Official advice for New Zealanders living and travelling overseas

  • Reviewed: 14 January 2020, 13:09 NZDT
  • Still current at: 20 February 2020

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Exercise increased caution

Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to violent crime, the threat of terrorism and the potential for civil unrest.

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Violent crime
Violent crime, including mugging and robbery, is common in Tanzania, including in Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam. Petty crime, including bag-snatching and pickpocketing, is particularly prevalent in urban areas.

In April 2017, several police officers were killed in the Pwani region, 100km South of Dar es Salaam. This incident and the murders of several local officials has resulted in a heightened security presence in the area. Additional checkpoints are in place particularly on highways and in towns and curfews could be imposed at short notice. New Zealanders are advised to take extra care when travelling in Rufiji and surrounding areas and monitor the media to stay informed of local developments.

Express kidnappings occur in Dar es Salaam, where criminals abduct a victim for a short period of time and force them to withdraw funds from their bank account at an ATM. This has been known to occur after tourists are befriended by strangers or when using unlicensed taxis. We advise against accepting unsolicited offers of assistance and recommend that you pre-book taxis.

There is a particular risk of armed robbery and banditry in the provinces of Kigoma and Kagera, near the borders with Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

New Zealanders in Tanzania are advised to be vigilant at all times, particularly in places frequented by tourists. We advise against walking and travelling at night, especially to isolated areas. As victims of robbery are often targeted due to their perceived wealth, we advise against wearing or displaying items that appear valuable, such as mobile devices or jewellery.

No resistance should be given if you are the victim of a robbery, mugging or carjacking, as this could lead to an escalation in violence. Make sure your residential property or accommodation is secure at all times, especially at night.  When driving, you should keep doors locked, windows up and any valuables out of sight.

Beware of ATM and credit card fraud. Avoid using ATMs that look temporary in structure or location, and only use ATMs in well-lit public areas or inside banks.

Civil unrest
Demonstrations and political rallies are common in Tanzania and have, on occasion, led to violence. New Zealanders in Tanzania are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.

There is also potential for sectarian tension and violence between Christians and Muslims in Tanzania. We recommend you stay alert to your immediate surroundings and respect religious and social traditions to avoid offending local sensitivities.

There is a threat of terrorism in Tanzania. New Zealanders in Tanzania are advised to keep themselves informed of potential risks to safety and security by monitoring the media and other local information sources. We recommend following any instructions issued by the local authorities and exercising vigilance in public places, particularly at tourist sites, shopping areas and transport hubs.

Maritime safety
There have been serious ferry accidents off the coast of Tanzania and on lake Victoria in the past, resulting in hundreds of casualties. We recommend you do not board any ferry which you believe is overloaded or unseaworthy.

Piracy, including attacks and kidnappings, has been reported in the coastal waters off Tanzania. Mariners are advised to be vigilant and take appropriate precautionary measures in these waters. For more information view the International Maritime Bureau's piracy report.

General travel advice
Modesty and discretion should be exercised in both dress and behaviour in areas away from tourist resorts to avoid offending local sensitivities.

New Zealanders travelling or living in Tanzania should have a comprehensive travel insurance policy in place that includes provision for medical evacuation by air.

New Zealanders in Tanzania are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Travel tips

The New Zealand High Commission Pretoria, South Africa is accredited to Tanzania

Street Address 125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa Postal Address Private Bag X27, Brooklyn Square 0075, Pretoria, South Africa Telephone +27 12 435 9000 Fax +27 12 435 9002 Email Web Site Hours Mon - Fri 0800 - 1630hrs

New Zealand Honorary Consulate Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Postal Address PO Box 409, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Telephone +255 22 2112986/2118993 Fax +255 22 2112987 Email

See our regional advice for Africa

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Accredited New Zealand High Commission South Africa

Street Address
125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181 Pretoria, South Africa

Telephone: +27 12 435 9000

Fax: +27 12 435 9002



Hours: Mon - Fri 0800 - 1630hrs

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