visitors to Tanzania require a return or onward ticket and a valid
passport with an entry or re-entry visa, duly endorsed. Visas
are not required for visitors from some Commonwealth countries
and other specified countries. Visas can be obtained from any
Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry
points including international airports, sea ports and border
Visitors originating from or transiting
through countries endemic with cholera or yellow fever should
have valid vaccination certificates. Visitors are advised to take
anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect
sprays where provided. Health insurance through your travel agent
or any other agent is recommended.
Personal effects including binoculars,
cameras, film, may be imported (temporarily) free of duty. A custom
bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in professional video/filming
equipment, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure
the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit that
should be obtained in advance. Visitors buying local handicrafts
must keep cash sales receipts and ownership certificates for wildlife
trophies for presentation to Customs officials on departure.
unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TShs) which is divided
into 100 cents. Visitors can bring with them any amount of foreign
currency but it is against the law to import or export Tanzania
Currency. Foreign currency in cash or in travelers cheques may
be exchanged at the commercial banks, authorised dealers, or at
the bureau de changes operating at the international airports,
major towns and border posts.
An airport tax of US$ 20.00 is levied
on all visitors departing the country by air. In many instances,
this fee is included in your airline ticket. Visitors departing
by air from Kenya must pay at the airport, however. Baggage is
weighed at check-in counters and may be inspected by Custom officials.
Airport departure tax for domestic flights is about US$ 4.00.
All fees are subject to change. There is no departure tax when
travelling by road.
Safari vehicles and small aircraft
provide limited space for luggage. It is therefore recommended
to travel with light bags since bulky suitcases will overload
and might not be taken on board.
The climate is tropical. The coastal
areas are hot and humid with an average day temperature of 30
degrees centigrade. The central plateau is dry and arid with hot
days and cool nights. In the northwest highlands around Arusha
and Ngorongoro, the climate is temperate and cooler between June
and September. The long rains are from March to May and the short
rains fall between October and December. The hottest months are
between October and February.
tropical clothes, especially cotton slacks, shirts and skirts
are most suitable. Some warm clothing is needed in the higher
altitude areas around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt Kilimanjaro, and Arusha,
especially in the evenings and early in the morning. Comfortable
walking shoes are recommended on sa-fari and guests are advised
to carry some insect re-pellents.
The national language is Kiswahili
but English is widely spoken and is the language of the tourist
trade and other international businesses. We can arrange for multilingual
operations staff and driver-guides.
Several international airlines operate
in and out of Tanzania through Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro International
Airports. Travel within the country is by the national airline,
Air Tanzania and by Precision Air, Regional Air and Coastal Travel.
A temporary Flying Doctor membership
is recom-mended to cover air medical evacuation to Nairobi. Participation
fee is US $25 for Northern Tanzania and US$ 50 for Southern Tanzania.
Tanzania has only one time zone. Local
time is GMT + 3 and Daylight Savings Time is not used.
215 - 230 Volts, 50 Cycles AC