Tanzania Travel Advice, Embassies & Tourist Offices

Travel Advice

Last updated: 21 October 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.

Opposition party Chadema have announced they intend to hold a demonstration in Arusha on Saturday 20 September. Demonstrations were held in Dar es Salaam on 18 September in which some protestors and journalists were injured. Chadema leaders have called for countrywide demonstrations so others could occur elsewhere around the country. You should avoid areas where large crowds gather.

There has been an increase in cases of dengue fever, particularly in Dar es Salaam.

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.

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.

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.