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 Dress & conduct

Zanzibar Code of Conduct

Welcome to Zanzibar, a place rich in culture and natural beauty. To ensure a respectful and enjoyable experience for all, we kindly ask visitors to adhere to the following code of conduct and dress guidelines. By following them, you contribute to a respectful and enjoyable atmosphere for all visitors and locals alike. Thank you for your cooperation.

General Conduct

  1. Respect Local Customs: Be mindful of Zanzibar’s predominantly Islamic culture. Avoid public displays of affection and adhere to local customs and traditions.
  2. Sustainability: Please refrain from littering and respect the local environment. Use designated waste disposal areas and consider using reusable items.
  3. Photography: Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, especially in rural areas and religious sites.
  4. Tipping: While not mandatory, tipping is appreciated for good service.

Dress Guidelines

  1. General Public Areas: Casual wear is acceptable but should be modest. For men, shorts and t-shirts are fine; for women, skirts or dresses that are knee-length or longer are advised.
  2. Religious Sites: When visiting mosques or other religious sites, both men and women should wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Women are also advised to cover their heads with a scarf.
  3. Beaches: Swimwear is acceptable on the beach but not suitable for walking around town or visiting other public places.
  4. Footwear: Remove your shoes when entering someone’s home and certain religious sites.


Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in verbal warnings or, in extreme cases, removal from specific areas.

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