Tanzania Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes Yes
British Yes Yes Yes
Canadian Yes Yes Yes
EU Yes Yes Yes/1
USA Yes Yes Yes

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Passports

A passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry to Tanzania is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

While still part of Tanzania, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region with its own immigration procedures and you may be asked to show your passport on entry and exit. However, the requirements are the same for mainland Tanzania.

Visas

Visas for Tanzania are required by all nationals referred to in the chart above, except:

1. Nationals of Cyprus, Malta and Romania, who do not require a visa.

You can obtain single-entry and transit visas on arrival at the port of entry into Tanzania. However, you're recommended to apply for a tourist visa in advance at a Tanzania embassy near you. Also, please note that multiple-entry business visas cannot be issued at the port of entry.

Citizens from the following countries can enter Tanzania without a visa. These countries are: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Ashmore & Certie Island, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Island, Brunei, Cayman Island, Channel Island, Christmas Island, Cocoas Island, Cook Island, Cyprus, Dominica, Eswatini (Swaziland), Falkland Island, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, Heard Island, Hong Kong, Isle of man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Niue Island, Nauru, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Romania, Ross Dependency, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Island, South African Republic, South Sudan, Tokelan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

If you are from a country not listed above, you are required to have a tourist visa to visit Tanzania and it is best to obtain one prior to your arrival.

For Americans
You can obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania upon arrival, however, the US government encourages you to apply one in advance. Visa services are no longer available at the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC. All applications must be done online on the Tanzania Immigration Department website (eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa) for an e-visa.
For information, see www.us.tzembassy.go.tz/.

For British

Tanzania has introduced an e-visa system allowing for applications to be submitted online (eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa). For more information, see tzhc.uk/visa-application. You can obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania upon arrival, however, the UK government encourages you to apply for one before your travel. You can no longer obtain visas from the Tanzania High Commission in London. 

Please note:

Holders of visas are at present required to enter the United Republic of Tanzania through the five specified Entry Points, which are:
 
• Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA);
• Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA);
• Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA);
• Namanga border;
• Tunduma border.
Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy or high commission to check visa requirements for Tanzania.

Types and cost

Single-entry tourist e-visa: US$50, Multiple-entry e-visa: US$100, Business e-visa: US$250, Transit e-visa: US$30   

 

Validity

Single-entry (business and tourist) visa is valid for three months from the date of issue. Multiple-entry visa is valid for either six or 12 months from the date of issue.

Transit

Transit visas are available for those travelling through Tanzania to other destinations within a 14-day period. An onward flight ticket and/or proof of a visa of the destination may be required.

Application to

Tanzania has introduced an e-visa system allowing for applications to be submitted online (eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa). You can also obtain visas at any point of entry (airports and land borders) on arrival. You will need to pay for them in cash in US Dollars. Ensure that you have sufficient blank pages in your passport (the minimum for entry into Tanzania is two). You may also be required to provide proof of your return journey to obtain a visa on arrival. Please note that applying for on-arrival-visas is not recommended for several reasons one being that there is no guarantee that your application will be approved.

Temporary residence

Residence permits are granted to foreign nationals if they are employed by a Tanzanian company, or working long-term as missionaries or volunteers. You must apply for these through the Immigration Services Department (www.immigration.go.tz).

Working days

Allow ten working days for the application process.

Sufficient funds

Onward ticket or tour itinerary/confirmation, or proof of funds such as a credit card, is required.

Extension of stay

You can extend your visas for three months at a time up to a maximum of six months at the immigration office in Dar es Salaam.
Business visas are not extendable without special permission from the Commissioner-General of Immigration.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 884 1080, +1 202 939 6125/7 Website: http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org Opening times: Mon-Thu 0900-1700 and Fri 0900-1430 (consular office)
High Commission for the United Republic of Tanzania in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7569 1470 (general enquiries), +44 207 569 1489 (visa enquiries) Website: https://tzhc.uk/ Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1700. For visa enquiries (+44 207 569 1489) 1500-1700.
British High Commission in Tanzania
Telephone: +255 (0) 22 229 0000 Website: https://www.gov.uk/world/tanzania Opening times: Mon-Thu (local time) 0730-1530 and Fri 0730-1300 (local time).

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