Tanzania and Dar es Salaam

Tanzania is a beautiful country with friendly people. It has a tropical climate but vary in the different regions of the country. It is the land of Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar, Serengeti and the great migration of the wildebeests and zebra. More information about Tanzania can be found at:




Flight booking

Flight prices vary dramatically and tend to go up after February. We suggest you book airfare in January or February. There are a number of airlines flying from European, Middle Eastern and African countries directly to Dar es Salaam. Please check with your travel agent.


Hotel Arrangements

The conference will be held at the White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam.

We have a limited number of rooms held at White Sands under the discounted conference rates of $110/night for single rooms or $135/night for double occupancy. Conference rooms include breakfast and WiFi.

We recommend that you book your hotel room early to take advantage of the conference rate. Please note that the hotel has agreed to hold this block of rooms for our attendees at the conference rate until March 15th, and the rate may go up after that.

Book your room directly with White Sands using the promo code UNL at https://hotelwhitesands.direct-reservation.net/en

If White Sands Hotel becomes full, we will provide a nearby location for additional reservations.


Visa Requirements

A tourist visa is required for entry into Tanzania. It is recommended that travelers to Tanzania secure visas in advance of planned travel.

Tanzania has implemented an electronic visa application system: https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/

For additional information pertinent to U.S. travelers, see https://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/?page_id=76

Other nationalities can find relevant information on the Tanzanian government web page: http://www.immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information


Transportation while in Tanzania

We will arrange shuttle service between the Julius Nyerere International Airport and the White Sands Hotel. Please forward a copy of your flight itinerary to Danielle at [email protected] to facilitate our airport shuttle. You may submit your flight details with your registration or email them to us by June 12th. Please put “KSHV 2020 flight info” in the subject line. There will be a conference representative in the arrival area to greet conference attendees after clearing customs.



Yellow cards are required for travelers coming from regions endemic for Yellow Fever. For vaccination recommendations, please see information provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Tanzanian embassy:




Currency Exchange

Currency exchange in Tanzania is limited to bank locations and there are none easily accessible from the conference venue. If you plan to exchange currency you should do this at the airport before going to White Sands. The airport currency exchange is open 24-hours. Once you leave the airport it will be difficult to exchange currency.

You might anticipate expenses for drinks, incidentals or souvenirs. The exchange rate is roughly $1 USD: 2300 TSH.

All lunches and dinners are included in the conference registration beginning with lunch on the 22nd through lunch on the 26th; breakfast is included in your room reservation at White Sands hotel.

Excursions and hotel expenses can be paid by credit card.

Dress code

There is no formal dress code for the conference or dinners.

Invitation Letter

Please send requests for a personalized letter of invitation to [email protected]

Travel awards

Travel awards for trainees will be based on abstract submission.

Child Care

Child care can be arranged in advance with White Sands Hotel.


We’ve arranged with local travel agents to offer excursions scheduled to start at the end of the conference. You can make an overnight trip to Zanzibar or Mikumi National Park, hike on Kilimanjaro, or take safaris to the southern region of Tanzania or the northern Kilimanjaro area. See details about their offerings here. You can book your travel with them directly. Contact information is listed in their trip descriptions.