Visa and Passport Requirements
All visitors to Tanzania are required to carry and show a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into the country. That passport should have at least one page that is completely empty as well.
Any foreign visitors – with the exception of nationals from Cyprus and Romania – are also required to obtain a visa as well. A visa does not need to be obtained prior to arrival in Tanzania however as they are readily available at the port of call. The cost of said visa is US$50, with the exception of U.S. citizens for whom a tourist visa costs are US$100.
A visa can be obtained prior to arrival by contacting the Tanzania embassy in your country. However, in order to avoid lost passports or delays in obtaining the visa, it is recommended that you simply purchase one on arrival instead. Visas can be obtained at entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania, most notably in Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour, and Zanzibar Airport.
Most visitors who are coming to Tanzania to climb Kilimanjaro should obtain their visa on arrival in Kilimanjaro Airport. The line to get your visa is well marked and moves along relatively quickly and efficiently. The single-entry visa is good for three months, but can be used to renter the country from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi over the same time frame.
As a foreigner entering the United Republic of Tanzania, you will need to have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date.
Most foreigners require a visa, however their are a few exceptions. In general all visitors from non-Commonwealth countries are required a visa for entry, unless your country has an agreement with Tanzania under which the visa requirement has been waived. Visitors from Commonwealth countries are not required to have a visa for entry, unless you are from the United Kingdom, India, Canada or Nigeria.
So how do you get a visa? A visa for entry into Tanzania can be obtained in your home country, however a visa can also be purchased on arrival at the following entry points:
Dar es Salaam International Airport
Zanzibar International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)
The current Tanzania visa fees (purchased upon arrival) are listed below:
US Citizens: $100 (Multiple entry) for one year
Non-US Citizens: $50 (Single entry) for six months
Non-US Citizens: $100 (Double entry) for six months
If you do plan to purchase your visa upon arrival, you will be required to pay in cash and will need a clean page in your passport for the visa stamp.
You are only required to show your Yellow Fever Vaccination card if you are arriving from a country that has yellow fever present and/or you had a layover at an airport located in a country which has yellow fever present.
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 as well once you land.