So you are planning your trip to Tanzania and you do not know how you can secure a Tanzanian visa?
Well, worry not. I will walk you through all the important information you need to know when applying for your Tanzanian visa.
But first, do you even need a visa?
If you are a citizen of an East African Community country then you definitely do not need a visa to enter Tanzania. You can also come to Tanzania without a visa if you are a national of the following nations:
Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Lesotho, Ghana, Botswana, Swaziland, Gambia, Barbados, Jamaica, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
If you don’t come from the any of the above countries then you have no other choice but to produce a Tanzanian visa to be allowed in by the immigration officer at any point of entry.
Tanzania visa requirements
To get your visa, you’ll need to:
- Completely fill and sign the application form.
- Have a passport. The passport must be valid for a period of not less than 6 months.
- Avail 2 recently taken passport size photographs.
- Avail your flight itinerary or ticket. Alternatively, you can provide the receipt from the safari tour operator with whom you’ve booked your travel package.
- Pay the visa fee. The standard visa fee for all non-US visitors is US $50. This gets you a single entry visa which is valid for six months. A multiple entry visa will set you back US $100. The visa fee for US citizens is US $100 and this gets you a multiple entry visa that is valid for one year.
The visa fee can be paid in cash or by debit/credit card or by personal check.
You can get your visa from any Tanzanian mission abroad or on arrival in Tanzania at the various designated entry points.
I think it is a good idea to get your Tanzanian visa in your country if Tanzania has a diplomatic mission there. This will help you avoid any inconveniences that may arise from getting your visa on arrival.
Tanzania has several diplomatic missions abroad. I have listed some on this page. Check if there is one near you.
You will be issued with a visitor’s pass on arrival. The immigration officer at the point of entry reserves the right to grant admission.
Make sure that you carry with you all the necessary travel documents so that you don’t have any problems.
See to it that:
- You have a valid passport. The passport must be valid for a period of not less than six months.
- You have a valid visa (if it is required of your country’s nationals to get a Tanzanian visa). You can get your visa at any Tanzanian mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points in Tanzania that I have listed below.
Entry points where you can get a visa in Tanzania
If you don’t get a Tanzanian visa abroad, you have the option of applying for one on arrival.
Now this requires that you have all the necessary documents to facilitate the process. You don’t want to fly all those miles and have the misfortune of not being granted admission because you forgot to carry the needed documents.
You can get a Tanzanian visa on arrival at any of the following designated entry points:
- Dar es Salaam Airport (Julius Nyerere International Airport).
- Kilimanjaro International Airport
- Zanzibar Airport (Abeid Amani Karume International Airport)
- Arusha Airport
- Dar es Salaam Sea Port
- Zanzibar Sea Port
You can also get your visa at the various border crossing points in Namanga, Tarakea, Kigoma, Holili, Moimbati, Sirari, Horohoro, Tunduma, Kabanga, Kasesya or Mutukula.
About Tanzania’s policy on yellow fever vaccination
The policy in Tanzania is that if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever virus or was in transit in such a country for more than 12 hours then you will have to show proof of yellow fever vaccination. Countries that are considered to have yellow fever virus risk are listed here.
Tanzania immigration offices abroad
Embassy of the Republic of Tanzania in the United States of America
1232 22nd Street NW, Washington D.C 20037 , Washington, DC 20008, United States
Tel: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7
Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania
201 East 42, Street Suite 1700, New York, N.Y 10017, USA
Tel. 212 972 9160
Consulate of Tanzania in Perth Australia
Suite 182, Level 6, 580 Hay Street, PERTH WA 6000
Tel: (08) 9221 0033
Consulate of Tanzania in Melbourne, Australia
Level 2, 222 La Trobe Street, Melbourne 3000, Australia
Tel: (61-3) 9667 0243
High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania in London, United Kingdom
3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS
Tel: (+44) 207 569 1470
Embassy of Tanzania in Brussels, Belgium
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 72, 1050 Brussels – Belgium
Tel: (0032) (0) 2 640 65 00
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Berlin, Germany
Eschenallee 11, 14050 Berlin, Charlottenburg, Westend, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30-3030800
Embassy of Tanzania in Canada
50 Range Road, Ottawa, Ontario KIN 8J4, Canada
Tel: (613) 232 1500 /232-1509
Consulate of Tanzania in Denmark
Gothersgade 21 DK- 1123 Copenhagen
Tel: + 45 33 16 49 00
Embassy of Tanzania in India
EP-15C, Chanakya Puri , New Delhi, 110021, India
Embassy of Tanzania in France
13 Avenue Raymond, Pointcare,, 75116 Paris, France
Tel: (+33) 1 53 70 63 66
Embassy of Tanzania in Italy
Villa Tanzania, Viale Cortina d’Ampezzo 185, 00135 Rome
Via Santa Sofia 12 Milan
Consulate of Tanzania in Netherlands
Parallelweg Zuid 215 , 2914 LE Nieuwerkerk aan den Ijssel, Amsterdam
The offices are open from Monday to Friday except on Tanzania national holidays. Tanzania national holidays fall on the following dates (2015):
Jan 1, Jan 12, Apr 18, Apr 21, Apr 26, May 1, July 7, Ramadan, Oct 4, Oct 14, Dec 19, Dec 25 and Dec 26.