Passports and Visas
A standard 10 year British Passport is required for all travel and must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay. British Passport holders require visas for entry into Tanzania (including Zanzibar) Kenya & Zambia. Other nationals may have to obtain visas for other countries. If you do not hold a British Passport please contact us for further information. However, we must emphasise that you are responsible for ensuring that all your travel documents are in order. All children who are not already included on a valid British Passport will need to hold their own passport. Children who were included on a passport before 05 October 1998 may continue to travel with the passport holder until the age of 16, the passport expires or needs amending.
No compulsory health requirements are in force if travelling to the countries mentioned in Southern Africa, apart from Tanzania & Zanzibar which requires passengers to hold valid Yellow Fever certificates. However, the Department of Health recommends that protection against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and typhoid be taken. The Department of Health produces a useful booklet entitled Health Advice for Travellers (T5) and this is available free from your doctor or from an ABTA Travel agent. We must emphasise that because requirements may change at short notice, you are responsible for ensuring that you take advice from your GP or appropriate medical authority.
Most cards are accepted in shops, at ATMs etc, but please check with your bank before departing that you will be able to use yours while away.
We suggest that you take your spending money in the form of the local currency and take a bank card with you to take out any more money that you may require.
Any special request that you may have – such as dietary requirements – must be advised before your departure.
Political and safety situation
Although there continues to be media coverage, the political situation throughout southern and east Africa continues to develop in a positive manner and people mix freely. In major cities it is sensible to take the same precautions that you would in any of the worlds urban and metropolitan areas as crimes exists at some level worldwide. Never leave unattended luggage – deposit your valuables in the safe deposit box or in your room safe – dont stroll around the streets after dark – dont wear expensive jewellery when out walking – always lock your car doors and keep the windows closed. If you intend to travel off the beaten track then do seek local advice. The Foreign & Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit may have issued information about your destination. You are advised to check this information on BBC2 (Ceefax) page 470 onwards or on the internet under http://www.fco.gov.uk . Alternatively, you can contact the ABTA Information Department on 0901 201 5050 (calls charged at 50p/minute).
A final word
Whilst every endeavour is made to ensure that your travel plans run smoothly there can be times, thankfully infrequent, when arrangements can go askew due to local circumstances of which we are unaware and have no control over. Every effort will be made by the company and its local agents to minimise any inconvenience and resolve the situation quickly.