FOREIGNERS SEEKING TO ENTER TANZANIA
Entry Requirements for Tanzania: Foreigners planning to visit the United Republic of Tanzania need to adhere to specific entry requirements. These include:
- Valid Passport: Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended departure date.
- Visa or Permits: Present a valid visa, resident permit, or pass, as required.
- Proof of Funds: Visitors must show proof of sufficient funds to support their stay in Tanzania.
- Onward or Return Ticket: You should also have an onward or return ticket for your journey.
Foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries typically need a valid visa, but exemptions exist for certain countries. Notably, citizens of Commonwealth countries (with some exceptions) do not require a visa. Visas can be obtained from the following sources:
- Tanzanian Immigration Offices: These include the offices of the Director of Immigration Services in Dar es Salaam and the Principal Immigration Officer in Zanzibar.
- Tanzanian Representatives Abroad: Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, including the Tanzanian Embassy of the United States.
- Entry Points: These include border stations, airports, and harbors, such as Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, and Zanzibar Harbour and Airport.
Please confirm visa costs with your embassy. Notably, US citizens can obtain a Tanzanian visa upon arrival for $100, payable in US dollars.
Before traveling to East Africa, it’s important to consider your health. Discuss your travel plans and health needs with a healthcare provider to determine which vaccinations and medications you may require.
- Hepatitis A: This vaccine is recommended to prevent infection through contaminated food, water, or direct contact with an infected person.
- Hepatitis B: Especially important if you might be exposed to blood or body fluids, this vaccine is now recommended for all infants and certain age groups.
- Malaria: Given the high risk in East Africa, including cities, travelers should consult a healthcare provider for prescription antimalarial drugs.
- Meningococcal: Recommended for those planning to visit areas experiencing meningococcal disease outbreaks.
- Rabies: Consider pre-exposure vaccination if you anticipate outdoor exposure in rural areas.
- Typhoid: Vital for preventing typhoid fever, which can be contracted through contaminated food and water.
- Yellow Fever: A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for travelers arriving from affected countries.
Additional health tips include:
- Practicing safe food and water hygiene.
- Frequent handwashing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Drinking bottled or boiled water.
- Use insect repellents and protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites.
It’s also crucial to avoid consuming food from street vendors or undercooked food, dairy products of uncertain pasteurization, and beverages with ice. Moreover, travelers should refrain from swimming in fresh water to avoid waterborne diseases.
When it comes to handling animals, especially in rural areas, it’s advisable to take precautions. Pre-exposure rabies vaccination might be necessary. Avoid sharing needles for body piercings, tattoos, or injections to prevent infections.
Remember to consult with your healthcare provider for personalized guidance on your travel health needs.