Last update 18 March 2020Diplomatic missions
Level 3: Increased level of risk (recommendation not to travel in certain areas of the country unless necessary)
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United Republic of Tanzania
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in Tanzania. Bulgarian nationals residing for a short or longer period of time in Tanzania can contact on consular issues the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Ethiopia
Address: Bole KK, Kebele 04/06/07, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Postal Address: P.O.Box 987, Addis Ababa, FDR of Ethiopia
Telephone: +251 11 66 100 32
Fax: +251 11 66 162 70
Office hours: 08.00 - 18.00h
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: www.mfa.bg/embassies/ethiopia
The Embassy of Tanzania in Berlin has been accredited to Bulgaria.
Embassy of Tanzania in Berlin
Address: Eschenallee 11, 14050 Berlin (Charlottenburg, Westend), Germany
Telephone: +49 30 3030800
Fax: +49 30 30308020
E-mail: [email protected]
Tanzanian shilling (TZS)
It is recommended to have US dollars, euro and credit cards.
Crime and security
Travellers are advised to exercise a high degree of caution as regards their personal security. You should avoid walking and travelling after dark. It is advised to carry a copy of your identity documents and a small amount of cash. Avoid travelling inside the country.
Crime, including armed robbery and petty theft, mugging and kidnapping, is common in Tanzania. Bulgarian nationals should be aware of the risk of terrorist incidents.
Prostitution and homosexuality are illegal under Tanzanian law and are considered crimes punishable by the state.
There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currency provided it is declared on arrival. Personal belongings can be imported duty free.
Foreign currency can be exported without restrictions within the range of the amount declared on arrival. It is prohibited to export Tanzanian local currency abroad as well as articles made from endangered and protected species.
Tanzanians drive on the left side of the road.
You are advised to hire private taxis, but be sure to negotiate the price before you use them.
Driving after dark should be exercised with extreme caution. All visitors wishing to drive in Tanzania require a valid International Driving Permit and a Bulgarian driving licence.
Health care in Tanzania is poor. Tap water in Tanzania is unsafe to drink. Travelers are strongly urged to use only boiled water for washing.
The prevailing health problems are communicable diseases, including AIDS. Be aware that many diseases are spread through mosquito bites.
Travel papers and visas
The passports of Bulgarian citizens wishing to travel to Tanzania should have at least 6 months validity from the planned date of entry into the country. The short-term Tanzanian visa has a validity of 90 days from the date of issue. When submitting your visa application form to the Embassy of Tanzania in Berlin, the procedure of processing the documents and issuing the visa itself will take 2 weeks. The cost of this service is 50 euro. Express visas can be issued within 24 hours each business day, the cost of which is 70 euro. Payment is in cash or with a cheque (for Bulgarian bank cheques there is a charge of 16 euro on the amount).
The visa application can be submitted either personally or by registered mail, placing the amount, respectively the cheque, in the envelope.
Visa application forms can be downloaded from the website of the Embassy of Tanzania in Berlin: http://www.tanzania-gov.de/
It is also possible to submit your application and to receive your visa at the international airports of Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar). Because of the frequently changing rules for visa issuing at the international airports of Tanzania, it is advisable to submit your visa application form through the Embassy of Tanzania in Berlin.
Travellers are strongly encouraged to drink plenty of liquids and avoid high fat foods. You should be sensible about alcohol intake during the hot season.
Do not drink tap water.
Be careful when you eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
Certification and Legalization
In order to be used in Bulgaria, any documents issued by Tanzanian authorities to Bulgarian citizensmust bear a seal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tanzania before they can be recognized as valid. Then they have to be certified by the Embassy of Tanzania accredited for Bulgaria – in this case, Tanzania’s Embassy in Berlin. The signature and apostille of the Consular Service are then legalized at the Bulgarian Embassy in Berlin.
Compiled in this way, the documents have to be translated into the Bulgarian language by an authorized Translation Agency in Bulgaria, and the translation must be legalized by the Certification and Legalization Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria.
Emergency Travel Document
In extreme situations – in case of damaged, lost or stolen passport, Bulgarian nationals can apply for an Emergency Travel Document to the Embassy of any EU Member State in Tanzania.