Threat level: High
The travel advice for Tanzania is to remain cautious during travel in the country. There is a general threat of terrorism in the country, western travellers in particular are thought to be the main targets of terror attacks so remain vigilant at all times. Crime rates are relatively low in Tanzania but do peak in certain areas of the country. Tourist heavy areas have high rates of pick pocketing and other petty crimes.
Recent Security Risk Events
In December 2016, a European family were robbed at gun point at their campsite at south Beach, 20km southeast of Dar es Salaam, one person was killed.
The political situation in Tanzania is currently unstable. Violent political demonstrations are common around the country and can form without warning. Police have used tear gas during these demonstrations for crowd control purposes. Monitor local media and avoid large gatherings when possible.
In Zanzibar in 2013, two foreign tourists were the victims of an acid attack in Stone Town. This is one of a few isolated attacks targeted against tourists in Tanzania.
The justice minister of Tanzania controversially announced plans to crack down on the country’s LGBT community in August 2016. This including actions such as suspending the registration of NGOs/charities that support homosexuality clearly sending a message to the LGBT community. This came as a surprise to many in the country as Tanzania has traditionally been a very accepting country compared with many of its neighbours. A regional commissioner for one of the cities announced that social media would be used to identify and arrest gay people. It is strongly advised to act discretely when visiting the country.
Travel to the areas of Tanzania bordering Burundi and Kigoma region are highly advised against. Armed robberies and banditry in this area have significantly increased in recent years. If you go against advice and do decide to travel to these areas be sure to only drive in daylight hours and with a Close Protection Officer if possible.
Tanzania has strong diplomatic ties with the United States, The USA continues to provide assistance to Tanzania in support of the areas of health, environment, democracy, and development. The country enjoys strong relations with its African neighbours and in recent years has been an active participant in efforts to promote the peaceful resolution of disputes.
Road conditions are generally poor and many drivers on the road do not take into consideration the safety of other drivers. It is advised to travel with doors locked and windows up while travelling inside of Tanzania due to the risk of hijackings.
You can drive in Tanzania with most foreign driving licences. The licensing policy is very relaxed in Tanzania, and many drivers drive without a licence.