Most lectures will be held at The S.G. Resort Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania where participants (students and lecturers alike) will be housed.

The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology serves as co-sponsor of JUAMI-2016. Some activities will be held at the NM-AIST campus.

Immunization and Health Information

Required Vaccinations

Yellow Fever vaccination is required for all travelers arriving from, or having transited through, yellow fever endemic countries.

Risk of yellow fever transmission exists in these countries:

AFRICA - Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Togo, Uganda.

AMERICAS - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela.

If your medical practitioner has advised you against the Yellow Fever vaccine for medical reasons, a vaccination waiver should be issued. Be aware that problems may arise when crossing borders and your vaccination waiver may not be honoured.

Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries, including all countries in Europe and North America, are not required to show the certificate. Refer to the IAMAT website for additional yellow fever information.

Recommended Vaccinations

MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, Varicella (chickenpox), Tetanus, Polio, Annual flu shot, Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Malaria

 General Notes

The main concern is malaria. All visitors should take prophylactic drugs. It’s also strongly recommended to cover up in the evening, wear repellent, and sleep under a net or burn a coil to reduce the risk of bites. Use a repellent with 100 percent DEET. Wearing of sunscreen is also recommended if you will be spending time outside. Avoid tap water. It is recommended that you use bottled water even to brush your teeth.

For more information on travel recommendations for Tanzania, please see the International Association for Medical Assistance for Travelers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Obtaining a Visa

The following nationalities require a passport but not a visa to enter Tanzania: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swazilan, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

A visa may be obtained at any United Republic of Tanzania Missions abroad or Consulates and also on arrival at all designated Entry Points. In case of Referral and Multiple Visas applicants are required to submit their applications to the office of the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services Dar es Salaam or at the office of the Commissioner of Immigration Services Zanzibar.

Standard fee rate for Ordinary Visa is US $ 50, for Multiple Entry Visa is US $ 100. However a different fee may be set in accordance with the rules guiding Visa issuance or on the basis of reciprocity. Visa fees are payable at Issuing Centers and an Exchequer Receipt should be provided for the payment made.

Requirements for US Citizens

The U.S. Embassy recommends that U.S. citizens obtain visas before traveling Tanzania, but visas are also available at ports of entry upon arrival. A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page is required.

US Citizens will need: a completed visa application form, a passport valid for at least 6 months, two recent passport sized photos, a prepaid self-addressed envelope to facilitate return of the passport (with tracking, Fedex and UPS accepted), flight itinerary/ticket or tour operator receipt, a letter from the sponsoring organization if traveling for reasons other than tourism (including people traveling for meetings and conferences), payment of the visa fee of $100 for US passport holders (money order, cashier's check, company checks, personal checks with a copy of a valid driver's license, or credit cards.)

Please note: (1) the Embassy is not responsible for lost or damaged passports due to poor packaging or damage at the courier facility, (2) checks should be made payable to the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, DC, and (3) all credit cards are accepted except American Express.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents should register travel plans with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. This will place you on a consular listserv to receive time-sensitive updates from the local U.S. Embassy. Non-U.S. citizens should inquire about similar services provided by their home government.

Booking Flights

If you would like assistance with booking your flight to the summer institute, please contact Molli Connell (mbconnell@northwestern.edu) with the following information: full name, gender, date of birth, phone number (including country code), special needs or dietary requests/restrictions, and preferred flight itineraries.

Flights should be booked in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport. Plan to arrive on Sunday, May 29. We will schedule 2 buses (one mid-day, one in the evening) to pick up attendees from the airport and take them to the resort. Plan to depart Saturday, June 11. We will also arrange buses to the airport (one early morning, one in the afternoon).

If you are a Northwestern University employee or student you may book your tickets online through the University using the NU Orbitz for business website. This will allow you to directly charge your flight to a chart string.

Useful Information

Electricity: The electricity situation in Tanzania is based on English standards, (usually) supplied at 230Volts, 50Hz. This means that all European equipment should work, from laptop power supplies to mobile phone chargers. Wall sockets use a 3 pin fused plug, which necessitates the use of travel adapters for people (and equipment) from other countries.

Please note that the power supply in East-Africa is notoriously unreliable; apart from power-cuts we frequently experience brown-outs (low power situations) and, worse still, power spikes and over voltage, easily damaging sensitive electronic equipment. We therefore urge visitors to use a travel adapter with a ‘surge protector’ facility to protect your equipment, or to use special, stabilized power outlets.

Currency: The Tanzanian currency is the “shilling,” TSh. The rate is ~$1 = 1400-1600 shillings (depending on the exchange rate)

Time: Tanzania is eight hours ahead of EST time. (GMT +3)

Language: The official languages in Tanzania are English and Swahili.

Cell phones and texting: There is great cell service in Tanzania. Contact your cell phone provider to see how to get service in Tanzania and to understand the related charges.