Tanzania – Travel Information

Tanzania - Travel Information

For the entry, German citizens require a passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the date of departure and still has at least 2 empty pages. Please also pay attention to the entry information of the Foreign Office and the entry regulations for children.

Entry / Visa
The tour operator is not responsible for any required entry visa and it will not be obtained by Isimila Tanzania Adventures. Germans, Swiss and Austrians need a passport valid for at least 6 months after the end of the trip with at least 2 free pages. Pay special attention to the regulations of children’s passports. Please note the valid entry requirements for the respective countries! German citizens need a visa for the entry to Tanzania. If necessary, please note the instructions for a declaration of consent for minors. At the international airport you can get the visa directly for 50 USD in cash per visa. To do this, fingerprints will be taken at passport control upon entry and exit, as well as the taking of a digital passport photo. Refusal to cooperate may result in refusal of entry or exit.

Ban on plastic bags
Since June 2019 there is a strict ban on plastic bags in Tanzania. Tanzania holidaymakers are no longer allowed to import or export plastic bags. This also applies to plastic bags that are issued in duty-free shops at airports. Exceptions are small zip-lock bags for liquids in hand luggage, as these will be taken back on departure. Other plastic bags should be available for tourists to hand in at airports. Also during the stay in the country one should never accept a plastic bag when shopping. Please take this seriously. Non-observance of the ban on plastic bags will be punished with severe penalties.

The standard vaccination protection (polio, diphtheria and tetanus) should be guaranteed in any case, i.e. possibly refreshed. A hepatitis A/B vaccination is recommended. The following applies to the yellow fever vaccination: No vaccinations are required for entry from Europe. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is mandatory if you are entering from an infected area (unless you have spent less than 12 hours in the transit area of an airport). Proof of yellow fever vaccination is also required for onward travel to Zanzibar (also via the mainland) and is randomly requested by the relevant authorities. Please pay attention to the appropriate vaccination protection! Without this proof the entry can be refused. Since the regulations for this vaccination change frequently, you should in any case inform yourself at the Foreign Office before entering Germany. We cannot and are not allowed to give you medical advice and therefore recommend in any case to consult the public health department, a tropical medicine specialist or your family doctor before departure.

Tanzania is a malaria area and is particularly prevalent in the rainy months. The best time to travel is therefore the dry season. Higher lying areas like Kilimanjaro, the Usambara Mountains or the Ngorongoro Crater are hardly affected due to the cool temperatures. The best prophylaxis is not to get stung in the first place. Mosquitoes are mostly active in the morning, evening and night. Therefore long trousers and long-sleeved shirts, shoes that go over the ankles and impregnated socks should be worn from late afternoon. In addition, the still exposed areas (neck, ears, hands…) should be sprayed with a mosquito repellent such as Deet or Nobite. It can also happen that the mosquito net in the accommodation has a hole. In this case it is advisable to take some parcel string and insulating tape with you to “repair” it. Always sleep under the mosquito net. Which medical prophylaxis suits you best is best discussed with your travel doctor, health authority or a tropical institute. Furthermore, the earlier malaria is treated, the easier it is to cure.

The official national currency is the Tanzania Shilling (TSH). Import and export of the national currency is prohibited. It can be exchanged on ATM machines or at a bank or exchange office. The usual means of payment for tourists is the US Dollar. They are accepted everywhere. It is recommended to take enough cash with you, preferably in US Dollar (or Euro). There are plenty of exchange offices in the tourist centers.

Credit cards
Credit cards are not yet widely used. In larger hotels, however, this is usually possible, with the VISA card being the most common card, followed by the Mastercard. Calculate with a surcharge of 5-10%.

Insurances are not automatically included in the travel price. We leave the free decision to you. We recommend that you take out cancellation and interruption insurance to cover possible cancellations.