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 Tanzania - Formalities

Clearance

First check in with the Custom officials, (in person) then Immigration.

You will need Clearance Papers from your last country of departure and a crew list for Customs. For Immigration you will need a valid passport.

Visas can be obtained from Immigration for a fee on arrival.

Customs will issue a Transire, which will need to be shown to Customs at subsequent Tanzanian ports. If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required.

Last updated November 2015.

Immigration

All visitors require a passport valid for at least 6 months from their date of entry.

Almost all nationals require a visa. These can be obtained at Tanzania Embassies or High Commissions abroad, or at the entry point on arrival.

A full list of immigration requirements can be found at www.foreign.go.tz, The necessary forms can be downloaded from www.moha.go.tz (currently - 27 Nov 2015 the site is down for maintenance)

Yachts travelling to Pemba Island and Zanzibar must visit Immigration and have passports stamped, even if having already completed clearance on mainland Tanzania.

Last updated November 2015.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation
20 Kivukoni Front, Barabara ya Kivukoni, , 11466 , Dar es Salaam
Tel:+255 (0)22 2111906 /07/08 Fax:+255 (0)22 226600

Customs

Firearms require a permit from the Inspector General of Police and which must be obtained prior to entry. On arrival all firearms and ammunition must be declared to customs who will seal them on board in a secure locker.

Items such as cameras and laptops may also be recorded on entry and then checked that they are being re-exported.

Last updated April 2014.

Inspector General of Police
P.O. Box 9492, Dar es Salaam
Tel:+255 22 211 0734 Fax:+255 22 211 3297

Health

Yellow fever vaccination certificate is required. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

It is not advisable to swim in fresh water, because of the danger of the bilharzia parasite. AIDS is endemic in East Africa.

Do not drink tap water.

Documents

There are no restrictions for yachts on coastal cruising, although a transit log must be obtained from customs on arrival for cruising inside Tanzania. Although Pemba Island and Zanzibar are part of Tanzania, a transire/transit log must be obtained from the mainland ports (Dar, Tanga, Mtwara) before entering either place as it may be inspected.

Yachts should ensure that their papers are in order and report any incidents if approached with demands for money.

Fees

Visa fee is $50

Restrictions

Photographs must not be taken of police stations, prisons, party offices, military areas, bridges or dams.

The west coast of Pemba Island is a designated Marine Park, managed by PECCA and the fees of $20 per boat per visit and $5 per person per day must be paid at Mesali Island.

Local Customs

As a Muslim island, it is advised that visitors to Zanzibar wear clothes that cover the body from the chest down to the knees, especially during visits to public places such as markets, bus stations or hospitals.

Pets

Health and vaccination certificates are required prior to importation of pets to Tanzania. Dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies at least one month and not more than 3 years prior to entry. The following vaccinations are required - 1. DHLP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis and Parvo) Puppies should be vaccinated when they are 5-7 weeks old with repeat vaccinations 2 and 6 weeks later. 2. Rabies vaccination should be administered with the third vaccination 3. Vaccination for worms should be done every three months or pets should be given worm tablets every 45 days. Animals travelling internationally should be microchipped to meet ISO Standards. Animals can only be imported at designated ports in Tanzania and require Veterinary Certification. Pet Travel Store has full details of regulations - see www.pettravelstore.com/store-pet-immigration-forms1.html. For further information contact Ministry of Water and Livestock Development Temeke Veterinary Office, PO Box 9152, Dares Salaam Tel: 00 255 2866446 email dvs@mifugo.go.tz

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