Security and health
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller site provides advice for business travellers and tourists going to Tanzania. This is regularly updated, and should be checked before planning travel.
It is strongly recommended that Australian travellers take out comprehensive travel insurance that will cover any overseas medical costs, before their departure. They should confirm that their insurance covers them for the whole time they will be away and check what circumstances and activities are / are not included in their policy.
It is also recommended that Australian travellers consult Smartraveller to provide greater protection in case of an emergency.
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Tanzania, including Zanzibar, because of the risk of crime. Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from all travellers over one year of age. It is vital to take out comprehensive travel medical insurance, and it is essential that is should include repatriation to your home country in the event of an emergency.
There are some good private hospitals in Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Stone Town in Zanzibar, but facilities are rudimentary outside of these and medicines are often unavailable. All treatment must be paid for in advance.