Tanzania : Factfile


GMT +3 hours


Swahili (Kiswahili) and English are the official languages. English is widely spoken and is the principal language of commerce. There are also many local African languages, reflecting the tribal diversity of the country. Outside the cities and towns, far fewer local people speak English than you would find in comparable areas in Kenya.


The monetary unit in Tanzania is the Tanzanian shilling but the US$ is also widely used.


KLM, British Airways, Kenya Airways, Virgin, Emirates

Flight time from UK

Approximately 9 hours

Visa requirements

Visas are required by UK, US and some EU countries. The cost depends on your nationality, but is a single entry visa is currently US$50 for British nationals.

For further information and up-to-date entry requirements, see http://tanzaniahighcomm.co.uk/?page_id=11 or contact the Tanzanian High Commission:
Tel: 020 7569 1470 Email: [email protected]

The Visa Service (www.uk.cibt.com) can also help you arrange your visa.

Health requirements

You will need certain inoculations, including Yellow Fever, and malaria prophylaxes when travelling to Tanzania. You should seek advice regarding inoculations and health precautions from your GP or travel clinic as soon as your departure date is known. The MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) website www.masta.org (09068 224100) will give you up-to-date advice, as well as the location of your nearest Travel Clinic. Another good website to visit for travel health advice is the NHS website www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk.

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