Before travelling outside of the US, we recommend that U.S. citizens check the Country Specific Information for each country you plan to visit prior to departing the U.S. and continue to check for updates to the information while they travel.
The links below provide updated information on current Tanzanian and worldwide travel conditions:
Register for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:
If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling or living in Tanzania, please register for the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. All you have to do is fill out your emergency contact information and details about your trip. This may seem like one extra hassle before you go but it is worth it because we will use this information to assist you in an emergency. If you sign up with us, we will occasionally send you either “Message to American Citizens” or “Emergency Message to American Citizens” notifications. Such notifications include updates about the security situation or any other information of note that the Embassy deems necessary to pass on to American Citizens. Please sign-up here.
Useful Travel information:
- Entry/Exit Requirements Medical Alert: The Ministries of Health in Tanzania and Zanzibar have reversed their previous position on Yellow Fever Issues and the current position is as follows: Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. All individuals in transit for twelve (12) hours or more and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival in any port of debarkations here in Tanzania. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate.
- For current information on traveling abroad, go to http://travel.state.gov/
- If you are bringing US dollars to Tanzania, please ensure that you only bring new currency notes. Banks in Tanzania have been known not to accept foreign currency older than 2003. The Embassy does not have banking facilities available to private American citizens. Please make the appropriate arrangements before you depart the U.S.
Living and Working in Tanzania:
In order to work in Tanzania, you MUST have a valid work permit. Having a valid visa in your passport does not mean that you can work or do business in Tanzania. Tanzania has a complicated system of visas and work permits, but it is worth the effort to determine which kind of permit you’ll need for the work you want to do.
For information regarding visas to Tanzania, visit the Tanzania Ministry of Home Affairs website http://www.moha.go.tz/ and the Tanzania Embassy in Washington website http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org/ .
For information regarding work authorization (work permits) such as volunteering in Tanzania visit Tanzania Immigration website http://www.moha.go.tz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38&Itemid=137
If you decide to get married while living in Tanzania, please click here for more information on Tanzanian procedures.