Tanzania: Your Next Great Adventure
By Jennifer Allman-Guinn, on May 8, 2019
Life-changing safaris across the Serengeti, stunningly-beautiful views atop Mount Kilimanjaro, and absorption into the gracious Swahili culture are just some of the unforgettable experiences visitors can expect to find in the United Republic of Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the safest and most accessible countries in Africa for US travelers, so check out a few important tips before planning your trip.
US citizens traveling to Tanzania are required to possess a visa, a US passport valid for at least six months, and minimum one blank visa page. Visas can be secured ahead of time by visiting the APVI website. Once approved, the applicant will be sent a grant notice via email, which should be printed out and submitted to the Immigration Officers in Tanzania. The approval process may take up to 10 days. If the visa is needed more quickly, APVI provides a fast e-visa process.
Tanzania is rated at Travel Advisory Level 2 and encourages US citizens to exercise increased caution when visiting the country. Common crimes can include muggings, robberies, carjackings, ATM and bank fraud, and assaults. Terrorist groups have been known to plan attacks in the country, and have historically targeted areas frequented by western tourists, including in and around embassies and airports, places of worship, and police stations. Consensual same-sex activity, either real or perceived, is a crime in Tanzania and can be punishable with up to 30 years in prison, so LGBTI travelers should take extra precautions to protect themselves.
Preparing for Your Trip
The US dollar is accepted in many places, although the official currency is the Tanzanian Shilling. Cash and credit cards are widely accepted and limited amounts should be carried at all times. Tipping is expected, especially when utilizing tour guides.
Below are additional points to remember:
· Swahili and English are the two official languages of Tanzania, making communication fairly easy throughout the country
· It is not safe to drink tap water, so prepare to purchase bottled water and use purification tablets
· Remember to bring electronic adaptors suitable for the British 3 pin plug
· Malaria is prevalent throughout most of the country, so it is advisable to take the proper medication before, during, and after your trip to avoid contracting the disease
· Prepare for warm days and cool nights throughout the country, with visitors encouraged to dress comfortably yet conservatively to avoid unwanted attention
Adventurous travelers will find Tanzania to be an ideal location for their next great quest. Minimize the risks and maximize the experience by following the above tips to ensure a safe and memorable trip for you and your party.