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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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Road Conditions and Safety: Road travel in Tanzania can be extremely dangerous, especially at night. Traffic in Tanzania moves on the left. Drivers and pedestrians alike must maintain vigilance. Although a number of inter-city highways are periodically repaved and maintained, maintenance schedules are erratic and even good roads may deteriorate quickly due to weather conditions.

During the rainy seasons (late March to mid-June and mid-November to mid-December), many roads in Tanzania, both urban and rural, are passable only with four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Traffic Laws: Tanzanian law requires all motor vehicle operators to be in possession of a valid driver?s license. Persons staying in Tanzania for fewer than six months may use a valid U.S. driver?s license after validation by local traffic authorities, or an international driver?s license. Persons intending to remain in Tanzania for more than six months are required to obtain a Tanzanian driver?s license. All vehicles are required to carry third-party liability insurance and to post the decal in the front window.

Public Transportation: Use taxis or hire a driver from a reputable source. When traveling by taxi:

  • Do not ride in a taxi hailed by someone you do not know.
  • Ask the hotel or restaurant to recommend a driver. Before entering the vehicle, ask the driver to see their credentials, take a picture of the taxi license plates, and send the photo to a friend.
  • Make sure the child locks are not engaged and the door can be opened from the inside.
  • After entering, lock the doors and roll up the windows. If the driver unlocks the doors or rolls down the windows, exit immediately.
  • Do not ride in taxis already carrying a passenger. If a taxi stops to allow another person to enter, exit immediately.

Travelers should also avoid using dala-dala microbuses and bajaji, three-wheeled taxis.

Ferries traveling between the mainland and Zanzibar may be unsafe. When traveling by ferry:

  • Travel on a high-speed ferry.
  • Purchase your tickets inside the ferry terminal, from a travel agency, or online in advance, not from vendors outside.
  • Tickets should include your name, date of travel, and class of travel.
  • Travel during daylight with good visibility, fair weather, and calm water.
  • Avoid overcrowded vessels or those which lack sufficient life vests, easy access to exits, and a functioning communications system.
  • Become familiar with emergency procedures on board, especially the locations of life jackets and emergency exits.
  • Beware of pickpockets aboard the ferry, and be wary even of uniformed personnel who seek to assist you.

See our Road Safety page for more information.

Motorcycles: Riding motorcycles is not advisable and is restricted in some areas.

Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Tanzania, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Tanzania's Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA's safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Tanzania should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website and the NGA broadcast warnings website (select ?broadcast warnings?).

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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