Foreign travel advice

Tanzania

Summary

Political rallies may take place, and there remains a risk these could lead to violence and unrest. You should remain vigilant and avoid all crowds and demonstrations. If you become aware of any nearby protests, leave the area immediately. Monitor local media for updates and make sure you have access to a means to communication.

Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

A re-run of elections took place in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) on 20 March 2016. There’s a continuing risk of heightened tension and unrest in Zanzibar.

You should take care, be aware of your surroundings and avoid large crowds or public demonstrations. Make sure you have a means of communication with you at all times and monitor local media for updates.

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 a general threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

There is a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See River and sea travel

In the last few years there have been 3 ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or unseaworthy, don’t get on. See River and sea travel

Long distance buses are often involved in accidents which can be fatal. See Road travel

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.