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Visa & Immigration
In Tanzania, visas are required by most foreign nationals whether visiting for a holiday or to conduct business.
Tanzania does permit visa free travel for a period of up to three months to some foreign nationals, mainly those from African and Asian countries however in most cases, with the exceptions of Kenya and Uganda, these visitors will still to obtain entry permit clearance. A Global Visas immigration will be able to advice you of the exact visa requirements for citizens of your country of residence traveling to Tanzania.
Visit our online Tanzania visa assessment form now to get started on your visa application. Our assessment form is quick and easy to complete, just answer a few simple questions and one of our immigration consultants will respond to your enquiry.
Type of VISA for Tanzania
Tourist, Business, Research etc
For foreign nationals from countries who do not receive the three-month visa exemption it will be necessary to apply for a Tanzanian visa.
Tanzanian Tourist visa
In Tanzania, tourist visas may be issued as single or multiple entry permits and are valid for a maximum period of three or six months respectively. As with short-term visit visas and business visas is many destinations, these time limits are the maximum period for visas may be granted but do not necessarily reflect the grant that will be issued.
- Photocopy of round-trip, airline tickets or itinerary.
- Photocopy of the statement showing sufficient funds for the trip.
Tanzanian Business visa
Tanzanian business visas are also issued for either a single entry of multiple entries and are granted a maximum duration of three of six months. As with short term business visit visas in most destinations a visa of this kind does not constitute a work permit or employment visa and does not entitle the holder to work in Tanzania whether in paid or unpaid employment.
Business visas are a temporary immigration solution designed to allow applicants to engage in a range of business related activities including attending meetings and business conferences and researching potential buyers or suppliers.
- A letter on company letterhead addressed to the Embassy of Tanzania, Visa Section, Tanzania High Commission / Embassy your applying, signed by the company executive, stating the nature of the business, duration of the trip, companies to be visited, guaranteeing sufficient funds.
Visas for research will only be granted after the applicant have been cleared by the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH):
P.O. Box 4302, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel.: 255-22-270.0750 or 270.0745
Visas for journalism will only be granted after the applicant have been cleared by the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH):
The Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO)
P.O. Box 9142, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel.: 255-22-211-0585 or 212.2771 or 211.2860
Fax: 255-22-211-3814 or 211-6474.
All Tanzanian visa applications must be accompanied by a valid passport form the applicant's country of origin. For candidates who are living in a country which is not their country of origin, proof of residence must also be supplied. In all cases, passports must be valid for a minimum of six months after the duration of the visa. Where candidates are applying for Tanzanian business visas, a letter from the business contact in Tanzania will be required. The letter must detail the proposed duration and purpose of the trip to Tanzania.
All foreign nationals traveling to Tanzania should be aware that it may be necessary to attend an interview and that supporting documentation may be required.
Spouse Immigration and Dependent Immigration
Short-term visit and business visas for Tanzania do not make specific provisions for family members of the main applicant to travel with them. Short-term visas do not lead to long term or permanent settlement and require their holders to return to their country of residence when their visa expires. If the spouse, common law partner, civil partner, or dependent children wish to travel to Tanzania with the main applicant, they will need to apply for a visa individually.
VISA Processing Time and Fees
Visa fees and processing times are subject to change at short notice and both fees and processing times may vary according to the type of visa you require and your nationality. Your Global Visas consultant will be able to provide precise details of the visa fees and processing times involved for your specific application. At Global Visas, we provide visa and immigration services for a continually expanding range of destinations worldwide.
Our team of specialist immigration layers and migration experts will manage your visa application from beginning to end and will ensure that you embark upon the right visa service for your individual needs.
You can begin your application today by visiting the Global Visa online assessment area and completing our assessment form. It takes minutes to submit your enquiry and a Global Visa consultant will contact you.
The Visa Section (Depend on the country the Embassy is) open to the public for logging of Visa Applications from 10.00am to 12.30pm Monday to Friday, with exception of local Bank Holidays and Public Holidays falling under the national holidays’ calendar of the United Republic of Tanzania and country your applying.
Who Needs Visa To Tanzania?
All nationals of the countries or territorial entities mentioned below.
Stateless and those holding non-national travel/refugee documents or passports issued by an authority not recognized by the United Republic of Tanzania, must obtain a valid visa on each occasion they need to enter Tanzania.
The countries whose nationals require visa for Tanzania are:
|Algeria||Congo (Democratic Republic of)||Haiti||Mongolia||Switzerland|
|Argentina||Cote D'Ivoire||Holy See||Myanmar||Taiwan|
|Bahrain||Denmark||Independent State of Samoa;||Norway||Tunisia|
|Benin||Ecuador||Italy||Papua New Guinea||Ukraine|
|Bhutan||Egypt||Japan||Paraguay||United Arab Emirates|
|Bosnia||Equatorial Guinea||Kazakhstan||Philippines||United States of America|
|Brazil||Equatorial Guinea||Korea (North & South)||Poland||Uruguay|
|Bulgaria||Eritrea||Kuwait||Republic of Ireland||Uzbekistan|
|Cambodia||France||Liberia||Russia||Yugoslavia (all travelling documents issued by former SFR of Yugoslavia or by present Yugoslav Authorities)|
|Canada||Gabon||Libya||Sao Tome & Principe|
|Cape Verde||Georgia||Luxembourg||Saudi Arabia|
|Central African Republic||Germany||Macedonia||Senegal|
|China (Peoples Republic of )||Guatemala||Mauritania||South Africa|
Citizens of the following Nations require referred Visas for Entry to Tanzania
Abkhazia (Republic inside Georgia)
|Eriterea Republic||Mauritania Republic||SirLanka Republic||Turkmanistan|
|Bangladesh Republic||Kazakhstan Republic||Niger Republic||Somali Land||Wakimbizi (REFUGEES)|
|Chad Repubic||Kyrgyzsten Republic||Palestine State||Stateless Persons|
|Djibout Republic||Djibout Republic||Lebanon Republic||Senegal Republic|
|Equatorial Guinea||Mali Republic||Sierraleone Republic||Tajikstan|
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa for stay up to 90 days:
|Hong Kong||Malawi Republic||Namibia Republic||Uganda Republic|
|Gambia||Kenya Republic||Malaysia Federal State||Rwanda Republic||Zambia Republic|
|Ghana Republic||Lesotho Kingdom||Mozambique Republic||Swaziland Kingdom||Zimbabwe Republic|
Nationals of any Country not listed or described above please consult the Mission for further information.
Tanzania High Commissions / Embassies and Consulates abroad – see link
Can we get our visa on arrival?
Yes, you can get a visa on arrival at the airport or at any entry point into Tanzania such as at Dar-es-salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar International Airport, Namanga (Tanzania - Kenya Border Post to the North), Tunduma (Tanzania - Malawi Border post to the South), Taveta and Holili (Tanzania - Kenya Border post to the North East)
Applicants for the entry visa to Tanzania must meet all the necessary requirements. These include the submission of the following:
1. Filled in Application Forms - download
2. Valid Passport (at least not less than six months from the date of entry)
3. Two Passport Size photographs
4. Supporting letter (for Business visas)
5. Special delivery – prepaid self-addressed envelope for return of the Passport (for postal application)
6. If applied by post please send the original receipt from bank or postal order
How to Apply
1. Personal Application: In this category applicant have to fill in the forms available free of charge from the High Commission Visa Desk or downloading VISA FORMS here.
2. Postal Application: the fee in this category must be in cash paid in dedicated bank or postal order payable to the Tanzania High Commission. Visa fee payments must be made to bank dedicated, using the counters pay-in slips and Original receipt sent with the Application Forms and supporting documents.
It takes three (3) working days to process a Visa in Personal Application category, but express service of 24 hours is available at extra charge.
Postal Application: visa process takes 10 working days. Any failure to comply with the stated requirements may result in unnecessary delays or returning of unprocessed application to the sender. Calls will not be entertained within the time mentioned above. Please do not call us about the development of your application.
For all Visas that will expire before being used, a fresh application has to be made, fulfilling all previous conditions without exceptions.
- Tanzania High Commissions / Embassy Abroad
- VISA application forms
The Fee for all the visas, Tourist, Holiday, Transit or Business depends on the country you’re applying
Once the Visa is issued the fee can not be refunded.
Visa Fee varies depend on the Nationality.
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Traveler’s code of conduct
Travel is a natural right of all people and is a crucial ingredient of world peace and understanding. With that right come responsibilities. Whenever you travel, on business, pleasure or a bit of both, always stop and think:
Leave no trace: Respect the fragile earth - both land and sea. Always follow designated paths. Do not disturb animals, plants or their natural habitat. Leave no litter or graffiti. Keep noise to an appropriate level. Remember, we have not inherited the earth from our ancestors – we just borrow it from our children.
Respect the culture:
Respect local traditions and customs by dressing and acting appropriately and taking care not to offend. Always ask before photographing and or filming people. Avoid taking photos and getting copies later. Do not make promises you can’t keep. Do not trespass. You are the guest respect your host.
Learn from residents:
Travel with a spirit of humility and with a genuine desire to learn more about the people of your host country, their customs, history, culture, language and the natural environment. Make an effort to learn a few basics in the local language – it will be appreciated. Avoid making judgments without understanding the issues. Discover the enrichment of seeing a different way of life through other eyes.
Reduce your energy consumption e. g. Always switch off electrical appliances when not in use. Make use of any recycling opportunities at your destination. Minimize usage of natural resources, especially when they are in short supply e. g. fresh water. Check before swimming/washing.
Support endeavours to reduce inequality at all opportunities. Purchase local produce over imported alternatives. Be aware when it is appropriate to tip and that in some economies people rely on their tips. Do not barter too aggressively; remember that what is a small amount to you could be a lot more significant to the seller. Support local craftsmen by buying handicrafts, please note be wary of things made from animal parts or endangered resources (such as shells and corals). Never buy ancient artifacts.
Reef tourism and diving is growing rapidly and is becoming a valuable source of income, especially to Developing Countries. A successful tourism industry relies completely on healthy coral reefs, yet tourism can easily damage these sensitive ecosystems. Coral reefs already suffer from coral bleaching, salutation, eutrophication, over-exploitation and destructive fishing techniques such as dynamite and cyanide fishing. Construction (e.g. coastal hotels, harbors, and jetties) infringe even further onto the rapidly disappearing mangrove habitats and can cause an increase in turbidity and sedimentation in coral reef areas. Sewage from the tourist hotels adds to the already existing problem of organic pollution.
Pressures on these valuable and beautiful resources from tourism are on the increase. However, reef tourism also brings benefits such as employment, foreign currency and an incentive for protection & conservation of the reefs. It is therefore of vital importance to look after the reefs both for yourself, and for those who follow.
Discover the enrichment of seeing different ways of customs and traditions
Dress is important for both men and women, and you will find even the poorest people in remote rural locations make an effort to dress smartly. You should always dress modestly and reasonably neatly in public places-avoid bare legs or shoulders, and excessively tatty clothing.
Public displays of affection and open anger will be frowned upon.
There is a large Muslim community in Tanzania, so be sensitive to the Islamic traditions. If you have a Muslim guide or taxi driver be aware that they will want a few moments off, particularly around midday, late afternoon and sunset, for prayer.
If eating with locals, food is often eaten without utensils using your right hand. The left hand is never used for handling or eating food, as it is traditionally used for toilet duties.
Politeness, respect and greetings are very important in Swahili culture. People often spend several minutes at the start of a conversation simply greeting each other and shaking hands, so it is essential that you know some standard greetings and responses. The elderly and professionals are treated with particular deference and the appropriate greetings should be used
Tips and bartering-
Bartering is commonplace in Tanzania and basically expected when you are buying anything from curios to a taxi fare. In the more ‘touristy’ locations such as Zanzibar and Arusha, the locals do tend to grossly inflate prices when they see Western tourists. It is always a good idea to ask someone neutral (such as your trip guide or hotelier) as to what a fair price should be and base you’re haggling on that. However, you should also bear in mind that what is a small amount to you will be a lot more significant to the seller, so keep things in perspective and don’t haggle too aggressively over a few hundred shillings.
Although tipping is generally not practiced in small establishments, particularly in remote rural areas, the growth of tourism has developed an expectation for tipping in many areas within the industry and many local employees now rely on tips. Safari guides, tour guides, drivers and porters will all expect to be tipped.
Indiscriminate distribution of gifts from foreigners is inappropriate. However, when traveling in more remote areas it is often nice to have a few small western items to offer the children. Items such as postcards, pens & pencil, and small notebooks are ideal. Donations of pens, pencils, notebooks and library books for local schools are highly appreciated.
Tanzania has a wide variety of good quality arts and crafts that we would encourage you to buy as they make great souvenirs or gifts. Some specialties to look out for include wooden Makonde carvings, Tinga tinga paintings, Maasai jewelers and batiks. Through purchasing such handcrafted goods you can help support the local craftsmen and their economy.
However, please do try to investigate exactly what you are purchasing and avoid:
Anything that has been made from products of endangered species, which have been listed by CITES (Convention international Trade in Endangered Species). A full listing is available on their website:www.ukcites.gov.uk and includes items made from: sea turtles, big cats and ivory.
Rare hard woods, such as Ebony. Authentic Makonde carvings are made from ebony, but you can find excellent alternatives that have been carved from more common woods and then polished.
Marine curios, including corals and large shells. Tanzania’s fragile marine eco-systems have been historically exploited through practices such as dynamite fishing, so special vigilance is needed to avoid further exploitation
If on Safari, in most cases you will be within a National Park (e.g. Serengeti, NGORONGORO Crater, Tarangire), and you should abide by the relevant rules and regulations. Your driver should drive slowly, stick to the designated trails and avoid getting too close to the wild animals. It is a good idea to invest in a camera with a good zoom lens to get those great safari shorts, and not to rely on getting close-ups. In general you should never get out of your vehicle while on safari unless in the few designated areas where it is safe to do so. If camping overnight in one of the National parks please take extra special care and consideration of your location – ensure that you leave no litter and don’t leave food lying around the camp which will encourage scavengers to enter. Any visitor to Tanzania’s National Parks will pay an entrance fee of approximately-US$71 per day to help maintain and conserve these important wildlife areas.
Mafia island Marine Park
A large proportion of the Mafia Archipelago was designated in 1975 as a Marine Park. This status was granted party on the basis of its unique marine and coastal biodiversity and partly to protect these valuable resources from destructive fishing techniques, such as dynamite fishing, and coral mining. However, most of Mafia Island’s inhabitants are dependent upon the marine environment as a source of food and income. These conflicting aspects have caused problems right from the start in terms of management issues and implementation of regulations. As a tourist you are charged a Mafia Island Marine Park fee of US$ 10 per day to help the further conservation and management of this important ecosystem
Health and travel advice for Tanzania
The following information is taken from various reliable sources, amongst others Medical advisory Services for Travelers abroad (MASTA) Health brief updated 30th March 2008. Please be aware that regulations and health recommendations change frequently. You must therefore always contact your GP or travel clinic for further health advice and check with embassies for the most up-to-date visa information prior to your departure.
Hepatitis A-Hepatitis A is prevalent in countries with poor hygiene standards, commonly associated with eating and drinking contaminated food and water and often linked to raw or uncooked shellfish and vegetables. A vaccine is available however, providing 10 years protection when it is boosted in 6 to 12 months time.
Meningococcal meningitis – Meningococcal meningitis is transmitted via the respiratory route, often in crowded conditions or during close contact with infected persons. Most travelers are at low risk; those at higher risk include healthcare workers, people visiting friends & relatives and long stay travelers who will have close contact with the local population in areas of risk. Immunity is effective after two to three weeks after vaccination and lasts up to five years. A single booster after 5 years is necessary.
Polio boosters are advised every 10 years, if you travel regularly, available in both oral and inject able forms.
Tetanus exists all over the world, therefore you are advised to keep you tetanus protection up to date, i.e. ‘in date’ within 10 years. A new combined tetanus / diphtheria immunization is also available.
Typhoid fever exists in many countries where standards of hygiene are poor. Both inject able vaccines (VI antigen) and oral vaccine (Ty21a) are available. Advised to be ‘in date’ within 3 years.
Yellow Fever – It is a requirement to be vaccinated against Yellow Fever and obtain a Yellow Fever Certificate when entering Tanzania and/or Zanzibar from a yellow fever infected area. This includes any passengers transiting through e.g. Nairobi airport.
In all areas of Tanzania malaria of a benign, malignant, Chloroquine and Fansidar resistant type is endemic all year round. Malaria is transmitted by mosquito bites, insects that can also transmit dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis and yellow fever. Therefore, you should always cover exposed skin with long sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks between dusk and dawn, when most at risk. Use a preferably DEET or natural eucalyptus based repellents on exposed skin. Always sleep in screened rooms with mosquito nets (preferably impregnated with permethrin, a residual insecticide, although this has been proven now to be carcinogenic by the American EPA. An environmentally and physically safer version ‘pyrethroid’ is now on the market) and tuck the edges of the net in.
MASTA recommends that you use one of the following malaria prophylaxes (approved in the UK):
Mefloquine (trade name- Larium) 250 mg, one tablet once a week. You should start taking these tablets at least one week (preferably 2-3 weeks) before entering the first malarial area of your journey and continue to take for at least 3 weeks after your return. Mefloquine is not suitable for everybody, please discuss this with you GP or travel health adviser.
Doxycycline 100mg, one tablet daily. You should start taking these capsules 2 days before entering the first malarial area of your journey and continue them regularly until at least 4 weeks after your return. Occasionally doxycycline can cause sun sensitivity of the skin, high factor sunscreens may help to prevent this.
Malarone (combination drug containing 250 mg of atovaquone and 100 mg of proguanil) one tablet daily. This drug is now licensed for the prevention of malaria in the UK; please check the situation for countries outside the UK. You should start taking these tables 1-2 days before entering the first malarial area of your journey and continue them regularly for 1 week after your return
Further health advice
Water is a frequent source of infection. Most cities and towns have piped water systems, however tap water in Tanzania is not recommended for the use of drinking water. Always use bottled mineral water, which is widely available, for drinking and brushing teeth. Most hotels will use purified water for ice cubes and fruit juices etc. However, it in doubt, always double check with the management of the hotel.
Use common sense when it comes to food and beverages. If you are unsure of their origin, don’t touch them.
Avoid handling strange animals, especially monkeys, dogs and cats.
Avoid swimming in stagnant water, due to the presence of bilharzias disease, a parasitic flatworm, which take – up residence in the blood vessels around the bladder and large intestines. There are no preventative antibiotic, hence the best preventative measure is to avoid swimming in rivers and lakes, and to be constantly thoughtful. However bilharzias is now not as serious as it once was, as a course of antibiotics (PZQ, 40mg, kg daily in two divided doses) can fully cure the problem.
Dehydration is the principal danger when dealing with diarrhea. The use of re-hydration salts, e.g. dioralyte, is very effective combined with drinking plenty of fresh water or non-alcoholic drinks.
Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, leading to premature skin ageing and an increased risk of skin cancer. Take care not to burn and use a high protection factor sunscreen (at least SPF 30).
It is recommended to carry a small first aid kit with headache and diarrhea remedies, malaria prophylaxis, anti-histamine cream (insect bites), re-hydration salts, insect repellent (DEET or eucalyptus based), iodine, some plasters and bandages, some sterile needles, high factor sunscreen.
There have been nearly 1,300,000 AIDS cases reported (World Health Organization estimates 2,000,000 have HIV/AIDS). Aids is rife throughout Africa, so if you’re planning to have intimate contact with the locals always use condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Many people now believe that there is an association between long distance travel and the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Try to drink plenty of water during the flights, avoid alcoholic drinks and have the occasional stroll to keep your circulation going. For further information visit the MASTA website
For further health information see Isabelle Your (2000) Healthy Travel – Africa. Lonely Planet Publications, Melbourne. (ISBN: 1-86450-050-6)
General advice & tips
Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months at the time of travel and have 3 blank pages.
Visas are required for most EU member states. Visas for UK citizens can be obtained from the Tanzanian High Commission. New address Tanzania US Embassy Visas can also be obtained on arrival at Dar es Salaam airport, Zanzibar airport, Kilimanjaro airport and Namanga entry point for US$ 55 (at the time this information went to press-February 2004).
Tanzania uses 230V electricity but encounters frequent power cuts. Plugs and sockets vary, but are usually the tree-square-pin or two-round-pin types.
The Tanzania time zone is GMT + 3, meaning that during the summer time period in Europe, Tanzania is 2 hours ahead of the UK and 1 hour ahead of most other western European countries
When using non pre-booked taxis while on holiday in Tanzania, please make sure that you agree a price before setting off on your journey. As with many other prices in Tanzania, taxi fares are highly negotiable. Check with your local tour guide or hotel management to see what a fair price is for your intended taxi journey.
Bartering is very common when buying curios and handicrafts at local markets, and the local sellers will generally inflate prices considerably. As a guideline, you can take a third to half of the initially quoted price, however also bear in mind that what is a small amount to you will be a lot more significant to the seller. So keep things in perspective and don’t haggle too aggressively over a few hundred shillings.
When going on a mobile camping safari, although provided, it is recommended to bring your own sleeping bag, both in terms of hygiene and staying arm at night. You should also bring a towel, as these are not provided on camping safaris. Furthermore, a small torch, a warm jumper/fleece for the evenings and closed shoes (e.g. trainers or lightweight walking boots) are highly recommended for any safari
For further travel and general information see the Tanzania, Zanzibar & Pemba Lonely Planet guide (2nd edition 2002) or the Tanzania Bradt Travel guide (3rd edition 2000).
Currency: Tanzanian Shilling (generally abbreviated to Tshs), is divided into 100 cents, however mainly notes are in circulation. The exchange rate is approximately 1$unit =Tshs 2000, 5-20$ unit =Tshs 2000, 50-100$ unit USD =2170. It is recommended to carry Traveler’s Cheques and / or cash, in preferably US$, which can both be changed easily into Tanzanian Shillings. Please be aware that Euros are not yet widely accepted in Tanzania!
Banks: Mainly open in the mornings, Monday to Saturday, although also in the afternoons in Dar, Arusha, Dodoma, Mwanza and Zanzibar. See also Bureaux de Change.
Bureaux de change: Since currency and financial liberalization, Bureaux de change’s have become the usual means of changing money in all major towns, tourism areas and at points of entry/exit. Most open during normal shopping hours.
Cash/Visa: Clients should bring US Dollar cash and visa as first preference (US$ will often command a slightly better visa card only) and Kilimanjaro (accepting visa card). Visa and master Card are normally accepted in the better hotels, lodges, restaurants and shops in Tanzania, however be aware that they may charge very high commission rates (up to 10%). Note that reliance, especially away from major centers, should not be placed on credit card transactions being available at all place.
Giving money: Tanzania is not a financially wealthy country. In towns and cities, you may come across people genuinely asking for money or other items. Whilst the giving of money is a matter of personal preference or conscience, we are of the opinion that it is best to give a donation to a proper charitable entity, as opposed to freely giving cash to individuals.
Departure Taxes: Note that a tax is levied on all passengers taking flights within (and leaving) Tanzania. The departure tax for internal flights leaving from Zanzibar, Pemba or Mafia Islands is US$5 per person and must be paid in person by you upon departure. Most airlines flying to /from Tanzania include Tanzanian departure tax as part of the ticket cost, but it is recommended to check with your airline before departure. Airport Departure Tax from Tanzania is currently US$30 per person.