A new visa-on-arrival handling process has been introduced this week in Tanzania which has had an immediate impact on the arrival and visa collection procedure.
The change was implemented without advanced warning and involves travellers standing in 3 different queues, adding a significant amount of time to their arrivals, with some travellers taking in excess of 2 hours.
With this change in place, we strongly encourage you to obtain your visa online in advance of arrival.
E-visas typically take 2 – 3 weeks to be issued.
Please note, however, not all ports of entry are equipped to accept the online visa. Only the following five ports are currently functional:
Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ)
Namanga (road border between Arusha & Nairobi)
Tunduma (road border between Tanzania & Zambia)
If you are entering via a different port (eg: Tarime Isebania), it is advisable to obtain the visa on arrival.
An online visa can still be used and will be accepted, but the process of validating the visa can be time consuming when the port does not have the necessary equipment on hand.
Ground teams in Tanzania are working hard to speed people through the process as best as possible.
Our advice is to apply online in advance of travel for your visa. This will ensure a more effortless experience on the ground. Click below to take you to the application page or call your specialist for a chat first if you’ve got questions.Apply now
Frequently asked questions
What visa do you require as a visitor?
As a tourist visiting Tanzania on holidays, you will require the ordinary single entry visa, unless you are visiting Tanzania multiple times on the itinerary with other countries in between visits.
How long is the visa valid for?
Validity of the single entry visa does not exceed 90 days.
What do I need to complete the visa application?
You will require the following documentation for uploading and information for form completion:
Need to upload
Copy of your valid passport (biographic data page), a passport size photo, your flight tickets showing you entering and departing Tanzania.
You will need to enter information including the name of the local Tanzania partner (we can provide this if you have not already received your travel pack) and contact details and address of one hotel you will be staying at during your stay.
What is the fee for the visa and how do I pay?
The visa fee is currently USD50 per person. It is payable online by visa or mastercard.
After making your fee payment, you will receive notification that payment has been received. From here, you wait for approval of your visa.
How do I apply online?
- Visit the Immigration Services Website (www.immigration.go.tz)
- Click e-services button
- Select and click e-Visa Application Form
- Upload and attach your scanned relevant documents for the Visa
- Then you will receive an email message containing a User Identification Number (that may be used to track the application online)
- After completion of filling an online visa application form, you will be required to pay the respective visa fee
- Upon successful payment, you will then submit your application
- Lastly, you will receive a message of confirmation that your application being received.
How can I track my application?
After successfully submitting your application, you may track the progress by using your ID Number, which is given during the application stage.
To track the application, go back to the Visa Application System, then click the Visa Status button.
How long will it take to process?
It’s stated the turnaround time is 10days, but currently E-visas are typically taking 2 – 3 weeks to be issued.
Please do ensure that you apply with plenty of time in advance of travel.