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 Tanzania - Formalities

Clearance

Officials in most ports are not accustomed to visiting yachts hence the formalities can take a while. Authorities may insist on searching the boat. Expect the process to take at least 4-5 hours.

Most marinas and yacht clubs instruct first-time visitors to check in at the port prior to proceeding to a marina.

Customs

First check in with the Custom officials.

Customs will want to have a copy of the ship's papers (take the original as well), a crew list, a list of equipment and goods on board and your last port clearance.

Officially, Customs should issue visiting yachts with a Transire (form C27 here) - permission to proceed to another port. This is intended to be shown to Customs at subsequent Tanzanian ports. This must be filled in in triplicate and one copy kept with the boat along with the clearance papers. Have these forms prepared in advance as most offices don't have forms available.

Note: Latest reports from cruisers are mixed. Some say that the Transire is no longer mandatory and never asked for. Others report having to complete the forms. Ask Customs at your Port of Entry to be certain.

Immigration

For Immigration you will need a passport valid for the duration of stay and your vaccination cards.

Visas can be obtained from Immigration on arrival, or in advance. See the Immigration section below.

If you have already cleared into Tanzania, checking in with Immigration is not required, though proof of check-in may be requested.

Last updated August 2018.

Immigration

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

All foreigners from Non-Commonwealth Countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have a visa abolition agreement with Tanzania.

Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain a visa, unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India, Pakistan or The Republic of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, the list may change from time to time.

Visas can be obtained at Tanzania Embassies or High Commissions abroad, or at the entry point on arrival.

The visa requirements, periods of stay granted and costs vary, depending on your nationality.

US passport holders pay a higher fee for a visa and although it's a multi-entry visa, can only remain in the country for 90 days in one stretch. You can leave Tanzania to re-set your visa by any means you like before the 90 days is up and then re-enter using your multi-entry visa.

Be aware that Immigration officials in commercial ports are not familiar with handling foreign yachts and may not fully understand the Immigration rules that apply to yacht crew.

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.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/download/forms

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 July 2018.

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 and you will need to show this to Immigration when clearing in.

Malaria and Dengue Fever are present all along the coast. Do your research carefully re. recommended medication. Screening the boat at night (starting at around 17:30) goes a long way towards preventing mosquito bites. If going ashore at night, use a mild spray containing DEET.

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 (Transire) 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

Customs make charge a nominal US$5 for clearance.

Visa fee is US$50 for all non-US passport holders.

Visa fee for a US citizen is US$100.

Last updated:  August 2018

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 micro-chipped 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.

For further information contact the Ministry of Water and Livestock Development, Temeke Veterinary Office, PO Box 9152, Dares Salaam
Tel: 00 255 2866446
E-mail: [email protected]

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