Passport & Visa
Entirely all visitors to Tanzania are oblige to have a return or onward ticket and a legal passport with an entry or reentry visa, properly endorsed. Visas are not required for visitors coming from some Commonwealth countries and other specified countries. Tanzania Visas can be attained from any Diplomatic. Mission or Consulate abroad, and at main entry points to Tanzania including international airports, sea ports and border posts.
Visitors originating from or transiting through countries with yellow fever endemic need to have valid vaccination certificates. Visitors arriving directly into Tanzania from countries say. Europe, USA, Japan and other non-yellow fever areas are not required to produce vaccination certificates to Tanzania main entry points. Visitors are recommended to take anti-malaria tablets and use of mosquito nets and insect sprays where provided. We also recommend a Comprehensive travel and medical insurance for travelers.
Travelers can import temporarily some of Personal effects like binoculars, cameras, film free of duty. A custom bond may be required from visitors bringing in professional video/filming equipment, radios, musical instruments, or tape recorders to ensure the goods are re-exported. Importation of Firearms require a special permit that should be obtained in advance before travel. Visitors buying local and homemade handicrafts must keep cash sales receipts or ownership certificates for wildlife trophies for presentation to Customs officials during their departure.
Tanzania’s unit of currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TShs or TZS) which is divided into 100 cents. Visitors can bring with them foreign currency of any amount but understand that it is against the law to import or export Tanzania Currency. Foreign currency in cash or in travelers cheque may be exchanged at the local commercial banks, authorized currency dealers, or bureau de changes operating at the international airports, major towns and most of the border posts.
An airport tax of USD 30 is charged to visitors departing the country by air. And in many occasions, this particular fee is included in your airline ticket. Baggage is weighed at the departure check-in counters and inspected by Custom officials. Domestic flights Airport departure tax is about USD 6. All charges are subject to change without a formal notice.
Most of Safari vehicles and small aircraft provide a considerable limited space for luggage. Therefore recommended to travel light as bulky suitcases might not be taken on board due to overload. If there is a need for extra luggage to be carried you can communicate such information with your travel agency and extra vehicle or cargo flights can be arranged in advance.
The overall Tanzania climate is tropical. While coastal areas like Dar es Salaam, Tanga, Zanzibar etc. are hot and humid with regular day temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. The Tanzania central plateau is dry and arid with hot days and cool nights. In the northwest highlands around Arusha and Ngorongoro, the climate cooler between June and September. The long rains forecast are from March to May and the short rains between October and December. The hottest months across most of Tanzania regions are between October and February.
Bring your light tropical clothes, especially cotton slacks, skirts and shirts are most suitable. Some clothing to keep you warm are needed in the higher altitude regions around Ngorongoro Crater, Mt. Kilimanjaro and Arusha, particularly in the evenings and early in the morning. Comfy walking shoes are recommended on safari and travelers are recommended to carry some insect repellents. In Zanzibar and most of other coastal regions visitors are expected to dress modestly avoid swim suits, miniskirts and other revealing clothing outside hotels, beaches and resorts.
Tanzania predominant official language and lingua franca is Swahili, spoken by over 90% of the population. English is widely spoken too and is the tourist trade language and other international businesses like foreign trade, diplomacy, the higher courts, and as a medium of instruction in secondary and higher education. Arabic is widely spoken and is official language at Zanzibar.
At the local level many languages are spoken both tribal language (mother tongue) and other international language like French, Spanish. Rhymes of wilderness, on the other hand, claims quite a few multilingual operations staff and driver-guides.
Numerous international airlines operate flights into Tanzania through Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar International Airports. If you prefer Air Travel within the country you can use Air Tanzania (the national airline), Precision Air, Zan Air, Air Excel, Coastal Aviation, Tropical Air and Fastjet
Tanzania simply has one time zone. Local time is GMT + 3 also Daylight Savings Time is not used.