Getting here from overseas
Direct flights to Zanzibar:
Emirates/FlyDubai combo, Eurowings Discover, SwissAir, Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, Oman Air, Qatar Airlines, Turkish Airlines.This list might not be complete.
Getting from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar:
Insider info: The airport is on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam quite a distance from the Harbour/Ferry Port which is in the center of Dar. Traffic in Dar is horrendous, it can take you 2 hours or longer by taxi from the airport to the ferry port (the distance could be done easily in 30 min if there were no traffic). The taxi will cost anything from US$ 30 upwards to the ferry port. Make sure you agree on the taxi fare before you get into the taxi!
By plane: Several local airlines offer flights from Dar to Zanzibar (the flight time is 20 minutes), for example: www.precisionairtz.com, www.zanair.com, www.coastalaviation.co.tz, http://www.auricair.com, http://www.assalaamair.co.tz, http://www.flightlink.co.tz, http://www.fly540.com
Zanzibar International Airport: The new Terminal 3 was finally opened early July 2021 and is used by all international airlines. Local airlines use the old airport which is only a few meters away.
Immigration/Visa: Some airlines hand out forms on the plane to be completed. If not, you need to complete it in the arrivals hall. When you made it to the top of the queue at immigration, your visa is processed and a photo of you as well as fingerprints are taken, this only takes a few minutes. You can also book your visa online https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
After you got your luggage from the conveyor belts everything will be scanned. Please make sure you don’t have any plastic bags in your luggage, except zipblock bags, since they are banned on the island. Plastic wrapped luggage is allowed though.
Please make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months from the date of departure from Zanzibar!
Transfer to your hotel: If your hotel doesn’t offer to organise your transfer, rather get a taxi at the airport desk in the arrivals hall if you don’t know the normal rates for the distance to travel. You will be inundated by numerous taxi drivers when you leave the airport building which can be quite intimidating.
BE CAREFUL: Do not book any excursions with any taxi driver and most of all, do not pay them for any tours upfront. Apparently, some taxi drivers offer a Safari Blu tour for two for 500$ and demand upfront payment in full. Needless to say that they never arrive to collect the clients. (If you book directly with http://www.safariblue.net the price is 70$ per person!)