English is widely spoken but a few Swahili words are always appreciated.
In restaurants a tip for exceptional service - a maximum of 10% - will be appreciated.
For International flights an Airport tax of US$ 30 is levied, which may be included in the price of an air ticket.
When leaving on domestic flights from Dar or Zanzibar, an Airport tax of USD 5 is usually charged.
Religions in Tanzania
Christian, Indigenous Beliefs, predominantly Muslim in Zanzibar
GMT + 3 hours
Opening hours in Tanzania
Government offices: 7.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday
Banks: 09:00 - 16:00
Businesses: 8.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 1.00pm Saturday
Shops often close for lunch and sometimes on Friday afternoons for mosque services.
Many are open for part of Saturdays and Sundays.
International Dialling Code
BBC KHz: (daytime) 17885,11940,9770, (evening)21470,11940,6005
In the United Republic of Tanzania (which includes Zanzibar) visas are required by almost all nationalities.
The cost can be as high as USD 70, depending upon your nationality.
Tourist visas usually have a one month validity, unless you request a longer period.
Visas can be obtained before travel, from Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions around the world. See list below, or use:
Tanzanian Embassies & Consulates around the world
Belgium : T 02 640 6500 F 02 646 8026 : 363 Ave Louise, 1050 Brussels
Canada : T 0613 232 1500 F 0613 232 5184 : 50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4
France : T 01 53 70 63 70 F 01 53 70 63 66 : 13 Ave Raymond Poincare 75116 Paris
Germany : T 0228 358051 F 0228 358226 : Teaterplatz 26, 53177 Bonn
Italy : T 06 321 0923 : Rome Japan : T 03 425 4531 F 03 425 7844
Japan: 21-9, Kamiyoga4, Chome, Setagaya-Ku, Tokyo 158
Kenya : T 02 331056 F 02 218269 : Continental House, Corner of UhuruHighway/Harambee Ave, Nairobi
Mozambique : T 258 1 490110 : Ujamaa House, PO Box 4515, Maputo
South Africa : T 012 342 4371 F 012 430 4383 : PO Box 56572 Arcadia 0007, Pretoria
Switzerland : T 022 731 8920 F 022 732 8255 : 47 Ave Blanc, CH-1201, Geneva
Uganda : T 256 41 256 292 F 256 41 242890 : 6 Kagera Road, PO Box 5750, Kampala
United Kingdom : T 0207 569 1470 F 0207 491 3710 ; 3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS :
USA : T 1 202 939 6125 F 1 202 797 7408 : 2139 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
Zambia : T 260 1 253320 : Ujamaa House, 5200 United Nations Avenue, Lusaka
Zimbabwe : T 26 3 472 1870 : Harare
If you have been unable, or have not had time to procure a Visa in advance, it is possible to obtain a tourists'
single entry visa at Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar or Kilimanjaro International Airports, and also at
the Namanga entry point (Tanzanian-Kenya road border point) subject to the fulfilment of all immigration
and health requirements. You will need to carry USD in cash to pay for these.
DOCUMENTS AND CUSTOMS
If you intend to drive in Tanzania, international driving licences are required. Failing this you can use your national licence
to get a temporary Tanzanian licence from the traffic police, but this is much more hassle.
Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever must produce international certificates of vaccination.
It is illegal to export shells, coral, ivory and turtle shell. Please don't do it.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can take into the country although sums over $10,000
must be declared. The amount of local currency you can take out of the country is restricted to 2000 TZS.
Visitors arriving at Zanzibar pass through local Immigration and Customs, even if arriving from mainland Tanzania.
It is a good idea to have smaller cases rather than one large one, if you are planning to take internal flights
around Tanzania. Some safaris/air charters limit baggage to a 10 - 15 kilo maximum.
The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS).
Note denominations are 10,000, 5,000,
1,000, 500, 200 and 100 shillings
and coins of 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.
1 Tanzanian Shilling (TZS) is equal to:
0.0007943 US Dollar (USD)
0.0004523 British Pound (GBP)
1 US Dollar is equal to 1258.94 TZS
1 British Pound is equal to 2210.69 TZS
Link to Tanzanian Shilling exchange rate service
It is best to carry your hard currency in US Dollars.
You can change hard currency, travellers cheques in plenty of places.
You can not change travellers cheques for USD.
Keep hold of your changing receipts so that you can change your shillings back to hard currency
when you leave.