Get a full list of the vaccines you need for Tanzania, and learn about the risk of diseases and the best ways to protect yourself while away.

Vaccinations for

It is recommended that all travellers to Tanzania receive a diphtheria, tetanus and polio booster vaccination, as well as typhoid and hepatitis A shots. You may need other vaccines for travel depending on your medical history and itinerary.

01. Vaccine list

The following list is an official recommendation of ways to best stay safe while on holiday, including vaccinations for Tanzania and tips to avoid falling ill while abroad.

Book an appointment online to get vaccinated at your local pharmacy. If you are unsure as to which vaccinations you require, book a free telephone consultation with one of our medical advisors, who will create a vaccine plan based on your needs.

Most travellers

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio

Anytime before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

Hepatitis A

Anytime before arrival

Some travellers

Yellow fever

10 days before arrival


3 weeks before arrival*

Hepatitis B

4 weeks before arrival*


10 days before arrival


2 weeks before arrival

02. Other health risks in Tanzania

For some health risks and diseases, there are no preventative vaccines for Tanzania. To be best prepared, please keep the following in mind before your trip.


There is a high risk of malaria all year round. All areas of Tanzania below 1,800m are affected, and there is a risk on the island of Zanzibar as well. If you are going to one of these areas, antimalarials are therefore recommended.

There is no risk of malaria in the areas above 1,800m in Tanzania, and here antimalarials are therefore not recommended. However, even though there is no risk in these areas, you should still practice mosquito bite avoidance measures.

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There have been recent cases of dengue in Dar Es Salaam and the Tanga region. All travellers should practice mosquito bite avoidance measures during the daytime.

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03. Precautions for Tanzania

It is important to take precautions during your stay in Tanzania, as the diseases can be spread in many different ways and the risk can increase at anytime.


There is a risk of malaria and dengue fever in Tanzania, and you cannot be protected against the diseases by vaccination.

Because of this, it is really important you protect yourself against mosquito bites, as they are the main cause of these infections during your stay in the country.

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Food and water

All travellers going to Tanzania should take care with food and water hygiene, as there is a risk of typhoid, cholera and hepatitis A, which are all transmitted through contaminated food and water.

If you are visiting friends or relatives in Tanzania or are a long-stay traveller, you are at increased risk of consuming contaminated food and drinks, and you should therefore be extra careful.

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04. Useful contacts in Tanzania

These are some of the most important services you may need while in Tanzania.

British High Commission Dar es Salaam The British High Commission Dar es Salaam can assist you, if you are in need for urgent help. You can call them on +255 (0) 22 229 0000.

Local emergency medical services In case of a medical emergency, dial +255 115 for an ambulance. You can also call the emergency hotline of the Aga Khan Hospital in Dar es Salaam at +255 (0) 782 004 001. They speak English and are experienced in representing British nationals.

Medical facilities and practitioners In the case that you become ill while in Tanzania, keep this relevant information nearby to find reputable medical help quickly. The British High Commission Dar es Salaam has prepared a list of medical facilities and practitioners in Tanzania.

05. Checklist for your trip to Tanzania

  • Check if you need vaccinations Book an appointment at your local pharmacy at least 6 to 8 weeks before travel to get vaccinated

  • Mosquito & tick protection Reduce your chance of mosquito and tick bites while in Tanzania by making sure you have everything you need, including DEET insect repellent

  • Yellow fever certificate Verify the regularly updated entry requirements concerning yellow fever certificates and whether they apply to you

  • Travel insurance If you become ill in Tanzania and did not receive the right vaccinations before you left, your travel insurance can become void. So, make sure to check before you leave

  • Note useful contact numbers Make a list of contacts to take with you to Tanzania in case of an emergency

06. How to book your travel vaccinations

If you already know which vaccinations you need, you can book a vaccination appointment at your local pharmacy.

If you would like to discuss your specific requirements with a medical advisor, book a free telephone consultation. A Practio nurse will give an individual assessment of your needs and recommend a suitable vaccination programme.

Content reviewed by

Anne Marie Major, Independent Nurse Prescriber
20 June 2019

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