Tanzania

Essential Travel Information

Entry/Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens need a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the visa issuance and a valid visa are required for travel to Tanzania. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay in Tanzania. Ensure you have at least one completely blank visa page prior to entering the country. U.S. citizens with valid passports may obtain a visa from the Embassy of Tanzania before arrival in Tanzania or at any port of entry staffed by immigration officials. The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens obtain their visas before arriving in Tanzania to avoid potential delays at entry points. The current fee for a visa is US $100 for a 12-month multiple-entry tourist visa. Maintain control of your U.S. passport while in Tanzania. Keep a photocopy of your passport, visa, and/or residence permit in a separate location in case your passport is lost or stolen or if needed to prove your identity and U.S. citizenship. Travelers and U.S. citizens resident in Tanzania are strongly urged to maintain legal immigration status while in Tanzania to avoid difficulties with local immigration authorities. If you do not have the right type of visa and entry stamp when you leave Tanzania, you may need to visit the immigration office, incurring possible delays and financial obligations.

 

Tourist Visa

Contact the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. prior to departure to obtain the most current visa information. Read the page on visas and immigration to ensure you will have the correct status during your visit to Tanzania.

 

Yellow fever vaccinations are required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. All individuals in transit for twelve (12) hours or more, and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity, in a yellow fever endemic area are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival in any port of debarkation in Tanzania. However, direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate.  We recommend you have yellow fever immunization and carry your WHO immunization card with you in case you have emergency travel to a country that requires proof of immunization, such as South Africa. Please refer to the CDC website for a list of yellow fever endemic countries.

For more updated and other information please visit: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/tanzania.html

Please note:  Each traveler is fully responsible for bringing and acquiring travel documents (e-tickets, hotel and travel vouchers, etc.) necessary for his or her itinerary. If you are not a citizen of the United States, your entry requirements may vary—please contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the country or countries to be visited and obtain the specific requirements for entry.

Arrival Information

A GLOBOTOURS local representative or driver will meet you at the arrival hall after customs and immigration, holding a placard with a Globotours signboard and your name. If in the event that you are unable to locate our representative, please call the local contact number as specified on your voucher or confirmation itinerary.

Map of Tanzania

Country Information

 

Capital: Dodoma

Population: 50.76 million (2014 estimate)

Location: East Africa

Largest City: Dar es Salaam

Religion: Muslim, Christian

System of Government: Unitary presidential constitutional republic

Timezone

 

GMT + 3 hours.

 

Practical Information

A good source of health information for travelers is the Center for Disease Control (CDC). You can visit the CDC web site at http://www.cdc.gov.

  • Yellow Fever: If you are arriving in Tanzania (or planning to re-enter) from an area that is infected with yellow fever or arriving from a country where yellow fever is endemic (such as Kenya, Sudan, or Uganda), you are required to have a yellow fever vaccination; and it must be administered at least ten days before your arrival (or re-entry) into Tanzania. If your travel itinerary requires you to have a yellow fever vaccination, you must ask your doctor to provide you with an “International Certificate of Vaccination,” which should be carried with you while travelling to serve as proof that you have fulfilled the vaccination requirement. If proof of vaccination is required and you do not carry it with you, you may be denied entry into Tanzania. Please note that, even if you are not required to obtain a yellow fever vaccination for your safari in Tanzania, the CDC recommends vaccination if you are travelling outside of urban areas.
  • Malaria: Anti-malarial medication is strongly recommended for all travellers to Tanzania. A number of anti-malarial drugs are available, including mefloquine, chloroquine, doxycycline and the new Malarone, which has performed well in recent tests. Your doctor will prescribe the best choice based on your own health history and your specific destination(s) in Africa. (In most sub-Saharan countries, for example, the prevalent strain of malaria is resistant to chloroquine.)In addition to an anti-malarial drug regimen, personal protection measures should be taken to avoid mosquito bites, especially (but not limited to) the hours between dusk and dawn when malarial mosquitos are most active. These measures include using an insect repellent containing at least 20% to 35% of the active ingredient “DEET;” keeping your arms and legs covered as much as possible; and avoiding the use of perfume, hairspray, and other scented products that attract mosquitos. NOTE: Since some lodges in Tanzania are not equipped with screened windows or mosquito netting, it is especially important that you carry insect repellent — or purchase some in Arusha (or Nairobi) before venturing out into the bush.Additional information on malaria prevention will be sent with your pre-tour materials.
  • Dengue Fever: Dengue fever occurs occasionally in East Africa. Mosquitos that transmit dengue fever, which is predominant in urban centres, are usually found near human dwellings and are often present indoors. Epidemic transmission (when international travellers are at greatest risk) is usually seasonal and occurs during and shortly after the rainy season. There is no vaccine for dengue; therefore, travellers should take adequate precautions against mosquito bites, including the use of an insect repellent containing approximately 30% of the active ingredient “DEET.”
  • We recommend that all international travellers ensure that their tetanus, Hepatitis A, and polio vaccines are up-to-date.
  • For up to date information on latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your doctor.

In Tanzania, the unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling, which is divided into 100 Cents. Notes are issued in denominations of 500, 1000, 2000, 5000, and 10000 Shillings. Coins are issued in denominations of 50, 100 and 200 Shillings. For the most updated exchange rate, please check http://www.xe.com.

In Tanzania, electricity runs at 220/240 volts. If you are taking battery-powered appliances with you, please ensure you bring a large stock of spare batteries – as good quality batteries are often very difficult to come across.

  • The food served in Tanzania has greatly improved in recent years. All lodges and hotels serve Western food, along with a selection of local dishes.
  • Several types of beer are brewed locally in Tanzania, and they are quite good. Occasional lack of refrigeration and short supplies of ice can mean that beer and other types of drinks may be served warm or only slightly cooled. There are imported wines in Tanzania, though specific brands cannot be guaranteed. A limited supply of soft drinks are available.
  • Hard liquor, decaffeinated beverages and diet (sugar-free) drinks are in short supply in Tanzania; and you may not find your favourite brands. If you favour a particular brand of spirits, you may want to use your duty-free liquor allowance to purchase a bottle en route to Tanzania for your personal consumption. Similarly, those with a preference for decaffeinated coffee or tea may want to carry packets of these beverages.
  • Do not drink or brush your teeth with the tap water in Tanzania. Additionally, do not accept ice in drinks. It may be necessary to exercise caution when using “purified” water that is provided in thermoses and flasks in hotel rooms, at lodges, and at camps. It is generally safer to drink directly from the can or bottle of a beverage than from a questionable container. We suggest that you drink only boiled or bottled water.
  • You should avoid possibly contaminated food, particularly seafood, unwashed vegetables, and fruits that are already peeled when they are served. In warm, tropical settings, also exercise caution in eating foods that can spoil from lack or proper refrigeration (such as salads containing mayonnaise, cream-filled pastries, heavy cream, and dairy products).

Swahili is used in parliamentary debate, in the lower courts, and as a medium of instruction in primary school; English is used in foreign trade, in diplomacy, in higher courts, and as a medium of instruction in secondary and higher education,although the Tanzanian government plans to discontinue English as a language of instruction altogether.

Weather

Tanzania is a year round destination. Due to its close proximity to the equator there are only subtle climatic variations throughout the year. Generally the coastal areas have a tropical climate, the highlands in the north a temperate climate and the vast central plateau is hot and arid.

June to September, the cooler dry season, is the optimum time to visit Tanzania when the grasses and scrubs have receded and animals tend to congregate around diminishing water sources making already excellent game viewing easier and more comfortable. The temperature rises from October onwards making lazy game easy to photograph. The light rains and warmer temperatures arrive in November bringing new life to Tanzania and by December, January and February the game have given birth to their young. Mid March through to May is characterised by heavy intermittent rain and the surrounding bushland is green and lush.

At any time of year the temperatures on the Ngorongoro Crater rim can be decidedly cooler than on the Crater floor and in the Serengeti this is particularly noted from mid-May through to August.

Other Information

Comfortable and casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Choose versatile styles that can

be layered, temperatures may vary considerably in the course of the day. For game viewing,

wear neutral colors (though not camouflage, which is illegal in game parks and reserves). Bright

colors or whites can startle animals into hiding, and black, navy or other dark colors tend to attract

insects.  Somewhat smarter, but still casual, clothing is appropriate for evening dining in big city or resort restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary. Women may also want to equip themselves with a supportive sports bra. A sweater or lightweight jacket for evenings and fiercely air conditioned interiors.

If you are traveling during Africa’s winter months of mid May, June, July, August and early

September, bring warm clothinga heavy sweater, gloves, lined jacket and substantial slacks to protect against chilly morning and evening temperatures, which often drop into the low 40’s  (Fahrenheit).

A lined jacket is needed year round when visiting the Ngorongoro Crater. Comfortable walking shoes with low or no heels and textured soles. Heavy boots are not necessary for vehicle based safaris.

A pair of rubber beach sandals to use as slippers.Sunglasses and sun block. Safari hat or baseball cap.

A small tote or pack to carry the items you want to keep with you during days in the bush. A small pack of toilet tissue; antiseptic towelettes. Lightweight binoculars, useful for wildlife viewing.

Insect repellent with a high percentage of DEET to protect against flying insects such as

mosquitoes and tsetse flies. A small, powerful flashlight (make certain to pack some extra batteries as well).  If you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, be sure to pack an extra pair(s).

Simple first aid kit- Prescriptions and medications (We recommend you carry these in their original bottle s and/or  packaging.) Charging cablesfor electronics

Voltage converter and adapter plugs

Note: Laundry Service is available at most hotels, lodges and camps. Because some laundries in  Africa do not accept any underclothing, be prepared to wash your own smalls.

 

Please contact us for the latest baggage restrictions for flights within Tanzania

Comfortable and casual clothing in natural, “breathable” fabrics. Choose versatile styles that can be layered, temperatures may vary considerably in the course of the day. For game viewing, wear neutral colors (though not camouflage, which is illegal in game parks and reserves). Bright colors or whites can startle animals into hiding, and black, navy or other dark colors tend to attract insects.  Somewhat smarter, but still casual, clothing is appropriate for evening dining in big city or resort restaurants. Formal clothing is not necessary. Women may also want to equip themselves with a supportive sports bra. A sweater or lightweight jacket for evenings and fiercely air conditioned interiors.

Making international calls
Dial “+ & (country code) & (area code, if any) & (telephone number)” or “000 & (country code) & (area code, if any) & (telephone number)”

In October 2006, Vodacom changed the second digit, not counting the first “0” or the “+255” country code, in their phone numbers from “4” to “5”, e.g.: 744 is now 754. Some magazines, books, travel guides, and advertisements may not have made the necessary corrections. All Vodacom mobile numbers starting with 744, 745, or 746 should be changed to 754, 755, and 756.

nternet cafés are more and more common throughout Tanzania. They are easy to find in major urban areas, like Dar es Salaam and Arusha.

International telecommunications have low capacity, and can be unreliable.

Some mobile providers have started offering wireless internet service. Zantel, Vodacom, and Zain are the main providers. All urban areas and many rural areas that have mobile phone coverage also have mobile internet coverage. Wireless 3G coverage is available in many areas of Dar es Salaam, Arusha, and Zanzibar town. For the Zanzibar Archipelago Zantel seems to be the best option. On the continent there is more competition between the operators.

To use this service you can use your phone’s mobile browser. To use it with a computer, you must first purchase a CDMA PC Card or USB mobile receiver which plugs into your computer. This will set you back about 200,000 Tsh. If you have an unlocked CDMA phone with a modem cable, that will also work.

Airtime is obtained using scratch cards just like mobile phones. Connection rates are dropping dramatically and there are packages of “unlimited” access for some period of time. For example, Zantel offers 3 days of unlimited transfer for 5000 TSh.

The nationwide emergency phone number:

Emergency Services: 112

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