Please note that this page is offered as help, we are not expert travel advisers and that especially in the case of medical and health matters, you should always consult your Doctor.
Language – English is widely spoken but a few Swahili words are always appreciated.
Tipping – In restaurants a tip for exceptional service – a maximum of 10% – will be appreciated.
Airport tax – For International flights an Airport tax of US$ 30 is levied, which may be included in the price of an air ticket. When leaving on domestic flights from Dar or Zanzibar, an Airport tax of USD 9 is usually charged.
Religions in Tanzania – Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, predominantly Muslim in Zanzibar
Time – GMT + 3 hours
Opening hours in Tanzania
Government offices: 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday
Banks: 09:00 – 16:00
Businesses: 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm Saturday
Shops often close for lunch and sometimes on Friday afternoons for mosque services.
Many are open for part of Saturdays and Sundays.
International Dialing Code +255
In the United Republic of Tanzania (which includes Zanzibar) visas are required by almost all nationalities. The cost can be as high as USD 100, depending upon your nationality.
Tourist visas usually have one month validity, unless you request a longer period.
Visas can be obtained before travel, from Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions around the world.
If you have been unable, or have not had time to procure a Visa in advance, it is possible to obtain a tourists’ single entry visa at Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Kilimanjaro International Airports, and also at the Namanga entry point (Tanzanian-Kenya road border point) subject to the fulfillment of all immigration and health requirements. You will need to carry USD in cash to pay for these. (USD 50 – 100 depending on your country of origin)
Driving License – if you intend to drive in Tanzania, international driving licenses are required. Failing this you can use your national license to get a temporary Tanzanian license from the traffic police, but this is much more hassle.
Health Card – Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates of vaccination.
Customs – it is illegal to export shells, coral, ivory and turtle shell. Please don’t do it. Visitors arriving at Zanzibar pass through local Immigration and Customs, even if arriving from mainland Tanzania.
Baggage – It is a good idea to have smaller cases rather than one large one, if you are planning to take internal flights around Tanzania. Some safaris/air charters limit baggage to a 10 – 15 kilo maximum.
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). Note denominations are 10,000, 5,000,
1,000, 500, 200 and 100 shillings
and coins of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
06th May 2011
1 GB Pound = 2,509 TZS
1 US Dollar = 1,528 TZS
FX Converter – © 1997-2011 by OANDA.com
It is best to carry your hard currency in US Dollars.
Please note that in Tanzania US Dollar notes from 2003 or earlier are no longer legal tender and cannot be accepted by Tanzanian banks.
You can change hard currency, travellers cheques in plenty of places. You cannot change travellers cheques for USD. Keep hold of your changing receipts so that you can change your shillings back to hard currency when you leave.
Almost all hotels, car hire, diving, safari operators, airlines etc. will require you to pay in US Dollars currency.
Traveller’s cheques are usually changed at around 5% to 10% lower than cash. Credit cards are accepted in many hotels etc. but a charge of up to 20% may be levied.
Sometimes airport tax is only accepted in USD, which means you must have some with you.
In Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar and Arusha you can get cash against Mastercard and Visa cards, at the Coastal Travels Offices.
The exchange rate isn’t great though and there is a TZS 4000 charge. Exchange here is limited to USD 600 per day.
There is no black market of any note. Ignore offers on the street – it’s probably a set-up.
MEDICAL AND HEALTH
General – Don’t drink tap water – bottled water is widely available and should be used at all times.
Malaria – Malaria is endemic to the region, especially on the coast. It is transmitted by infected mosquitoes.
You are advised to take preventative medication Ask your doctor about prophylactic pills.
Remember that mosquitoes are most active during the evening and night
Wear light coloured clothing – mosquitoes don’t like to be seen
Wear long trousers and long sleeved shirts in the evening
Use mosquito repellents, preferably with natural ingredients, as some of the chemicals used in some brands can give unpleasant side-effects
avoid wearing perfumes or aftershaves
If infection is suspected medical advice should be sought immediately. Malaria is detectable with a simple blood screen, but the sample is best taken during a high cycle of the fever, when the infection is at its most active.
|Cholera||No longer recommended.
Only necessary if travelling from infected countries.
|Diptheria & Tetanus||10 year booster||For long stay visitors, rural travel|
|Hepatitis A||Up to 10 years||Recommended|
|Hepatitis B||For extended travel or high risk|
|Polio||10 year booster||Recommended|
|Typhoid||Up to 10 years||Recommended|
|Meningitis A & C||3 years||Long stay visitors, rural|
|Rabies||Long stay visitors, rural travel|
|Yellow Fever *||Up to 10 years||Recommended – now necessary if coming from area where this is endemic|
Modern Medical services are available in Dar es Salaam, at the Aga Khan Hospital, the IST Clinic and the Nordic Clinic.
Visitors are advised to bring their own personal medicines with them.
* Inoculation against Yellow Fever is required in Tanzania only if arriving from the Yellow Fever Endemic Zone.
Travellers who happen to be on transit in any of the Yellow Fever Endemic Countries will be exempted
from the requirement of inoculation against Yellow Fever. Inoculation service, in case required upon entry in Tanzania,
will be offered FREE OF CHARGE at Dar es Salaam or Kilimanjaro Airports.
WHAT TO WEAR
It never gets really cold in Tanzania so lightweight clothing is normal.
On safari avoid brightly coloured clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khaki
are preferred. Short-sleeved shirts or blouses, and shorts are ideal but do pack a warm sweater,
it can be chilly in the early morning and in the evening, especially in northern Tanzania.
Wear a hat to avoid sunstroke and don’t forget sunglasses, sun cream and a swimsuit. Shoes should be sensible for walking in the bush.
Shorts for women are acceptable – but not too short. Women should carry a wrap to cover their legs in
towns or villages as revealing clothes can cause offence especially in Zanzibar and other Muslim areas.
On the beach, and within the confines of beach hotels, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity is not.
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