PASSPORTS AND VISA
All travelers 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, seaports, and border posts.
Travelers originating from or transiting through countries endemic with yellow fever need to have valid vaccination certificates. Visitors arriving directly into Tanzania from say. Europe, the USA, Japan, and other non-yellow fever areas are not required to produce vaccination certificates to gain entry. Visitors are advised to take anti-malaria tablets and make use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance are recommended before travel.
Personal properties including cameras, binoculars, hard-drives, maybe imported (temporarily) free of duty. A custom bond may be demanded from travelers 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. Travelers buying local handicrafts must keep cash sales receipts and ownership certificates for wildlife trophies for presentation to Customs officials on departure.
The unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TShs) which is divided into 100 cents. Travelers 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 traveler’s cheques may be exchanged at the commercial banks, authorized dealers, or at the bureau de changes operating at the international airports, major towns, and border posts.
An airport tax of USD 30 is levied on all travelers departing the country by air. In many instances, this fee is included in your airline ticket. Baggage is weighed at check-in counters and may be inspected by Customs officials. The airport departure tax for domestic flights is about USD 6. All fees are subject to change.
Safari land cruisers 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.
Light 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 safari and guests are advised to carry some insect repellents. Travelers in Zanzibar are expected to dress modestly – avoid swimsuits, miniskirts, and other revealing clothing outside hotels, beaches, and resorts.
The national language is Kiswahili but English is widely spoken and is the language of the tourist trade and other international businesses. We, however, boast quite a few multilingual operations staff and driver-guides.
Several international airlines operate flights into Tanzania through Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, and Zanzibar International Airports. Travel within the country is by Air Tanzania (the national airline), Precision Air, Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Zan Air, Regional Air, Tropical Air, and Auric Air.
FLYING DOCTOR MEMBERSHIP
A temporary AMREF Flying Doctor membership is recommended to cover air medical evacuation to Nairobi. Sharing fees are USD 5 for air ambulance coverage of Tanzania, Zanzibar, and Kenya (AREA 1), and USD 9 covering Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi (AREA 2), all valid for a period of up to 30 days.