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Climate

Dar es Salaam is located on the East Coast of Africa, 6 degrees south of the Equator. It has an equatorial climate and high humidity and can get quite steamy. The rainy seasons over November/December can bring rain, but it is usually of short duration followed by brilliant sunshine. Temperatures in December range from 24 to 32 degrees Celsius.

Venue

The main venue for the Partners’ Forum is the Hyatt Regency Dar Es Salaam, The Kilimanjaro.

Hyatt Regency Dar es Salaam

Address and contact details of the Hyatt:
Kivukoni Street, P.o . Box 9574,
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Telephone: +255 764 704 704
Fax: +255 222 120 777
Email: daressalaam.kilimanjaro@hyatt.com

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Passports & Visas

All persons travelling to Tanzania require passports, which must be valid for 6 months from date of entry.

Most nationalities are required to obtain a visa prior to entering Tanzania (see list of countries who do not require a visa below). While it is possible for citizens of some countries to get a visa on arrival, to avoid delays at the airport upon entry, GAVI strongly recommends that visas are obtained in advance from a Tanzanian Diplomatic or Consular Mission if at all possible.

Please allow sufficient time to obtain your visa since it can take up to 4 weeks.

Upon completion of registration for the Partners’ Forum, GAVI will issue each delegate with a personalized letter that will facilitate the issuance of a visa. Please note that GAVI will not cover the cost of the procurement of an entry visa.

Nationals of the following countries and territories are required to secure a “referred visa”, which involves getting prior clearance from the Tanzanian Department of Immigration in Dar es Salaam: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine Authority, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. Referred visas cannot be issued on arrival in Tanzania therefore must be applied for in advance. Nationals of these countries must apply to the nearest embassy of their usual country of residence which is within the embassy, mission and consulate jurisdiction. Please alert Partners’ Forum organizers if you encounter any significant challenges in complying with this requirement.

Countries and territories that do NOT require an entry visa: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei Kingdom, Cayman Islands, Christmas Island, Cocos, Cook Islands, Cyprus Republic, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gambia Republic, Ghana Republic, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Swaziland, Tonga Kingdom, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Health

Malaria is endemic to a large part of Tanzania, including coastal areas. The risk of malaria in Dar es Salaam is lower than in rural areas. However, the risk is further increased during and just after the rainy seasons, November through December, and therefore malaria prophylaxis is strongly encouraged. Please consult your doctor.

The following vaccinations are recommended: Tetanus, Hepatitis A, Influenza A (H1N1), Typhoid, Meningitis, Rabies and Yellow Fever. A yellow fever certificate is required if entering from an infected area or country at risk, even by transit flights.

It is recommended to drink bottled water only, even in the hotels.

If you are on any prescribed medication, please ensure you bring sufficient supplies with you in your hand luggage, as it might not be available locally.

International Calls

Because hotel rates are often costly, so it is advisable to check with the hotel operator before making a call. If you use your mobile / cell phone note that roaming charges in Tanzania may be expensive so check rates with your service provider before you travel.

Safety

Dar es Salaam is considered a safe destination, but standard precautions are advised when going out: leave any expensive jewellery at home or in the room safe, don’t display excess amounts of cash or expensive cameras or phones around, take care of belongings and be aware of pickpocketing. You are strongly advised not to wander around the city at or after sundown, alone or in small groups. If you need a taxi, it is better to request one through the hotel concierge. It is advisable to carry identification (e.g. a copy of your passport) at all times. Please ensure, however, that it is a copy and not the original document.

General behaviour in public

Tanzanians are welcoming towards visitors but be sensitive to local culture. Respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times. As in most countries, it is polite to ask first before taking a picture of a person. In public, women are requested to cover their shoulders and wear a dress or trousers to at least knee level. For men, it is always advisable to wear long trousers in public.

Greeting

Tanzanians are usually called by their given names preceded by Mr, Mrs, or Miss. “Jambo” (hello) is standard greeting. Reply to the following question, “Habari?” (“How is it?”), with “Nzuri” (Good).

Currency

The unit of currency is the Tanzanian Shilling (TSh). Notes are issued as TSh10,000; 5000; 1000; 500; 200 and 100.

ATMs are widespread in Dar es Salaam, although it is worth noting that they are sporadically out of service. Foreign currency may be exchanged through authorised dealers, commercial banks, at Bureau de Change and border posts.

Banks and foreign exchange bureaux are available at international airports and most large hotels. Banking hours are 08:30 to 15:00 from Monday to Friday, and 08:30 to 13:30 on Saturdays. A few branches in town open until 16:30 on weekdays. Do not exchange money in the street.

Several hotels and tour operators, and some midrange establishments accept credit cards – generally with a commission from 5% to 10%. However, it is worth remembering that not all hotels, shops and restaurants accept credit cards. We recommend that you bring US Dollars or Euros in cash. Ensure that any US currency you bring is post-2000. Pre-2000 US Dollars are often not accepted due to a large number of counterfeit notes in circulation worldwide. Plan to have enough money to cover your expected expenses, plus a small reserve - most people carry between US $50 and $100 per person per day for all expenses.

Tipping

Tipping is not expected in small establishments (especially in Tanzania's rural areas), but tips will be expected in major towns and tourist centres. The recommended tipping for hotel staff is US$ 5.00 per person per day. Porterage is US$ 1.00 per person on arrival and the same on departure. At restaurants it is usually 10 % of the total bill. Some restaurants and hotels already include the service fee - any additional tip is at the client’s discretion.

Electricity

The supply is generally 220-240v and plugs are three-pin square or round. Please ensure you travel with the relevant travel / power adaptors for all your electrical items as they may not be easy to come by.

Shopping

If you are shopping outside the main area it would always be advisable to have shillings to pay with. Bargaining for a cheaper price is quite acceptable in some shops or markets selling local handicrafts.

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