Passport & visa
All visitors to the United Republic of Tanzania require a return or onward ticket, a passport valid for at least 6 months, and must obtain an appropriate visa, except those nationals from countries listed on the following link www.moha.go.tz.
Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad, in addition to main entry points including international airports, sea ports and border posts. It is the customer’s own responsibility to obtain the appropriate travel documents and visa in good time.
Visiting Tanzania means travelling to a tropical country. Before travelling, customers are advised to visit one of the travel clinics in their home country for a relevant personal travel advice to ensure that they remain healthy while abroad. Travel clinics can advise over and provide the relevant vaccinations, medical examinations and certification, and anti-malaria tablets.
Travel clinics can also advise about appropriate precautions with regards to hygiene, food, diseases, animals & insects among other things. Our customers are responsible for the recommended comprehensive travel and medical insurance.
Flying Doctor Membership
Customers are advised to apply for a temporary AMREF Flying Doctor Membership to cover air medical evacuation to Nairobi. You can apply for this coverage on the website of AMREF Flying Doctor, where you can also find additional information.
Please note that you are not allowed to buy animal products. On departure, customs officials will check for illegal wildlife trophies such as ivory, coral, wildlife teeth, shells, sea turtle products, or handicrafts made of wildlife skins. Make sure you keep cash sales receipts and – if applicable – ownership certificates for presentation to customs officials on departure. The export of gold and diamonds is also prohibited.
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling, although US dollars are widely accepted in tourist areas. Please note that you may only bring dollar notes printed after 2009. Foreign currency in cash may be exchanged at commercial banks, authorized dealers or at bureau de changes that operate at the international airports, major towns and border posts. You should get a receipt after each transaction.
While most banks in major cities operate ATMs, please be aware that these sometimes break down or run out of money. Only use ATMs located within a bank. There are no restrictions on the import or export of foreign currency, but given that the Tanzanian Shilling is not a hard currency, it cannot be taken in and out of the country.
Tanzania has a tropical climate. Due to its geography, conditions vary significantly between regions. In the highlands, for instance, temperatures can range between 10° and 20°C. The coastal areas, on the other hand, are hot and humid with an average day temperature of 30°C. The hottest period is between November and February; the coldest period is between May and August. Tanzania has two seasonal rainfalls. The longer one isfrom March to May and the shorter one isfrom October to December.
Luggage & clothing
When travelingby safari vehicle or small aircraft, it is recommended to travel with light bags given the limited luggage space. Please therefore be sure to check luggage requirements of the local airline, as large suitcases may not be permitted.
We advise lightweight cotton clothing for safaris. Be careful to avoid brightly colored items, which can be easily seen by animals, or blue and dark garments, which might attract tsetse flies. Army-style camouflage clothing is not allowed.
In addition, it is advisable to bring a lightweight wind and waterproof outer shell, a warm fleece and shirts and trousers with long sleeves and legs for protection against insects. A sunhat is a must, and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Visitors are also advised to bring insect repellents, a pair of binoculars, as well as good covers for cameras.
Please provide us with information about any health or dietary requirements you have in advance.
The national language of Tanzania is Kiswahili. English is nonetheless widely spoken and is the language used in the tourist industry. Knowing a few common words and phrases in Kiswahili can enhance your travel experience, as Tanzanian people are very appreciative of guests making the effort to say hello in their own language.
Time & electricity
Tanzania has one time zone. Local time is GMT +3. The country does not use Daylight Savings Time. If you would like to check the exact time difference with your home country, click here.
The standard voltage in Tanzania is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. Power sockets are type D and G.