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Visa:

Visitors to Zanzibar ( Tanzania) are required to have a valid passport. Visa can be obtained on arrival at all entry points. You may seek assistance at your nearest Tanzania Embassy

Airport/Port Departure Tax:

Zanzibar International Airport $30.00
Domestic - Harbour $5.00
Domestic - Flight $6.00 ($5 + $1 Safety fee)

Population:

Around 950 thousand (Unguja & Pemba)

Area:

2300 sq. meters

Head of State:

President - His Excellency Mr. Amani Abeid Karume

Language:

Kiswahili is the lingua franca. English is spoken widely.

Religion:

Islam

Culture:

Zanzibar is a Muslim oriented country therefore dress code must be observed. Ladies upper arms and legs must be covered at all public places. Shorts and beachwear is restricted at swimming pools and beach areas.

Currency:

Tanzania Shilling ($1 = TSh. 1100)

Credit Cards:

All internatinal - Visa, MasterCard, American Express, are accepted:

Photography:

Zanzibar are courteous and helpful. We strongly advise that you seek permission from anyone whose photograph you would like to take. Most suitable time for photography is between 0800 and 1700. Only films hermitically sealed in tin canisters (tropical packing) should be purchased and once the spool is insetered in the camera all the exposures should be made as soon as possible as the humidity of the climate is detrimental to emulsion. There are various photo shops where films may be bought and developed.

Health Precautions:

Visitors are advised to wear some form of protective headgear when walking outside in the heat of the day. Dark sunglasses arealso a comfort to those who suffer from the sun's glare. There are few, if any, dangerous snakes on the island, while sharks are seldom, if ever, found inshore. You need not to worry about bathing on any of the beaches round the coast, or walking in bush or long grass. Malaria is endemic in Africa and we stres the importance of taking prophylactics. We suggest you consult your doctor for advice. Prophylactics should be taken before, during and after your visit as prescribed by your doctor. Yellow Fever Vaccination - a must if you have travelled within the last 24 hours through an endemic country.

Insurance:

Holiday Insurance cover is advised to be taken for lost luggage, medical, theft etc.

Time:

GMT + 3hours

Security:

Zanzibar is no different from other major towns in Africa or in Europe or Americas.

Useful Tel. No.

Medical Emergency Dr. Mehta’s Hospital +255 (0)77 741 099
Emergency Medical Evacuations – +255 (0)77 741 077

Business Hours:

Bank/Post Offices: 0830 - 1600 (Monday to Friday)

Supermarkets: 0900 - 1300 & 1500 - 2100 (Daily)

Shops: 0900 - 1300 & 1600 - 1800 (Daily)

Drinking Water:

Bottled Mineral Water is recommended

Electricity:

230/240 voltage 50 Htz. Socket 3Pin Square, applicable. It is recommended to bring your own adaptor for video battery charger and ther appliances for 110-220 voltages.

Driving:

Driving is on the left. Foreigners must be 21 years of age and in possession of International Driving License.

Climate:

Hot/Dry, and during periods humid
December to March - Northeast monsoons - hot and comparatively dry
April to May - heavy rains (masika season)
June to October - cool and dry
November & December - short interval rains.

Public Holidays:

Fixed: Good Friday; Easter Monday; Christmas Day; New Year; Independence Day 09/12 - (mainland); 12/01 - (Zanzibar); Labour Day - 01/05; Saba Saba Day 07/07 (Peasant Day); Religous Holidays vary from year to year - Prophet Mohammed's (SAW) Birthday; Muslim Festivals of Ramadhan, Idd-El-Fitr; Idd-El-Hajj; Muharram; Maulid; (If any of these holidays fall on a Sunday the following Monday is observed)

Tipping:

For exceptional service, tipping is allways appreciated and is largely at your discretion.

VAT:

A value added tax of 20% is payable on services and goods including restaurants and hotels.

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