Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) Airport

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Zanzibar Airport Guide

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, also known as by its IATA Code ZNZ and ICAO Code HTZA, is an International airport located in the Zanzibar Urban West Region in the Mbweni Area on the West Coast of Zanzibar. The airport services International, Regional and Domestic flights. Domestic flights depart from a separate gate to the left of the main Terminal whilst International and Regional flights depart from the main Terminal building.

Geographical Location – see map below

Abeid Amani Karume International Airport is located on the outskirts of Zanzibar Town, approximately 10 kms from the centre. It is a short drive from the centre of town, but if you are staying on one of Zanzibar’s many beaches you will need to take into consideration the travel time to the airport, which can be as much as 2hrs.


Please note that due to Covid-19,the Zanzibar International Airport have enacted several safety measure in order to protect both the staff and tourists coming in and out of the airport. These measures include:

  1.  Ensuring every tourist arriving in the country is not infected with COVID-19; All travelers arriving will be subjected to an intensive screening and where necessary COVID-19 rapid testing.

  1.  The airport staff will have to be tested for COVID-19 so that only those who are safe will provide services; In addition, all attendants will have to wear facemasks all the time; they will also have to wear gloves and will have to use sanitizers as directed by MoHCDEC. In addition, they must make sure that they observe the social distance of not less than one meter from one staff to another and from the guest

  1. All other members on the tourism activities value chain will be regularly monitored to ensure they are not infected with the Corona virus; These include ensuring gloves are always worn when loading and unloading passenger baggage, cargo and pouches and the taxi drivers at the airport are tested.Only staff that are not infected with Corona Virus will be allowed to cater to tourist. However, all staff will have to wear masks and make sure that they stay at least one meter apart between themselves and the tourist.

  1. All tourist transport facilities, tourist accommodation and all other facilities used by tourists must be cleaned and sanitized before and after service in an acceptable manner to ensure that they do not become infected with Corona Virus.

Getting Here

  • Taxi – There are taxis which will get you from the city centre to the airport 10 kilometers (15 minutes) away for Tzs 20,000- Tzs 30,000 (USD $10 – 15).
  • Preferred Mode – Pre arranged transfer or Taxis are the preferred method especially if you have luggage with you.
  • Shuttle Bus – The airport does not operate one.
  • Alternatives – The ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar departs 3 times daily and
  • Car Parking & Fees – There is an automated POS parking system at the airport and it is 1,000Tzs per hour. Long stays should be pre arranged by contacting the airport authority.
  • Auxiliary Information

There is a restaurant as well as souvenir shops, airline offices and travel agencies outside the Terminal Building. For International and Regional Travellers, inside the main Terminal building there is a small grocery store selling hot and cold drinks and snacks as well as souvenirs. There is also a duty free shop available.

For domestic departures, there is a small seating area with a shop selling a small selection of snacks and cold and hot drinks.

  • Flight from Hub

Julius Nyerere International Airport is the main hub in Tanzania and there are several daily flights both to and from Zanzibar as well as connections to other parts of Tanzania.

Hotels & Transit Accommodation

As Zanzibar is a major tourism destination, there are hotels available all over the island at varying prices from$20 a night all the way up to $5000 a night for a luxury suite. Hotels near to the airport include Protea Hotel Mbweni Ruins and Zanzibar Beach Resort.

In Stone Town, you will find hotels such as the historic Kholle House, named after Princess Kholle. Beach resorts are available all over the Island, The Z Hotel and The Zanzibari in the North, Fumba Beach Lodge in the South and on the South East coast you will find Kichanga Lodge, amongst many others.


  1. Wi-Fi – Available in restaurants for a fee (can be intermittent)
  2. ATM – Yes
  3. Forex  Yes
  4. Restaurants & Lounges – The restaurant is located adjacent to the car park outside the terminal building.
  5. Toilets – The toilets are western styled. At the restaurant there is a small fee for using the bathroom of 500 Tzs($0.25)
  6. Disabled Facilities – There are wheelchairs for the disabled (please contact the airport/airline in advance to arrange this)

Quick Facts

  • GPS coordinates: Latitude -6.2221, 6° 13′ 19.56″ S), Longitude (39.224881,39° 13′ 29.57″ E )
  • Time Zone: UTC +3, GMT +3
  • Altitude- Elevation, 54 feet, 16 Meters above Sea Level, MASL.
  • Operating Hours: The airport operates 24hrs a day, seven days a week.

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