Visas and entry conditions in Tanzania

Visa requirements *

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements:

  • A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months;
  • A Residence Permit or a Pass (where applicable);
  • A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points.

Entry authorization: upon complying with the entry requirements, a visitor is issued with a Visitor's Pass with validity not exceeding three months (and not exceeding six months for citizens of EAC Member States).

There are some countries which their nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to 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 they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

LIST #1: Visa-exempt foreign nationals: 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, Swaziland, Solomon Island, St. Kitts&Navis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, St. Helena, South African Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

LIST #2 : countries which their nationals require referral visa: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Kazakhstan Republic, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, Sierra Leone, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Yemen and stateless persons or persons with refugee status.

LIST #3: countries which their nationals can obtain an evisa or a visa on arrival: citizens of all other nationalities can obtain their visa online (e-Visa) or on arrival.

Note: a passenger who does not have Tanzanian identity papers (passport or identity card) is considered as a foreign passenger even if he / she has a multi-citizenship and must therefore be in possession of a visa .
Ways to obtain a visa, visa types and fees *

A visa is a permission granted to a foreigner to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for a specific period of time. A visa is issued to a visitor who intends to enter into Tanzania for the purpose of visit, tourism, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, attending conference or any other related activities recognised by Laws of the country.

  • SINGLE ENTRY VISA (ORDINARY VISA): This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.
    VISA FEE: $USD 50
  • MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA: This Visa is issued to persons whose nature of their businesses or circumstances require them to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. The maximum validity of this Visa is twelve months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for 12 consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at least after every three months.
    VISA FEE: $USD 100
  • TRANSIT VISA: This Visa may be issued to a person for the purpose of transiting to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa is required to have a Visa of the destination country.
    VISA FEE: $USD 30
  • BUSINESS VISA: Business visa will be issued once to foreigners so as to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes; To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc. To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc. To conduct lawful business according to the laws of the country. Business visa will be issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Entry Points and Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.
    VISA FEE: $USD 250

How to obtain a visa ?

  • If you're a national of a LIST #1 country (see above) you don't need a visa.
  • If you're a national of a LIST #2 country (see above) you need a special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration. You advised to go to the nearest Tanzanian embassy.
  • If you're a national of a LIST #1 country (see above) you can obtain your visa on arrival or you can use our new evisa online procedure:
    https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/
* Updated to January 1st 2019. Conditions for obtaining visas, their rates and the nationalities concerned change regularly according to the diplomatic news. Please check systematically what formalities you are subject to.
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