Summary

Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year.

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

Local elections are due to take place on 24 November 2019. You should remain vigilant and avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings. If you become aware of any nearby protests, move away quickly to a safe place. Keep up to date with developments via local media and this travel advice.

Visitors to the region should be aware that on 1 August 2018 an outbreak of Ebola was confirmed in eastern DRC in North Kivu Province, originating in Béni territory. A person died in Tanzania in September 2019. It appears probable that this was an Ebola-related death. As of 31 October 2019, there is no evidence of ongoing active transmission of Ebola in Tanzania. See Health

During the rainy seasons, end of March till May and October to middle of December, exceptionally heavy rainfall and strong winds can occur. See Natural disasters

As of 1 June 2019, plastic bags are banned for environmental reasons. See Local laws and customs

Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Tanzania. See Terrorism

If you need to contact the emergency services, dial 112 and ask for the emergency service you require.

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 several ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or not seaworthy, do not get on. See River and sea travel

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

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.