December 12, 2019
How to Get to Tanzania – Flights, Passports, and Visa Requirements

Tanzania is a beautiful East African country with Kenya to the north, Mozambique to the south and the Indian Ocean to the east. It is known for its vibrant culture, wonderful national parks, diverse fauna and flora and of course the great wildebeest migration. If you are planning a safari trip to Tanzania then you should find out all about flights to Tanzania, passport requirements, and visa details.

A] Flights To Tanzania

The best way to reach Tanzania is through air travel and Julius Nyerere International Airport (13 KM/8mi southwest of Dar es Salaam) and Kilimanjaro International Airport (46km/29mi east of Arusha) are the two main airports in Tanzania.

There are two other regional airports at Arusha (8km/5mi west of Arusha) and Zanzibar which handle most of the safari traffic in and out of the reserves. The main thing to be aware of is that the local ground handler or tour operator will ensure that you are welcomed at the beginning and dropped off at the end of your safari.

Tanzania is well connected to the Middle East, USA, Asia, Africa, and Europe through various hubs.

  • AirKenya flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Nairobi.
  • Ethiopian flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Addis Ababa.
  • KLM flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Amsterdam.
  • Emirates flies between London and Kilimanjaro International Airport via Dubai.
  • FastJet connects South Africa and Tanzania.
  • ZanAir and Air Excel also offer various domestic options in Tanzania.

There are frequent flights to Tanzania from London and Europe and the flights times are around 11 hours depending on stop-overs. From New York, you should expect to travel for about 19 hours, including stopovers. It is best to check websites like SkyScanner and Expedia to find out more about how to fly to Tanzania but you should also check with the travel partner you are booking with to get guidance on which airport to fly into for the beginning of your safari. When you book a flight to Tanzania the departure tax is included in the price of the ticket.

B] Passport and Visa Requirements To Visit Tanzania

Before booking your tickets you should contact your local Tanzania Embassy to enquire about the entry requirements and any newly introduced policies.

A visa for Tanzania can be obtained from the Tanzania Embassy, local high commission in your country or through the official online visa application portal of the Tanzania immigration department. Visas can also be obtained on arrival in Tanzania but this can cause delays to your entry into the country because of long queues. You wouldn’t want to wait for three hours in the airport at the beginning of your holiday, right. It is always advisable to obtain a visa a month before your visit and the local Tanzanian embassy can help you through the process of obtaining a visa.

If you are planning a trip in the dry season that is late June to October, then it’s an ideal time for game viewing and walking safaris. The temperature is not too high, so you’ll be able to enjoy your wildlife adventures with your friends or family without getting overheated. March to May is the rainy season, so you’ll be surrounded by lush greenery and new growth. This season is especially good for birdwatching.

So, get to planning your Tanzania safari now.



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MD and Co-Founder. Born in Zimbabwe, Robin has a long history in Africa, and safaris in general, from running lodges to marketing. He is always on the look out for new ideas and products from around the safari world.

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