Tanzania Travel Safety

Tanzania Travel Insurance

If you are going to Tanzania, don’t go without having any travel insurance in place. Read on for some tips on what to consider before selecting a policy:

  • The cost of your trip – Unexpected events sometimes mean you have to cancel your holiday. Although that’s disappointing, it’s nice to know that you may be able get your money back
  • The cost of your baggage
  • The activities you’re likely to be doing – if you’re planning anything really extreme, we can offer you extra cover with our extreme sports policy, if needed.
  • Also, don’t forget to check the latest travel advice for Tanzania from the FCDO

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What is covered with travel insurance to Tanzania?

As standard, our policies cover for over 50 sports and activities, including Safari if you’re planning a visit to the Serengeti and hiking if you’re squeezing in a quick visit to Mount Kilimanjaro!

We also offer a range of benefits, some of which include:

  • Medical expenses and hospital benefit
  • Personal accident and liability
  • Cancelling and cutting short your holiday
  • Abandoning your trip
  • Delayed departure
  • Accommodation cover
  • Personal belongings and baggage
  • Personal money, passport and travel documents
  • Legal expenses

For more information about what’s covered with travel insurance for Tanzania, have a read of our policy documents here.

Do I need a visa for Tanzania?

Yes, as a British citizen with a valid passport you will need to apply for a visa to visit Tanzania. Whether you’re going as a tourist or for business, you can get a visa application form from the Tanzanian High Commission. If you’re going to Tanzania for work or to volunteer, then you’ll need to apply for a work permit prior to travel (volunteer organizations would normally arrange this for you).

You can find more information about visas and entry requirements for Tanzania here.

Healthcare in Tanzania

Medical facilities in Tanzania can be quite limited, especially as you leave the larger cities like Dar es Salaam. Make sure you have the right travel insurance that covers illness, injuries and ideally repatriation, in case anything happens while abroad.

It’s also really important to make sure that you speak to you GP at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to travel to check whether there are any vaccinations or other preventatives needed.

You can find more information about healthcare services and vaccinations for Tanzania here

Medical & Emergency Assistance in Tanzania

If something happens while you’re in Tanzania and you need emergency treatment for an illness or injury, we’re here to help.

5 main types of travel insurance and what they cover

Maybe you’ve recently decided to take the trip of a lifetime, or maybe you’re just looking to get away for a quick weekend jaunt. Either way, you will probably need to purchase some travel insurance, even if you are just traveling to another province. Unfortunately, travel insurance is one of the more complex forms of insurance. With your health and financial wellbeing on the line, you need to be sure you understand what you’re buying. Fortunately, we have complied this helpful list of different types travel insurance to make shopping around easier.

Trip Cancellation

Trip cancellation insurance is what you want to buy if you’re booking a trip with a lot of pre-payments or deposits. This is especially useful if you are booking the trip well in advance, a lot can change within the matter of a few months! This insurance covers you if you have booked non-refundable travel and you’re unable to take your trip.

Trip Interruption

Similar to trip cancellation insurance, trip interruption insurance covers you if you’ve made non-refundable deposits, or pre-payments and you find yourself needing to cut your trip short. The two forms of insurance are very similar, with one generally applying before you leave on your trip and then other applying once you have already left home.

Medical Insurance

Medical insurance is exactly what it sounds like – this insurance is meant to act as a replacement for your provincial health insurance if you travel outside of the province or country. The type of medical insurance you can get varies depending on your insurance company, insurance policy, vacation destination and age. It’s best to discuss the different options available with your broker, especially if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Baggage Insurance

Ever been caught at a new destination without your toothbrush? If you have, you know that it sucks. If you’re in a part of the world that speaks English, forgetting a toothbrush is a minor inconvenience. If you don’t speak the local language, it can quickly turn into a major issue. Now imagine you’re traveling and the airline loses your checked luggage. It would be extremely difficult to survive an entire trip with only your carry-on luggage, and without knowing where to buy anything and with no time to be a smart, frugal shopper, you can quickly rack up hundreds of dollars in expenses just to replace what was in your bag.

Baggage insurance covers reasonable expenses incurred if your luggage is merely delayed. If your luggage is lost, damaged or stolen, baggage insurance will usually cover the cost of replacing your suitcase as well as its contents.

All-inclusive Insurance

The best way to think of all-inclusive insurance is to imagine that it’s a combination of all the above forms of travel insurance. You’re covered if you pre-book a vacation and need to cancel ahead of time, you’re covered if you get sick while at a resort and want to go home right away.

Because all-inclusive insurance covers so much, it’s usually the most expensive travel insurance option. However, if the worst should happen, there are very few situations that your all-inclusive insurance does not cover. If you’re planning a trip of a lifetime, or even just taking some much-needed rest and relaxation time, having travel insurance is worth the cost for the peace of mind!



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