Tanzania Visa Application

Types of Visa:
Ordinary/ Tourist Visa: This visa is issued at any Tanzanian embassy. It grants tourists/ visitors the authorization to enter the country through desiganted entry points on the border, through airports and harbour stattions. However, a person coming from a country with no access to a Tanzanian embassy or where it is reasonably distant shall be issued a visa at the entry points in Tanzania.

Business Visa: The business visa is issued for various reasons such as making feasibility studies, establishing professional and business contacts, and making arrangements for investments. The validity of the visa can vary from one month to twelve 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 Principle Commissioner of Immigration Services in Dar es Salaam or the Commissioner of Immigration in Zanzibar. This type of visa is required for individuals from specified countries and/ or categories. People affected by this regulation may make enquiries at the nearest Tanzania mission abroad. See referred visa requirements below for more details

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 in Paragraph 4.4 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 Regulations and Notices:
Visa processing hours are 9:00am to 1:00 pm Monday to Friday.
Visa processing takes a minimum of five (5) working days. Rush service is available for an extra $20, which takes 3 working days. The duration to remain in the country is determined by the immigration officer at he port of entry.

All visas are valid from the date of issuance. In the event a visa expires before it is utilized, the applicant will have to re-apply for a new one.
US Citizens ONLY: Effective September 20, 2007 travel visa fees will be US$100.00. The new fees will apply to single and all multiple entry visas.

Non-US Citizens: Visa fees are US$50.00 for single entry, and US$100.00 for double entry.
Processing Fee for Personal Checks and Credit/Debit cards: When you provide a personal check, debit or credit card you authorize us to debit $2.00 processing fee from your account for each check or transaction.

Payment with personal checks should be accompanied with a copy your driver's lincence.
Required Consumer Notification (District of Columbia):
• Providing a check as payment authorizes us to either use information from your check to make one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.
• A returned check fee of $25 will be electronically debited from your account in the event your electronic transfer is returned from your financial institution.

 Visa Requirements:
1. A complete visa application form. (PDF or WORD)
2. Valid Passport (At least 6 months before expiration).

3. Two passport size photograph recently taken.
4. A sufficiently stamped self-addressed envelope to facilitate return of passport by the most secured mail.

5.  Visa fees
- US passport visa fee is $100 for 12 months multiple entry.
- Non U.S. passports visa fee is $50.00 for single entry and $100 for double entry..
- An extra $20 is charged for ALL visa rush services, which takes 3 business days.

6.  Forms of Payment
A) Cash
B) Money Order
C) Credit Card.
D) Personal Check - Should be accompanied by a valid drivers license.

N.B: Visas will not be process without a valid drivers lincense
7. Provide proof of travel plans (e.g. FLIGHT ITENERARY, TICKET, TOUR OPERATOR PACKAGE RECEIPTS) to and from Tanzania.
Parental Approval for minors: Visa applications for minors under 18 years, should be accompanied with a notarized letter, jointly signed by parents or legal guardians approving the minor to travel.
Business or Professional engagement visa applications MUST be supported by a letter of invitation from a Tanzanian counterpart or letter of intent for the same by the sending institution.
Visas for research and journalism will only be granted after the applicant has been cleared by The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO) respectively

P.O. BOX 4302, Dar es salaam -Tanzania
TEL: 255-22-27O.0750/  270.0745
FAX: NO. 255-22-275313

P.O. BOX 9142, Dar es salaam -Tanzania
TEL:255-22-211-0585/ 212.2771/ 211.2860,
FAX:255-22-211-3814/ 211-6474

No Visa is required for nationals of the following countries:
Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Leshoto, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Referred Visas are required for nationals of the following countries:
Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equiatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Refugess and Stateless individuals, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzten, and Sri Lanka.


See "Types of Visa" above for more information about referred visas
Immunization- vaccination against cholera and malaria is recommended.
Yellow fever vaccination is required for ALL persons from yellow fever endemic countries/regions.

All individuals in transit for 12 hours or more and/or who leave the immediate airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to get vaccinated.
All individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling by way of air, marine and land are required to get vaccinated.

Pet licenses/ certificates are required when traveling with pets to Tanzania.
Tourists/ Visitors may also obtain visas upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania, but it is HIGHLY recommended that you secure a visa before traveling to Tanzania. Visas can be obtained from any Tanzanian embassy abroad.


Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St. NW
Washington D.C 20037
TEL: 202-884-1080/             202-939-6125      .  
FAX: 202-797-7408.         

Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations
201 East 42nd Street, Suite 425,
New York, NY, 10017
TEL:  212-697 3612-4       | FAX: 212-697-3618

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