Travel Facts

US State Dept Travel Advisory

The US Department of State currently recommends US citizens exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons. Some areas have increased risk. Consult its website via the link below for updates to travel advisories and statements on safety, security, local laws, and special circumstances in this country.


Passport/Visa Requirements

US citizens should make sure their passport will not expire for at least 6 months after they enter the country even if they do not intend to stay that long. They should also make sure they have at least 1 blank page in their passport for any entry stamp and or visa that will be required. A visa is required. US citizens will need to get in touch with the country’s embassy or nearest consulate to obtain a visa prior to visiting the country.

US Embassy/Consulate

(255) 22-229-4122; EMER: +(255) 22-229-4000, dial '1' for an emergency operator; US Embassy Dar Es Salaam, 686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; DRSACS@state.gov; https://tz.usembassy.gov/

Telephone Code


Local Emergency Phone

112, 999


An International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required for travelers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission and for travelers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. See WHO recommendations.



Varies from tropical along coast to temperate in highlands

Currency (Code)

Tanzanian shillings (TZS)

Electricity/Voltage/Plug Type(s)

230 V / 50 Hz / plug types(s): D, G

Plug Type DPlug Type G

Major Languages

Kiswahili or Swahili, Kiunguja, English, Arabic

Major Religions

Christian 63.1%, Muslim 34.1%, folk religion 1.1%, Buddhist <1%, Hindu <1%, Jewish <1%

Time Difference

UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)

Potable Water

Opt for bottled water

International Driving Permit


Road Driving Side


Tourist Destinations

Mount Kilimanjaro; Serengeti National Park; Zanzibar beaches; Ngorongoro Conservation Area; Lake Manyara National Park; Mafia Island; Tarangire National Park; Olduvai Gorge; Arusha National Park; Old Arab Fort in Stone Town

Major Sports

Track and field, soccer, basketball, cricket

Cultural Practices

Short pants are generally considered inappropriate for both men and women.

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping 10% is conventional in restaurants. Hotel and airport porters should be tipped $1-2 (USD) per bag.


Kanga cloth; Masai tribal arts and crafts including basket-ware, wood-carved items, and African drums; tanzanite jewelry, spices, ceramic tile

Traditional Cuisine

Ugali na Maharage ya nazi — dough prepared with cornmeal (maize meal), cassava flour, sorghum, or millet served with beans and vegetables cooked in coconut milk

Please visit the following links to find further information about your desired destination.

World Health Organization (WHO) - To learn what vaccines and health precautions to take while visiting your destination.

US State Dept Travel Information - Overall information about foreign travel for US citizens.

To obtain an international driving permit (IDP). Only two organizations in the US issue IDPs:
American Automobile Association (AAA) and American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA)

How to get help in an emergency? 
Contact the nearest US embassy or consulate, or call one of these numbers:
from the US or Canada - 1-888-407-4747 or from Overseas - +1 202-501-4444

Page last updated: Wednesday, October 05, 2022