Procedures and practical informations

Time and deadlines
The attention of travelers is drawn to the fact that their presence is required at the airport two hours before the scheduled departure time. Most companies close their check-in counters 30 minutes before departure time. Once registered, it is also advisable to immediately go to the boarding lounge for police formalities that can be long if several departures are planned.
Arriving passengers must count an average of 20 to 30 minutes to complete the formalities of police and customs and to retrieve their luggage.
Entering the country and visas

Entering the Tanzanian territory by the international airport of Dar es Salaam requires for travelers other than Tanzanian citizens a passport valid more than 6 months after passing the police station and a visa. Several possibilities are available to visitors to obtain this visa (online e-visa, visa on arrival or visa in embassy). Some of these methods of procurement are open only to certain nationalities.
WARNING: bi-national passengers who can not prove their Tanzanian citizenship (passport or ID card) are also subject to visa requirements.

Possession of a Visa for United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he is satisfied that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

See the page about visas and immigration

Health Certificate of competent veterinary surgeon is required. All pets are subject to inspection on arrival and will be kept in quarantine for a certain period. Dogs and cats must have been vaccinated against rabies. Dogs: less than 3 years and 6 months at the latest prior to arrival. Cats: less than 1 year and 1 month at the latest prior to arrival.
Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine: +255 758 483 418
Airlines are particularly demanding on the allowed weight of luggage. To avoid problems at check-in counters, it is expressly required for travelers to check before their arrival at the airport if their baggage do not exceed the permitted allowance. In this case, expensive and non-negotiable luggage fees may be asked. In addition, it is recalled that the luggage must be strong enough to be handled and transported. Plastic bags are prohibited because they tear easily.
Health requirements
Visitors entering Tanzania from yellow fever infected areas require yellow fever international certificate of vaccination. Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers from yellow fever endemic countries/regions. All individuals in transit for twelve (12) hours or more and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to show proof of vaccination upon arrival in any port of disembarkation here in Tanzania. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries in Europe and North America are not required to show the certificate.
Drugs and illegal or regulated products
Some products can not cross borders on arrival or departure without special authorization. This is the case of animal remains, live animals and certain items of historical heritage of Tanzania. Thank you to contact the Veterinary Services or the Ministry of Culture if you have any doubt about this type of product . Hazardous products (firearms, explosives, corrosives, pressurized container, etc.) are generally prohibited or regulated. Thank you to contact your airline to find out its policy on the transportation of these products.

See also the customs handbook for passengers

Furthermore, a strict control of drugs is carried out by airport police officers. The canine brigade, through its specially trained dogs to search for drugs in luggage, allows regular cocaine seizure. Moreover , the mere consumption of cannabis can lead to prison sentences. Searches can be performed randomly on passengers.


See the customs handbook for passengers

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