Getting to Tanzania
The three main entry points for travellers flying to Tanzania are Dar es Salaam in the south, Kilimanjaro in the north, and the island of Zanzibar. It’s possible to fly into one and out of another. There are multiple flight options from the UK, with routes via Amsterdam, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul and Nairobi among the favourites. The flying time is about 10 hours, excluding stopovers.
Passports and Visas – UK
British passport holders require a visa to visit Tanzania. This should be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission in advance of travel. It Is currently possible to get a visa on arrival but this can be very time consuming and is subject to fulfilling all immigration requirements, and we therefore recommend getting the visa in advance. Get this no more than 3 months before your travel date. Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your visa application.
There is a network of domestic flights linking safari and beach destinations. Luggage is usually restricted to at total of 15kgs, though can sometimes be 12kgs, and should be in soft bags that can be more easily manoeuvred into the available space. Most overland transport is in 4x4 vehicles that are suited to the varied terrain. We do not recommend car hire in Tanzania.
Facts and Information
Time: GMT +3 hours
Flight time: Flights from UK to Tanzania take about 9 hours direct or 10-11 with a brief stopover en route if from Europe.
Language: Kiswahili and English are Tanzania’s official languages. Although most people in the cities speak some English, a few phrases of Kiswahili are useful in more rural areas.
Visas: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.
Health: Most nationalities require a Tanzania visa, obtainable from the High Commission in London (or on arrival into International Airport.