Travel and Logistics

Venue & Accommodation

IFIP TC3.4 working conference will be held at Sea Cliff Resort & Spa Zanzibar, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Sea Cliff Resort and Spa is around twenty-five minutes’ drive north from Stone Town /Zanzibar City. At the hotel, guests can enjoy the beautiful view overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Click here for more information about the conference venue and accommodation options.

Travelling to Zanzibar

Zanzibar can be reached from Dar es Salaam and overseas.

Getting overseas to Zanzibar:

There are few international airlines flying to Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Zanzibar’s airport locates about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Stone Town/Zanzibar City. At present, at least Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, Qatar Airways, and Oman Air offer international scheduled flights to Zanzibar.

Several airlines fly to Dar es Salaam, The Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Amongst them are for example Emirates Airlines, KLM, Swiss and Turkish Airlines. DAR is located about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southwest of the city centre. After arriving to DAR, the option is either continue the journey by plane or by ferry to Zanzibar. These options are explained below.

Getting from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar:

By plane:

Several local airlines offer flights from DAR to Zanzibar’s Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. The flight time is approximately 20 minutes. Zanzibar airport is about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Stone Town/Zanzibar City. Flight prices range approximately from 50 USD to 100 USD.

Before travelling, passengers must verify the departure terminal when purchasing the ticket. DAR has two terminals, with domestic and international flights departing from Terminal 2, and light aircraft departing from Terminal 1.

More information about operating airlines between Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar can be found on each airline’s website:

By ferry:

Ferry Port is in the city centre of Dar es Salaam. Several ferry companies operate between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, but it is recommended to use Azam Marine’s Kilimanjaro fast ferries. The ferry takes about 2 hours to reach Zanzibar and arrives in centre of Stone Town/Zanzibar City. Kilimanjaro ferry is a convenient transport, and passengers can choose between economy, business, VIP, and royal classes. The prices range from 35 USD (economy class) to 60 USD (royal class). Click here for more information about the Kilimanjaro ferries.

Staying overnight in Dar es Salaam

If the travel plan requires to stay the night in Dar es Salaam, there are several good hotels in city centre, such as Holiday InnGolden TulipRamada EncoreBest WesternHarbour View Suites. The location of these hotels is convenient for taking a ferry or flight. However, traffic congestions are quite unpredictable in Dar es Salaam. Therefore, it is good to reserve plenty of time for transport, especially if going to the airport.

Visa information

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania must obtain visa either beforehand from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions or obtain visa on arrival. Visitors must have a valid travel documents (e.g. passport) which is valid for not less than six months. A Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required, if visitors are arriving within six days of passing through areas endemic for Yellow Fever. Click herefor more information.

Participants from the listed countries below including do NOT require a visa.

List of Countries which their Nationals do NOT require Visa
Antigua & Barbuda
AnguillaAshmore & Certie Island
BelizeBruneiBritish Virgin Island
British Indian Ocean TerritoryBotswanaCyprus
Cayman IslandChannel IslandCocoas Island
Cook IslandChristmas IslandDominica
Falkland IslandGambiaGhana
GuyanaHeard IslandHong Kong
Isle of manJamaicaJersey
Naue IslandNorfolk IslandNamibia
Papua New GuineaRwandaRomania
Ross DependencySamoaSeychelles
SingaporeSwazilandSolomon Island
St. Kitts&NavisSt. LuciaSt. Helana
South African RepublicTrinidad & TobagoTurks & Caicos

There are some countries which their nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the referral visa category. Applicants whose nationals fall under referral visa category are not advised to book flight tickets or make any reservations before they get their visa.

List of Countries which their Nationals require Referral Visa
EritreaEquatorial GuineaKazakhstan Republic
Kyigten RepublicLebanonMali
SenegalSomaliaSri Lanka
Somali landSierra LeoneTajikistan

About Zanzibar

Zanzibar, also referred as the Spice Island, is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania. The name of Spice Islands comes from the history; Zanzibar was an important stop in the Spice Trade centuries ago, and still today, it is one of the places in the world where saffron, cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, are grown. Zanzibar Island, described as a jewel in the ocean, is surrounded by beaches that rate among the finest in the world. The coral reefs that surround the east coast are enriching the marine diversity.

In the island’s capital, Zanzibar Town, sits the historic quarter of Stone Town, with a mesmerising mix of influences from Africa, Arabia, India and Europe. The streets are crooked and narrow, and most of them cannot accommodate cars. Stone Town has been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Visitors must remember that Zanzibar is a religious country where 95% of the inhabitants are Muslim. To show respect, visitors are requested to dress modestly and refrain from public displays of affection.