Climate: The island of Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator, therefore, enjoys a tropical climate, dominated by the monsoons from the Indian Ocean. It is characterize by the rainy season, also known as Majira ya Mwua, which lasts two months: from April until the end of May. The ideal time, then, to reach this place, it is from June through to October.
Documents: The tourists should be a passport with a validity of at least 6 months from the date of arrival. The passport must also have at least one blank page. Also, you must be in possession of a visa, valid for the United Republic of Tanzania. Visa can be obtained upon arrival at the three international airports of Tanzania (Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro), at a cost of 50 USD. For those arriving by charter flight to Zanzibar, in addition to the $ 50 already mentioned, it is expected an addition of 49 USD to be paid locally as output tax. You required the visa before the departure, at the Embassy of Tanzania located in Italy (tel. 06 / 33485801-02-04), always at the cost of 50 USD. To exit from Zanzibar you must pay the airport tax of 30 USD. An additional tax of $ 8 USD paid directly by the airlines except for charter flights. We recommend use a dollar valid from 2006 onwards.
Currency: Just arrived in Zanzibar you will have to proceed with the change of the Euro in local currency: the Tanzanian Shilling (TZS). 1 Euro is worth, approximately, 1,839 Tanzanian Shillings. The credit cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard not electronic and it accepted in major hotels and shopping centers in Stone Town (fees vary between 5% and 10%).
Time zone: The time zone in Zanzibar, compared to Italy, an extra hour in the summer period and two more hours in the winter time period.
Electricity: the current in Zanzibar has 220 V, with taken flat lamellae, therefore, we recommend to bring adapter.
Religion: remember that Zanzibar is a Muslim community. The main religion is Islam (97%), followed by Christians and Hindus (3%), therefore, it is good practice to respect the culture and religion of the country, avoiding provocative costumes, topless and nude bathing. In addition, during the Ramadan period, the entrance to men and non-Muslim women in mosques is forbidden, as the consumption of food, drink and smoke in public.