Before your trip to Tanzania please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum period of six months from your date of arrival.
Travelers require a valid Visa each time they enter the United Republic of Tanzania.
Subject to the fulfillment of all immigration and health requirements and the payment of the corresponding fees, depending on your citizenship, Visas can be obtained as follows:
- any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad; or
- at any of the following:
- Kilimanjaro airport;
- Dar Es Salaam airport; and
- Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point).
More information available here.
Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines and visit a travel clinic at least four weeks before your trip. Frequently yellow fever, typhoid, and hepatitis A & B are recommended.
Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip.
During your trip
The use of mosquito repellent containing at least 30% DEET is highly recommended.
Remember to bring your broad-spectrum sunscreen and sunglasses.
Avoid drinking tap water unless it has been boiled or treated. Bottled water is widely available; make sure that the cap is sealed if you buy it in rural areas.
Do not forget to check the coverage of your medical insurance before traveling and inform your contact person in Tanzania about all the details.
The Tanzanian Shilling (TSH) is the official currency in Tanzania but USD (not older than 2006) are commonly accepted in important establishments.
Credit and debit cards are not generally accepted in shops or restaurants but there is a large number of ATM around the cities to withdraw cash at your best convenience.
Please check here the currency exchange rate as of today.
Getting an appropriate SIM card for you unlocked phone during your stay is a much cheaper option than using international roaming:
|Tanzanian SIM card||3,000 TSH|
|Internet bundles||5,000 TSH / 2GB|
Prices of public and private transport will depend on the distance:
|Dala dala (small bus)||400-500 TSH|
|Piki Piki (motorbike)||2,000-5,000 TSH|
PEOPLE AND CULTURE
Swahili and English are the official languages in the United Republic of Tanzania.
More than 120 different ethnic groups live together all along the country.
There are also large communities of both Muslims and Christians, so it’s not uncommon for towns to have a mosque and a church and to grant equal recognition to the festivals and holidays of both religions.
Just remember that Tanzania is a conservative country, so it is recommended to dress accordingly.
Weather in Tanzania is unexpected and quite different from a place to another
Please check here the current weather in Arusha, Dar Es Salaam and Zanzibar.
As a general rule, you should pack comfortable and light clothes. Choose neutral colors, such as khaki, light bark or mid-tone brown, beige, olive and green; the typical colors used for safari clothing.
Mosquitoes are a concern in Tanzania and you will be best shielded against them by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes. However you may also bring flip flops during the Safari activities as you may like to stand in the seats to have better views through the opening roofs.
You may also need appropiate waterproof or hiking boots depending of the activities chosen.
Do not forget to bring warmer clothes for nights or early mornings where temperature may be lower.
Power sockets are of the British 3-pin square pronged variety and 240V so converters may be useful for travelers in order to use their own electric devices.