Tanzania – Level 3: Reconsider Travel
Reconsider travel to Tanzania due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Tanzania due to crime, terrorism, and targeting of LGBTI persons.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for the Tanzania due to COVID-19.
Tanzania has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Tanzania.
Reconsider Travel To:
- Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania due to the threat of terrorism.
Country Summary: Violent crime, such as assault, sexual assault, robberies, mugging, and carjacking, is common. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime.
Terrorist groups could attack in Tanzania with little or no warning, targeting embassies, police stations, mosques, and other places frequented by Westerners. Please see the additional information below regarding the increased threat of terrorism in Mtwara Region.
In Tanzania, same-sex sexual acts are a criminal offense. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons have been targeted, arrested, harassed, and/or charged with unrelated offenses due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Individuals detained under suspicion of same-sex sexual conduct could be subject to forced anal examinations.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Tanzania:
- See the U.S. Embassy’s web page regarding COVID-19.
- Visit the CDC’s webpage on Travel and COVID-19.
- Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa and keep original documents in a secure location.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Do not leave your food or drink unattended.
- Stay alert in all locations, especially those frequented by Westerners.
- Avoid public displays of affection particularly between same-sex couples.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Tanzania.
- Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania – Reconsider Travel
There have been reports of violence in Mtwara Region in southern Tanzania. Increased activity by extremists along the southern border has led to attacks against both government and civilian targets.
Visit our website for more information on Travel to High-Risk Areas.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to the risk indicator and reconsider travel region.