Tanzania Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Last updated: 17 April 2014

The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Heavy rains on 12-13 April have destroyed a number of roads and bridges that connect Dar es Salaam with nearby regions. The authorities are trying to reconstruct the collapsed bridge at Bunju, along Al Hassan Mwinyi road between Dar and Bagamoyo. Bridges at Ruvu and Visiga along Morogoro road and at Kongowe along Kilwa road have also been affected.

There are reports of small explosions having taken place on the island of Zanzibar on 24 February near Mercury’s restaurant by the port and at the Anglican Cathedral in Stonetown.

On 7 August two British women were the victims of an acid attack in Stone Town, Zanzibar.The motive remains unclear. British nationals are reminded to take care and read our advice on Safety and security.

Violent disturbances occurred in the district of Mtwara in May. A number of explosions occurred during a political rally in Arusha on 15 June.

In the last few years there have been 2 major ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. A number of people were also killed in a ferry incident on 5 January 2014. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or unseaworthy, don’t get on.

Although most visits to Tanzania are trouble-free, violent and armed crime is increasing. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings.

There is an underlying threat from terrorism.

Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, especially for shipping that does not take appropriate precautions. There have been an increasing number of piracy attacks in the waters immediately off Tanzania. See River and sea travel.

Long distance buses are often involved in accidents which can be fatal.

Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

Edited by Jane Duru
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