General travel Information
It is likely that you will require a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. The visa is often issued with a validity of 3 months and costs between $50 and $100 depending on your nationality. Check with your local Tanzanian High Commission or Embassy for latest visa costs and requirements. It is possible to obtain a visa on arrival in Tanzania but there can be long queues at the airport so it is advisable to organize your visa in advance.
Zanzibar is part of Tanzania so you do not require a separate visa to visit it, although you will need to take your passport for entry and exit.
health and safety
We recommend you consult your doctor before you travel for your Tanzania Safari. They will advise you on what is best to pack into your personal medical kit and what precautions you should take for the various risks. Most drugs are available without prescription in Tanzania, but you may not have time to reach a pharmacy, and therefore you should carry some basic supplies.
The tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink in large quantities, but it will be fine for teeth brushing and washing/showering. Bottled water is widely available.
Proof of a Yellow Fever vaccination is required only if arriving from an infected area, for example Kenya. Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid and Meningitis vaccinations are all advised depending on the length of your stay in Tanzania. Check with your doctor for the latest travel health advice in your country.
Malaria is present throughout the country and carried by certain biting insects, so prophylactics should be taken without missing any doses. Again, your doctor will be able to advise you on the options available. Prophylactics are available to buy over the counter in Tanzania but it is advisable that you arrange this before you travel. As prophylactics are not 100% effective as a preventative medication, we also advise taking sensible precautions to avoid being bitten; such as using insect repellant on exposed skin, covering up throughout the evening (from dusk) and using a mosquito net treated with permethrin insecticide at night when staying in malarial areas.
We advise you to take out medical and travel insurance before your travels.
For more current information on Tanzania, please visit the government travel advice website HERE.