Presidential, parliamentary and local elections took place on 25 October. There may be heightened tension and unrest after the elections particularly in towns and cities on the mainland and Zanzibar.
Large crowds are gathering in Stone Town and tear gas has been used. If you’re in Stone Town, stay in a safe location (hotel or home) and avoid being out on the streets. Avoid travelling into the centre of Stone Town if possible.
You should take care, be aware of your surroundings and avoid political rallies, polling stations, large crowds or public demonstrations. Make sure you have a means of communication with you at all times and monitor local media for updates.
There will be restricted access to the area where the British High Commission is located from Sunday 25 October. This may continue for several days over the election period. There will be a number of police checkpoints around the area. If you need urgent consular assistance during office hours, inform the officer in charge of the checkpoint who will contact the High Commission to allow you access. For consular assistance you can also call the High Commission on +255 (0)22 2290000 and select Option 2. For an emergency involving a British national out of office hours, call +44 20 7008 1500.