Entry Requirements and Visa Information

ENTRY 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 or his name is endorsed upon the same;
    • A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points. Visa issuing centres.

NB: For information about Yellow Fever Requirement in Tanzania, please visit the Ministry of Health Website (www.moh.go.tz) or follow the link below:

http://moh.go.tz/en/yellow-fever-entry

Entry authorization

Upon complying with the entry requirements, a visitor may be issued with a Visa or a Visitor's Pass with validity not exceeding three months (and not exceeding six months for citizens of EAC Member States).  

TYPES OF VISA

Visa:

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.

 Note:

It should be noted that the possession of Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the Entry point may refuse a holder of visa to enter, if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests. there are various types of Visa as described below:

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.

MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA

This visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for Official visits, Government Missions, family re-union or any other circumstances as may be determined by the Office of the Commissioner General of Immigration, which call for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These are like Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Spouse or member of a family (Family re-union), Bilateral Agreement Representatives, Private or Government Consultants, etc.

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 most after every three months.

Caution:

The Multiple Visa is not intended for those visitors coming on business purposes such as those described under Business Visa category.

NB:

American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes, they are required apply for this type of Visa.

Gratis Visa

This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

TRANSIT VISA

This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of transiting through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward flight ticket.

BUSINESS VISA

This visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to such foreign expatriates so as to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;

  1. To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
  2. To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc.
  3. 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.

NB:

This Visa is neither renewable nor extendable unless a special pemission is granted by the Commissioner General of immigration.

REFERRAL VISA CASES

There are some countries whse 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 who fall under the Referral Visa category may also apply their Visa online. These applicants are advised to attach covering/Invitation letter from their host in Tanzania as part of their Visa application attachments. The host institution’s (or individual) covering letter must have full address and contacts including phone Numbers which are functional for correspondence purposes.

Note: Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents (Travel Documents) are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

List of Countries which their Nationals require Referral Visa.

  • 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.

NB:

The following countries were recently added on the Referral Countries category (W.E.F 26 September, 2018):

Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

NB:

Applicants whose nationals fall under this category (Referral) 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.

Applicants or host Institutions are required to review the List of countries (from our website) which fall under Referral Visa from time to time as there might be some changes.

Note:

Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

  

REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA

Requirements for a Visa depends on the type of Visa as indicated below:

SINGLE ENTRY VISA

  • Applicant’s valid passport (At least 6 months);
  • Visa application form dully filled in;
  • Declaration form dully filled in
  • Respective visa Fee;
  • 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

MULTIPLE VISA

    • Visa application form duly filled in;
    • Security Bond duly filled;
    • Valid passport copy of the invitee;
    • Three passport size photographs;
    • Copy of the valid Passport or any other identity (For a host citizen of Tanzania);
    • Documents of  the Company like TIN, VAT, Registration Certificate, Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum etc;
    • Any other evidence to prove that the applicant is bound to travel frequently into the United Republic of Tanzania.

TRANSIT VISA

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport;
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination;
  • Respective visa fee;
  • 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

REFERRAL CASES

Visa Application for Referral Cases
Any prospective visitor whose nationality falls under the Referral Visa Category is required to attach the following attachments while making application:

  •  Covering letter from a legally registered Institution/ Company if the visit is official or covering letter from an Individual who knows the applicant if the trip is personal, the letter must detail the purpose of visit and duration of stay of the prospective visitor;
  • Applicant Valid copy of Passport;
  • Applicant Passport size photo;
  • Copy of the host institution/Company registration documents, like Certificate of Incorporation, TIN, Business License, etc;
  • Copy of passport and Residence Permit if the host individual is a foreign national, or copy of passport or national ID if the host is a Tanzanian citizen;
  • Filled-in Security Bond (T.I.F 12)
  • Respective Visa fee

BUSINESS VISA

  • A valid passport
  • A work contract or invitation letter or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months;
  • Respective visa fee. 

TIPS FOR ONLINE VISA FACILITY

TIPS FOR ONLINE VISA SERVICE

  • Applicants of Visa are strongly advised to apply for Visa through the Official Tanzania Immigration Services Website (www.immigration.go.tz) ONLY and NOT through any other links;
  • Applicant must ensure that his/her passport has a validity of at least six months and at least one unused visa page while making application;
  • Applicant is expected to apply for a right category of visa. If the applicant is not sure about the type of visa he requires, he is advised to seek guidance through the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • The Visa application will be processed within ten days, therefore applicants are strongly advised to observe the time frame while making their applications;
  • Any application of Visa wrongly applied or which lacks sufficient attachment, may be rejected;
  • Any applicant of Visa is assumed to have read and agreed to the terms and conditions stipulated in the Disclaimer. Therefore, applicant is required to read it carefully before making payment. The Disclaimer is available at the end of each application of Visa;
  • No refund will be made in respect of any rejected visa application;
  • The Tanzania Immigration Services Department may give or withhold reasons for rejection of Visa to the applicant;
  • Visa regulations and conditions may be subject to change at any time without prior notification to the applicants.
  • Applicants whose nationals fall under Referral Visa 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.

  • Applicants are required to review the List of countries (from our website) which fall under Referral Visa from time to time as there might be some changes.

  • Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

      

TYPES OF VISA

There are different types of Visa depending on the purpose of a visitor as described below:

Ordinary Visa

This visa is granted to foreign nationals for the purposes of visit, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conference as a participant, Humanitarian and charity activities, spouse visit and Family re-union, Health Treatment or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority. Its validity is not exceeding three months for a single entry.

Transit Visa

This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of transiting through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward flight ticket.

NB: 

Transit Visa is strictly intended for those travellers whose purpose of entry is  to pass through Tanzania, and cannot be used for tourism purposes. 


Business Visa

This visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to such foreign expatriates so as to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;

  1. To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
  2. To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc;
  3. To conduct any other lawful business as may be determined by the Issuing Authority.

NB:

This Visa is neither renewable nor extendable unless a special permission is granted by the Commissioner General of immigration.

Multiple Entry Visa

This visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for Official visits, Government Missions, family re-union or any other circumstances as may be determined by the Office of the Commissioner General of Immigration, which call for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These are like Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Spouse or member of a family (Family re-union), Bilateral Agreement Representatives, Private or Government Consultants, etc.

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 most after every three months.

Caution:

The Multiple Visa is not intended for those visitors coming on business purposes such as those described under Business Visa.

NB:

American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes, they are advised to apply for this type of Visa.

Gratis Visa

This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

Referral Cases

Applicants who fall under the Referral Visa category are advised, to firstly ask their host institutions to seek permission from the commissioner General of Immigration. Once the permission letter is granted, that is when the applicant can start applying online, and he/she should attach the permission letter as one of the attachments. The host institution’s covering letter must detail the purpose and duration of visit of the prospective visitor, and letter should be addressed to the Commissioner General of immigration, S.L.P 512, Dar es Salaam or Commissioner of immigration Zanzibar, S.L.P 1354, Zanzibar, as the case may be. 

NB:

Applicants whose nationals fall under this category (Referral) 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.

Applicants or host Institutions are required to review the List of countries (from our website) which fall under Referral Visa from time to time as there might be some changes.

Note:

Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

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VISA FEES

TYPES OF VISA

VISA FEES IN USD

ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY)

50

MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA

100

BUSINESS VISA

250

TRANSIT VISA

30

STUDENT VISA

250

GRATIS

NONE

Visa Payment Method

An Applicant can make payment of visa fee online through one of the following methods:

  1. By Visa card/By Master card; and
  2. By Swift transfer (i.e. depositing money directly into bank account at the bank counter).

After making fee payment, an Applicant will receive a notification that his payment has been received.

How to Apply for a Visa Online

  • Visit the Immigration Services Website ()
  • Click “e-services” button;
  • Select and click “e-Visa Application Form”;
  • Fill all required details in the form;
  • Upload and attach the applicant’s scanned relevant documents for the Visa;
  • Then, the applicant will receive an e-mail message containing User Identification Number (that may be used to track the application online);
  • After completion of filling an online visa application form, the applicant will have to pay for a for respective visa fee;
  • Upon successful payment, the applicant will submit his application;
  • Lastly, the applicant will receive a message of confirmation of his application being received.

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COUNTRIES WHICH ARE NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR VISA 

There are some countries whose nationals are not required to apply for visa to enter Tanzania. They will undergo immigration formalities at the entry point upon arrival. The list of such countries is shown below:

  • 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

Note:

Possession of a Visa for United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder 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.

PASSES

There are various kinds of Passes as described below:

DEPENDENT PASS

This Pass may be issued to;

  • Dependent wife;
  • Children;
  • Near relatives.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DEPENDANT PASS

  • Application form dully filled;
  • Security Bond form dully filled (attached with stamp duty worth 500 TSH) form Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA);
  • Copy of applicant’s valid passport;
  • Passport copy of the dependant;
  • Covering letter;
  • Copy of marriage certificate for dependant wife;
  • Five passport size photographs;
  • In case of renewal- previous Dependant Pass should be attached;
  • Copy of Birth Certificate for dependent children
  • Copy of Birth Certificate if the dependant is a parent;

NOTE

A male child who is above 18 years old is not entitled to be dependent.

IN TRANSIT PASS

This pass may be issued to a foreigner for the purpose of passing through the United Republic of Tanzania to a destination outside the United Republic. Validity of the In-transit Pass shall not exceed seven days.

A SPECIAL PASS

This Pass may be issued to a foreigner living in or entering the United Republic of Tanzania in order to afford him an opportunity to apply for and obtain a Residence Permit or Pass or complete any immigration formality.

A VISITORS PASS

This Pass may be issued to a prospective visitor to the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of:-

  • Spending holidays
  • Travelling or
  • Attending court
  • Obtaining medical treatment or
  • Any other sufficient reasons.

NOTE: The validity of Visitors pass shall not exceed 90 days or six months for citizens of the EAC Member States.

 RE-ENTRY PASS

Re- entry pass may be issued to any person lawfully entitled to re- enter the United Republic of Tanzania after a journey to any place outside Tanzania.

A Re-entry Pass shall be valid for such period not exceeding the period of the validity of Residence Permit.

BUSINESS PASS

Business Pass may be issued for single or multiple entries to a person from the country whose nationals do not require Visa to enter the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of temporarily conducting business, trade, profession or assignment. The validity of Business Visa is three months and it is non- extendable.

MIGRANT PASS

Migrant Pass is issued to persons of African descent from neighbouring countries who migrated into the United Republic before 1972 and continues to reside without having a passport or identification from their countries of origin.

STUDENT’S PASS 1        

Student’s Pass 1 is issued to any person studying in approved training establishments in the country including children of persons legally residing in the country who are above the age of 18 years.

STUDENT’S PASS 2

Student’s Pass 2 is issued to children of persons legally residing in the country who are below the age of 18 years and have not been endorsed in their parents Residence Permits.

FEES FOR PASSES

                               Fees for Passes Depending on the Category

           Pass Fees in USD Fees for E.A countries Fees in TSH
Dependant Pass 500 150
Dependant pass for foreigner wife married to Tanzanian husband - - 100,000
Business Pass 200 100
Re- entry pass              50 50
Special pass 600 600
Student Pass1 200 Gratis

Student Pass 2

100 Gratis
Migrant pass - - 10,000

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE

Exemption Certificate is issued to:

  • Diplomats;
  • Wife and dependant children of the Diplomats;
  • Foreign Expatriates involved in the Government projects;
  • Students from the EAC Member States;

NOTE: No fee is paid for the Exemption Certificate.

REQUIREMENTS FOR EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE

  • Covering letter from a given institution;
  • Application form dully filled;
  • Letter from President’s Office Public Service Management (Not applicable for E.A students);
  • Copy of Work Permit from the Office of Labour Commissioner (Exemption);
  • Passport copy;
  • 5 passport copy;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Academic Certificates;
  • In case of renewal, previous exemption certificate should be attached.

EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE FOR EAST AFRICAN STUDENTS

  • Covering letter from registered University/college/institute;
  • Application form dully filled;
  • Passport copy;
  • Admission letter from University /College/Institute;
  • 5 passport size;
  • Academic certificates;
  • Previous Exemption Certificate- in case of renewal.

REQUIREMENTS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS IN EXEMPTION CERTIFICATE

  • Passport copy of Dependant;
  • Copy of marriage certificate for dependant wife;
  • Copy of Birth Certificate for children.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

QUESTION 1:

I WAS LOOKING FOR A WAY TO APPLY FOR YOUR VISA. BUT I HAVE COME ACROSS SEVERAL LINKS WHICH SAY THEY CAN PROVIDE TANZANIAN VISA SERVICE. I AM NOT SURE WHICH LINK CAN I USE?

ANSWER:

THERE ARE SEVERAL LINKS/AGENTS WHO CLAIM TO DO THE VISA PROCESSES IN FAVOUR OF TANZANIA IMMIGRATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT. INDEED, THESE LINKS/AGENTS ARE NEITHER RECOGNISED NOR ACCEPTED TO DO THE VISA PROCESS ON BEHALF OF TANZANIA IMMIGRATION SEVICES DPARTMENT. APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO APPLY THEIR VISA DIRECT THROUGH THE OFFICIAL IMMIGRATION WEBSITE. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE (www.immigration.go.tz) THEN GO TO E-SERVICESTHEN SELECT ONLINE VISA APPLICATION

QUESTION 2:

I WANT TO VISIT YOUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. I NEED TO FILL AN ONLINE VISA, HOW SHOULD I GO ABOUT?

ANSWER:
PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE (www.immigration.go.tz) then GO TO E-SERVICES THEN SELECT ONLINE VISA APPLICATION.

QUESTION 3:

I HAVE COMPLETED MY VISA APPLICATION FIVE DAYS AGO, AND I WAS ISUED WITH APPLICANT ID. IF I SEND YOU MY APPLICATION ID CAN YOU CHECK IF MY VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED?

ANSWER:

ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESFULLY PAID FOR YOUR VISA AND SUBMIT IT, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED WITHIN TEN DAYS. HOWEVER, YOU DON’T NEED TO WAIT FOR THIS MESSAGE, YOU MAY BE CHECKING YOURSELF THE STATUS OF YOUR VISA PERIODICALLY. JUST GO BACK TO THE VISA SYSTEM AND GO TO THE VISA STATUS, ENTER YOUR CREDENTIALS AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK YOUR VISA STATUS.

QUESTION 4:

IF I NEED TO TRAVEL TO TANZANIA IN TWO DAYS TIME, AND YOUR VISA PROCESS IS FINALISED WITHIN TEN DAYS, WHICH I MIGHT NOT CATCH-UP WITH, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

ANSWER:

IN THE MEAN TIME, WHILE THE EXPRESS VISA IS NOT LAUNCHED YET, YOU MAY USE VISA ON ARRIVAL FACILITY, PROVIDED YOUR NATIONALITY DOES NOT FALL UNDER REFERRAL VISA CATEGORY. YOU CAN CHECK THIS LIST ON OUR WEBSITE.

QUESTION 5:

HOW MUCH IN ADVANCE CAN I APPLY FOR AN ONLINE VISA?

ANSWER:

YOU MAY APPLY YOUR VISA ONLINE SIX MONTHS IN ADVANCE BEFORE THE DATE OF YOUR TRIP.

QUESTION 6:

AFTER SUBMISSION OF MY APPLICATION, HOW CAN I KNOW THAT MY VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED OR REJECTED?

ANSWER:

ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESFULLY PAID FOR YOUR VISA AND SUBMIT IT, YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED IF YOUR VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED WITHIN TEN DAYS. HOWEVER, YOU DON’T NEED TO WAIT FOR THIS MESSAGE, YOU MAY BE CHECKING YOURSELF THE STATUS OF YOUR VISA PERIODICALLY. JUST GO BACK TO THE VISA SYSTEM AND GO TO THE VISA STATUS, ENTER YOUR CREDENTIALS AND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO CHECK YOUR VISA STATUS.

QUESTION 7:

IF I HAVE SUCCESFULLY SUBMITTED MY VISA APPLICATION, CAN I START MY JOURNEY TO TANZANIA OUTRIGHT?

ANSWER:

UPON SUCCESFULLY SUBMISSION OF VISA APPLICATION, APPLICANT IS NOT ADVISED TO START HIS/HER TRIP UNTIL HE/SHE IS NOTIFIED THROUGH E-MAIL THAT HIS/HER VISA IS APPROVED. ALTERNATIVELY HE/SHE MAY CHECK ONLINE THE STATUS OF THE VISA. HE/SHE WILL THEN DOWNLOAD THE VISA GRANT NOTICE, WHICH SHOULD BE SHOWN UPON ARRIVAL SO AS TO GET AN ENTRY STAMP.

QUESTION 8:

I AM APPLYING FOR A VISA ONLINE, AND WOULD LIKE TO VISIT TANZANIA FOR TOURISM JUST ONCE, BUT I CANNOT SEE THE OPTION FOR ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY VISA), WHAT SHOULD I DO?

ANSWER:

KINDLY BE INFORMED THAT AMERICAN CITIZENS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY). RATHER, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA IF THEY ARE COMING FOR A VISIT, HOLIDAY OR TOURISM. BUT IF YOUR NATIONALITY IS NOT AMERICAN, AND STILL YOU CANNOT FIND THE ORDINARY VISA IN THE LIST PLEASE LET US KNOW..

QUESTION 9:

I AM APPLYING FOR A VISA ONLINE, AND WOULD LIKE TO VISIT BOTH TANZANIA MAINLAND AND ZANZIBAR. WHAT DO I FILL ON THE DESTINATION FIELD?

ANSWER:

KINDLY SELECT YOUR FIRST POINT OF ENTRY TO BE YOUR DESTINATION, AND THE ADDRESS WHICH YOU HAVE TO FILL IS THAT OF YOUR FIRST ENTRY, EVEN THOUGH YOU WILL VISIT BOTH MAINLAND AND ZANZIBAR.

QUESTION 10:

I WANT TO GO TO ZANZIBAR; CAN I APPLY FOR TRANSIT VISA?

ANSWER:

PLEASE BE INFORMED THAT ZANZIBAR IS PART OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA, SO YOU CANNOT APPLY FOR TRANSIT VISA TO GO TO ZANZIBAR. TRANSIT VISA IS FOR APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO PASS THROUGH TANZANIA TO OTHER COUNTRIES OUTSIDE TANZANIA.

QUESTION 11:

I WOULD LIKE TO COME TO TANZANIA FOR TWO MONTHS TO DO VOLUNTEERING ACTIVITIES IN AN INSTITUTION X. WHAT KIND OF VISA WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR ME?

ANSWER:

YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR ORDINARY VISA (A6) WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR APPLICANTS HO WISH TO DO CHARITY AND HUMANITARIAN ACTIVITIES FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 3 MONTHS. ITS FEE IS 50 USD

QUESTION 12:

I AM A STUDENT AND WOULD LIKE TO COME TO TANZANIA FOR 45 DAYS AS A VOLUNTEER IN AN INSTITUTION NAMED XYZ. WHAT KIND OF VISA WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR ME?

ANSWER:

IF YOU WISH TO VOLUNTEER AS A STUDENT YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR STUDENT VISA (C2) WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR VOLUNTEER STUDENTS FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 3 MONTHS. ITS FEE IS 50 USD.

QUESTION 13:

I WOULD LIKE TO COME TO TANZANIA FOR TWO MONTHS AS AN INTERN IN AN INSTITUTION NAMED PQR. WHAT KIND OF VISA WILL BE APPROPRIATE FOR ME?

ANSWER:

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PERFORM THEIR ACTIVITIES AS INTERNS IN TANZANIA ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR STUDENT VISA (C1) WHICH IS SPECIFICALLY DESIGNATED FOR INTERNS STAYING FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 3 MONTHS. ITS FEE IS 50 USD. THEY ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AN INVITATION LETTER FROM THEIR HOST INSTITUTION AND AN APPROVAL LETTER FROM THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, WHICH IS MANDATED TO REGULATE ON ALL STUDENTS ISSUES.

QUESTION 14:

I WOULD LIKE TO COME TO TANZANIA TO ATTEND A CONFERENCE. WHICH TYPE OF VISA SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

ANSWER:
THE APPROPRIATE VISA TO ATTEND CONFERENCE IS AN ORDINARY VISA (A4). ITS FEE IS 50 USD, AND IS GIVEN FOR A MAXIMUM PERIOD OF 90 DAYS. YOU ARE ADVISED TO ATTACH THE INVITATION LETTER FROM THE INSTITUTION WHICH ORGANISES THE MEETING.

QUESTION 15:

I WILL BE COMING TO TANZANIA FROM MOMBASA KENYA THROUGH HOLILI BORDER, IS THE ONLINE VISA SERVICE AVAILBALE AT HOLILI?

ANSWER:

CURRENTLY, ONLY FIVE PORTS OF ENTRY ARE FUNCTIONAL WITH REGARD TO E-VISA FACILITY. THESE ARE JULIUS NYERERE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, ABEID AMANI KARUME INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (ZANZIBAR), NAMANGA (ARUSHA) AND TUNDUMA (MBEYA). IF YOU WISH TO PASS THROUGH OTHER PORTS OF ENTRIES OUTSIDE THOSE LISTED ABOVE, WE ADVISE YOU TO OBTAIN VISA ON ARRIVAL AT PRESENT. 

QUESTION 16:

I HAVE COMPLETED MY VISA APPLICATION ONLINE. BUT I AM HAVIING PROBLEM MAKING PAYMENT USING MY MASTER CARD. I HAVE TRIED SEVERAL TIMES BUT THE TRANSACTION DOESN’T GET THROUGH. HOW CAN I PROCEED?

ANSWER,
THE PROBLEM MIGHT BE DUE TO THE FACT THAT YOUR BANK DOES NOT USE 3D VERIFICATION FEATURE, WHICH IS A SECURITY TOOL FOR ONLINE PAYMENT; OR THERE MIGHT BE SOME COMPARTIBILITY ISSUES WITH THE VERSION OF THE MASTERCARD YOU ARE USING. IN THIS CASE, IN ORDER TO PROCEED, YOU MAY TRY TO USE A DIFFERENT MASTERCARD, AND IF THE PROBLEM STILL PERSISTS, THEN YOU CAN GO FOR AN ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT METHOD, WHICH IS SWIFT TRANSFER. BUT IF YOU USE THIS METHOD, MAKE SURE YOU MAKE YOUR TRANSACTION USING THE CORRECT ACCOUNT NUMBER AND CONTROL NUMBER GIVEN IN YOUR PAYMENT BILL DURING THE APPLICATION. PLEASE DO NOT MAKE ANY PAYMENT WITHOUT USING THE CONTROL NUMBER.

QUESTION 17:

I HAVE SUCCESFULLY SUBMITTED MY VISA APPLICATION. HOW LONG SHOULD I WAIT FOR MY VISA AND HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED?

ANSWER

KINDLY BE INFORMED THAT ONCE YOUR VISA IS APPROVED, YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY RECEIVE A NOTIFICATION MESSAGE THROUGH YOUR E-MAIL. YOU CAN ALSO CHECK YOUR VISA STATUS PERIODICALLY WITHIN A PERIOD OF TEN DAYS. IF IT IS APPROVED, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO DOWNLOAD A VISA GRANT NOTICE WHICH YOU WILL SHOW UPON ARRIVA SO AS TO OBTAIN AN ENTRY STAMP.

QUESTION 18:

I WANT TO TRAVEL WITH MY WIFE AND THREE KIDS. IF I HAVE FILLED MY KIDS AS MINORS IN MY APPLICATION, DO I HAVE TO FILL AGAIN FOR THEIR VISA SEPARATELY?

ANSWER:

KINDLY NOTE THAT EVERY APPLICANT IN YOUR GROUP/FAMILY MUST HAVE HIS/HER FORM FILLED AND PAID FOR SEPARATELY. THE NEED FOR FILLING THE ACCOMPANYING MINORS IS JUST TO EASE THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS FOR SUCH MINORS.

QUESTION 19:

I WOULD LIKE TO COME O TANZANIA FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES. WHAT KIND OF VISA SHOULD I APPLY FOR?

ANSWER:

APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO COME FOR BUSINESS PURPOSES ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A BUSINESS VISA; THIS VISA IS CHARGED 250 USD AND IS GIVEN FOR A PERIOD NOT EXCEEDING 90 DAYS. HOWEVER, YOU NEED TO OBTAIN AND UPLOAD AN INVITATION LETTER FROM YOUR HOST INSTITUTION. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHETHER OR NOT THE BUSINESS YOU ARE COMING TO DO REQUIRES BUSINESS VISA, PLEASE READ THE VISA MATRIX IN THE VISA PORTAL OR FROM OUR WEBSITE. OR YOU CAN CONSULT US THROUGH OUR E-MAILS: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. OR This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

QUESTION 20:

I AM TOLD THAT MY NATIONALITY FALLS UNDER REFERRAL VISA CATEGORY, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO APPLY FOR VISA? CAN I DO IT ONLINE?

ANSWER:
KINDLY BE INORMED THAT, ALL NATIONALITIES WHICH FALL UNDER REFERRAL VISA CATEGORY (CHECK THE LIST FROM OUR WEBSITE) CANNOT OBTAIN VISA ON ARRIVAL. THUS, THEY ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY FOR A REFERRAL VISA ONLINE. THEY ARE ADVISED TO ATTACH AN INVITATION LETTER AND REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS OF THEIR HOST INSTITUTION IN TANZANIA. THE LETTER MUST HAVE FULL ADDRESS AND CONTACTS OF THE HOST FOR CORRESPONNDENCE PURPOSES. APPLICANTS IN THIS CATEGORY ARE ADVISED TO APPLY THEIR VISA AT LEAST 6 WEEKS BEFORE THE DATE OF TRAVEL AND THEY ARE NOT ADVISED TO MAKE PAYMENTS FOR ANY BOOKING OR RESERVATIONS MADE BEFORE THEIR PERMISSION IS GRANTED.

QUESTION 21:

I HAVE APPLIED MY VISA MORE THAN A WEEK AGO, BUT I HAVE NOT BEEN INFORMED IF MY VISA HAS BEEN APPROVED OR NOT. CAN YOU CHECK IT FOR ME?

ANSWER:

YOU SHOULD HAVE RECEIVED A VISA GRANT NOTIFICATION THROUGH YOUR E-MAIL. IF YOU DIDN'T PLEASE, GO BACK TO THE VISA SYSTEM AND CHECK VISA STATUS. YOU WILL GET AN ACCESS TO DOWNLOAD YOUR VISA GRANT NOTICE. IN ORDER TO DOWNLOAD IT, MAKE SURE YOU FILL YOUR CORRECT CREDENTIALS AS YOU FILLED DURING YOUR APPLICATION (E-MAIL AND SECURITY QUESTION). MIND YOU THAT, THE ANSWER TO THE SECURITY QUESTION IS CASE SENSITIVE.

QUSTION 22:

I HAV APPLIED 5 DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS FOR ME, MY WIFE AND MY 3 CHILDREN. CAN I MAKE PAYMENT TRANSACTION FOR THE GROUP?

ANSWER

AT PRESENT, WHILE THE GROUP VISA FACILITY IS NOT ENABLED, TECHNICALLY, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE PAYMENT FOR EACH TRANSACTION SEPARATELY. HOWEVER, IF YOU WISH TO PERFORM ONE SWIFT TRANSFER TRANSACTION, YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE SURE THAT THE FIELD 70 IN YOUR PAYMENT BILL WHICH CONCERNS CONTROL NUMBER, IS FILLED WITH ALL CONTROL NUMBERS OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS (APPLICANTS) SO THAT WE CAN PROCESS AND ENTER THEM IN TO THEIR RESPECTIVE APPLICATIONS LATER. ALSO MAKE SURE THAT THE PAYMENT IS BEING MADE BY USING CONTROL NUMBER OF ALL APPLICANTS TRANSACTIONS, NOT JUST ONE APPLICANT, AS ADVISED ABOVE.

QUESTION 23:

I AM ATTEMPTING TO COMPLETE THE E-VISA APPLICATION. BUT I CAN'T FIND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IN THE FIELD OF NATIONALITY AT BIRTH AND PRESENT NATIONALITY. THE ONLY OPTION UNDER NATIONALITY AT BIRTH AND PRESENT NATIONALITY IS UNITED STATES MINOR OUTLYING ISLANDS. I AM NOT ABLE TO SELECT MY CORRECT NATIONALITY OF UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

ANSWER:
KINDLY NOTE THAT IN THE FIELD OF NATIONALITY AT BIRTH AND PRESENT NATIONALITY YOU WILL FIND AMERICAN; WHILE IN THE FIELD OF COUNTRY OF BIRTH THERE YOU WILL FIND UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

QUESTION 24:

GOOD MORNING - I HAVE STARTED MY VISA PROCESSING THROUGH YOUR NEW E-VISA SYSTEM. ALTHOUGH I HAVE STARTED NOW, APRIL 18, I CAN NOT APPLY OFFICIALLY UNTIL EARLY MAY SINCE I NEED A MAXIMUM OF 90 DAYS FROM ISSUE DATE TO THE TIME I LEAVE TANZANIA - JULY 31.
IF I SAVE THE INFORMATION AND DO NOT DO FINAL PROCESS UNTIL EARLY MAY, WILL THE 90 DAY PERIOD START FROM THAT DATE IN MAY OR THE APRIL 18TH DATE?

ANSWER:

 

KINDLY BE INFORMED THAT THE VISA VALIDITY STARTS FROM THE EXPECTED DATE OF YOUR ARRIVAL, AND NOT THE DATE YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION. SO FEEL FREE TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION NOW. MAKE SURE YOU REQUEST THE CORRECT NUMBER OF DAYS YOU WISH TO STAY IN TANZANIA, KNOWING THAT, THE MAXIMUM VALIDITY IS 90 DAYS.

QUESTION 25:

My name is Robert. Currently, I am filling my e-visa form. As I understand, the process is I Fill form online, make Payment and waiting for granted letter ( if visa approve ). I do not see WHAT NEXT after received visa approved. As far as I know at the moment, after receiving VISA GRANT NOTICE, I will fly to Tanzania and at the airport the officer will let me in after seeing my Visa Grant Notice?  Please let me know if I understand it right ? And please correct me if I am wrong.

ANSWER:
Yes, your understanding is correct, after being granted a Visa, you will download your VISA GRANT NOTICE, which you will show upon arrival so that to get an entry stamp.


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