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Tanzania is a developing nation in the lowest 25% of the world's economies. Located in eastern Africa, its climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands.
See also: Library article for Yellow Fever
An official yellow fever vaccination certificate may be required depending on your itinerary. Vaccination is usually recommended if you’ll be traveling in areas where there is risk of yellow fever transmission.
- Requirement: A vaccination certificate is required for travelers aged ≥ 1 year coming from countries with risk of YF transmission. Note: This applies to airport layovers longer than 12 hours in these countries. Proof of YF vaccination or a YF exemption letter is often requested from travelers transiting (regardless of duration) countries with risk of YF transmission and is uncommonly requested from all travelers entering Zanzibar, or from travelers coming directly from Europe by air, despite Tanzania's published declaration to the contrary under the International Health Regulations. Payment of a fine may be required from those lacking either proof of YF vaccination or a YF exemption letter.
Depending on your itinerary, your personal risk factors, and the length of your visit, your health care provider may offer you vaccination against cholera, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, rabies, or typhoid fever. Routine immunizations, such as those that prevent tetanus/diphtheria or "childhood" diseases, should be reviewed and updated as needed.
See also: Library article for Malaria
The following is current information as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
WHO—International Travel and Health (current online update, Country List)(2013) Malaria risk due predominantly to P. falciparum exists throughout the year in the whole country below 1800 m.
- Recommended prevention in risk areas: C – Risk of P. falciparum malaria, in combination with reported chloroquine and sulfadoxine–pyrimethamine resistance. Mosquito bite prevention plus atovaquone–proguanil or doxycycline or mefloquine chemoprophylaxis (select according to reported side effects and contraindications) a
aAlternatively, for travel to rural areas with low risk of malaria infection, mosquito bite prevention can be combined with stand–by emergency treatment (SBET).
WHO Country List footnote: When available, the date of the most recent update or confirmation is indicated in parentheses in the country list. If no date is indicated, the most recent update or confirmation was provided before 2013.
CDC—Health Information for International Travel (current online edition)Areas with malaria: All areas < 1,800 m (5,906 ft).
- Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: High.
- Drug resistance4: Chloroquine.
- Malaria species: P. falciparum > 85%, P. ovale > 10%, P. malariae and P. vivax rare.
- Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
4 Refers to P. falciparum malaria unless otherwise noted.
See also: Library article for Travelers' Diarrhea
High risk exists throughout the country, with moderate risk in deluxe accommodations. Food and beverage precautions may reduce the likelihood of illness.
Travelers should carry loperamide for self-treatment of diarrhea and, if risk is moderate to high, an antibiotic to add if diarrhea is severe. Consult a knowledgeable health care provider regarding which antibiotic is appropriate for you and most effective for your destination.
Other Food-Borne Illnesses
Precautions to prevent brucellosis may be needed.
Insect- and Arthropod-Borne Diseases
Other Disease and Health Risks
The material below includes information from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.K. Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), Global Affairs Canada (GAC), and Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as well as from additional open-source material. Standard safety precautions that apply to all international travel can be found in the Library article Safety and Security.
Risk of attack by domestic terrorist groups exists throughout the country, including Zanzibar Island. Targets may include domestic and international organizations and businesses; public places and events, including those frequented by tourists; and transportation systems.
High risk of violent crime (armed robbery, sexual assault, carjacking, and murder) and petty crime exists in Dar es Salaam (particularly in Coco Beach and on Toure Drive in Msasani Peninsula), Zanzibar (particularly in Stone Town), Arusha (Arusha Region), national parks, and coastal resort areas.
Express kidnappings to force cash withdrawals at ATMs may occur throughout the country.
Scams involving corrupt officials and false identity (such as criminals posing as police officers) have been reported.
Protests and demonstrations occur and have the potential to turn violent without warning. Bystanders are at risk of harm from violence or from the response by authorities.
Piracy (involving commercial and private, leisure vessels) occurs in coastal and international waters of the Indian Ocean.
Passenger boats may be unsafe, including ferries traveling between islands and from mainland Tanzania to islands in the Zanzibar archipelago. Decline water transportation in vessels that appear overloaded or lack personal flotation devices or life jackets.
Rent water sports equipment from reputable operators. Scuba dive only with personnel certified by PADI or NAUI, and use equipment only from PADI- or NAUI-certified dive operators.
Other Safety Threats
Risk exists for fatal wildlife attacks on safaris and in game parks and reserves. Travelers should closely follow park regulations, always maintain a safe distance from wildlife, and should not exit vehicles or protected enclosures.
Significant risk of traffic-related injury or death exists. The road-traffic death rate is > 24 per 100,000 population, the highest risk category. Carefully assess the safety of transportation options before any road travel. Speed laws are poorly enforced. Driving at night is not advised. Seek local advice before traveling on roads outside urban areas after dark.
Many taxis are unsafe. Use taxis from official ranks or dispatched via smart phone app or radio from a reputable company. Ascertain the license or identification number of the dispatched vehicle.
Traffic flows on the left-hand side of the road. Travelers (including drivers and pedestrians) accustomed to traffic moving on the opposite side should be vigilant when navigating traffic.
The monsoon season is from June through October in coastal areas and islands. The rainy seasons are from March through May and from November through December. Floods, mudslides, and landslides may occur.
Seismic activity occurs.
Selected Embassies or Consulates in Tanzania
- United States: [+255] 22-229-4000; tz.usembassy.gov
- Canada: [+255] 22-216-3300; www.tanzania.gc.ca
- United Kingdom: [+255] 22-229-0000; www.gov.uk/world/organisations/british-high-commission-dar-es-salaam
- Australia: Australia does not have an embassy or consulate in Tanzania.
Tanzania's Embassies or Consulates in Selected Countries
- In the U.S.: www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org
- In Canada: www.tzrepottawa.ca
- In the U.K.: tzhc.uk
- In Australia: www.tanzaniaconsul.com
HIV testing is not required to obtain a tourist, work, or residence visa.