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The most important information when travelling in Tanzania

To enable you to properly prepare your trip to Tanzania and avoid any unpleasant surprises, here's the essential information to know before you depart.

When to go

Tanzania can be visited all year round. Nevertheless, avoid the rainy season from mid-March to May and instead try to go during the dry season, from May to October.

Entry requirements

A visa is required for travel to Tanzania. This can be obtained on arrival at Dar es Salaam International Airport. Your passport must have at least six months validity remaining, and make sure you have an ID photo and proof of a hotel booking or a return ticket with you as well as $100 in cash.

Health advice

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for travelers from the UK. Vaccinations against Hepatitis A, Typhoid and even rabies (for some groups) are recommended however. Antimalarias are also recommended.

Airline tickets

A return ticket from London costs between 800£ and 1400£, depending on your date of travel to Tanzania, when you purchase your ticket and which airline you choose.

Time difference

Tanzania is two hours ahead of London. When it's 12:00 pm in London it will be 2:00 pm in Dar es Salaam.

Language

The official language in the country is Swahili. No need to worry if you have not mastered this most widely spoken of the Bantu languages however: English is spoken everywhere in the country.

Relevant contacts

Tanzanian embassy in the UK

3 Stratford Place

London W1C 1AS

United Kingdom

+44 20 7491 3026

tanzarep@tanzania-online.gov.uk

British embassy in Tanzania

Umoja House

Garden Avenue

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

+255 22 211 0101

Phone and internet connection

International dialing code +255

Internet access is available at the numerous cybercafes and hotels found in large towns and cities.

Electricity

The electricity supply is 220 or 230 volts and the sockets take plugs with three pins, two of which are flat. So you do not need an adapter.

Culture and Discovery

The required formalities to enter Tanzania

You'll need to get some admin done before you leave for Tanzania. Here's a checklist
David Debrincat 10 February 2015

A note on security in Tanzania

Tanzania may not be the safest country in the world, but by taking some sensible precautions, there's no reason you'll find yourself in danger.
David Debrincat 25 February 2015

Budgeting for a vacation in Tanzania.

Some information and ideas on how much you need to budget for a vacation in Tanzania.
David Debrincat 25 February 2015

Courtesy, habits and attitudes in Tanzania

What to or not to do in Tanzania. What to say or not. How to behave. Here's some advice
David Debrincat 25 February 2015

What public transport services are available in Tanzania?

Here's a summary of transport options in Tanzania.
David Debrincat 11 February 2015