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Tanzania Visa and Immigration

Tanzania Visa and Immigration

Tanzania visa and Immigration | How to get to Tanzania | Types of Visa in Tanzania | Visa Proccesing time and fee | Tanzania Visa and Immigration | Getting Tanzania Visa on Arrival 

Getting to Tanzania - Visa - Airports

Travelling to Tanzania:

By air:

Most visitors enter Tanzania by air, although the options for airlines are extremely limited. Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro international airports are serviced by Kenya Airways from Nairobi, Air Rwanda from Kigali, Ethiopian Airlines from Addis Ababa, and South African Airways from Johannesburg, as well as KLM from Amsterdam, Turkish Airlines from Istanbul, and Qatar Airways from Doha. 

There are no direct flights from Tanzania – or anywhere else in East Africa – to America. The most reliable East African budget airline for regional flights connecting Dar es SalaamKilimanjaro and Mwanza to neighbouring countries is a Tanzanian airline called Precision AirwaysAir Tanzania is notorious for frequently delaying and cancelling flights without warning, reason or compensation.

Main Airports in Tanzania
Tanzania Airport transfers

By Train:

Train travel isn’t the easiest or most reliable form of travel in Tanzania, but it is a fun adventure and there are two major train lines you can take.

There’s the Tazara train line that connects Dar es Salaam and Kapiri Mposhi in Zambia. The trip usually takes around two days, although delays are common People often ask whether it’s worth the trip and all I can say, is that it’s an ‘experience’… and isn’t that what travel is all about?

There is also the Central line which links Dar es Salaam with Kigoma on Lake Tanganika and Mwanza on Lake Victoria. However, currently the track is out of action near to Dar, so if you want to take the train, you will need to head to Dodoma or Tabora (via other means) and take the train from there.


Activities in Zanzibar

Immigration and 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.

Types of Visa

Single entry 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. 


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 business purpose.


Rukwa travel Guide

Requirements for Visa

Requirements for a Visa (Tanzania Visa and Immigration Service) depends on the type of Visa as indicated below:

Single Entry Visa

  • #1. Applicant’s valid passport (At least 6 months);
  • #2. Visa application form dully filled in;
  • #3. Declaration form dully filled in
  • #4. Respective visa Fee;
  • #5. 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

Multiple Visa

    • #1. Visa application form duly filled in;
    • #2. Security Bond duly filled;
    • #3. Valid passport copy of the invitee;
    • #4. Three passport size photographs;
    • #5. Copy of the valid Passport or any other identity (For a host citizen of Tanzania);
    • #6. Documents of  the Company like TIN, VAT, Registration Certificate, Certificates, & Memorandum.
    • #7. Any other evidence to prove that the applicant is bound to travel frequently into Tanzania.

Transit Visa

  • #1. Copy of the applicant’s valid passport;
  • #2. An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination;
  • #3. Respective visa fee;
  • #4. 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).

Business Visa

  • #1. A valid passport
  • #2. A work contract or invitation letter or any proof of the work/assignment.
  • #3. Respective visa fee.


Tanzania Airport Transfers Service

Applying for Visa Online 

Since November 2018, an official tourist visa can be applied for online  (Tanzania Visa and Immigration Service)

This is the only official website. Please only use this website for your visa application! Other companies or agencies are far more expensive and I even heard of cases were applicants lost the money they paid.

NB: The new e-visa facility is still in its infancy. According to posts on Tripadvisor people still didn’t get their e-visa 2 weeks after applying and paying for it. Email queries are not replied to. It might be better for the time being to apply for your visa on arrival.

You can also get your visa for stays of up to 3 months on arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport*. They are equipped with cameras and laser fingerprint check. You need a valid passport and the completed visa form to apply for it.  The visa costs US$ 50 per person (adults and children), for US citizens US$ 100. Immigration is open day and night.

*Some rumours are floating around that visa can only be applied for online and that the visa facility on arrival at the airport was closed. This is not true. The visa application facility on arrival is still open and there are no plans to close it!  (September 2020)

Payment for the visa is in cash or by credit card**. If you bring cash, they apparently only accept US$ 50 notes, new notes only (US$ notes 2013 or after). No other currencies are accepted, only US$!

**As per feedback received from tourists, sometimes the counter for the credit card payments is closed. And every other day, US$ cash is not accepted, only credit cards… Rather bring both, credit card and US$ cash, just in case.

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