Tanzania is a picturesque destination where travelers can explore the Serengeti, encountering incredible wildlife. For particularly ambitious hikers, Tanzania also provides the challenge of a lifetime: Mt. Kilimanjaro. For visitors who aren’t quite up to the challenge of Kilimanjaro, there are many other natural landscapes to explore.
Tanzania’s landscape makes for impressive sunrises and sunsets. The food is also unforgettable, a mixture of Arabic, Indian and African influences.
Do I Need Vaccines for Tanzania?
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Tanzania. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Tanzania: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Dar Es Salaam is an official Malaria area. It is is important to take Malaria prophylaxis. Do bring Mosquito repellent and drink lots of Tonic water (Mosquitos hate the smell of chinine in the tonic water which your skin somehow gives off). If you drink alcohol, enjoy a gin tonic at sunset (gin also contains chinine = double dose of chinine) – the gin tonic is only to keep the Mosquitos away of course
In the hotel rooms, you have mosquito nets and staff usually spray the rooms at night when they get your bed ready.
Yellow Fever Vaccinations:
Officially, a yellow fever vaccination is only mandatory if you arrive from yellow fever endemic countries. It is not required if you arrive from any other countries.
Having said that: When I returned from a trip to South Africa with Kenya Airways, via Nairobi (transit only), everyone was asked for the yellow fever certificate! In case you are coming from Kenya, transit or not, rather have the yellow fever certificate. It is a good idea anyway to get that shot since you are covered for life then. There is still no cure in case you get yellow fever!
In case you should require medical attention, we have so-called Clinics in the bigger villages that are run by qualified nurses, they can also administer antibiotics if needed
Does Tanzania Have COVID-19 Travel Restrictions?
Travelers entering or transiting mainland Tanzania or Zanzibar are not required to present a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or test certificate unless required by their airline, transit destination, or final destination.