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Fast Facts: Tanzania

Below are some of the most common questions from our travelers.

Do I need a passport? What is required for entry?

U.S. citizens must have a passport which is valid for at least six months after your return date.

U.S. passport holders must have a visa to enter Tanzania. While this can be issued upon arrival, we strongly recommend obtaining your visa prior to arrival. You may apply for a visa through the Embassy of Tanzania or a fee-based visa service such as our preferred provider, VisaHQ. Children under 18 will need a copy of their birth certificate and a notarized letter of consent signed by both parents to obtain a visa. See the U.S. Dept. of State website for more information.

Booked on one of our packages with Scheduled Dates? We will send a visa support letter and instructions for U.S. passport holders to obtain your visa through VisaHQ, after you have completed your registration form and made your final payment, approximately 60 days prior to departure. Please apply for your visa only after receiving this letter.

If you hold a passport from another country, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas and meeting all entry requirements.

More information about passports & visas.

What is the weather like?

Tanzania does not have large seasonal variations since it is so close to the equator. The weather is best June thru September, although most animals have migrated to Kenya at that time. September thru March is also a good time to visit. Rainy season occurs April and May. Mount Kilimanjaro is very, very cold at its higher elevations. Take along a heavy sweater or jacket when visiting higher elevations or northern game reserves.

Check out the current weather conditions in Tanzania.

Are there any health precautions I should take?

There is a malaria risk in Tanzania below 1800 meters. Check with your physician about malaria suppressants, and hepatitis, typhoid, and cholera inoculations. Do not swim in freshwater streams, lakes or rivers as they are full of parasites. Disinfect and cover all wounds to prevent infection.

Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization

What is the currency?

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling. Please review the current exchange rate for the shilling.

Are tips & service charges customary?

tip guides, porters, and cooks on safaris. Ask about suitable tips upon purchase of the safari. In restaurants, tip 10%.

What items should I shop for?

The best items to shop for in Tanzania are local handcrafts including pottery, Makonde carpets, sculptures, paintings, soapstone carvings, fabric, cloth paintings of Kilimanjaro, chests, and gems. Prices are not usually marked and bargaining is expected.

What are the voltage requirements?

230 volts. Plugs D & G. You will need a voltage converter, and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit. View more information about electrical standards around the world.

Can I take my cell phone?

See our blog post on using your cell phone abroad.