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 Tanzania - Formalities

Clearance

First check in with the Custom officials, (in person) then Immigration. Most marinas and yacht clubs instruct first-time visitors to check in at the port prior to proceeding to a marina.

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

Visas can be obtained from Immigration on arrival. The individual requirements for visas, fees, and the visa form may be found at the Consulate of Tanzania website.

Customs will issue a Transire (form C27 here), which will be shown to Customs at subsequent Tanzanian ports. If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required, though proof of check-in may be requested (especially the Transire).

Last updated November 2017.

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.

There is a special upcharge on the visa fee for US passport holders.

A full list of immigration requirements can be found at www.foreign.go.tz (this site is often very slow or unreachable). The necessary forms can be downloaded from www.moha.go.tz.

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 2017.

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 in Tanzania are regulated by the Arms Authority, appointed by Minister of Home Affairs. Civilians are prohibited from owning guns.

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. The seal will be inspected on departure. Damage or removal of the seal may result in massive fines and/or prison time.

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

Last updated November 2017.

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 untreated tap water. Water at the dock is not purified in most places and therefore should be treated/filtered prior to filling tanks.

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 US$50 for all non-US passport holders.

Visa fee for a US citizen is US$100.

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

Visitors to Zanzibar (predominantly a Muslim area) are advised to wear clothes that cover the body from the shoulders down to the knees, especially during visits to public places such as mosques, 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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