Your bags are packed, you’re ready to go… but do you have everything you need to board the airplane? Many travelers are not aware of international travel restrictions and requirements. Things like visitor’s visas, foreign entry and vaccination requirements are just some of the details to verify for successful travel preparation.
Unfortunately, many who do check travel requirements consult contradictory or dated sources resulting in a situation that will still keep them grounded upon airport arrival.
Please be advised of the new visa process in Tanzania.
With immediate effect Kilimanjaro airport has changed the process of issuing visas on arrival. Clients arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa now need to complete the following process:
• Queue for a Government Control Number
• Pay for the visa at the bank, which is located outside of the arrivals hall
• Go back into the arrivals hall and queue for Immigration to issue the visa
These sudden changes at Kilimanjaro have resulted in the visa on arrival process taking in excess of two hours, so we recommend that those who still have time before they travel apply for their Tanzania visa online at www.immigration.go.tz. The online process can take up to 2 – 3 weeks. Please note that not all ports of entry are equipped to accept online visas. Only the following 5 ports are currently functional:
1. Kilimanjaro International Airport
2. Julius Nyerere International Airport
3. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
4. Namanga (road border between Arusha & Nairobi)
5. Tunduma (road border between Tanzania & Zambia)
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 issued by a State or an International Organization recognized by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania and that, he is a holder of or his name is endorsed upon a Residence Permit or a Pass issued in accordance with the provisions of the Immigration Act No. 7 of 1995; or A valid Visa (for nationals whose country require visa) which is obtained at any Tanzania Mission abroador on arrival at any designated entry points.
Upon complying with the entry requirements, a bonafide visitor is issued with a Visitor's Pass on arrival at the entry point into the United Republic of Tanzania for a validity not exceeding three months in first instance (and not exceeding six months for citizens of East African Community), provided that he is in possession of sufficient funds for subsistence while in the United Republic of Tanzania and a Return ticket or onward to ticket to his country of origin, domicile or destination as the case may be.
Purpose of Visa
A Visa is a permission granted to a foreigner other than a prohibited Immigrant (please click here to see the list of countries whose nationals require visa) to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of visit, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies, or any other activity which is not illegal under the Laws of the United Republic of Tanzania.
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 such a person permission to enter if he is satisfied that he is unable to fulfill immigration entry requirements and that the presence of such person/visitor in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the national interests.
CATEGORIES OF VISAS
There are five categories of Visas which may be granted to foreigners other than prohibited immigrants who seek to enter the United Republic of Tanzania as follows:
Multiple Entry Visa
This is a Visa granted to foreigners other than prohibited immigrants seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania upon application for the purpose of visit, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies, or any other activity legally recognized by the Laws of the United Republic of Tanzania for validity not exceeding three months for a single entry only.
This is a Visa granted to foreigners other than prohibited immigrants intending to pass through the United Republic of Tanzania to other destinations for a period not exceeding fourteen days provided that such persons should have onward tickets, sufficient fund for subsistence while in the United Republic of Tanzania and an entry Visa to the country of destination (where applicable) or any other proof to satisfy that such person will be allowed entry to that other country.
MULTIPLE ENTRY VISAS
This is a Visa granted to persons who are nationals of countries which require Visa for United Republic of Tanzania and who by nature of their businesses or circumstances require making frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. Multiple Visas may be issued for a period of three, six or twelve months to permit the holder to enter and re-enter subject to the validity of the visa, provided that a single stay of the holder should not exceed three months.
This is a Visa granted to holders of Diplomatic or Official/Service Passports when travelling on official missions to the United Republic of Tanzania and it is granted free of charge. In some cases Gratis Visa may be granted to holders of Ordinary Passports where an exemption has been given by the Issuing Authority.
Holders of Diplomatic and Service/Official passports when travelling on private visits into the United Republic of Tanzania are required to apply for visa like holders of ordinary passport.
This is a Visa granted to nationals of Countries which require a special clearance and approval from the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services or the Commissioner of Immigration Services (Zanzibar) prior to the issuance of Visa
Possession of a Visa for United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. Accordingly, an Immigration Officer at the Entry Point may refuse any person regardless whether he holds a Visa or not, if he is satisfied that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements and/or that such persons/visitor’s presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA
-An application of Visa for United Republic of Tanzania should be accompanied with:
– application form duly filled in
-security Bond duly filled in (for Multiple Visa)
– five passport size photographs (if required)
– copy of the Applicant's valid Passport
– copy of the valid Passport or any other identity of the person to be visited (applicant’s host if required)
– documents of the Company or Business to be visited; (for Multiple Visa)
-any other evidence to prove that the applicant is bound to travel frequently into the United Republic of Tanzania(for Multiple Visa)
VISA ISSUING CENTRES:
A Visa may be obtained at any United Republic of Tanzania Missions abroad or Consulates (click here to see the List of Tanzania Missions abroad) and also on arrival at all designated Entry Points. In case of Referral and Multiple Visas applicants are required to submit their applications to the office of the Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services Dar es Salaam or at the office of the Commissioner of Immigration Services Zanzibar. Click here to see Visa Issuing Centers.
Standard fee rate for Ordinary Visa is US $ 50, for Multiple Entry Visa is US $ 100 and for Transit visa is US $ 30. However a different fee may be set in accordance with the rules guiding Visa issuance or on the basis of reciprocity.
Visa fees are payable at Issuing Centers and an Exchequer Receipt should be provided for the payment made. http://immigration.go.tz/module1.php?id=24
When searching for passport, visa and health information online, it’s important to know that your information source is accurate, reliable and – more importantly – up-to-date. Or visit https://www.iatatravelcentre.com/passport-visa-health-travel-document-requirements.htm For a more accurate update on travel documents required for visits all over the world