Zanzibar is a part of the United Republic of Tanzania
Visas are required by almost all nationalities and should
be obtained well in advance of departure and the cost depends
upon your nationality. Tourist visas are usually issued with
a 3 month validity, although this is often restricted on entry
to Tanzania, one month being the usual period. For those who
do not have a visa before arriving in Tanzania it is possible
to obtain a tourist's visa for a single entry at any one of
the four main entries in Tanzania - subject to the fullfillment
of all immigration and health requirements. The four main
entry points in Tanzania are Dar Es Salaam international airport,
Zanzibar international airport, Kilimanjaro international
airport and Namanga entry point (Tanzanian-Kenya border point).
Some embassies offer the visa application form on the internet,
but the application process still has to take place in the
For more information visit the Tanzanian government’s
International driving licences are required. Failing this
you can use your national licence to get a temporary Tanzanian
licence from the traffic police, but this is more time consuming.
Visitors from countries infected with Cholera and Yellow Fever
must produce international certificates of vaccination. Travellers
from the Tanzanian mainland to the island of Zanzibar will
need to have a yellow fever certificate.
It is advisable to have full travel insurance prior to setting
off from your home destination.
It is illegal to export shells, coral, ivory and turtle shell.
There is no limit to the amount of foreign currency you can
take into the country, although sums over $10,000 must be
declared. The amount of local currency you can take out of
the country is restricted to Tsh 2000.
Visitors arriving at Zanzibar pass through local customs,
even if arriving from mainland Tanzania.