Vaccination before the trip to Tanzania & Zanzibar

Mandatory vaccinations

Yellow fever

Only if you have stayed within 6 days (or had a transit> 12 hours) in a country / area with yellow-fever transmission. However, this requirement does not apply to children <12 months of age.

Recommended vaccinations

Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis


Basic protection

Measles, mumps, rubella

Hepatitus A

Hepatitis B

Cholera / ETEC

Recommendation for long-term stays in the country, backpacking, volunteer work, residence, etc.



Recommended for children who cannot report bites, people who have to work with animals, expose themselves to risk or when adequate medical care cannot be guaranteed.


For long-term or repeated stays in the country.

Other recommendations


Malaria risk varies depending on where in Tanzania you travel. Prophylaxis with malaria tablets is most often recommended. Contact our vaccination clinic for more information!

Mosquito protection

There is a risk of vector-borne diseases (Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, Trypanosomiasis). Protect yourself from insect bites, sleep under mosquito nets, use protective clothing and mosquito repellent.


There is a risk of rabies. Do not contact mammals such as dogs, cats, monkeys. Seek medical attention immediately if you are bitten.

Good to know before the trip to Tanzania

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Tanzania offers fantastic wildlife and the famous Serengeti National Park alongside Lake Victoria and Africa’s highest mountain Kilimanjaro, attract many visitors. The island of Zanzibar belongs to Tanzania and has chalk white, long beaches and incredibly beautiful environment. Be careful not to drink water from the tap, preferably buy water in the store in unopened bottles. Avoid eating raw foods and make sure fruits and vegetables are well rinsed before tasting them.

Tanzania is one of Africa’s most scenic and well-visited countries, both due to a relatively stable economy and partly because safaris on the steppe, boat trips on Lake Victoria and rock climbing on Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, attract. In total, the country consists of 26 regions, of which the island of Zanzibar is included. Many people speak English in Tanzania and there are several different peoples to encounter, although the majority are Bantu people.

Malaria, dengue fever and tsetse flies are rampant in Africa and Tanzania is no exception. Therefore, get vaccinated before departure and bring mosquito protection. Remember to only swim in the sea – freshwater in rivers and lakes can contain dangerous bacteria. Recommended vaccinations are taken against Hepatitis A and B as well as against tuberculosis and cholera if you are going to stay in the countryside. Yellow fever vaccine is required as a certificate if you have recently stayed in a country with the disease.

Hygiene, food and health

In Tanzania, as a Swede, you encounter another type of bacterial flora, which can give rise to stomach illness. Therefore, it is extremely important, for example, to never drink tap water, but instead buy water bottles or metal bottles that are equipped with built-in filters. Feel free to boil the water before drinking it. When it comes to food, Tanzania’s cuisine is a delight for the palate, but make sure to visit restaurants that have good routines in place when it comes to hygiene. Avoid eating mayonnaise, chicken, raw seafood if you are not sure the restaurant is high class.

Important information

In Tanzania, traffic still drives on the left-hand side, which means you have to keep an eye on the cars that can drive relatively fast. Unfortunately, many drivers are under the influence of alcohol and overcoming that problem has been a concern in the country. There is often a shortage of sidewalks which does not make it easier.

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