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Traveling to Zanzibar: COVID-19

What should you know about Coronavirus when traveling to Zanzibar? Tanzania (including Zanzibar), as a destination, has the “Safe Travels” stamp. This means that there are globally agreed protocols in place. Guidelines in a nutshell: There is no quarantine time when arriving to Zanzibar All nationalities are welcomed There is screening in place at the…
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Plastic bag ban

Since June 1st, 2019, plastic bags have been banned in Tanzania. This is very important information for travelers, since it’s also banned to bring in any plastic bags to Tanzania. You might be searched on arrival, and there is a fine in place in case you have banned plastic bags. The official statement says: “The…
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How to survive Zanzibar airport?

Zanzibar airport, Kisauni airport, or Abeid Amani Karume airport – this place has many names. The new terminal is under construction and it has taken longer than planned. This has led to a very obvious issue: the number of travelers is growing, more and more big airlines fly to Zanzibar, and the old terminal has…
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Maulid ya home performance in Zanizbar, Stone Town

Sufi tradition in Zanzibar – Maulid ya home

Now it’s Ramadan month. But I will get to that later (with more experience about the subject). This time I want to tell about a performance I got to see twice just before Ramadan, which was lucky since the group doesn’t perform during the holy month. This sufian ceremony, Maulid ya home, is performed by…
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ZIFF Zanzibar International Film Festivals int he Old Fort

ZIFF has taken over Zanzibar!

I’m happy to start this blog by writing about ZIFF, Zanzibar International Film Festivals. Our office in the Old Fort happens to be in the heart of all action, so I’ve got a close look on what’s going on. Firstly, this festival is huge. Besides that there are film screenings the whole day every day…
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