Tanzania Visa Application FAQs
Your safari has been planned, the excitement is building; Tanzania’s wildlife, people and incredible scenery are awaiting your arrival.
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!
Lights On Africa 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.
Q. Do I need a visa?
A. 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.
|Antigua & Barbuda Anguilla Ashmore & Certie Island Bahamas Barbados Bermuda Belize Brunei British Virgin Island British Indian Ocean Territory Botswana Cyprus Cayman Island Channel Island Cocoas Island Cook Island Christmas Island Dominica Falkland Island Gambia Ghana Gibraltar Grenada Guernsey Guyana Heard Island Hong Kong Isle of Man Jamaica Jersey Kenya Kiribati Lesotho Malawi Montserrat||Malaysia Madagascar Malta Mauritius Macao Mozambique Nauru Naue Island Norfolk Island Namibia Papua new Guinea Rwanda Romania Ross Dependency Samoa Seychelles Singapore Solomon Island South Sudan Swaziland St. Kitts&Navis St. Lucia St. Vicent St. Helana South African Republic Trinidad & Tobago Turks & Caicos Tokelan Tonga Tuvalu Vanuatu Uganda Zambia Zimbabwe|
Q. Once I get my visa, am I guaranteed entry to Tanzania?
A. 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.
Q. Is it still possible to obtain a visa on arrival?
A. 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
Q. Which visa should I apply for?
A. 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
Q. How do I pay for my visa?
A. During the online application process, you may pay for your visa by use of a credit card (Visa or Mastercard.) We at Lights On Africa 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.
Q. How much does a visa cost?
A. 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.
Q. How do I know if my visa has been approved?
A. You will be notified by e-mail. Before receiving approval, you will be able to check the status of your application online.
Q. How long does my visa last for?
A. An ordinary single-entry visa will last for 90 days.
Q. Apart from being required to make a payment, what other documents do I need?
A. 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.
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.
Q. My visa application has been rejected. How do I get my fee refunded?
A. Unfortunately, fees paid for a visa application cannot be refunded.
Q. When should I apply for my visa?
A. 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.
Q. I am from a country which is listed below in the category of ‘Referred Visa.’ When should I apply for my visa?
A. 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 Lights On Africa: 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.
Q. Referred Visa Countries:
|Afghanistan Azerbaijan Bangladesh Chad Djibouti Ethiopia Eritrea Equatorial Guinea Iran Iraq Kazakhstan Republic Kyigten Republic Lebanon Mali Mauritania||Niger Nigeria Pakistan Palestine Senegal Somalia Sri Lanka Somali land Sierra Leone Syria Tajikistan Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Yemen and Stateless persons or persons with refugee status.|
Q. I have found several websites offering visas to Tanzania. Can I apply through any of these sites?
A. 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.
Q. I have received confirmation of the grant of my visa. Do I still need a yellow fever certificate?
A. 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.
Q. Which entry points can I use to enter Tanzania?
A. 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