Modern medical services are available in all major towns and centers. Chemists (Drug stores) are available in most major towns, but still, visitors are not barred from bringing in their own medicines for personal use. Operating health facilities are as shown in the Health Facility Registry Portal of the Ministry of Health.


Cholera and Yellow Fever

Visitors from countries infected with CHOLERA and YELLOW FEVER must produce international certificates of vaccination. This is particularly relevant for those traveling from or passing through (stay of more than 12 hours) other neighboring countries, including members of the East African Co-operation (Kenya and Uganda) and vice versa. Travelers who proceed to Tanzania after transit of less than 12 hours at infected areas or directly -non stop- from un-infected areas are still advised, but not compelled, to get immunized against yellow fever.

Vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in Tanzania only if arriving from the Yellow Fever Endemic Zone which includes the following Countries:

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somali, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela and Zambia

The official statement regarding yellow fever is ” A single dose administered Yellow Fever Vaccine provides a life protection against the disease” Please refer to statements posted by the Tanzania Ministry of Health – Tanzania Mainland and Ministry of Health Zanzibar


Travelers are strongly advised to take prescribed anti-malaria tablets course a few days prior to arrival, during your stay, and for a short period after returning. Anti-mosquito cream and\or mosquito-repellers are very useful, particularly in the coastal region at night, to treat mosquito bite or to keep them away from your body.

Other Recommended Vaccinations

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( the following vaccinations are (also) recommended for Tanzania:

hepatitis A
hepatitis B
boosters for tetanus, diphtheria, and measles

Please consult your family doctor for more advice on your health, recommended vaccinations and medication. Should you require further clarification you may contact;

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health

P.O Box 9083,
Dar es Salaam
Telephone: +255-22-2113077, +255-22-2138060, +255-22-2120261/7
Fax: +255-22-2124500


In major towns, there are facilities for local and international calls, either through communication companies or by phone cards. For those calling into Tanzania, the country code is 255. The major city codes are as follows: Dar es Salaam (0)22, Arusha (0)27, Tanga (0)27, Mwanza (0) 28, Moshi (0) 27, and Zanzibar (0) 24.


Travelers may enter Zanzibar directly by air or by sea (e.g., cruise ships). There are frequent air and ferry services from Dar es Salaam and some services from Tanga.