There are reports of small explosions having taken place on the island of Zanzibar on 24 February near Mercury’s restaurant by the port and at the Anglican Cathedral in Stonetown.
On 7 August two British women were the victims of an acid attack in Stone Town, Zanzibar.The motive remains unclear. British nationals are reminded to take care and read our advice on Safety and security.
Violent disturbances occurred in the district of Mtwara in May. A number of explosions occurred during a political rally in Arusha on 15 June. See Political situation
In the last few years there have been 2 major ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. A number of people were also killed in a ferry incident on 5 January 2014. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or unseaworthy, don’t get on. See River and sea travel.
Although most visits to Tanzania are trouble-free, violent and armed crime is increasing. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. See Crime.
There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.
Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, especially for shipping that does not take appropriate precautions. There have been an increasing number of piracy attacks in the waters immediately off Tanzania. See River and sea travel.
Long distance buses are often involved in accidents which can be fatal. See Road travel.
Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.