Tanzania Entry procedures
Most visitors to Tanzania require visas. It’s advisable to get them from the Embassies and High commissions as several Airlines insist on them prior to departure.
Visas can however also be obtained, on arrival at all points of entry including Julius Nyerere International Airport – Dar Es Salaam, Kilimanjaro International Airport and Abeid Amani Karume International Airport – Zanzibar. But, Tanzania authorities suggest to apply for the visa prior to entry in the country.
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International flights serve Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR), 15 km from Dar es Salaam city center and Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), 42 km from Arusha. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (Zanzibar), just 8 km from Stone town and Songwe International airport 20 km from Mbeya city. (During the preparation of this Website).
It is essential that all visitors take a course of anti-malaria tablets commencing two weeks before departure as advised by your doctor. Travelers arriving from, or via, countries like (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia Mozambique etc.) where yellow fever is endemic will need a certificate of vaccination.
Bring prescription medicines, cream for bites/stings and diarrhea remedy. Drink boiled or bottled water.
Tanzania has a generally comfortable, tropical climate year around. Along the warmer and humid coast, the climate is determined by in large part by the monsoon winds, which bring rains in two major periods. During the long rains, from mid-March to May, it rains heavily almost every day, although seldom for the whole day, and the air can get unpleasantly sticky. The short rains fall between November to November and sometimes up to January. The coolest months countrywide are from June to October and warmest from December to March. Temperatures on Mount Kilimanjaro and Meru drop to below freezing.
What to wear
On safari avoid brightly colored clothes, they may alarm the animals. Browns, beiges and khaki are preferred. Pack a sweater for early morning game drives and in the evenings. Remember a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen and don’t forget a swimsuit.
Climbing to Kilimanjaro or Meru take thermal underwear, a rain jacket, good socks and sturdy boots. 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 swim wear is accepted.
English is widely spoken but a few words of Swahili are always appreciated.
Tanzania is generally safe country, but don’t invite temptation. Don’t walk in the towns or cities at night – take a tax. Don’t carry your valuable like Cameras or large amounts of cash, be aware of pickpockets. Use hotel safety deposit boxes to safe guard valuables. Leave valuable jewelers at home.
Major foreign currencies – particular US $ are acceptable and converted at banks and in the main towns and tourist areas. There are ATM’s in many areas in towns and in case you wish to pay something in foreign currency isn’t so easy because ATM’s will give you Tanzanian Shillings. Remember that Visitors are expected to pay in foreign currency for game parks. Don’t change money in the street.
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