Tanzania Entry requirements
A passport and visa are required for travel to Tanzania.
Please see the current visa requirements here.
Downloadable Forms can be foundhere
Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport. The passport is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point: border station, airport, harbour. The passport must be presented along with one of the following:
· A valid visa
· A resident permit
· A pass
N.B: A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with proof that the visitor has sufficient funds to support himself or herself while in Tanzania.
The Purpose of a Visa
The visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research, or for other approved activities.
When entering Tanzania, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.
Those Who Require Visa
All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived.
Exemptions: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India.
Types of Visa
There are five types of visa valid for entry into Tanzania:
· Ordinary Visa
An ordinary visa is issued at any Tanzanian mission abroad. It enables the holder to be granted a visitor's pass at any entry point (border, airport, harbour). However, a person coming from a country where there is no Tanzanian mission or where it is reasonably distant shall be issued a visa at the entry point in Tanzania.
· Business Visa
The business visa is issued to prospective investors who intend to visit Tanzania for such purposes as making feasibility studies, establishing professional and business contacts, and making arrangements for investments during the startup period. The validity of the visa can vary from one month to six months. The fees for the visa are determined administratively, so it is advised that prospective investors consult the appropriate authorities before making application for visas.
· Multiple-Entry Visa
Foreigners who, because of their business or investments, need to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania are issued multiple-entry visas. Their validity ranges from one month to a year. Applications for multiple-entry visas are usually submitted by local contacts on behalf of the applicants. The fees for the visa are determined administratively; so-it is advised that prospective investors consult the appropriate authorities before making application for visas.
· Referred Visa
The referred visa is one that requires special clearance or permission from the Director of Immigration Services in Dar es Salaam or the Principal Immigration Officer in Zanzibar. This type of visa is required for nationals of Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Somalia and for Refugees, stateless people and other nationalities as may be specified from time to time by the authorities. People affected by this regulation may make enquiries at the nearest Tanzania mission abroad.
· Transit Visa
A transit visa is a permission to cross Tanzania from one entry point to another and is for people whose purpose in entering Tanzania is simply to pass through without visiting. It is issued for a maximum of two weeks.
There is no special clearance required for this visa except for those specified above.
The transit visa is issued only to people with onward tickets, sufficient funds for the crossing in Tanzania, and an entry visa for the country of destination (or any proof that prior arrangements have been made that satisfy this requirement).
Visa-issuing Stations and Authorities
Visas are issued by the following:
* The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.
* Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions: Check this page for a full list of the Tanzanian embassies.
Check this page for the Tanzanian Embassy in the USA as well as for downloadable forms that can be used by all travelers needing visa.
* Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.
* Any other gazetted entry point.
The visitor's pass is issued to a prospective visitor to the United Republic of Tanzania who satisfies the authorized officer that he or she wishes to enter Tanzania for any of the following purposes:
· Spending a holiday
· Answering a subpoena or summons to attend court
· Obtaining medical treatment by a registered medical practitioner
· Any other reason deemed sufficient
U.S. citizens with valid passports may obtain a visa either before arriving in Tanzania, or at any port of entry staffed by immigration officials. Proof of immunization against yellow fever is no longer required, but this could change any time.
For US: Detailed entry information may be obtained from the Tanzanian Embassy at 2139 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20008; telephone (202) 939-6125 or the Tanzanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations at 205 East 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10017; telephone (212) 972-9160.
Overseas, inquiries may be made at the nearest Tanzanian embassy or consulate.
Travelers are reminded to safeguard their passports while in Tanzania. Passport loss can lead to delays in departing the country and can cause disruption of travel. Tanzanian authorities require that travelers who are not in possession of the visa and entry stamps obtained upon admission to Tanzania visit the immigration office prior to departure to regularize their status. Persons attempting to depart the country without proper documentation (including stamps) may be subject to fines or delays in departure.
In an effort to prevent international child abduction, many governments have initiated procedures at entry/exit points. These often include requiring documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child\'s travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian not present. Having such documentation on hand, even if not required, may facilitate entry and departure.
What if I travel through Nairobi, Kenya?
As Nairobi has a bigger airport with more and mostly cheaper flights, many people fly there. But this does mean extra travel time and cost and an extra visa/cost for Kenya, so check beforehand if it might be worth paying a little extra to fly into Kilimanjaro Airport directly.
Entry requirements for Kenya are similar to those of Tanzania:
A passport and visa are required. Visas should be obtained in advance, although airport visas are available. Travelers who opt to obtain an airport visa should expect delays upon arrival. There is a fee for the visa, whether obtained in advance or at the airport. Evidence of yellow fever immunization may be requested.
US Travelers may obtain the latest information on visas as well as any additional details regarding entry requirements from the Embassy of Kenya, 2249 R street, N.W., Washington, DC 20008, telephone (202) 387-6101, or the Kenyan Consulates General in Los Angeles and New York City.
Persons outside the United States should contact the nearest Kenyan embassy or consulate:
Check this page for a full list of the Kenyan embassies