Get travel and medical insurance
Before traveling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains, and legal costs.
You should check any exclusion and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.
Check what vaccinations you may need for your trip at least eight weeks before you travel. We can’t advise you on vaccinations, but you can get information about vaccinations from your local GP or an International Health and Travel Centre.
A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required for all travelers arriving from, or have transited through countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission, and will be inspected on arrival in Tanzania. You may also be required to provide a yellow fever certificate on arrival in Zanzibar, even if you travel there from the Tanzanian mainland, regardless of the country you have originally traveled to Tanzania.
Travelers with neither the vaccination nor an exemption letter are typically allowed entry and directed to a health officer to obtain the shot.
For more information on yellow fever see: http://www.who.int/csr/disease/yellowfev/en/ Medical Care in Tanzania
Quality medical care services are limited, especially outside Dar es Salaam and other major urban centers.
Medical help at the scene of an accident is also likely to be limited. In the case of a serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Adequate insurance can be crucial in helping people get the medical attention required.
Make sure you bring enough medication for your entire trip and for any unexpected delays. You may wish to also bring copies of your prescription in case you lose your medication.
Malaria is common in Tanzania and is transmitted by mosquitoes. You cannot be vaccinated against malaria. Malaria can be contracted throughout the year and anywhere in Tanzania, including in Dar es Salaam. It is highly advisable to take precautions:
- Avoid mosquito bites by covering them up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers, especially after sunset, using insect repellents on, and sleeping under a mosquito net.
- Check with your doctor or nurse about how to prevent malaria before traveling.
- If you develop a fever while in Tanzania, you are advised to seek medical attention promptly.
- If traveling to high-risk malarious areas, remote from medical facilities, carrying emergency malaria standby treatment should be seriously considered.
Water quality can be poor in Tanzania and outbreaks of waterborne diseases can occur. Ensure that drinking water is safe before consumption