Before you travel to Tanzania, you will need to make an appointment at your local hospital or discuss vaccinations with your doctor. It’s a good idea to do this early to finish any side effects you might suffer before you travel to Tanzania.
Through Ministry responsible for Health (mainland), the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT), through Ministry responsible for Health ( Tanzania mainland), continues to enhance prevailing preventive measures against the spread of COVID-19, including those related to international travel. Because of this, the Government is updating the Travel Advisory No. 9 of 24th December 2021 to version No. 10, effective from 17th March 2022, to accommodate measures as follows:
i.In the case of air transport, international marine vessels will be tested for COVID19 using RT PCR at their own cost of $100 USD for Tanzania Mainland, and results will be sent to them while self-isolated.
ii. In the case of International regional and inland vessels will be tested by Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of $10 USD. In comparison, RT will further confirm positive- PCR at the cost of $50 USD for Tanzania Mainland.
iii. In case of the ground crossing will be tested by Rapid Antigen Test at their own cost of $10 USD and, if found positive, will be handled according to Bilateral and Joint Border agreements.
iv. Children aged 5 years and below will be exempted from both RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Tests requirements.
3. Travelers to Tanzania eligible for the Rapid Antigen Test are advised to pay online to avoid unnecessary queues upon arrival through an automatically generated control number obtained after filling the online Traveler’s Health Surveillance Form. For those to Tanzania Mainland, pay through https://afyamsafiri.moh.go.tz. The symptomatic positive Rapid Antigen travellers will be isolated for treatment at designated health facilities as per National COVID-19 Treatment Guideline.
4. Travelers in transit by air transport are exempted from both vaccination and COVID 19 testing requirements unless stated otherwise by the conveyance to be used or countries of their final destinations.
5. All departing travellers are advised to seek information before departure from their tour operator regarding the COVID-19 requirements of their country of destination or conveyance.
Yellow Fever is compulsory for any traveller entering Tanzania.
A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for passengers over one year of age and arriving from a country with a risk of yellow fever transmission. This does not apply to passengers in transit for less than 12 hours.
A certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into Tanzania when arriving from countries where Yellow Fever is present.
Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is an ongoing risk.
Upon entry to Tanzania, you may be asked for your Yellow Fever vaccination certificate if you arrive from a flight departing in a Yellow Fever zone. You can find a list of these countries below.
Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.
Even if you are only transiting through one of these countries and do not intend to leave the airport, the rules state that you’ll need proof of vaccination if you’ve been there for more than 12 hours. In the case of flight delays, this can become a problem.
You need to be vaccinated 10 days before your scheduled travel date, and some travellers report side effects from the vaccine, so we’d recommend doing this as early as possible. Travellers flying into Tanzania direct from Europe or the US do not need a certificate.
The Center for Disease Control recommends the following immunizations for travellers to Tanzania. It is up to you and your healthcare professional to decide which, if any, are suitable for you:
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It’s recommended that you are up to date with all your routine vaccinations such as MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), chickenpox, Diptheria, tetanus, polio, and your yearly flu shot.
As with most of Africa, malaria is always a concern when travelling through Tanzania. As the mosquitos are generally not found above 6000ft, you are relatively safe whilst on the mountain. However, it would be best to consider that you will be Moshi before and after your climb when you are most at risk.Malaria is a parasite transmitted through the bite of the female anopheles mosquito. It only takes one bite to be infected, and the illness is severe, sometimes fatal.
Talk to your doctor about anti-malarial prevention, which is the most suitable for you and where you are travelling.
Malarone is a famous but expensive brand with the fewest reported side effects. See the Hospital for Tropical Diseases to learn more.
A note about Larium: this particular anti-malarial has been reported to have side effects that mimic altitude sickness symptoms.
Taking prophylaxis (antimalarials) does not guarantee that you won’t contract malaria. The only foolproof way to prevent it is to avoid getting bitten by taking precautions:
Intestinal Trouble & Travelers Diarrhea
The most common problem affecting travellers to remote parts of Africa is some tummy upset. Diarrhoea can be caused by parasites, viruses or bacteria and can be hard to treat.
By being meticulous about your food, water, and hygiene, you can avoid bacteria such as E.coli and salmonella parasites such as Giardia and Cryptosporidia.
On Kilimanjaro, we treat water by using water guard tablets available in Tanzania.From our experience, this water guard may affect some of the climbers, so we usually recommend our climbers have their purification tablets if our water guard may affect them.
They can use their tablets; you can also bring powdered drink mixes with electrolytes or bouillon cubes to change the flavour to keep drinking!
Medications to bring with you
Your doctor will be able to recommend the best medications for you to carry, but we suggest, in addition to any prescription medication you need:
Before your climb, you can read our medical check-up guide and recommend you have a complete medical check-up from your doctor.