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Travel tips for Tanzania

Top 5 Experiences

Tanzania offers a variety of highlights, among the most famous are undoubtedly the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro. In addition, Tanzania offers:

Safari

Highly recommended is a safari in the Serengeti, especially during the great migration, in the Tarangire National Park or a boat safari in the lesser known Selous National Park. In Tanzania a fascinating safari experience with lions, elephants, zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, hippos and many more awaits at any time.

Kilimanjaro

Both, a hike at the foot of the highest mountain massif in Africa and an ascent of the 5,896 m high mountain, are a unique adventure.

Active Tours

Tanzania has something to offer for all nature lovers and sport enthusiasts: guided hikes in Arusha National Park or along the Udzungwa Mountains, horseback riding along the Meru Mountains or rafting on the Rufiji River as well as scuba diving, kite surfing or golfing in Zanzibar.

Cultural Heritage

Visiting a Maasai village gives insights about their culture, history as well as tribal customs. In addition, one has the opportunity to participate in traditional activities such as gathering herbs, spear throwing or dancing together around the campfire. An encounter with a fascinating culture!

Zanzibar

With more than 1,000 km of coastline, Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches are among the most beautiful ones in all of Africa. Various water sports are offered here, moreover, one should definitely pay a visit to Stone Town, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Also a spice tour on the colourful markets or a dhow ride is recommended.

Tourist infrastructure

Tanzania has an extensive airline network. A total of four international airports is handling both domestic and international flights. Apart from international flight connections, the tourism infrastructure in the country is still under development.

Road conditions can vary greatly depending on the region, ranging from paved roads to uneven and stony tracks. Especially in the interior and remote regions, the transportation network is deteriorating.

A large portfolio of accommodations of various categories as well as a wide range of roadworthy vehicles are available in Tanzania.

Climate and travel season

Tanzania has a tropical, humid climate, which is equatorial in character. Due to the diverse geographical conditions, the climate in the north is very different from the one in the south. Depending on the altitude, it is milder and drier, but precipitation is to be expected in all mountain regions.

In the central plateau of the country, temperatures can vary greatly within a day. Along the coastline and on the islands, temperatures are predominantly hot and humid.

In northern Tanzania there are two rainy seasons: from March to May there is a big rainy season, and from October to November there is a small rainy season. In the south, there is only one rainy season from December to April.

In general, Tanzania can be visited all year round. The months that are most suitable in order to visit all regions are June to December.

Visa and entry

Citizens from Germany, Austria and Switzerland require a visa for entering Tanzania, which must be applied for in advance at the Tanzanian embassy in the respective country. In addition, all travel documents must be valid for at least six months beyond the trip.

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Current accessibility

  • Information on entry:

    Entry into Tanzania from Germany, Austria and Switzerland is currently possible via the international airports in Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar. Hygiene rules, mask requirements as well as minimum distance and disinfection regulations apply in all airports. Before entering the country, a health form must be filled out (for Zansibar this form hast o be filled in) that generates a “Unique Health Code” that must be presented upon entry. As well upon entry, a negative PCR test must be presented, which must not be older than 72 hours. Travelers arriving from a country with a high number of infections must undergo an additional PoC test upon arrival. This also includes Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The cost for this test is $ 25. A Covid-19 screening (fever measurement) takes place for all travelers upon arrival. There is no quarantine obligation for travelers, but a 14-day quarantine is due if symptoms and a positive test result occur upon entry. A 14-day quarantine applies to travelers who have stayed or have traveled through a country classified as a mutation area by the WHO in the last 14 days.

  • Information on return:

    Since March 30, 2021, all travellers, no matter from which country they are coming and which means of transportation they use, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, before entering the Federal Republic of Germany. The PCR test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. In addition, travellers must register their entry at the entry portal www.einreiseanmeldung.de➝ before arriving in Germany and carry proof of the corresponding registration with them. For stays in high risk areas classified by the RKI➝ there is a 10-day quarantine obligation. The quarantine can solely be prevented when a proof of complete vaccination or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection, which was completed at least 28 days ago and is maximum 6 months old, was submitted on the entry portal. After five days at the earliest, travellers who are not vaccinated or did not recover from a Covid-19 infection can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. For stays in virus mutation areas a negative PCR-test, which must be performed at the earliest 72 hours before entering, needs to be shown before return and a fourteen-day quarantine must to be entered without possibility to shorten it.

    All travellers older than 12 years, must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering Austria. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Since January 15, 2021, travellers must register their entry here ➝ („Pre-Travel-Clearance“) before arrival. With the above mentioned certifications a quarantine can be fully prevented when entering from a country classified as safe. The certifications can be handed in 24 hours later if no hotel stay is planned. For vaccinated people arriving from countries not classified as safe or from virus mutations areas the quarantine does not apply neither. Non-vaccinated people however need to present a negative Covid-test or a proof of recovery as well as enter a 10-day quarantine. After five days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early.

    All air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection within the past 6 months must register their entry on www.swissplf.admin.ch before or during arrival in Switzerland and need to carry the generated QR-code with them. Air passengers older than 16 years must present a negative PCR or PoC test, a proof of complete vaccination, for instance the digital Covid-Certificate from the EU (Green Pass), or a proof of recovery from a Covid-19 infection before entering. The PCR-test must be performed at the earliest 72 hours and the PoC-test 48 hours before the start of the return journey. Air as well as transit passengers who are not fully vaccinated or did not surpass a Covid-19 infection as well need to enter a 10-day quarantine and present a PCR-test. In addition, they need to inform their corresponding cantonal authority latest within two days after arrival. After seven days at the earliest, travellers can undergo a Covid-19 test. With a subsequent negative result, the quarantine obligation can be ended early. The obligation to test or enter quarantine does not apply to fully vaccinated people who can present a certificate such as the EU Digital Certificate or a Swiss Covid certificate.

Covid-19

Corona precautionary measures

  • Restrictions in the country:

    Due to the nature of the attractions as well as the equatorial temperatures in the country, the majority of all activities in Tanzania take place outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. This ensures that the minimum distance as well as appropriate air circulation is maintained. In addition, spacious vehicles are mostly used for safaris, these offer plenty of room and large windows in the seating area.

  • Mouth and nose protection:

    The COVID-19 measures catalogue of the Tanzanian government specifies the wearing of a mouth and nose protection for people working in the tourist service sector. Tourists are free to decide if and when they wear a mouth and nose protection.

  • Hygiene measures in the country:

    The Tanzanian government published a COVID-19 measures catalogue, which is obligatory for all companies operating in tourism. All vacation trips to Tanzania booked with a reputable provider are subject to these currently valid COVID-19 hygiene standards (PDF).

Status: 06.10.2021

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