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Travel Tips to Kenya and Tanzania

REQUIREMENTS
All visitors to Tanzania (except citizens of the Commonwealth and other specified countries) require a valid passport and visa. Visas can be obtained from any Tanzania Diplomatic Mission or consulate or from main Tanzania entry points. Applicants can also writie to the Principal Immigration Officer, PO Box 512, Dar es Salaam and request the required documents. Visitors entering Tanzania through a point where no immigration officer is on duty must report to the nearest immigration office within 24 hours of entry.

CUSTOMS

 
Personal effects including: binoculars, cameras, and film may be imported temporarily free of duty. A customs bond may be demanded from visitors bringing in video/filming equipment, radios, tape recorders and musical instruments to ensure the goods are re-exported. Firearms require a special permit. Liquor (1 pint) tobacco (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams) are tax free for individuals of 16 years and older. Visitors buying valuable gems, skin articles, makonde carvings and other local handcrafts must keep cash sales receipts for presentation to customs officials on departure.

TRAVEL FEES
An airport tax in convertible foreign currency is levied on all visitors departing the country. Baggage is weighed at check-in counters and is subject to inspection by customs officials.

HEALTH
Visitors originating from countries with possible exposure to cholera and yellow fever should travel with valid vaccination certificates. Mosquito control efforts and the high altitude of Northern Tanzania greatly reduce the risks of contracting Malaria. It is recommended visitors consult with their medical professional before traveling. A preventative treatment plan may be necessary before, during and after the trip.

CLOTHING
Informal attire is appropriate on safari and on the coast. Clothing should be light-weight and light in color on safari. Warm clothing is recommended in the evenings and particularly in higher altitudes. Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro areas, Usambara and the Southern Highlands are areas where warmer clothing may be needed. Low-heeled walking shoes are recommended. Other accessories like a hat, sunglasses, swimsuits, flashlight, and insect repellent will be useful.

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