Requested Documents for enetring Tanzania
Passport: is a requested document, with a period of
validity of six months that begin when you enter the country.
For any changes it is possible to ask the Tanzanian Embassies or Consulates.
Entrance Visa: is a requested document, and it is possible
to ask for in every Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate. It is
forbidden to practise any kind of job activity if you have only a
touristic visa: many people have been arrested for the practice
of job activities without a proper visa.
For further information we recommend to ask the Embassies or Consulates.
Currency Formality: none.
Euro and Dollar are both accepted and can be converted in Schilling in every currency exchange office.
The main banks which offer the ATM service are: Barclays, NBC, Standard Chartered Bank.
There are no particular restriction in currency importation.
Traveller cheques are accepted in all the hotels in Dar es Salaam, in banks and in some travelling agencies.
Credit Cards are not so commonly used and generally are accepted (oppure can be used) in the main hotels.
The most common are Visa, Master Card and Diners Club; often a commission of 5-10% on the prices is applied when you use a Credit Card for your purchase.
In comparison with other African Countries, Tanzania is
Secure, but you need to pay attention to the
micro-criminality and dangers which are not clearly evident to an
Even if the political situation is stable, it is recommended to avoid being involved in political manifestation.
There are areas where criminality rate is higher, so we recommend to pay attention especially in public places where foreign people usually go, such as hotels, restaurants, discos, cinemas and malls all day long but especially after the sunset.
Talking about Dar es Salaam, the areas with the higher criminality rate are: Masaki, Masani Peninsula and Oysterbay.
It is recommended not to accept invitation by strangers, even if they seem friendly.
The country is generally tolerant toward ethnical and religious diversities, but both Christian and Muslim culture are strictly conservative for what concerns sexual issues.
It is recommended to respect local culture, mainly in Zanzibar, that is mostly Muslim, in particular during the Ramadan month. Pemba Island is more conservative than Unguja.
The health system level is low for what concerns experts, medical
equipment and specific medicines.
Health situation in the country is particularly serious, blood transfusions are not safe, but you can find centres with European medical experts.
Attention: before leaving for Tanzania, it is recommended to stipulate an health insurance including the payment of medical costs and eventually the emergency transfer in your own country or another one due to health issue.
Advice: it is recommended to buy beverages in sealed
bottles; treat water for food use (boiling it for more than
twenty minutes, filtering and settling it); avoid non-cooked
vegetables and sea fruits; drink water and beverages without ice;
see a doctor when the first symptoms of sickness are shown
(vomit, diarrhoea, fever).
People who want to climb Kilimanjaro should go on excursion after having seen a doctor, we want to remind you that on the Kilimanjaro there is no possibility to use oxygen tanks and there is no first aid station. Talking about the scuba diving: in Dar es Salaam there are no hyperbaric chambers.
Recommended Vaccinations: you need the ones against Yellow Fever, Malaria and Typhus.
It is recommended to go to the qualified Vaccination Authority before leaving.
Drug use/selling law: the trade of every kind of drug,
even the lightest ones, is heavily repressed by Local Police,
which has informer everywhere.
Punishments by tribunals are heavy and Police controls inside the hotels are frequent.
At the airport even the luggages of VIP Room people could be checked.
There is a hard drug traffic repression process and even foreign travellers have been arrested.
Homosexuality is against the law.
Sexual abuse and minority age abuse laws: local law is
very strict, sentences against sexual violence or pedophilia
entail from 20 years imprisonment till life imprisonment.
Papers gives great importance to these news.
The person who is sentenced for sexual crime or pedophilia will be judged both in Tanzania and in his/her homeland, following the National or International law.
In case of misunderstandings with Local Police, it is recommended to contact the Embassies or the Consulates in Zanzibar. Phone numbers can be easily found on internet.
Driving Licence: it is necessary to have the International licence (Vienna Convention of 1968).
Insurance: liability insurance is required and it is necessary to stipulate a temporary insurance in Tanzania.
Driving path: driving on the left, overtaking on the right.
Blood alcohol level: police can demand a sobriety test for blood alcohol level. Legal limit is 0,08%.
Helmet for motorbikes: required.
Seatbelts: people must wear seatbelts when sitting on the front seats of a vehicle.
Police has the authority to require penalties and have them paid immediately.
Highways: there are no highways in Tanzania.
Transportation: travelling links between Tanzania and Europe are guaranteed daily with charter flights and international flights by KLM, Swissair, Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Egyptair, Turkish Airlines. Charter flights are mostly used to go to Zanzibar.