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

Presidential, parliamentary and local elections are scheduled for Sunday 25 October. There may be heightened tension and unrest in the lead up to, during and after the elections particularly in towns and cities on the mainland and Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba).

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

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

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 in January 2014. 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

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

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.