Your trip to Tanzania is almost here; and you’re excited to start exploring the Serengeti National Park or Ngorongoro Crater; but before you go, it’s important to learn about Tanzania vaccination requirements! Here’s what you need to know before traveling to Tanzania; including when and where to get your vaccinations and the side effects you may experience after your shots. Read on to learn more!
Tanzania Entry Requirements
The Tanzania entry requirements have recently changed and visitors can now obtain a visa on arrival. Most people will enter Tanzania through Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO); in Dar es Salaam, or at one of Tanzania’s land border crossings with Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda. Citizens of most Western countries do not need a visa for travel to Tanzania for visits up to 90 days. Visas can be obtained upon arrival in Dar es Salaam at Terminal 2 arrivals hall if you are arriving from outside Africa; if you are entering from another African country, visas must be purchased online prior to traveling. The cost is $50 USD for all nationalities and is valid for 30 days after issue.
Tanzania Visa On Arrival
If you are arriving by air, you will be required to get a visa prior to entry. To avoid waiting in line at Dar es Salaam Airport and risk missing your flight, we recommend applying for an e-Visa before arrival. This is available for all passport holders except for citizens of Kenya and South Africa. The cost is $50 USD and a $10 deposit is required upon approval. Tanzania Visa on Arrival applications can take up to 72 hours (3 days); and can only be made after you arrive in Tanzania. Note that if your application is denied, there are no refunds given as it will not have cost you anything but time if denied.
Tanzania eVisa Online Application Process
Although yellow fever vaccination is not required for entry into Tanzania, it is strongly recommended. According to World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations; all travelers over one year of age traveling from or through areas with risk of yellow fever transmission; should be vaccinated against yellow fever before arrival in Tanzania. The WHO does not recommend vaccination for travelers whose itineraries are limited to only urban areas; or limited rural areas with no known risk of exposure to disease vectors related to yellow fever transmission. Although yellow fever vaccine can produce serious side effects (see below), these risks are greatly outweighed by the risk of infection with yellow fever in endemic regions.
Tanzania Yellow Fever Requirements
According to Tanzania’s Ministry of Health, all travelers from infected areas must present a certificate of yellow fever vaccination at one of its main ports. In order for your country’s vaccine center to issue a yellow fever certificate; you must have received two doses of a safe and effective yellow fever vaccine at least 10 days apart; one of these doses should be given no more than six days before you leave for Tanzania. The vaccine takes about two weeks after your second dose to produce a full immune response. To prevent an outbreak of yellow fever in Tanzania and other African countries; only people who have been vaccinated against it may enter the country.