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Getting to Zanzibar by
From the Rest of the World
At present, Gulf Air, Ethiopian Airlines and KLM (together with
Kenya Airways) offer international scheduled flights to Zanzibar.
Several large carriers fly into Dar es Salaam, which is only a short
trip by air or sea from Zanzibar. Amongst them are British Airways,
Emirates Airlines and Swiss.
From the Rest of Africa
Air Tanzania, Kenya Airways and Ethiopian Airlines have regular
flights to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam is also served by them, as well
as Air Zimbabwe, Egypt Air, Air India, Air Malawi, South African
Airways, Royal Swazi Airlines and others.
Precision Air offer a range of scheduled flights between Zanzibar
and Tanzania's main cities.
Getting to Zanzibar by Sea
There are several sea ferry companies that ply the waters between
Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. The largest of these is Azam Marine.
You can book ferry tickets through a local tour operator. Links
to these companies can be found in the Touring Zanzibar section
of this website.
||GMT + 3
||Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh)
|Approximate exchange rate
||US$ 1 = 1,000 Tanzanian Shillings
= 100 cents
||Kiswahili & English
||220 - 240 V AC, 50 Hz
|International Dialing code
||+ 255 24, followed by 7-digit local
Visas and Entry Requirements
All visitors require a passport, valid for the duration of their
stay. Preparations are under way for visitors to obtain visas at
any entry point, and this time-saving facility is available to visitors
arriving at Zanzibar International Airport. Other points in Tanzania
currently offering visa on entry are Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro
International Airports, and Namanga on the road border between Tanzania
and Kenya. Nationals of some countries do not require visas, so
it is advisable to check with your nearest Tanzanian Embassy, High
Commission or Consulate prior to visiting.
Until recently, all visitors were required to present
an International Yellow Fever Immunization Card upon arrival. The
government has now lifted this requirement.
Lobsters, kingfish, prawns, octopus, crabs and squid are just a
few of the many types of seafood on offer. It is not surprising
that Zanzibar's specialties are centered around what is available
locally, so take full advantage of the variety of spicy seafood
dishes on offer. Coconut also features in many dishes.
Help us preserve Zanzibar's
Zanzibar is unspoilt by the unpleasant effects of mass tourism -
the number of visitors to the island is still low, but has been
on the rise throughout the 1990's. It is our hope that increases
in tourism do not impact adversely on the magic of
we humbly ask all visitors to follow a handful of guidelines, ensuring
they will not offend the traditional values of the local people
or harm the environment in any way. It is typical of the Zanzibaris'
friendly nature that they will not harass you for infringing these
guidelines, but you should be aware that this is merely politeness,
and is not an excuse for ignoring them!
- Please ensure that you dress modestly when off
the beach. Women should not expose too much leg and chest, and
topless sunbathing is also strongly discouraged.
- If you have children and are bringing them to
Zanzibar, please make sure that they don't display their expensive
toys in front of their Zanzibari contemporaries. This may instill
a false sense of values in the local children, whose parents are
unlikely to be able to afford such luxuries.
- If you are diving or snorkeling, you may be
tempted to collect some pretty shells from Zanzibar's many coral
reefs. Please do not, as this kills entire reefs, the devastating
effects of which can be seen in the well-trodden areas of East
African coast. Although there are shell sellers, you are asked
not to buy shells from them, as it simply encourages this harmful
- Zanzibar is an amazingly photogenic place, but
if you want to take photographs of people, please ask their permission
first out of courtesy.
- If you are non-Muslim, then please do not enter
any of Zanzibar's many mosques.