FCO Travel Advice for - Tanzania

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  • Over the weekend of 25-27 January, there were reports of violent disturbances targeting official establishments in Mtwara, Masasai and Newala Districts in the south of Tanzania. Monitor local media, take care and avoid any demonstrations or large gatherings.

  • There have been two recent major ferry disasters in which hundreds of people died. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or unseaworthy, don’t get on. See River and sea Travel.

  • Although most visits to Tanzania are trouble-free, violent and armed crime is increasing. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. See Crime.

  • There is an underlying threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

  • Piracy is a significant threat in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean, especially for shipping that does not take appropriate precautions. There have been an increasing number of piracy attacks in the waters immediately off Tanzania. See River and sea Travel.

  • Long distance buses are often involved in accidents which can be fatal. See Road travel.

  • Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

  • Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.
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