All visitors to Tanzania planning to climb Kilimanjaro are required to carry and show a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into the country. Your passport should have at least one empty page for official stamps.
Check your passport well in advance of travel, in case you need to renew it.
Most foreign visitors are required to obtain a visa for entry into Tanzania, there are some exceptions. The visa doesn’t always need to be obtained prior to arrival as they can be issued at the port of entry.
Generally, all visitors from non-Commonwealth countries need a visa for entry, unless your country has an agreement with Tanzania under which this requirement has been waived.
Visitors from some Commonwealth countries don’t need a visa for entry, but citizens of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, India, United States, Canada, and most EU countries are not exempt.
Some travelers prefer to arrange their visas in advance, and this can be done by contacting the Tanzanian embassy in your home country. They normally require you to send in your passport, an application form and passport photos for processing.
In order to avoid lost passports or delays in obtaining the visa, it’s often a good idea to simply purchase a visa on arrival. Depending on the time of year, the queues can be quite long for visa issuance, but often it’s quick and trouble-free.
Visas can be obtained at the following entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania:
At the time of writing, the current Tanzania visa fees (purchased upon arrival) are:
These fees will need to be paid in cash, and you’ll need a clean page in your passport for the stamp.
You can now apply for an Online Visa to visit the United Republic of Tanzania (both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar). You are required to fill in the online form, make payment, and submit your application online. Your form will be internally reviewed and processed.
Applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their applications have been accepted or rejected. They may also TRACK their application statuses through the online system. Applicants may as well be required to visit the nearest Tanzanian Embassies or Consular Offices for interviews. Follow this link for online visa application : https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa
Keynote before you start your online visa Process.
Please consider the following information beforehand.
If you are arriving from a country at risk of yellow fever (even if you’ve had a layover), you’ll need to show your Yellow Fever Vaccination card.
Proof of Return or Onward Journey
As a visitor you will likely be asked to show proof of your onward or return ticket out of Tanzania, so be sure to have that information handy (a printout is best) once you land.
You will have to have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Tanzania, and carry proof should you be asked. It’s not often that an immigration official asks for this, but it can happen.
We strongly recommend that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your trip to avoid unnecessary delays.
Don’t forget any visa requirements for other countries you are visiting or transiting through.
You can obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania upon arrival, however, the US government encourages you to apply one in advance by post. For information, see www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org.
You can obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania upon arrival, however, the UK government encourages you to apply one before your travel. You can apply in person or by a representative at Tanzania High Commission in London. You can also submit your application by post. For more information, see tzhc.uk/visa-application.
Single-entry (business and tourist) visa is valid for three months from the date of issue. A multiple-entry visa is valid for either six or 12 months from the date of issue.
Transit visas costing US$30 are available for those traveling through Tanzania to other destinations within a 14-day period. An onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation and sufficient funds for transit are required.
Please note that you can only obtain a transit visa to Tanzania at the point of entry.
Residence permits are granted to foreign nationals if they are employed by a Tanzanian company, or working long-term as missionaries or volunteers. You must apply for these through the Immigration Services Department (www.immigration.go.tz).
Allow three working days (applications in person) or 10 days (postal applications) for visa processing if applying in advance. You can pay an additional fee for a 24-hour or same-day service.
As of August 2018, citizens from 66 countries can enter Tanzania without a visa. These countries are: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Ashmore & Certie Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Island, Brunei, Cayman Island, Channel Island, Christmas Island, Cocoas Island, Cook Island, Cyprus, Dominica, Falkland Island, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Heard Island, Hong Kong, Isle of man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Naue Island, Nauru, Papua new Guinea, Romania, Ross Dependency, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, South African Republic, Solomon Island, Swaziland, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
This visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.
Embassies and tourist offices:
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in the USA
Telephone: (202) 884 1080.
Address: 1232 22nd St NW, Washington, 20037,
Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1300.
High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7569 1470.
Address: Tanzania House, 3 Stratford Place, London, WC1 1AS,
Opening times: Mon-Fri 1000-1230 (visa applications) and 1400-1530 (visa collection only).
British High Commission in Tanzania
Telephone: (022) 229 0000.
Address: Kivukoni, Umoja House, Garden Ave, Tanzania
Arrived here for the safari and climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro. Arrived around 2030 hrs, you walk into a big room with two areas: 1) I have a visa and 2) I do not have a visa. So we got in the “no visa” line. Well, actually it wasn’t so much a line as a big confluence of people and soon we found out why – there are multiple windows you need to go to before passing through customs to collect your baggage. I had read a blog about the visa scenario at JRO before I left so I had an idea of what to expect, but upon returning home I re-read the blog and realized that I didn’t retain all of what was stated. It was all there, but like most things in life, experience trumps book knowledge. You need to get in the far right line first to pay for the visa ($100 for USA, $50 for non USA). Bring large bills, preferably new. I had been told this prior to the trip so I came prepared with new $100 bills (circa 2009 or maybe it was 2013). Bottom line – they weren’t from before 2006 (which is the cut off year for American bills accepted in Tanzania). After you pay, you go to the 2nd line and get your photo taken and the visa is placed in your passport. Get through with that and you realize you still cannot see your baggage – you need to go to the 3rd line for fingerprinting. By this time all of the “I have a visa” people were gone so there were more lines available for this last step. All in all it took us 75 minutes from the time we entered the room to the time we saw our baggage. Yes, it’s a long time, but if you purchase your visa before travelling you only save maybe 45 minutes and you need to consider the fact that you have to mail in your passport for an extended period to receive that visa. Add to that you need to purchase the passport photos for the visa, for us, it’s worth it to spend the extra time in the airport and never allow your passport to be sent in the mail. You save money on the photos because they take your picture at JRO. The return leg went very smoothly, you get in line, they run all of your bags (and you) through security, then you turn in your checked baggage and go through security again with your carry on. took about an hour and we were at our gate. no worries.
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