Several police officers were ambushed and killed in an attack in the Pwani coastal region, about 100km south of Dar es Salaam on 13 April 2017. Following this incident, and reports of the murders of several local officials, there’s a heightened security presence in the area. On 29 March 2017, the Regional Commissioner of Pwani issued a decree covering the Rufiji area requiring drivers of motorcycles, popularly known as Boda Bodas, to stop carrying passengers at 6pm. You should take extra care when travelling in Rufiji and surrounding areas, including at police checkpoints and monitor local media for the latest information.
Around 75,000 British nationals visit Tanzania every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
A re-run of elections took place in Zanzibar (Unguja and Pemba) on 20 March 2016. There’s a continuing risk of heightened tension and unrest in Zanzibar.
You should take care, be aware of your surroundings and avoid large crowds or public demonstrations. Make sure you have a means of communication with you at all times and monitor local media for updates.
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
Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Tanzania. See Terrorism
There is a threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. See River and sea travel
In the last few years there have been 3 ferry disasters in which hundreds of people have died. If you believe a ferry is overloaded or not seaworthy, don’t get on. See River and sea travel
Long distance buses are often involved in accidents which can be fatal. See Road travel
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.