All visitors are required a passport, valid for six months beyond the end of our stay. Most foreign nationals need a visa to enter Tanzania. Single-entry three-month visas can be bought on arrival, or beforehand from a Tanzanian embassy. Visitors may obtain visas upon 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. Visa fees are 50 USD for single entry, and 100 USD for double entry. Nationals of the East African Community do not need a visa to enter Tanzania.
Visitors from countries, infected with cholera and yellow fever, must produce international certificates of vaccination. This is particularly relevant for those, travelling from or passing through other neighbouring countries, including members of the East African Commutity (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi) and vice versa. It is also important to note that travellers from the mainland of Tanzania to Zanzibar, would need to have a yellow fever certificate.
Today, several airlines have opened their flight routes to Zanzibar:
KLM, British Airways, Condor, Ethiopian Airline, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Qatar Airline, Air India
There are also a number of regular direct charter flights from Europe to Zanzibar.
If your air ticket takes you only to Dar-es-Salaam, local air carriers such as Coastal Travel, Zan Air, Precision Air, Tropical Air provide scheduled flights to Zanzibar in small twin-engine planes.
Zanzibar has a total road network of 1,600 km, of which 85% are tarmacked or semi-tarmacked. Driving in Zanzibar is on the left side of the road and is a bit hectic as the roads are used by trucks, cars, dala-dalas, motorbikes, scooters, bicycles, donkey carts and pedestrians, etc. Everybody is overtaking everybody else at the same time and nobody is keen to use their brakes. A valid international driving license is necessary to hire automobiles and it is easy and relatively cheap to rent a car in Zanzibar. There are hardly any signposts around, but with a good map and some steel nerves you will get where you want, eventually. There are loads of roadblocks with “thirsty” police, but if your papers are in order, they shouldn’t give you any more hassle.
Although taxis are available, you will probably want to walk through Stone Town. After all, most of the alleys are barely wide enough for a bike to pass.
You can rent motorbikes, scooters or bicycles which are very nice ways to explore the island.
Dala Dala's are the local from of public transport. This is the most interesting way to travel the island, and can most definitely be the most hair-raising. The vehicles are old pickups with a roof put over the back, and a guide hanging on tapping the bars to tell the driver when to stop. It is quite a sight. Using them is quite safe, although the driving conditions in Zanzibar can be very dicey! They drive in the middle of the road, or on the wrong side of the road. These are their road rules and everybody seems to get by. The Dala Dala's starting point is at Darajani Bazaar.