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Visas for Tanzania

IntroductionIn 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
Fax: 255-22-275.313
E-mail: // costech@costech.or.tz \n costech@costech.or.tz //

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.
E-mail: // costech@costech.or.tz \n costech@costech.or.tz //


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.

VISA Section

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.

Which Countries 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:

Afghanistan Comoros Guinea-Bissau Moldova Suriname
Albania Congo Guyana Monaco Sweden
Algeria Congo (Democratic Republic of) Haiti Mongolia Switzerland
Angola Costa Rica Holland Morocco Syria
Argentina Cote D’Ivoire Holy See Myanmar Taiwan
Armenia Croatia Honduras Nepal Tajikistan
Austria Cuba Hungary Netherlands Thailand
Azerbaijan Czech Republic Iceland Niger Togo
Bahrain Denmark Independent State of Samoa; Norway Tunisia
Belarus Djibouti India Oman Turkey
Belgium Dominican Republic Israel Panama Turkmenistan
Benin Ecuador Italy Papua New Guinea Ukraine
Bhutan Egypt Japan Paraguay United Arab Emirates
Bolivia El-Salvador Jordan Peru United Kingdom
Bosnia Equatorial Guinea Kazakhstan Philippines United States of America
Brazil Equatorial Guinea Korea (North & South) Poland Uruguay
Bulgaria Eritrea Kuwait Republic of Ireland Uzbekistan
Burkina Faso Estonia Kurdistan Portugal Venezuela
Burma Fiji Laos Qatar Vietnam
Burundi Finland Latvia Romania Yemen
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
Chad Gibraltar Malagasy Slovak Republic
Chile Greece Maldives Slovenia
China (Peoples Republic of ) Guatemala Mauritania South Africa
Colombia Guinea Mexico Spain

Citizens of the following Nations require referred Visas for Entry to Tanzania

Abkhazia (Republic inside Georgia) Eriterea Republic Mauritania Republic SirLanka Republic Turkmanistan
Afghanistan Republic Ethiopia Morocco Somali Uzbekistan
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:

Botswana 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

Were to Get Tanzania VISA

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 visum 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)

Visa Application 
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  https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa

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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