Last updated: 23 Feb 2021

Tanzania and Zanzibar


Tanzania fulfils everyone's dream of Africa: the wildebeest migration along an infinite savannah; the incongruous snow of Mt Kilimanjaro; proud Masai warrior tribes; exotic beaches along the spice islands of Zanzibar. It's all here in Tanzania.

The famous Serengeti National Park is found in Tanzania, and a safari through the vast plains is a must - especially during the famed wildebeest migrations (November to May).

The colourful marine life surrounding the coral islands of Zanzibar and Pemba makes for an ideal place to go scuba-diving and snorkelling. As the highest peak on the African continent at 5,895m, Mt Kilimanjaro has taunted avid explorers with its snow-capped peak for decades.

As the epicentre of the historical spice trade, Zanzibar is the place to do a tour of its many spice and fruit plantations. The endless plains of the Serengeti come to life in the early hours of the dawn, and seeing the park waken from a hot air balloon is one of the world's great natural spectacles.
Capital:  Dodoma (DOD) / Zanzibar City (Stone Town)(ZNZ)
Currency:  Tanzania Shilling(TZS)
Language:  Kiswahili & English
Dialling code from SA:  + 255
Time Zones: UTC/GMT +3 hours (1 hour ahead of South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021:

Jan 1, 12; Apr 2, 5, 7, 26; May 1, 13; Jul 7, 20; Aug 8; Oct 14, 19; Dec 9, 25, 26

Side of the Road: Left
Best Time to go: July to October
Best For: Mt Kilimanjaro (Tanzania); Beach Resorts (Zanzibar)
Plugs: 230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are mostly UK-style square three-pin, but round three-pin plugs are also in use.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated.
Health: There are some good private hospitals in Dar es Salaam and Stone Town on Zanzibar, but facilities are rudimentary outside of these and medicines are often unavailable. Travellers climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro are at risk for altitude sickness. Travel insurance is recommended, but hospitals will want to be paid up front.
Customs: Zanzibar is a predominantly Muslim society and beachwear should be reserved for the beach.  Women should cover their arms and legs outside of the beach and the tourist resorts.  Respect to religious customs should be shown during the month of Ramadan.
Local Offences / Laws: Smoking in public places is illegal
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into Tanzania by travellers over 18 without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of alcoholic beverages.
• 580ml of perfume.
Prohibited Imports: Unlicensed firearms and ammunition. Plants and plant products require a phytosanitary certificate.
Prohibited Exports: The export of gold, diamonds and tanzanite unless bought from a licensed jeweller is prohibited. Exporting souvenirs made from wildlife skins (this includes reptiles), shells and coral is forbidden.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory:

  • All travelers whether foreigners or returning residents entering or leaving the United Republic of Tanzania will be subjected to enhanced screening for COVID19 infection. There will be no 14 days mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
  • If your country requires a negative COVID-Test for travel, this must be presented on arrival
  • Passengers must complete a Traveller Surveillance Form before arrival at Dar es Salaam.

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Issuing Authorities

High Commission of Tanzania
822 George Ave., Arcadia 0007
P.O. Box 56572, Arcadia 0007
Tel: (012) 3424393/71
Fax: (012) 430 4383
E-mail: and 
Visa hours: Mon-Fri 0930-1230

Visa Requirements

  • SA passport holders holding ordinary passports who wish to travel to Tanzania DO NOT require a visa. Ensure the passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the date of return and has 3 blank pages.
  • This visa exemption will be for up to a stay of 90 days and will apply for tourism and transit travel.
  • BUSINESS TRAVELLERS DO REQUIRE A VISA AND HAVE TO PAY USD200 AT THE HIGH COMMISSION IN PRETORIA.  Please contact the High Commission for more information, directly.

    E-visa’s for entry into Tanzania, can be applied for online. Fill out the form and  make the payment with a credit card. You will then receive,  via email,  your electronic tourism visa .
    An E-visa is to be applied for a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure.
    Following your online request, an answer will be communicated to you through your email and will be either :
    Authorization Granted: Your trip is authorized and your visa will be issued by the relevant services upon your arrival in Tanzania OR
    Travel Not Permitted: You will need to apply for a Temporary Stay Visa from the Tanzanian Embassy in this case.
    Please note, that only the short stay visa will be processed by our system.

•••• Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania.
•••• There is no need to obtain another visa if one is visiting Tanzania mainland and its Islands (Zanzibar & Pemba).
•••• Air Tanzania does not arrange visas to Tanzania. Contact the High Commission of Tanzania.

•••• In the event of the expiration of an issued visa, before being utilized, the applicant has to re-apply for a new one, and no refund is done to the payment made.

*** Yellow Fever Certificates are COMPULSORY.

SA Representative

South African High Commission
Mwaya Road, Masaki, Plot No.1338,
Dar Es Salaam
Tel: (00255) 22 260 1800
Fax: (00255) 22 260 0943

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependent on Country of Origin) - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED (See visa requirements)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A & B, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk