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Pemba, Tanzania Travel Information

According to zipcodesexplorer, Pemba is an island in Africa that is part of Tanzania. Together with the islands of Zanzibar and Mafia, Pemba forms the so-called Spice Islands. The capital of Pemba is Chake-Chake. Other major places on Pemba are: Wete, Mkoani and Konde.

Pemba is best known for its beautiful snorkeling and diving sites. Around Pemba there are many coral reefs and a great diversity of colorful fish species in large schools. Night diving is also very popular. The landscape of Pemba is hilly and densely vegetated. The coastline consists mostly of white sandy beaches, which are dotted with fishing boats. Many tourists also visit the island for voodoo culture and herbal healers to get rid of their illness. Finally, Pemba is known for its ruins and the clove harvest on a very large scale. The scent of cloves can be smelled all over the island. See thedresswizard for Tanzania katavi and mahale.

Where is Peba located?

Travel information of Pemba

Official name: Pemba
Continent: Africa
Area: 984 km²
Capital: Chake-Chake
Country code: TZ, TZA
Population: 406,808 inhabitants (2012)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 90 m (Siniongoni)
Distance (Amsterdam – Chake-Chake): 7,151 km
Flight time: approximately 16 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in place at Pemba that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs from Pemba, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
At the moment there are no travel organizations that offer travel to Pemba.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Pemba?

Weather and climate
Pemba has a tropical climate. Temperatures are around 25 to 30 degrees all year round.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Pemba can be found on our extensive weather page.

Best time
January, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Pemba. This avoids the months with a lot of precipitation.

Swahili is the official language on Pemba. In addition, English is spoken on a small scale.
Would you like to translate from or into Swahili for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival at Pemba.
A visa is required. You can request this in person at the Consulate of Tanzania in Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Tanzania (also for Pemba):
Embassy of Tanzania in the Netherlands:
Consulate of Tanzania in the Netherlands:
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
It is advisable to get one or more vaccinations before visiting Pemba.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Malaria occurs on Pemba. Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.

Money and Currency matters
On Pemba you pay with the Tanzanian shilling (TZS).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
There are no ATMs on Pemba.

Price level
The prices on Pemba are a lot lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -35% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (60% cheaper), food (34% cheaper), imported beer in catering (50% cheaper), cigarettes (77% cheaper) and public transport (90% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

On Pemba it is customary to tip, especially in tourist areas. Wages on Pemba are very low. Good service is about 10% tip.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 1 hour later on Pemba.
During our winter time it is 2 hours later on Pemba.
Pemba has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Pemba can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
On Pemba you have to drive on the left. You must have an international driver’s license
to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle on Pemba. The international driver’s license is available at an ANWB shop. With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Pemba.

On Pemba you need a travel plug.
More information about common plugs and sockets on Pemba can be found on our electricity page (look under Tanzania).

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 112
– Fire: 112
– Ambulance: 112

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Pemba can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Tanzania (Pemba) can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Pemba end

The country code (international access code) to call someone on Pemba is 00255 or +255.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Pemba? Then use the Dutch country code 00031.
(If you use a country code, you must leave out the first 0 of the number to be called.)
Company details can be found in Pemba’s Yellow Pages.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos of Pemba.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos of Pemba.

An overview of all public holidays on Pemba can be found on

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations on Pemba, supplemented with photos, videos and points of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Pemba?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Pemba. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) on Pemba can be found on Protected Planet.
Pemba is not on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Pemba? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, perfume and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.

Entrepreneurship and doing business
If you intend to do business on or do business with Pemba, it is wise to prepare well. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can help you with this. On you will find a large amount of information about Pemba, including: opportunities, import and export regulations, trade figures, do’s and don’ts, business partners and subsidies.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Pemba.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 18.
– Alcohol and traffic: The maximum permitted alcohol content is 0.5.
– Tobacco: Buy from the age of 18, smoking at all ages.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Not allowed. Prison sentence more than 10 years.

Did you know that…
…The islands of Tanzania have their own president and government?
…A large number of Arabs live on Pemba?
…There are only two hotels on Pemba?

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