Tanzania Travel FAQs

Tanzania travel FAQs

  • Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
    TANZANIA:
    Australia: Yes - Visa required
    Belgium: Yes - Visa required
    Canada: Yes - Visa required
    Germany: Ye - Visa required
    Ireland: Yes - Visa required
    Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
    New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
    South Africa: Yes - Visa required
    Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
    United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
    USA: Yes - Visa required
    It is recommended you purchase your visa in advance at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad. The cost is approximately US$100 depending on nationality and should take 1 business day. At the present time you do not require a multi entry visa to Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (eg. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). However if your trip visits Tanzania twice after a visit to a country other than those listed above, you may need to purchase two visas.
    For the purpose of the visa application you may visit our nearest Embassy based in your country

    It is also possible to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any one of the following main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:
    -Dar es Salaam International Airport
    -Zanzibar International Airport
    -Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
    -Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)
    -Kasumulu Border crossing
    -Isebania Border crossing
  • Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
    Tipping isn’t mandatory in Tanzania but a little generosity will be received positively, especially when considering the low wages that Tanzanian service workers are typically paid. Setting aside a small amount for Support Crews, guides and drivers is wise, as is leaving spare change or rounding up the bill at restaurants.
  • What is the internet access like in Tanzania?
    Travellers will be able to access the internet quite easily in the internet cafes of Tanzania’s large cities, but limited to no access should be expected in regional and rural areas.
  • Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Tanzania?
    Mobile phone coverage is good in Tanzania’s large cities and towns, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile phone.
  • What are the toilets like in Tanzania?
    Squat/pit toilets are the standard in Tanzania, except for western-style flushable toilets that are sometimes available in large hotels, tourist attractions and other modern buildings. Carry your own supply of soap and toilet paper, as they are rarely provided.
  • What will it cost for a…?
    Street snack = 1,000 TZS
    Bottle of beer = 2,000 TZS
    Plate of food from a local eatery = 5,000-7000 TZS
    Dinner in an international restaurant = 10,000-20,000 TZS
  • Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
    Drinking tap water isn't recommended in Tanzania. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found; some hotels we stay in may have drinking water available. It's also advisable to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit and vegetables before eating.
  • Are credit cards accepted widely in Tanzania?
    Credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants but not by smaller vendors. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
  • What is ATM access like in Tanzania?
    ATMs are easily found in large cities and urban centres but are rarer in small towns, rural areas and villages. Be sure to have other payment methods available when venturing out of the big cities as ATMs aren't always an option.
  • What public holidays are celebrated in Tanzania?
    New Year's Day Wed, 1 Jan 2020
    Revolution Day Sun, 12 Jan 2020
    Karume Day Tue, 7 Apr 2020
    Good Friday Fri, 10 Apr 2020
    Easter Monday Mon, 13 Apr 2020
    Union Day Sun, 26 Apr 2020
    Labour Day Fri, 1 May 2020
    Eid al-Fitr Likely 23–25 May 2020*
    Saba Saba Day Tue, 7 Jul 2020
    Nane Nane Day Sat, 8 Aug 2020
    Nyerere Day Wed, 14 Oct 2020
    Prophet's Birthday Likely 28–29 Oct 2020*
    Tanzania Independence Day Wed, 9 Dec 2020
    Christmas Day Fri, 25 Dec 2020
    Boxing Day Sat, 26 Dec 2020
    * Starts / ends in the evening

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