FAQ – Travel to Tanzania & Zanzibar

Stand 26/12/2020 – New regulations for negative PCR testing – please check below about you airline.

In current times of uncertainty we decided to answer all Frequently Asked Questions here on our webpage. As we all learned now that rules and regulations can change, we do not take any responsibility for changes incurring. However we try our best to keep this page updated. And most important we always get this questions – Zanzibar and Tanzania are one country and therefor any kind of entry rules are the same for all international airports. 

Are there any restrictions concerning COVID-19 in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: NO!

However, we as ZanTours committed in May 2020 to the regulations of WTTC, World Travel and Tourism Council, which requires:

  • Wearing of face masks in our vehicles for driver, guide and guest
  • Physical distance of 1 meter where possible
  • Hand sanitizer as equipment in all vehicles
  • Disinfection of all surfaces within the vehicles

Above measurements are also part of our new Tanzanian National Standard Operating Procedures and we proudly can inform you, that we only work with hotels and suppliers who also follow these rules.


All our ZanTours team members working at this difficult time are personally trained by me. We are proud to have sucessfully implemented new company SOPs to protect our employees and of course also our guests.

Be safe with us,

Sabine Emmerich / GM ZanTours

ZanTours Face Masks

Do I need a Yellow Fever Vaccination to enter Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: NO!

Unless you departed from a Yellow Fewer Risk Country, or had a longer transit stay than 12 hours. Please find below the current list of Yellow Fever Risk Countries, which you can find also on following link https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/disease-prevention-advice/yellow-fever/yellow-fever-risk-areas.aspx

  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Benin
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Colombia
  • Cote d’Ivoire
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Ecuador
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Ethiopia
  • French Guiana
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Republic of Congo
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Togo
  • Trinidad
  • Uganda
  • Venezuela

Do I need a Negative COVID-19 Certificate to enter Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: NO!

  1. Unless required by your country – Please check your respective foreign office webpage.
  2. Unless required by the airline:

Do I need a Negative COVID-19 Certificate to leave  Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: NO!

  1. Unless required by your country – Please check your respective foreign office webpage.
  2. Unless required by the airline:

Last updated: 7 October 2020, 11:28 Dubai (GMT +4)

The COVID‑19 PCR test is no longer required for all connecting passengers – it is only mandatory for those arriving from the following countries or/and when the destination country requires it:

  • Middle East and Africa: Angola, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, Zambia, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda, Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Somaliland, Tanzania, Syria, Eritrea, Kenya, Jordan, Morocco, Iraq, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Lebanon, Israel
  • Europe: Czech Republic, Romania, Montenegro, Malta, Georgia, Ukraine, Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Hungary, Russia, Slovakia, Moldova
  • Asia: Pakistan, India, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Philippine, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal, Uzbekistan
  • North America: USA (California, Florida and Texas)
  • South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile

Can I do an internationally recognized PCR Covid-19 Test with Certificate in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: YES!

Testing Center is located at previously CPS building opposite Military Camp & NMB Atm. Services will be provided everyday from 7:30AM-5:30.PM.


  1. Date of entry
  2. Date of Departure
  3. Address of Hotel in Zanzibar or place of residence in Zanzibar
  4. Your telephone number
  5. Email address should you wish to receive your certificate via email
  6. Copy of your passport
  7. Your test payment receipt.


1. Tourist/Foreigner: $80.
2. Locals: Tzs. 30,000.
3. Residents: Tzs.45,000.

USD Account: 0708288000.
TZS Account:0707968000.

New Features Include:

1. Number system for Ques.
2. Credit Card in centre available for people have not paid yet into above banks account.
3. Emails & whatsaap: zpheoc01@gmail.com +255772502513

Travellers & drivers or any one in their company must wear masks as they visit the testing centre to protect those working there.

Test results time is still 72 hours.

We want to remind all travellers – that ONLY the Ministry of Health is able to test and issue the respective certificates. Certificates are verified at the airport from the Health Ministry Officers if genuine or not! In case they are NOT genuine, the guest won’t be able to board the flight!

Do I still get my tourist visa upon arrival in Zanzibar and/ or Tanzania?

Answer: YES!

However we recommend to apply for the E- Visa online to speed up your immigration process. Please find the official online application link here: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

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