seek medical attention promptly. Remember malaria can develop even up to one year after exposure.
  • If travelling to an area remote from medical facilities, carrying standby emergency treatment for malaria may be considered.

Other Health Risks

Altitude and travel, dengue fever, schistosomiasis.

There is a risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19) in this country.

Please be aware that the risk of COVID-19 in this country may change at short notice and also consider your risk of exposure in any transit countries and from travelling itself. 

  • The 'News' section on this page will advise if significant case increases or outbreaks have occurred in this country.

Prior to travel, you should:

  • Check the latest government guidance on the FCDO Foreign travel advice and country specific pages for travel to this country and the rules for entering the UK on return.
  • Ensure you are up to date with UK recommendations on COVID-19 vaccination.
  • You can check this in the FAQ's.
  • If you are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 you should carefully  consider your travel plans  and consider seeking medical advice prior to making any decisions.

For further information, see  Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)  and  COVID-19: Health Considerations for Travel  pages.

Polio Vaccination Exit Recommendations

If you are visiting this country for longer than 4 weeks, you may be advised to have a booster dose of a polio-containing vaccine if you have not had one in the past 12 months. You should carry proof of having had this vaccination. Please speak to a travel health professional to discuss.

Zika Virus Infection

This country has been categorised as having a risk of Zika (ZIKV) virus transmission.

ZIKV is mainly spread through mosquito bites. The mosquito responsible most commonly bites during daylight hours and is common in towns and cities. 

The illness is usually mild but infection during pregnancy may lead to babies being born with birth defects. There is no vaccine currently available against ZIKV.

Advice for All Travellers

You should practice strict mosquito bite avoidance at all times. Do not travel without adequate travel insurance . Seek pre-travel health advice from a travel health professional 6 to 8 weeks in advance of travel.

Additional recommendations for pregnant travellers or those planning pregnancy

If you are planning pregnancy in the very near future you should consider whether you should avoid travel to this country.

  • contact your GP, obstetrician or midwife for further advice, even if you have not been unwell or had any symptoms of ZIKV infection
  • use barrier methods of contraception during and after travel and for the duration of your pregnancy, even in you have not been unwell or had any symptoms of ZIKV infection
  • If you develop symptoms of ZIKV infection, it is recommended that you avoid becoming pregnant for a further 2 months following your recovery
  • 2 months afterwards if you are female
  • 3 months afterwards if you are male or if both partners travelled

These measures reduce the chance of sexual transmission of ZIKV and/or the risk of ZIKV infection in pregnancy.

For further information, see Zika virus infection page.

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Tanzania travel advice

Latest updates: Health – editorial update

Last updated: May 6, 2024 15:23 ET

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania due to crime levels and the threat of terrorism.

Border with Mozambique in Mtwara Region - Avoid all travel

Avoid all travel to within 10 km of the border with Mozambique, in the Mtwara Region, due to the presence of armed groups, the threat of terrorism and the risk of kidnapping.

Portion of Mtwara Region south of the A19 highway - Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the area between the A19 highway and the border with Mozambique in the Mtwara Region, due to the presence of armed groups, the threat of terrorism and the risk of kidnapping. This advisory excludes the areas within 10 km from the border with Mozambique, where you should avoid all travel. This advisory also excludes Mtwara City where you should exercise a high degree of caution.

Border with Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa) - Avoid non-essential travel

Avoid non-essential travel to the area within 20 km of the border with Burundi and 20 km from the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa), due to the presence of armed groups and traffickers, and the threat of kidnappings. This excludes the city of Kigoma and Gombe, Katavi and Mahale national parks.

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Border with Mozambique in the Mtwara region

Extremist groups are active in the northern districts of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. Security incidents have occurred along the border, in the Mtwara Region. Tanzanian military and security forces conduct counterinsurgency operations in the area. Access to the area is controlled in several locations and movements in and out are monitored.

Southern Mtwara region

Armed groups have been active in the southern Mtwara region between highway 19 and 10 km from the border with Mozambique. There is a threat of terrorism and kidnappings in this region.

Border with Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (Kinshasa)

Travel near refugee camps in northwestern Tanzania, particularly in the region of Kigoma and to the west of Kagera bordering Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, is dangerous due to banditry.

Demonstrations

Demonstrations can occur anywhere across the country and sometimes on short notice. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs, particularly in public places and popular tourist areas in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha.

Exercise caution in and around:

  • restaurants
  • nightclubs and cinemas
  • shopping centres

In Dar es Salaam, exercise increased caution in and around:

  • transportation hubs
  • markets, particularly Kariakoo Market
  • Masaki/Oyster Bay Peninsula, particularly along Toure Drive

In Zanzibar, exercise increased caution in and around Stone Town.

To mitigate the threat from theft:

  • ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • seek local advice on the security situation prior to visiting beaches
  • avoid deserted beaches

Bag snatching from passing vehicles is very common.

  • When walking along the street, do not carry your bag with the strap across your body. You could be badly injured if a thief drives by and attempts to steal your bag

Violent crime

Tourists have been victims of assaults, including sexual assaults, in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha.

If you are the victim of an armed robbery, do not resist. Attackers could assault you for failing to comply or not complying quickly enough.

  • Exercise a high degree of caution
  • Avoid walking around at night

Crimes against children and people with albinism, including murder, have occurred. Be particularly cautious. 

Organized crime

Organized crime associated with international drug trafficking occurs in Tanzania, as it is situated along a transit route used to transport drugs from Asia to Africa. Though tourists are rarely affected, exercise caution in large cities.

Kidnappings

Kidnapping-for-ransom does not pose significant risk in Tanzania, though armed groups from bordering countries are known to employ this tactic.

Exercise caution along border areas, namely:

  • areas bordering Lake Tanganyika, which marks the border between the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • the southeastern border with Mozambique

Express kidnappings

Tourists have been taken to ATMs and forced to withdraw funds from their account after accepting a ride from a stranger, a local taxi, ride share companies or a recent acquaintance. These incidents have most often occurred near hotels and transportation hubs such as ferry, bus and train terminals in Dar es Salaam. To minimize the risk, do not accept unsolicited offers of assistance or rides from new acquaintances or strangers. Always book transportation from a reputable company or through your hotel.

Home invasions

Armed home robberies occur and foreigners’ homes have been targeted by criminals. Always lock your doors and windows and use reinforced barriers wherever possible. Do not rent temporary accommodations from new acquaintances. Be sure to go through a reputable agency if looking for long-term accommodations in Tanzania.

Road travel

While better in larger centres, road conditions and road safety are poor throughout the country.

Road conditions

Road signs are often missing, and visibility is poor due to insufficient lighting. Poorly maintained cars, roaming wildlife, livestock, cyclists and pedestrians also increase the risk associated with driving. Outside major cities, four-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended.

  • Avoid driving unless you are familiar with local conditions
  • Avoid travelling by road at night. Due to the potential for assault or robbery when stopped at a light at night, some drivers ignore traffic lights. This practice makes intersections dangerous at night
  • In the event of an accident, drive to the nearest police station

Tourist facilities are adequate in major cities but limited in remote areas, with the exception of principal game lodges and beach resorts.

Monitor fuel levels to ensure that your fuel tank is never lower than half full.

Road safety

Drivers often drive at excessive speeds, and they can be aggressive or reckless. Accident causing fatalities are common.

Armed robberies, carjackings and attacks on moving vehicles have occurred in Arusha and Dar es Salaam, particularly on Toure Drive (Msasani Peninsula).

  • Avoid travelling alone
  • Keep windows rolled up and doors locked
  • Avoid travelling after dark
  • Remain on tourist routes and avoid remote areas
  • If you find yourself on less-travelled roads and trails, avoid stopping because armed robberies and carjackings may occur
  • When travelling between cities, you should do so in a convoy, whenever possible

Crowds tend to form around accidents and foreigners are extorted for money or assaulted (even when they are not at fault).

There is a threat of terrorism, particularly in Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha and border areas. Terrorist attacks could occur at any time. Targets could include:

  • government buildings, including schools
  • places of worship
  • airports and other transportation hubs and networks
  • public areas such as tourist attractions, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, shopping centres, markets, hotels and other sites frequented by foreigners

Stay at hotels that have robust security measures.

Always be aware of your surroundings when in public places.

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs. Be cautious when using your credit or debit card at ATMs, and:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers that have an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Foreigners have been victims of scams relating to volunteer work visas and safaris.

If you plan to engage in these activities, only deal with reputable companies and check their references

Overseas fraud

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers

2SLGBTQI+ persons have been subject to physical and verbal harassment by locals and authorities.

2SLGBTQI+ travellers should carefully consider the risks of travelling to Tanzania.

Travel and your sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics

Some officials solicit bribes as you go through customs at airports. In a common scheme, an official will ask the visitor to produce a certificate of proof of inoculation against yellow fever, even in cases where you don't need one.

If this happens to you, ask to speak to a senior official.

Police officers may approach you requesting money for alleged offences.

Before proceeding to a police station, insist they produce proper identification.

If you think you are dealing with a corrupt official, you may inform them you will contact the High Commission for advice. This tends to dissuade them from soliciting bribes. Report all such incidents to the High Commission of Canada in Dar es Salaam.

National parks and nature reserves

Organized tours and independent travellers have been victims of armed robbery in parks and nature reserves.

Exercise caution in:

  • the northern circuit in the vicinity of Serengeti National Park
  • Arusha National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • regions surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro

Avoid camping or travelling alone and hire a reputable tour guide. Hotels can make recommendations for reputable tour companies.

While camps and lodges are generally guarded, potentially dangerous wild animals often venture within the boundaries of the camp.

  • Follow the advice and warnings of local tour guides and camp employees
  • Do not walk around at night
  • Never leave children unattended

Mountaineering

If you are considering climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, carefully consider the inherent risks involved. People are seriously injured or killed on the mountain every year, and emergency assistance is severely limited. If you intend to climb:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • ensure that you are properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back to camp
  • know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out and do not venture off marked trails

Power outages

Power outages occur regularly across the country.  Local authorities may impose rationing measures for electricity.   

Power outages could affect your ability to purchase basic necessities and impact essential services, such as: 

  • public transportation
  • medical services  
  • water supply 
  • telecommunications 

Not all buildings are equipped with generators.   

  • Plan accordingly  
  • Keep a supply of water, food and fuel on hand  
  • Make sure you always have an emergency kit on hand

Public transportation

You should avoid travelling by bus (dala dala), as public buses are often overcrowded, poorly maintained and driven in a reckless manner. Public buses are frequently involved in accidents which have resulted in fatalities. There have been reports of sexual assault on buses.

Intercity buses are typically more safe and meet higher maintenance standards.

Do not travel on overnight buses.

Rail service is limited and maintenance standards are low. There have been reports of theft on crowded trains, particularly overnight trains.

A licensed taxi is a white car with a white (never yellow) licence plate, a coloured stripe running laterally on the side panels of the vehicle, a number located inside a circle on the passenger doors and visible insurance and registration numbers located on the windshield.

  • Don't use motorcycle taxis (pika-pika or boda-boda) or three wheel taxis (bajaj), as drivers are often reckless and do not provide adequate safety equipment for passengers (such as helmets)
  • Use only licensed taxis selected by a reputable hotel or restaurant, or one located at an official taxi stand
  • Avoid taking a taxi that has been hailed for you by a recent acquaintance
  • Always ask for identification before accepting transportation and check that the driver’s ID matches the name of the car registration and taxi licence

There are regular ferries travelling between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar. Tanzanian ports are often frequented by persuasive ticket scalpers.

Vessels travelling between the following ports are less reliable and often overcrowded:

  • Zanzibar and Pemba
  • Tanga and Pemba
  • Mafia and mainland Tanzania

Ferry accidents occur due to the overloading and poor maintenance of some vessels.

  • Only use reputable ferry companies
  • Do not board vessels that appear overloaded or unseaworthy

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters, particularly in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report - International Maritime Bureau

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Tanzanian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Tanzania.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: required Business visa: required Student visa: required Work/volunteer visa: required

At main ports of entry, you can get a visa on arrival for a maximum of 3 months. When you arrive, ensure that immigration officials validate your visa by stamping your passport or writing any required information in it. Some visas are valid for a period shorter than three months. If you are a frequent visitor or business traveller, apply for a multiple-entry visa before the start of your trip.

Verify that you abide by the terms and expiry date indicated on your visa. You could receive a substantial fine if you overstay the period allowed by your visitor visa or residence permit.

Entry visas  - Ministry of Home Affairs, Tanzania

Other entry requirements

You must be able to show proof of return or onward ticket. You could be refused entry if you fail to show it upon request.

Working and volunteering in Tanzania

You cannot perform any type of work, including volunteer work, on a tourist visa. When planning to travel to Tanzania to do volunteer work, contact the High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania for information on specific requirements.

Work permits must be verified by Tanzanian immigration officials within 30 days of issuance. You can get this done at any Tanzanian Immigration office or online the Immigration Department’s online verification system. 

  • Ministry of Home Affairs  - Tanzania
  • Foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 13 March, 2024
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 13 March, 2024
  • Polio: Advice for travellers - 6 May, 2024

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Yellow fever   is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is low potential for yellow fever exposure in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is required if you are coming from or have transited through an airport of a   country where yellow fever occurs.

Recommendation

  • Vaccination may be recommended depending on your itinerary.
  • Contact a designated   Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre   well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites .

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

This destination is in the African Meningitis Belt, an area which has the highest rates of meningococcal disease in the world. Meningococcal disease is a serious and sometimes fatal infection. 

Travellers who are at higher risk should discuss vaccination with a health care provider. High-risk travellers include those living or working with the local population (e.g., health care workers) or those travelling to crowded areas or taking part in large gatherings.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.  

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Cholera is a risk in parts of this country. Most travellers are at very low risk.

To protect against cholera, all travellers should practise safe food and water precautions .

Travellers at higher risk of getting cholera include those:

  • visiting, working or living in areas with limited access to safe food, water and proper sanitation
  • visiting areas where outbreaks are occurring

Vaccination may be recommended for high-risk travellers, and should be discussed with a health care professional.

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

There is a risk of schistosomiasis in this destination. Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease caused by tiny worms (blood flukes) which can be found in freshwater (lakes, rivers, ponds, and wetlands). The worms can break the skin, and their eggs can cause stomach pain, diarrhea, flu-like symptoms, or urinary problems. Schistosomiasis mostly affects underdeveloped and r ural communities, particularly agricultural and fishing communities.

Most travellers are at low risk. Travellers should avoid contact with untreated freshwater such as lakes, rivers, and ponds (e.g., swimming, bathing, wading, ingesting). There is no vaccine or medication available to prevent infection.

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

Onchocerciasis (river blindness)   is an eye and skin disease caused by a parasite spread through the bite of an infected female blackfly.  Onchocerciasis often leads to blindness if left untreated. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from blackfly bites, which are most common close to fast-flowing rivers and streams. There is no vaccine available for onchocerciasis although drug treatments exist.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Rift Valley fever is a viral disease that can cause severe flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can be fatal. It is spread to humans through contact with infected animal blood or tissues, from the bite of an infected mosquito, or eating or drinking unpasteurized dairy. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from insect bites and avoid animals, particularly livestock, and unpasteurized dairy. There is no vaccine available for Rift Valley fever.

African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness)  is caused by a parasite spread through the bite of a tsetse fly. Tsetse flies usually bite during the day and the bites are usually painful. If untreated, the disease is eventually fatal. Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from bites especially in game parks and rural areas. Avoid wearing bright or dark-coloured clothing as these colours attract tsetse flies. There is no vaccine available for this disease.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)   is a virus that attacks and impairs the immune system, resulting in a chronic, progressive illness known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). 

High risk activities include anything which puts you in contact with blood or body fluids, such as unprotected sex and exposure to unsterilized needles for medications or other substances (for example, steroids and drugs), tattooing, body-piercing or acupuncture.

Medical services and facilities

Medical facilities are limited and medicines are often unavailable, even in Dar es Salaam.

Medical evacuation, which can be very expensive, may be necessary in the event of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences.

Alcohol is not sold in some parts of Zanzibar. Avoid consuming alcohol in those areas.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Plastic bags

The use, manufacture or importation of plastic bags is illegal.

Convicted offenders, including tourists, can face very heavy fines, imprisonment for up to 7 days, or both.

Identification

You must carry photo identification, such as a passport, and be ready to present it to authorities upon request. Keep a photocopy of your passport in a safe place in case it’s lost or confiscated.

Photography

Photography of military installations is forbidden. Individuals have been detained and/or had their cameras and film confiscated for taking pictures of public structures and buildings, including:

  • industrial sites

Always ask permission before photographing individuals.

Pornography

Possession of pornographic material is illegal.

Flora and fauna

Collecting and removing any flora or fauna from its natural habitat is illegal. This includes removing seashells from marine parks.

Tanzanian law strictly regulates the sale, possession or removal from the country of animal or animal parts, including jewellery and hunting trophies. Certain items are exempt; however, you need a special permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism before attempting to leave the country with these items.

Trophy dealing licences  – Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania

Ramadan 

In 2025, the lunar month of Ramadan is expected to begin on or around February 28.

In public, between sunrise and sunset, be discreet when:

Dress and Behaviour

In Zanzibar, Islamic practices and beliefs are particularly influential.

To avoid offending local sensitivities:

  • dress conservatively
  • behave discreetly
  • respect religious and social traditions

Women should cover their shoulders and refrain from wearing shorts.

Tanzanian law prohibits sexual acts between individuals of the same sex. Those convicted face up to life imprisonment and possibly a fine.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is not legally recognized in Tanzania .

If local authorities consider you a citizen of Tanzania , they may refuse to grant you access to Canadian consular services. This will prevent us from providing you with those services.

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. It does not apply between Canada and Tanzania.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Tanzania by an abducting parent:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Tanzania to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre.

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

You must carry an international driving permit alongside your Canadian driver’s licence.

Traffic drives on the left.

Police roadblocks are common.

  • If you are stopped by police, always cooperate and give proof of documentation requested of you
  • If you are asked to pay an on-the-spot fine for a traffic violation, ask to travel to the nearest police station to file a report and to contact the High Commission of Canada in Tanzania
  • Always ask for an official receipt

International Driving Permit

The currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS).

Credit cards are generally accepted at larger hotels, European carriers and other businesses that cater to international clientele, but are rarely accepted elsewhere. Outside of Dar es Salaam and at smaller establishments, cash in either Tanzanian shillings or U.S. dollars are the preferred method of payment, particularly for hotel bills, domestic airline tickets and entry to national parks.

ATMs are available in main cities, and some can be used to access Canadian bank accounts; however, they are subject to breakdowns. You should carry a small supply of cash in U.S. dollars for use in airports and at borders. 

Severe flooding in Tanzania

In April 2024, heavy rainfall caused severe flooding and resulted in numerous casualties. Buildings and infrastructure have been damaged. Additional rain is expected in the coming days. This could lead to damaging floods and landslides.

The following essential services could be disrupted:

  • transportation
  • power distribution
  • water and food supply
  • telecommunications network
  • emergency services
  • medical care

If you are near or around an affected area:

  • exercise caution
  • monitor local news and weather reports
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including evacuation orders

Latest weather warnings – Tanzania Meteorological Authority

Rainy season

On the mainland, the rainy season extends from March to May and then again from November to December. Seasonal flooding can hamper overland travel and reduce the provision of essential services, particularly in the summer months. Roads may become impassable and bridges damaged.

  • Keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly
  • Use a four-wheel drive vehicle during the rainy seasons

Tornadoes, cyclones, hurricanes, typhoons and monsoons

Seismic activity

Tanzania is located in an active seismic zone.

Local services

Dial 112 for emergency assistance.

Consular assistance

Comoros, Seychelles, Zambia

For emergency consular assistance, call the High Commission of Canada in Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Tanzania, including Zanzibar Healthy Travel Packing List

Pack items for your health and safety.

  • You may not be able to purchase and pack all of these items, and some may not be relevant to you and your travel plans. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.
  • This list is general and may not include all the items you need. Check our Traveler Information Center for more information if you are a traveler with specific health needs, such as travelers who are pregnant, immune compromised, or traveling for a specific purpose like humanitarian aid work.
  • Remember to pack extras of important health supplies in case of travel delays.

Prescription medicines

  • Your prescriptions
  • Travelers' diarrhea antibiotic
  • Suture/syringe kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Altitude sickness medicine
  • Medicine to prevent malaria

Medical supplies

  • Glasses Consider packing spare glasses in case yours are damaged
  • Contact lenses Consider packing spare contacts in case yours are damaged
  • Needles or syringes (for diabetes, for example) Requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Suture kit Kit is for use by local health care provider & requires a letter from your doctor on letterhead stationery
  • Diabetes testing supplies
  • Epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens)
  • Medical alert bracelet or necklace

Over-the-counter medicines

  • Antihistamine
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Cough drops
  • Cough suppression/expectorant
  • Decongestant
  • Medicine for pain and fever Examples: acetaminophen, aspirin, or ibuprofen
  • Mild laxative
  • Mild sedative or other sleep aid
  • Saline nose spray

Supplies to prevent illness or injury

  • Hand sanitizer or wipes Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes
  • Water purification tablets See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection .
  • Water purification tablets May be needed if camping or visiting remote areas
  • Insect repellent Select an insect repellent based on CDC recommendations: Avoid Bug Bites
  • Permethrin Permethrin is insect repellent for clothing. It may be needed if you spend a lot of time outdoors. Clothing can also be treated at home in advance.
  • Bed net For protection against insect bites while sleeping
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) with UVA and UVB protection. See Sun Exposure .
  • Sunglasses and hat Wear for additional sun protection. A wide brim hat is preferred.
  • Personal safety equipment Examples: child safety seats, bicycle helmets
  • Latex condoms

First-aid kit

  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Antifungal ointments
  • Antibacterial ointments
  • Antiseptic wound cleanser
  • Aloe gel For sunburns
  • Insect bite treatment Anti-itch gel or cream
  • Bandages Multiple sizes, gauze, and adhesive tape
  • Moleskin or molefoam for blisters
  • Elastic/compression bandage wrap For sprains and strains
  • Disposable gloves
  • Digital thermometer
  • Scissors and safety pins
  • Cotton swabs (Q-Tips)
  • Oral rehydration salts
  • Health insurance documents Health insurance card (your regular plan and/or supplemental travel health insurance plan) and copies of claim forms
  • Proof of yellow fever vaccination If required for your trip, take your completed International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis card or medical waiver
  • Copies of all prescriptions Make sure prescriptions include generic names. Bring prescriptions for medicines, eye glasses/contacts, and other medical supplies.
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  • Health care provider(s) at home
  • Lodging at your destination
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FAQ – Travel to Tanzania & Zanzibar

Stand 06/02/2023 – Mandatory COVID TEST and COVID VACINATION is lifted!

In current times of uncertainty we decided to answer all Frequently Asked Questions here on our webpage. As we all learned now that rules and regulations can change, we do not take any responsibility for changes incurring. However we try our best to keep this page updated. And most important we always get this questions – Zanzibar and Tanzania are one country and therefor any kind of entry rules are the same for all international airports. 

Are there any restrictions concerning COVID-19 in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: no.

WTTC for ZANTOURS

All our ZanTours team members working at this difficult time are personally trained by me. We are proud to have sucessfully completed our vaccinations to protect our employees and of course also our guests.

Be safe with us,

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Do I need a Yellow Fever Vaccination to enter Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Unless you departed from a Yellow Fewer Risk Country, or had a longer transit stay than 12 hours. Please find below the current list of Yellow Fever Risk Countries, which you can find also on following link https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/disease-prevention-advice/yellow-fever/yellow-fever-risk-areas.aspx

  • Burkina Faso
  • Central African Republic
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • French Guiana
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Republic of Congo
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan

Do I need a Negative COVID-19 Certificate to enter Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: no ( stand 06/02/2023).

Please find the current regulation for ZNZ here

Do I need a Negative COVID-19 Certificate to leave Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

  • Unless required by your country – Please check your respective foreign office webpage or check in TIMATIC – https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm
  • Unless required by the airline – please check the respective airline webpage concerning COVID 19.

Can I do an internationally recognized PCR Covid-19 Test with Certificate in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: yes.

Person in need of the test have to fill the application form and pay online on following page: https://zanzibarcovidtesting.co.tz/app/application . Please note that after you filled your application and it is confirmed – go back to the HOME PAGE – VIEW RESULT – FILL UR PASSPORT AND CAPTCHA – the page will direct you to the online payment system where you have to pay by credit card. The time of sampling can be maximal 72 hours prior departure flight time and not less than 48 hours.

Print the full application with payment confirmation and present your self punctual in the test center you chose!

Only certifications verified online by the government of Zanzibar are legit.

  • $80 in all national collection points
  • $120 in Global hospital
  • $120 for mobile unit in your hotel
  • $100 for Express PCR test at the airport (result in 90 min)

Note: Travellers & drivers or any one in their company must wear masks as they visit the testing centre to protect those working there.

We want to remind all travellers – that ONLY the Ministry of Health is able to test and issue the respective certificates. Certificates are verified at the airport from the Health Ministry Officers if genuine or not! In case they are NOT genuine, the guest won’t be able to board the flight!

Do I still get my tourist visa upon arrival in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

However we recommend to apply for the E- Visa online to speed up your immigration process. Please find the official online application link here: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

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    FCDO travel advice for Tanzania. Includes safety and security, insurance, entry requirements and legal differences.

  2. Tanzania Travel Advisory

    Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Reconsider Travel To: Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania due to the threat of terrorism. Country Summary: Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.

  3. Tanzania, including Zanzibar

    All international travelers should be fully vaccinated against measles with the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, including an early dose for infants 6-11 months, according to CDC's measles vaccination recommendations for international travel. In Tanzania poliovirus has been identified in the past year.

  4. Tanzania International Travel Information

    Visas are required for U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania. Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card or bank transfer at www.immigration.go.tz.If the e-visa is approved, the applicant will receive a "grant notice" via email.

  5. Ministry of Health

    Are you planning to visit Zanzibar, the beautiful island of Tanzania? If so, you need to check the Ministry of Health - Traveller's Health Portal, where you can find useful information on health requirements, travel advice, vaccination, and COVID-19 updates. Stay safe and enjoy your trip to Zanzibar with the help of this portal.

  6. PDF The United Republic of Tanzania Travel Advisory No. 8 of 13th September

    Free Health Emergency Number: 199 for Mainland and 190 for Zanzibar. NB: The Travel Advisory will be reviewed from time to time as need arises. Dr. Fatma H. Mrisho PRINCIPAL SECRETARY Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, Elderly, Gender and Children Prof. Abel N. Makubi PERMANENT SECRETARY (HEALTH) Ministry of Health, Community Development,

  7. COVID-19 Information

    Yes. All travelers entering or transiting mainland Tanzania or Zanzibar are advised to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Travelers entering or transiting mainland Tanzania or Zanzibar are not required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or test certificate unless required by their airline, transit destination, or final destination.

  8. Requirements

    Passport validity. If you are visiting Tanzania, your passport should be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. If you are a resident in Tanzania, your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date you arrive. Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

  9. PDF The United Republic of Tanzania Travel Advisory No. 10 of 16th March, 2022

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    Travel Advisory - Ministry of Health Zanzibar. Travel Advisory. 1. Travel Advisory Download. 2. List of Countries And Vaccines Accepted Download.

  11. Tanzania Travel Advice & Safety

    Updated: 03 May 2024. Latest update:Heavy rainfall in East Africa, including Tanzania, is causing rivers to overflow, flash flooding and landslides. This has resulted in deaths and widespread damage. Expect road closures and flight disruptions. Plan your travel accordingly and avoid flooded areas (see 'Climate and natural disasters').

  12. Tanzania & Zanzibar

    To get from Dar es Salaam (located on the Indian Ocean coast) to the islands of Zanzibar, one can take a 2-hour ferry ride or a 25-minute flight. Dodoma, designated Tanzania's national capital in 1996, is ≈450 km (280 mi) inland, west of Dar es Salaam. Travelers can visit Tanzania throughout the year.

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    As of the 11th of August, The MoH has revised RT-PCR COVID Test to 50 USD instead of 100 USD, and Rapid Test shall now be free for travelers using ground borders/entry points. For travelers using airports, Rapid Test shall be charged at 10 USD instead of the 25 USD charged before. See Travel Advisory for all the important details..

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    At Emerson Zanzibar, we are ready to welcome your questions and are happy to assist with designing your itinerary to get a full experience of Zanzibar. Scroll to the bottom of this page to see the latest information on travel to Zanzibar, Tanzania. Covid-19 requirements for entry to Tanzania and Covid test when leaving Tanzania (including the ...

  15. PDF TRAVEL ADVISORY NO. 9 OF 24th DECEMBER, 2021

    TRAVEL ADVISORY NO. 9 OF 24th DECEMBER, 2021 The Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) through Ministries responsible ... 199 for Mainland and 190 for Zanzibar. NB: The Travel Advisory will be reviewed from time to time as need arises. Dr. Fatma H. Mrisho Prof. Abel N. Makubi PRINCIPAL SECRETARY Ministry of Health, Social Welfare, ...

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    Supplies to prevent illness or injury. Hand sanitizer or wipes. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol or antibacterial hand wipes. Water purification tablets. See CDC recommendations: Water Disinfection. Water purification tablets. May be needed if camping or visiting remote areas. Insect repellent.

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  21. ZanTours FAQ

    Answer: YES! However we recommend to apply for the E- Visa online to speed up your immigration process. Please find the official online application link here: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/. ZanTours FAQ desribe all information corning entry restrictions to Tanzania, health regulations, visa regulations. Last Update 22.12.2020.