FAQs: Vaccinations and Health Requirements for Tanzania
To help you, we've put together a list of our most frequently asked questions together with the answers. Of course, if you have any other questions that need addressing, don't hesitate to contact us here and one of our helpful representatives will be able to advise.
Visit your GP or Travel Clinic at least six weeks before travel to find out what your country’s vaccination requirements are. Tanzania does have malaria so you will need a course of malaria tablets which must be started prior to travel. The following is a guide:
All travellers: MMR, DTap, Malaria tablets, Yellow Fever* Most travellers: Typhoid, Hepatitis A Some travellers: Cholera, Hepatitis B, Rabies.
*Tanzania is at risk of Yellow Fever and as and from legislation in 2008, all passengers travelling to Tanzania must produce a certificate that states Yellow Fever vaccination has been completed upon arrival at any entry point. This vaccination must be administered at least 10 days prior to travel to Tanzania. This is NOT applicable for travellers coming direct from Europe to Kilimanjaro International Airport or Dar es Salam, International Airport (now known as Julius Nyerere International Airport) on direct flights that did not cross or transit through an endemic country. However, it is always advised that Yellow Fever should still be administered for protection against the risk of exposure to the disease (as suggested by the WHO).
All travellers from Europe via or transiting through an endemic country (e.g., via Nairobi or Addis Ababa) will need a Yellow Fever Vaccination Card. The same applies to passengers in transit in airports where there is risk of Yellow Fever transmission, e.g. passengers arriving on an international flight in Nairobi, Addis Ababa and connecting with a regional flight within the airport to Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam or Zanzibar.
Yellow Fever Endemic Zones In Africa:
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
United Republic of Tanzania
Yellow Fever Endemic Zone In America
There is a Yellow Fever vaccination available on arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR). It costs US$50 per passenger. This is for passengers who are required to hold a Yellow Fever certificate but have none on arrival in Tanzania.
No passport will be accepted at the Immigration Desk without a stamp from the Tanzanian Health Desk. This is accessible on arrival at the airport and is for both international and regional passengers.