Christmas is a popular holiday in Tanzania


Citizens from Germany, Austria and Switzerland need a passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after the departure date, as well as a visa. The visa is upon entry upon presentation of the passport and a fee of z. Currently USD 50.00 or it can be requested from the Tanzanian embassy before departure. Please also note that there are two blank pages in the passport.

For Zanzibar there may be an exit tax of currently 45 USD.

public holidays

January 1st and 12th (Revolution Day)
February 5th (founding day of the CCM party)
Good Friday
Easter Monday
April 26th ("Union Day", national holiday)
Whit Monday
May (Labor Day)
July 7th (Saba Saba - Farmers' Day)
December 9th (Independence Day)
December 25th and 26th (Christmas)

There are also numerous Islamic holidays that shift annually. The statutory The day of rest is Sunday. Holidays that are on a Sunday will be made up for on the following Monday.

The main holiday periods are March and April, June and December.

Filming and photography

Video cameras are subject to customs regulations. Please do not take photos of locals without their permission. Most of them want a little something in return. The president, official buildings, the military, the police and the national flag are not allowed to be photographed. Restraint is called for, especially in the southern part of the country.

Money - foreign exchange

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling. The export of local money is not allowed. In every major city there are banks that can easily exchange cash in all major currencies. The most famous foreign currency in Tanzania is the US dollar. In recent years, however, the euro has also become increasingly popular as a means of payment. Every exchange or every foreign currency issue must be certified on the foreign exchange declaration that you received upon entry.


Before traveling, every traveler should consult their general practitioner or their tropical doctor.

Malaria: There is a risk of malaria all year round in all parts of the country. For prophylaxis, tablets are taken at regular intervals. The pathogen is transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito. This stings mainly at night and during twilight.

Recommendations: yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, plus meningitis for individual travelers.

Mandatory vaccinations: none, when entering directly from Europe.

Yellow fever when entering from ENDEME AREAS. (including Kenya and Rwanda)


Summer clothing made of washable and breathable material is necessary all year round. Light woolen clothes are also recommended for the evenings.

Bathing: Don't forget your sunglasses and bathing shoes. Nudism and "topless" are not allowed.

Power supply

230/240 volts alternating current, 50 Hertz

Mainly sockets for English plugs are available. It is therefore advisable to take an adapter with you. Energy shortages can lead to the power supply in the hotels being reduced or the electricity going out completely. The power failures are mostly compensated by the hotel's own generators, but this often affects the function of the air conditioning and the supply of hot water.


The Tanzanians are particularly well known for carvings and figures made of soapstone. The art of carving came to Tanzania from Mozambique. These carvings are now exported all over the world. Other souvenirs are snail and shell shells or very pretty fabrics. In any case, it is important to act. When making a purchase, it is simply part of dealing with the seller.

Important: The export of gold, precious stones and ivory is not allowed. Corals are not allowed to be imported into Germany, Austria or Switzerland.

Traffic and streets

The road conditions in Tanzania cannot be compared with those in Europe. Some of the roads are badly damaged or there are only sand and gravel roads. For this reason, the journey usually takes much longer than the kilometer indications suggest. The condition of the roads can worsen due to the weather. In Tanzania there is left-hand traffic.


Swahili is spoken in Tanzania. English is the most important educational and lingua franca. Bantu dialects and Hamitic dialects are also spoken. Arabic is also sometimes spoken on the coast.


Because of its proximity to the equator, there are no seasons in Tanzania as distinct as, for example, in Europe. The daytime temperatures on the coast fluctuate between 24 and 30 ° C, in the highlands it is a little cooler.

The big rainy season lasts from the end of March to the end of May, the small rainy season from mid-October to mid-December. The coolest days of the year occur in the months of June to August. During this time, temperatures can drop below 10 ° C.

The period from September to the end of October is usually referred to as tropical spring. The African summer begins with hot temperatures towards the end of December.

Time shift:

Central European Time (CET) +2 hours.

During European summer time, the time difference is +1 hour.