Tanzania Visa Application FAQs

Easytravel Published September 9, 2020
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Your safari has been planned, the excitement is building; Tanzania’s wildlife, people and incredible scenery are awaiting your arrival.

Before You Go

Now, it’s time to make sure that your paperwork is in order. Yes, we know it’s boring, but it is essential to get everything right so that your arrival in beautiful Tanzania is as smooth as possible. It’s so important – please read on!

Easy Travel and Tours are providing the information below to assist visitors in applying for their visas. We are always here to help! Nevertheless, we must stress that each visitor must apply for their visa well in advance of their proposed visit, comply with the correct procedures in their application and be in possession of a valid, appropriate visa when they arrive. The official website for applications is www.immigration.go.tz, which also provides contact numbers if applicants require further information or have any queries.

It is very important to take a note that the only official website to apply for Tanzania online visa is www.immigration.go.tz. The Tanzanian immigration does not recognize nor accept any other website or agent that claim to be Tanzania Visa application centre.

Do I Need A Visa?

The short answer is yes, unless you hold a passport from one of the countries listed below. If your country is in this list, then the good news is that you are exempt from the requirement for a visa. If your country is not on this list, you must get a visa. As the list is updated frequently, please check immediately before applying.

Exempt countries:
Tanzania - an flag - tanzania visa application faqsAntigua & Barbuda Tanzania - angul flag - tanzania visa application faqsAnguilla Tanzania - ashcar flg - tanzania visa application faqsAshmore & Certie Island
Tanzania - brasflag - tanzania visa application faqsBahamas Tanzania - barbados - tanzania visa application faqsBarbados Tanzania - bermuda - tanzania visa application faqsBermuda
Tanzania - belize - tanzania visa application faqsBelize Tanzania - brunei - tanzania visa application faqsBrunei Tanzania - british - tanzania visa application faqsBritish Virgin Island
Tanzania - british indi - tanzania visa application faqsBritish Indian Ocean Territory Tanzania - botswana - tanzania visa application faqsBotswana Tanzania - cyprus - tanzania visa application faqsCyprus
Tanzania - caymanfl - tanzania visa application faqsCayman Island Tanzania - channel - tanzania visa application faqsChannel Island Tanzania - cocoas - tanzania visa application faqsCocoas Island
Tanzania - cookfl - tanzania visa application faqsCook Island Tanzania - christmas - tanzania visa application faqsChristmas Island Tanzania - dominica - tanzania visa application faqsDominica
Tanzania - falklan - tanzania visa application faqsFalkland Island Tanzania - gambia - tanzania visa application faqsGambia Tanzania - ghana - tanzania visa application faqsGhana
Tanzania - gibraltar - tanzania visa application faqsGibraltar Tanzania - grenada - tanzania visa application faqsGrenada Tanzania - guernsey - tanzania visa application faqsGuernsey
Tanzania - guyana new - tanzania visa application faqsGuyana Tanzania - heard - tanzania visa application faqsHeard Island Tanzania - hon flag - tanzania visa application faqsHong Kong Isle of Man
Tanzania - jamaica - tanzania visa application faqs Jamaica Tanzania - jersey - tanzania visa application faqsJersey Tanzania - kenya - tanzania visa application faqsKenya
Tanzania - kiribati - tanzania visa application faqs Kiribati Tanzania - jersey - tanzania visa application faqsJersey Tanzania - lesotho - tanzania visa application faqsLesotho
Tanzania - kiribati - tanzania visa application faqs Malawi Tanzania - malawi - tanzania visa application faqsMalawi Tanzania - montserrat - tanzania visa application faqsMontserrat
Tanzania - malaysia - tanzania visa application faqs Malaysia Tanzania - madagascar - tanzania visa application faqsMadagascar Tanzania - malta mauritius - tanzania visa application faqsMalta Mauritius
Tanzania - macao mozambique - tanzania visa application faqs Macao Mozambique Tanzania - madagascar - tanzania visa application faqsMadagascar Tanzania - malta mauritius - tanzania visa application faqsMalta Mauritius
Tanzania - nauru - tanzania visa application faqs Nauru Tanzania - naue island - tanzania visa application faqsNaue Island Tanzania - norfolk island - tanzania visa application faqsNorfolk Island
Tanzania - namibia - tanzania visa application faqsNamibia Tanzania - papua new guinea - tanzania visa application faqsPapua new Guinea Tanzania - rwanda romania - tanzania visa application faqsRwanda Romania
Tanzania - ross dependency - tanzania visa application faqsRoss Dependency Tanzania - samoa seychelles - tanzania visa application faqsSamoa Seychelles Tanzania - singapore solomon island - tanzania visa application faqsSingapore Solomon Island
Tanzania - south sudan swaziland - tanzania visa application faqsSouth Sudan Swaziland Tanzania - st. Kittsnavis - tanzania visa application faqsSt. Kitts&Navis Tanzania - st. Lucia st. Vicent - tanzania visa application faqsSt. Lucia St. Vicent
Tanzania - st. Helana south african republic - tanzania visa application faqsSt. Helana South African Republic Tanzania - trinidad tobago turks caicos - tanzania visa application faqsTrinidad & Tobago Turks & Caicos Tanzania - tokelan - tanzania visa application faqsTokelan
Tanzania - tonga - tanzania visa application faqsTonga Tanzania - tuvalu - tanzania visa application faqsTuvalu Tanzania - vanuatu - tanzania visa application faqsVanuatu
Tanzania - uganda - tanzania visa application faqsUganda Tanzania - zambia - tanzania visa application faqsZambia Tanzania - zimbabwe - tanzania visa application faqsZimbabwe

Once I Get My Visa, Am I Guaranteed Entry To Tanzania?

As with most countries in the world, the possession of a valid Visa for the United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry into the country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he is satisfied that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person’s presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

Is It Still Possible To Obtain A Visa On Arrival?

Although it is still possible to obtain a visa on arrival, we strongly recommend that visitors should apply for and obtain their visas using the on-line process via the official website www.immigration.go.tz. Please note that, once you have applied on-line, it can take up to three weeks for the visa to be issued, so please apply in good time. Recent changes have meant that obtaining a visa on arrival in Tanzania can now result in lengthy delays as visitors have to queue three separate times to:
  • Obtain a Government Control Number, then
  • Pay for the Government Control Number, then
  • Be checked by Tanzanian Immigration and have the visa issued

We urge everyone entering Tanzania through the five entry points listed below to apply on-line, to avoid having to join these three queues, which can take up to two hours.

Note, however, that currently only five entry points are fully equipped to accept the on-line visa. If you are entering Tanzania via any other entry point, you should still obtain your visa on arrival. At those other entry points (for example, Tarime Isebania), the on-line visa will still be accepted, but it will take longer to validate and will result in delays.

Entry points where the on-line visa should be presented:
  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Namanga (road border between Arusha & Nairobi)
  • Tunduma (road border between Tanzania & Zambia)
Entry points where it is preferable to obtain your visa on arrival:
  • Isebania Border

Which Visa Should I Apply For?

Nearly all those booking safaris or mountain climbs with us will need to apply for an ‘Ordinary’ single-entry visa. However, if you are intending to make multiple entries into the country, or are travelling for any purpose other than tourism, or are intending to stay in Tanzania for more than 90 days you should read the guidelines on the website carefully to ensure that you apply for the correct type of visa. All US citizens, please see ‘How much does a visa cost?’ below

How Do I Pay For My Visa?

During the online application process, you may pay for your visa by use of a credit card (Visa or Mastercard.) We at Easy Travel do not advise paying for your Visa by the ‘SWIFT transfer’ option offered on the Government website, as it can be difficult to trace payment and this may delay the granting of the visa and prevent your entry to Tanzania.

How Much Does A Visa Cost?

Currently, a single-entry ordinary (tourist) visa costs $50 USD and a multiple-entry visa costs $100 USD. Note that US Citizens must apply for the multiple-entry visa, and pay $100 USD, even if they are only making a single trip. Prices for any other types of visa are detailed on the website.

How Do I Know If My Visa Has Been Approved?

You will be notified by e-mail. Before receiving approval, you will be able to check the status of your application online.

How Long Does My Visa Last For?

An ordinary single-entry visa will last for 90 days.

Apart From Being Required To Make A Payment, What Other Documents Do I Need?

You will need to be able to upload a passport-size photo of yourself, the biographic data page of your passport, and a copy of your return flight ticket. Passport size photograph usually has dimensions of 4.5mm X 3.5mm.Your passport-size photo and biographic data page of the passport needs to be saved in Jpg/png formats separately with maximum size of 300kb each, see below picture for better understanding. Tanzania - passport1 - tanzania visa application faqs Tanzania - unknown - tanzania visa application faqs Please note that your passport must have validity for at least six months after the date of your departure from Tanzania, and also have at least one full unused/unstamped visa page.

My Visa Application Has Been Rejected. How Do I Get My Fee Refunded?

Unfortunately, fees paid for a visa application cannot be refunded.

When Should I Apply For My Visa?

Although the government website indicated that a visa application takes 10 days to process, we advise that you should apply for your visa as soon as you are able and recommended not less than 30 days before your departure for Tanzania.

I Am From A Country Which Is Listed Below In The Category Of ‘Referred Visa.’ When Should I Apply For My Visa?

We advise any visitors in this category to apply for their visas at least 90 days before their proposed arrival in Tanzania and to obtain visa approval before booking any flights or incurring other costs (such as non-refundable hotel bookings). Visitors from these countries will need to have a referral letter from Easy Travel: we can write this once we have received the deposit for their booking. Countries in this category are listed below, but as the list is updated frequently, please check immediately before applying.

Referred Visa Countries:

Tanzania - afghanistan. Png - tanzania visa application faqsAfghanistan Tanzania - azerbaijan. Png - tanzania visa application faqsAzerbaijan Tanzania - bangladesh. Png - tanzania visa application faqsBangladesh
Tanzania - chad djibouti. Png - tanzania visa application faqsChad Djibouti Tanzania - barbados. Png - tanzania visa application faqsEthiopia Tanzania - ethiopia. Png - tanzania visa application faqsEritrea
Tanzania - equatorial. Png - tanzania visa application faqsEquatorial Tanzania - screenshot 1. Png - tanzania visa application faqsGuinea Tanzania - iran. Png - tanzania visa application faqsIran
Tanzania - iraq. Png - tanzania visa application faqsIraq Tanzania - screenshot 2. Png - tanzania visa application faqsKazakhstan Republic Tanzania - kyigten republic. Png - tanzania visa application faqsKyigten Republic
Tanzania - lebanon. Png - tanzania visa application faqsLebanon Tanzania - mali. Png - tanzania visa application faqsMali Tanzania - mauritania. Png - tanzania visa application faqsMauritania
Tanzania - niger. Png - tanzania visa application faqsNiger Tanzania - nigeria. Png - tanzania visa application faqsNigeria Tanzania - pakist. Png - tanzania visa application faqsPakistan
Tanzania - palestine. Png - tanzania visa application faqsPalestine Tanzania - senegal. Png - tanzania visa application faqsSenegal Tanzania - somalia. Png - tanzania visa application faqsSomalia
Tanzania - sri lanka. Png - tanzania visa application faqsSri Lanka Tanzania - somali land sierra leone. Png - tanzania visa application faqsSomali land Sierra Leone Tanzania - syria tajikistan. Png - tanzania visa application faqsSyria Tajikistan
Tanzania - turkmenistan. Png - tanzania visa application faqsTurkmenistan Tanzania - uzbekistan. Png - tanzania visa application faqsUzbekistan Tanzania - yemen and stateless persons or persons with refugee status. Png - tanzania visa application faqsYemen and Stateless persons or persons with refugee status

I Have Found Several Websites Offering Visas To Tanzania. Can I Apply Through Any Of These Sites?

No, we strongly advise you to use only the official government website, www.immigration.go.tz. Other rogue sites may cost more and will not be able to fast-track applications; they may also be ‘scam’ sites, taking your money without actually providing a visa.

I Have Received Confirmation Of The Grant Of My Visa. Do I Still Need A Yellow Fever Certificate?

Yes – if you are arriving from, or transiting through, certain countries. The grant of a visa is entirely separate from any requirements with respect to yellow fever. Please see www.moh.go.tz and ensure that you comply with the requirements. Entry to Tanzania may be denied if you do not comply with these, even if you possess a valid visa.

Which Entry Points Can I Use To Enter Tanzania?

Applicants who have a visa can enter Tanzania through any of the following five entry points:

  • Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA)
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA)
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA)
  • Namanga border
  • Tunduma border
  • Isebania Border