All visitors to Tanzania must have Tanzania Visa and show a passport valid for at least six months beyond entry into the country. Your passport should have at least one empty page for official stamps. Check your passport well in advance of travel if you need to renew it.
The Nationalities listed below require a valid Visa each time they enter the Republic of Tanzania. A Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass) is the most common type of Visa. It can be obtained via the Tanzania Electronic Visa Application System (eVisa) or on arrival and is valid for 90 days from issue.
The eVisa application usually takes 10 business days, is issued via email, and the cost is US$50 for a Single Entry Visa.
You should note that a visa’s possession is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the Entry Point may refuse a holder of a Visa to enter if he is satisfied that the holder cannot fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.
Applicants of Visa are strongly advised to read the Visa Guideline carefully before making an application;
Visa applicants are advised to make their applications through the Official Tanzania Immigration website (www.immigration.go.tz) ONLY and Not through any other links;
Any applicant of Visa is assumed to have read, understood and agreed to the Terms and Conditions available on the Visa Portal and stipulated in the Disclaimer;
Applicants must ensure that their passports have a validity of at least six months and at least one unused visa page before submitting their application;
The applicant is expected to apply for the correct category of visa. If the applicant is not sure about the type of visa they require, they are advised to seek guidance through the e-mail [email protected]
Visitors who wish to come for holiday or Tourism are advised to apply for an Ordinary Visa. However, holders of American passports who come for holiday or tourism will have to apply for Multiple Entry Visa;
Any visa wrongly applied or which lacks sufficient attachment may be rejected;
No refund will be made in respect of any rejected visa application;
The Visa applications will be processed within ten days; therefore, applicants are strongly advised to observe the stipulated time frame while making their applications;
After making payments, applicants are required to wait for approval of their Visa before they start their journey. Approval notification will be sent to their e-mail. Or they can access the Visa Grant Notification by checking the Status of their Visa online;
The Tanzania Immigration Services Department may give or withhold reasons for rejection of Visa to the applicant;
Applicants whose nationals fall under the Referral Visa category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before getting their Visa approval. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel;
The list of countries that fall under Referred Visa may change at any time; therefore, applicants are advised to review our website from time to time.
Visa regulations and conditions may be subject to change without prior notification to the applicants.
You should note that the possession of a Tanzania Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania.
The Immigration Officer at the entry point may refuse a holder of the visa to enter if he is satisfied that the holder cannot fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.
There are six types of visas valid for entry into Tanzania
ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY VISA)
This visa is granted to foreign nationals for Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conference, Humanitarian and charity activities, Family Visit, Health Treatment, or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority. Its validity does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.
Business visa may be issued for a period not exceeding 90 days to foreign nationals who wish to enter the United Republic of Tanzania for one of the following
MULTIPLE ENTRY TANZANIA VISA
This Visa may be issued to Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Persons engaged in Bilateral Meetings, Spouses married to Tanzanians/Residents, Government Consultants, Representatives of International NGO and any other person as may be determined by the Commissioner-General of Immigration or Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.
Multiple Visa is also issued to American nationals (due to bilateral agreements between the two countries) who wish to come for Holiday or Tourism purposes. They are not entitled to an Ordinary Visa. These may include
The maximum validity of this Visa is 12 months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for twelve (12) consecutive months, and they are required to leave the country at most after every three months.
This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals to transit through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The visa applicant may be required to provide proof of a destination country visa and an Onward ticket.
Transit Visa is strictly intended for those travellers whose purpose of entry is to pass through Tanzania and cannot be used for tourism purposes.
This visa may be issued to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can also be issued to a holder of an ordinary passport or Travel document. It may be directed by the Commissioner-General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.
The student visa is granted to foreign nationals who enter the Country for academic conduct, such as Research Students, interns, Volunteering, EAC Students, Exchange students (EAC and Exchange students are free of charge), and Prospective Students admitted in recognized and legally registered Institutions. This Visa may be issued for a period not exceeding two years.
REFERRAL VISA CASES
There are some countries where their nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner-General of Immigration Tanzania or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) before issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category.
Applicants whose nationals fall under this category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before getting their visa approval. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their travel date.
Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents must obtain a referral visa before coming to the United Republic of Tanzania.
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An application of Ordinary Visa should be accompanied with the following;
Applicants who fall under Referral Visa category MUST apply their Visa Online; they cannot obtain Visa on arrival. Their Visa process may take longer time than other Visa applicants. They are advised to submit their applications at least two months in advance before their travel date. Further, they are advised to attach an introduction letter and any other document of their host (whether an individual or company) while applying If applicable. If they come for tourism purpose, it is recommended to obtain a covering letter from a registered credible company and it must be uploaded online along with other relevant documents for consideration. The introduction/covering letter may be attached in any attachment field along with other documents as a single PDF file,
After submission of application, applicants are advised Not to start their journey until they get confirmation that their Visa are approved. They are further advised Not to make payments for any booking or reservations made.
TYPES OF VISA
VISA FEES IN $ USD
ORDINARY (SINGLE ENTRY) VISA
MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA
$50 $250 $550
GRATIS VISA (DIPLOMATIC)
An Applicant can make payment of visa fee online through one of the following methods:
After successfully submitting the application, an applicant may track the progress of his application by using his ID Number, which is given during the application stage. To track the application, applicant will go back to the Visa Application System, then click the Visa Status button.
An applicant may at any time enquire to seek clarification regarding process through the following e-mail: [email protected]
Applicants whose visa applications have been approved are at present required to enter the United Republic of Tanzania through the five specified Entry Points, which are:
The Commissioner General of Immigration Services
P. O. Box 512,
Dar es Salaam.
Tel. +255 2850575, 2850576, 2850569
Email: [email protected]
Commissioner of Immigration Services (Zanzibar)
P. O. Box 1354,
Tel: +255 24 2234973
Email: [email protected] OR