Tanzania visa

For a trip to Tanzania, you need a visa. We will guide you through the different eVisa categories and help you apply for your travel permit.

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Who needs a visa for Tanzania?

Foreign nationals who are not visa-exempt must apply for a visa for their trip to Tanzania. There is a distinction between "Ordinary Visas" and "Referred Visas."

eVisa for Tanzania: Travel faster and cheaper

Nationals of countries approved for an Ordinary Visa can apply for a simple eVisa. For this online visa, you only need a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry.

The Ordinary eVisa for Tanzania allows you to enter Tanzania within a validity period of three months and stay there for up to 90 days at a time. It entitles you to engage in tourist activities, receive medical treatment, and attend business appointments.

It is possible to apply for an eVisa for multiple entries and one-year validity with a maximum stay of 90 days at a time by submitting additional supporting documents.

eVisa for Tanzania: 30 or 90 days?

An "Ordinary Visa" entitles you to a 90-day stay in Tanzania, even though officials sometimes write "30 days" in visa confirmations. Sometimes even people from the same travel group and with the same visa get different validities printed in the confirmation.

Ultimately, what counts is the stamp in your passport, which contains a fixed text: "Immigration officer allowed to stay for three months." The 90 days start to run from the day of your entry.

Travelers from over 170 countries and regions can apply for an eVisa for Tanzania, including EU countries, Japan, the USA, and the United Kingdom. For US citizens, only Multiple Entry Visas are available due to a state agreement between the US and Tanzania.

Requirements for a Tanzania eVisa

In addition to your citizenship in one of the countries approved for the eVisa process, you must meet other requirements for your Tanzania eVisa. These include:

  • You are traveling to Tanzania for a holiday, a short business trip, medical treatment, a short course of study, or a family visit.
  • You have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the entry date and has at least one blank visa page remaining.
  • You have sufficient financial resources for your stay.
  • You intend to leave Tanzania after the expiration of your visa and can prove this (e.g., with a return ticket).
  • Immigration officials deem you fit to enter Tanzania and not harm the country or its people.

eVisa for Tanzania: required documents

You must have the required documents for an eVisa for Tanzania ready during the application process and your entry. These include:

  • A passport that is valid for at least six more months
  • For frequent family visits: passport details of the inviting relative and/or marriage certificate and passport details of the Tanzanian spouse
  • Depending on the case: further proof of the necessity of your visit
  • Proof of your willingness to return (e.g., a return ticket)
  • A digital photo (passport photo) (jpg or PNG, max. 300 KB)
  • A picture of the data page of your passport (jpg or PNG, max. 300 KB)
  • For business trips: invitation letters from companies and copies of business licenses
  • For business trips: proof of the necessity of your activity in the form of a letter from your company
  • In the case of training and study courses: a letter from the educational institution mentioning the course, the subject, and the duration of the program
  • For medical travel: reports from physicians
  • For meetings and conferences: invitation letters and copies of business licenses

Tanzania visa for children

If you are traveling to Tanzania together with children, you must include them in your eVisa application if they do not have their own passports. First name, last name, and date of birth will be requested. Children with their own passports need to have their own visa applications.

Suppose you are traveling to Tanzania alone with minors. In that case, you must carry a notarized letter signed jointly by the legal guardians, including copies of the identity cards, in which the minor gives their consent to travel.

No eVisa for "referral" countries

Travelers from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan require a "Referred Visa" to enter Tanzania.

This remittance visa is a special permit issued by the Commissioner of Immigration Services in Tanzania and requires the submission of specific documents.

eVisa application for Tanzania

For travelers from countries that have "Ordinary Visa" eligibility for Tanzania, the online visa application process is quick and easy on the eVisa application page of our partner iVisa.

During the application process, you will provide your personal information such as name, passport details, and home address, information about your travel plans as well as the reason for your visit, and lastly, upload your passport photo, the data page of your passport, and various supporting documents (depending on the eVisa type).

Double-check all the data in your application, as your passport will be electronically linked to your travel dates and Tanzania entry permit.

Once you have submitted the application and paid the visa fee, you will receive an email with a user identification number you can use to check the status anytime.

The approval notice arrives by email as well. Carry a copy of the permit when entering Tanzania so you can show it to border officials if needed.

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How long is an eVisa for Tanzania valid?

An eVisa for Tanzania is valid for three months from the date of issue and can be used for a stay of up to 90 days after your entry.

What am I allowed to do in Tanzania with the eVisa?

When applying for an eVisa for Tanzania, you have indicated a specific purpose for which you want to travel to the country. You are bound to this purpose from the time of approval and should not use the visa for anything else.

The following activities in Tanzania are available upon application:

  • Tourism, leisure & vacation
  • Visiting friends or family
  • Conferences and workshops
  • Exhibitions and fairs organized by government and private institutions
  • Humanitarian and charity activities
  • Health treatments

eVisa for Tanzania rejected: What now?

If your application for a Tanzania eVisa has been rejected, there may be several reasons for this. Among the most common are:

  • You selected the wrong visa category (e.g., "Multiple Entry" instead of "Ordinary Visa").
  • You made a typo (e.g., a number error in your passport number).
  • The data in your application does not match the data in your passport scan.
  • You did not upload the requested files in the specified format, or they are incomplete.
  • Your application details suggest that you intend to live and work in Tanzania.

Tanzania Immigration is not required to tell you the reason why your eVisa was rejected. However, it may be worthwhile to at least inquire. If you assume (or know) that your application was rejected due to clerical errors, incorrect or missing documents, or an incorrect visa category, you can reapply after correcting it.

If the rejection of your eVisa is based on the authorities suspecting immigration intent or illegal employment in the country, you will not be successful even with a renewed eVisa application. If this is the case, we recommend applying for a classic visa at the embassy or consulate.

Entering Tanzania: what to consider?

After landing or docking in Tanzania, you will informally apply for your entry permit at the responsible border official. Please have the following documents ready for this purpose:

  • Approval letter of your eVisa
  • Passport
  • In case of multiple trips and frequent family visits: passport details of the inviting relative and/or marriage certificate and passport details of the Tanzanian spouse
  • Depending on the case: further proof of the necessity of your visit
  • Evidence that you are willing to return (e.g., return airline ticket)
  • For business trips: A letter from your company proving the necessity of your activity
  • In the case of training and study courses: a letter from the educational institution stating the course, the field of study, and the duration of the program
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for your stay as well as for your return or onward journey

The final decision about your entry is made by the border official. So behave calmly in an interview situation and follow all instructions.

You will receive a visitor's pass valid for a maximum of three months (or six months for citizens of EAC member states) when crossing the border.

Follow the entry regulations

Please note the current entry regulations when entering Tanzania, including all safety instructions.

Follow the import regulations

Find out about the exact import regulations for Tanzania before you enter the country.

Tanzania Visa FAQ

Do you have further questions about the Tanzania visa? Then we hope you will find what you are looking for in our FAQ:

We recommend applying for an eVisa at least ten days before the expected date of travel, as the processing time is a maximum of ten days. However, it is even safer to apply early, for example, shortly after booking your flight to Tanzania.

You can enter Tanzania until the last validity day of your eVisa and stay there for a maximum duration of 90 days. In other words, you can wait until your old eVisa expires before applying for a new one.

However, keep in mind that the eVisa is also tied to the validity period of your passport. If your passport expires before the three-month (or one-year for Multiple Entry Visa) validity periods, you will need to apply for a new one ahead of time.

The eVisa for Tanzania does not include a work permit. In order to be allowed to work during your stay in Tanzania, you must obtain a permit from the immigration authorities. There are different permit classes for this, which you can read about on the Tanzanian government's website.

For a maximum period of 90 days, you can study in Tanzania with an eVisa. If you wish to study for a longer period of time, then you can apply for a student visa for a maximum of two years for a fee.

Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your intended date of entry. It must also have at least one empty page for the visa stamp.

Yes, US passport holders traveling to Tanzania for tourism purposes must apply for a multiple-entry eVisa, even if they intend to make only a single entry.

No, business visas cannot be extended or renewed while you are in Tanzania. If your activities will last longer than three months, we recommend that you apply for a residence permit instead.

If your visa application is denied, you can inquire about the reasons for the denial. If the rejection is due to clerical errors or missing documents, you can correct them and reapply. However, if the rejection is based on immigration intent or other serious reasons, you will need to explore alternative options with the embassy.

Upon entry, you will need to present your passport, eVisa approval letter, and any additional documents for your visa category. This may include return tickets, letters of invitation, or proof of sufficient financial resources.

The validity and length of stay of a student visa depend on the length of the study program. There are different fee categories for student visas depending on the length of your study program. It is important that you choose the correct fee category for your length of study.

You can track the status of your visa application with the help of the User Identification Number you received during the application process.

Possession of an eVisa does not guarantee entry into Tanzania. The immigration officer at the point of entry has the authority to deny you entry if they determine that you do not meet the entry requirements or that your presence is detrimental to the national interest of Tanzania.

Yes, all visitors must present their return ticket upon arrival in Tanzania. This serves as proof that you intend to leave the country at the end of your stay and that you meet the entry requirements.

Stateless persons and refugees who hold a Vienna Convention document fall under the "reference visa" category. They must apply online and go through the reference visa process. It is recommended that you review the specific requirements for this category before applying.

The eVisa is issued to foreign nationals for tourism, attendance at conferences, humanitarian and charitable activities, family visits, medical treatment, or other purposes as determined by the issuing authority.

No, all travelers, including infants and toddlers, require their own eVisa. Even if infants are included in their parent's passports, they require their own eVisa.

If your country is not on the eVisa list, you will need to apply for a "Referred Visa". Travelers from certain countries must go through this process, which requires certain documents and additional steps.

No, the eVisa is specific to your passport and travel dates. Make sure all information matches your passport. If there are any discrepancies, your eVisa will be invalid, and no refund will be issued.