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SHUTTLES WILL BE PROVIDED FROM EACH OF THESE HOTELS TO THE CONFERENCE EACH DAY
Changing money and Currency
ATMs are available in various parts of the city. Credit cards can generally be used in major hotels and tourist attractions but apart from that they are not widely used in Tanzania. There are Currency Exchange places once you depart the airport. This is likely the most convenient place to exchange money.
Tanzania’s currency is the shilling (TSh). USD$1 is approximately TSh 2240.
Do use the official channels to change money and do not be swayed in case unofficial currency vendors approach you.
If possible, please obtain a tourist visa in advance of your trip to Tanzania. Although visas can be obtained at the airport, it can add up to an hour to the time it takes to make your way through the airport. Included near the end of this booklet is an invitation letter in case needed for the visa application. If you do end up needing to buy a visa at the airport on arrival, you will need USD$ cash in hand. Visas cost between USD$50 and $100, depending on your nationality. A few countries (see list at the end of this booklet) require a referral letter in order for their citizens to receive a visa to Tanzania.
Transport from Airport to Hotel
There are options for arranging transport to your hotel from the airport. Transportation can be arranged with your hotel, and they will organize a drive to pick you up at the airport.
There are also registered taxi’s available at the airport. Once you leave the airport the registered taxi drivers will be on your left in a waiting area. A registered taxi should cost roughly 60 000 TSH or 30 USD to either hotel on the Masaki Peninsula.
Some vaccinations are recommended for even short-term visitors to Tanzania. Advice on this can be found at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/tanzania. As a short-term visitor, we advise you to consult your doctor well in advance of your visit so that you have advice about what makes sense for you.
Sporadically, Tanzania immigration will ask visitors for proof of Yellow Fever Vaccinations. It is strongly recommended that you bring proof of Yellow Fever Vaccinations with you to prevent any issues at the airport.
Dar es Salaam has a tropical climate and is usually hot and humid. February is particularly hot with the main rainy season beginning in February/March. Expect temperatures ranging from 30C to 35C during the day and perhaps occasional heavy rains. Visitors are recommended to bring long-sleeved clothes for the evenings for added protection against mosquitos.
Clothing (for comfort and cultural sensitivity) and School Dress Code
The challenge for candidates visiting IST is to maintain a professional appearance despite the heat and humidity which can work at odds with the candidates’ goals. Please keep in mind that although the classrooms and meeting rooms are air conditioned and the campus walkways are paved, men may find a suit jacket stifling and women may find high heels impractical when touring the campuses.
For your interest, here is the guidance that our teachers receive concerning dress code.
Sleeveless shirts/dresses where the straps are at least 3 finger widths wide.
Your IST badge with correct date
Trousers or capris
Skirts and shorts provided that they are no more than 2 inches above the knee cap).
Shoes, pumps, heels, sneakers, or dress sandals in good repair.
Tee-shirts (unless you teach PE)
Denim of any colour
Exposure of underwear due to low riding pants.
Beach sandals, flip flops or athletic sandals without backing.
Tee-shirts (unless you teach PE)
Skirts or shorts which are more than 2 inches above the top of the knee cap.
Informal tops: tank/tube/spaghetti straps
Any top or dress, or pants which reveals underwear, cleavage or midriff
Denim of any colour
Shorts (unless you teach PE)
Beach sandals, flip flops, or athletic sandals without backing.
Caution on drinking water
Visitors are advised not to drink water or brush teeth using water from the tap. Bottled mineral water is widely available. IST provides water coolers throughout its campuses that can be used to fill up water bottles free of charge.
Staying safe: Sensible precautions when traveling on one’s own
Dar es Salaam is generally safe for both residents and visitors. However, most residents have at least heard of someone who has been a victim of crime, usually low-level, crime of opportunity-type incidences.
The security office at the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam advises to:
avoid walking around with a backpack or purse and do not walk anywhere at night,
walk so you can see the traffic coming (assuming of course that it is safe to do so),
not wear headphones,
not walk alone, and
be aware of your surroundings.
Tips when traveling by taxi:
Take legitimate taxis (white cars, white number plates, coloured stripe down the side of the vehicle) from a car service, hotel, or restaurant. In addition to the coloured stripe, legitimate taxis have a number inside a circle on both front doors.
As an added precaution, you can photograph the front or back of the taxi showing the license plate and ask for the driver's name and cell phone number. Check the doors and windows before you get in. Don't hail unknown taxis on the street and don't take taxis hailed by people you just met. Don't take taxis that have other passengers in them and if a taxi stops for other passengers it is recommended to get out of the taxi.
Tanzania uses 230v 60Hz electricity. Most sockets are square three-pinned, British-style sockets, though adaptors for other types are quite freely available in shops. Tanzania suffers from power outages (our back-up generators see fairly frequent use) and power spikes that can damage sensitive electrical equipment. For your treasured laptop or phone, it is worthwhile bringing a circuit-breaker to keep it safe. IST will have adaptors available.
IST is fortunate in having Dar es Salaam’s finest primary health care provider right on its (Secondary) campus – the IST Clinic (www.istclinic.com/).
Other recommended medical facilities include:
Aga Khan Hospital Emergency on Ocean Road
For your convenience and feelings of safety, we will supply you with a simple mobile phone for the duration of your stay, on which you can make local calls. A list of phone numbers will be provided as well for easy reference to contact key people at IST.
Internet access will be available when on campus as well as in the hotel.
Maps and plans
Dar es Salaam:
Tanzania’s national languages are Kiswahili and English. Although just about everyone at IST speaks at least some English (as do most other people you will likely meet on your visit), a few key phrases of Kiswahili will make your stay more enjoyable:
Karibu – welcome
Ahsante – thank you
Naomba maji – may I have some water?
Choo kiko wapi? – where is the toilet?
Habari? – how are things? Respond by saying “Nzuri” (good)
Mambo? – how’s it going? (casual). Respond by saying “Poa!” (cool!)
Countries which require referral visa before coming to Tanzania.
Citizens of these countries require an invitation letter and documentation stating the purpose of their visit to Tanzania. Please contact Nasreen Nanji (email@example.com) if you are a citizen of one of these countries.
Dear Sir or Madam,
It is our honour to invite ______________ to the International School of Tanganyika to visit our campuses. The visitor will be in Dar es Salaam for approximately four days during the period of November 2018.
We kindly request your assistance in facilitating their travel to Dar es Salaam.