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Tanzania Visa and Passport Requirements

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

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, Brunei, 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, Naue 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, 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. From 11 November 2019, visa services will no longer be available at the Tanzanian Embassy in Washington DC. All applications must be done online on the Tanzania Immigration Department website (www.immigration.go.tz) for an e-visa.
For information, see www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org.

For British
You can obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania upon arrival, however, the UK government encourages you to apply one before your travel. You can apply in person or by representative at the Tanzania High Commission in London. You can also submit your application by post. For more information, see tzhc.uk/visa-application. Tanzania has introduced an e-visa system allowing for applications to be submitted online.

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 visa on arrival: US$50 (the exception is US citizens who must pay US$100). For British, the fee is £40 if applying in advance. Please see the different visa types and costs below.

If applying for a Tanzania visa in America
Please note that Americans can only obtain a tourist visa to Tanzania at US$100
Single-entry (non-US nationals) US$50
Multiple-entry US$100
Business visa US$250
Transit visa – please see the information in the Transit section below.
Please note that the Tanzania Embassy in the United States only accepts visa fees in credit cards except American Express, money order or a company check only.

If applying for a Tanzania visa in the UK
Single-entry £40 (£60 for same-day service)
Double-entry £70 (£90 for same-day service)
6-month Multiple-entry £80 (£100 for same-day service)
1-year Multiple-entry £100 (£120 for same-day service)
Business Single-entry £180 (£200 for same-day service)
Transit visa – please see the information in the Transit section below.
Please note that the Tanzania High Commission in the UK only accepts visa fees in credit or debit cards except American Express, bank transfer or banker's draft only.

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.

Please note that you can only obtain a transit visa to Tanzania at the point of entry.

Application to

You can obtain visas from the embassy or high commission before you travel. You can also obtain them at any point of entry (airports and land borders) on arrival. This is a much easier option but 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.

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 regular process or pay an extra $50 for the ‘rush service’ which takes three working days. You can pay an additional fee of $100 for same-day service.

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.


Our visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing,
We strongly recommend that you verify critical information unique to your trip with the relevant embassy before travel.

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
Address: , 1232 22nd St NW, Washington, 20037,
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/
Address: Marylebone, Tanzania House, 3 Stratford Place, London , WC1 1AS,
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
Address: , Umoja House, Hamburg Avenue, Dar es Salaam, ,
Opening times:

Mon-Thu (local time) 0730-1530 and Fri 0730-1300 (local time).

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