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This content was updated in September 2022

Are you planning a trip to Tanzania? Have you checked the requirements for a Tanzania online visa? A visa for Tanzania can easily be obtained by applying online. You don’t have to visit the embassy or even leave your house to get this electronic visa.

In November 2018, Tanzania introduced the Tanzania e Visa system to reduce face-to-face interaction time between international travelers and the immigration authorities. All eligible visitors who wish to visit Tanzania just need to complete a Tanzania visa application form and the final document will be delivered to your email. Yep, it's that easy to visit Tanzania.

In this article, we answer your most common queries about the Tanzania Visa and how to complete the visa application successfully. With iVisa.com we offer various pricing options, depending on how fast you need your Tanzania e visa, and you can have it in your email inbox in as fast as 11 Business Days.

What is a Tanzania visa?

The Tanzania Visa is an electronic visa, launched in 2018, that allows citizens from eligible countries to travel to and within Tanzania (including Zanzibar). The Tanzania e visa is valid for tourism and leisure purposes, such as a holiday in mainland Tanzania or Zanzibar, or to visit family or friends.

Eligible travelers must apply for a Tanzania tourist visa online before visiting the country. There is no need to visit the Consulate Office to get this visa for Tanzania, all you need to do is fill out the Tanzania visa application form. It's easy and won't take longer than 10 minutes to complete. You are required to provide some personal and passport information as well as to indicate the reason for traveling and provide the intended date of entry to Tanzania.

Who is Eligible to apply for the Tanzania visa?

The Tanzania Visa is only available to eligible travelers whose point of entry into the country is one of the following: Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA), Namanga land border or Tunduma land border.

Over 150 different countries are eligible to apply for the Tanzania electronic visa. The best way to determine if you can apply is by using our Visa Checker tool on our homepage. Just enter your country of origin and your destination, click 'Get Started' and you'll be given citizen-specific information.

NOTE: Possession of a visa for Tanzania does not provide an automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The immigration officers at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person if they think that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

Important information for foreign nationals

If you are applying for a single entry Tanzania eVisa, the purpose of your trip must be one of the following: Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, Attending Conference, Humanitarian and Charity Activities, Family Visit, or Health Treatment; and departure must occur no more than 90 days after arrival. American citizens are not entitled to apply for a single entry eVisa, and must therefore apply for a multiple entry eVisa.

How long is the Tanzania online visa valid for?

For the majority of eligible nationalities, this electronic visa is available as a Single Entry visa for a stay of up to 90 days Per Entry, and is valid for 90 days after arrival. This depends on your country of citizenship.

For US citizens, the Tanzania online visa is valid as a Multiple Entry visa, allows stays of up to 90 days Per Entry within every 180 days, and is valid for 1 year after arrival.

Eligible applicants can apply through the simple Tanzania visa online application form.

Do I need a Tanzania Tourist visa if I am transiting through the country?

Yes, iVisa.com also offers the Tanzania Transit Visa to a number of nationalities. A transit visa is a permission to cross Tanzania from one entry point to another and is for people whose purpose in entering Tanzania is simply to pass through without visiting. It is valid for 7 days after arrival and is a Single Entry visa to enter Tanzania only for transit purposes.

Travelers applying for a transit visa in Tanzania may be required to show proof of an onward flight ticket and/or a valid visa for the final destination country. A transit visa for Tanzania is only valid for transiting through the nation and not as a tourist visa once it has been accepted.

Tanzania visa requirements - What you'll need to correctly fill out the Tanzania visa application form

To apply for the Tanzania tourist visa and be able to enter Tanzania, applicants need to meet the following Tanzania e Visa requirements:

  • Business Registration of Inviting Company (if applicable)
  • Applicant Photo
  • Valid passport - valid for at least six months from the intended date of arrival, with at least 1 blank page for stamping. It is essential for travelers with dual nationality to ensure they travel with the same passport used to complete the Tanzania visa application.
  • Passport Personal Details Scan
  • Credit or debit card - to pay the processing and government fees
  • A valid email address - to receive the approved application notification letter and visa grant notice, and any updates and notifications. At any point if we need more information we will contact you via email.
  • Airline Confirmation - Passengers may be asked to provide proof or return to their origin country or an onward ticket.
  • Proof of Marriage or Spousal Relationship (if applicable)
  • Invitation letter/ request letter for Visa from your Host in Tanzania (if applicable)

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Applying for a Tanzania visa

The Tanzania visa forms are easy to fill out with us, in a 3 step process as detailed below you should be ready to enter Tanzania.

  • Step 1 - Complete the e visa application form, this takes a matter of minutes. Applicants must enter their personal, passport, and travel details, using the online Visa system. They must also provide an email address. This is essential, as the approved e Visa will be delivered here.
  • Step 2 - Confirm payment for your visa for Tanzania - You can pay with either credit or debit card. Travelers must pay a small processing fee to submit their visa application, there are 3 options detailed below, choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • Step 3 - Receive your approved visa to Tanzania. After confirming payment, the visa for Tanzania is processed. Once approved, it is sent by email to the account provided during the application process.

Most applicants will receive their approved Tanzania evisa within 6 business days The applicant must also print a copy of the approved application notification letter and visa grant notice to present at Tanzanian border control, to gain expedited entry to the country.

Costs and processing options for the Tanzania tourist visa

The prices for the Tanzania eVisa vary depending on the applicant’s nationality. The single-entry Tanzanian visa cost is also different from that of the multiple-entry eVisa, available only for citizens of the United States.

iVisa.com currently provides the following options:

Tourist evisa - 90 days, single entry

  • Standard processing - 15 Business Days, USD 101.99
  • Rush processing - 13 Business Days, USD 137.99
  • Super Rush processing - 11 Business Days, USD 178.99

All our processing fees for this visa include the Tanzania Government fee of USD 50.00

Tourist evisa - 1 year, multiple entry

  • Standard processing - 15 Business Days, USD 151.99
  • Rush processing - 13 Business Days, USD 189.99
  • Super Rush processing - 11 Business Days, USD 231.99

These fees include the Government fee of USD 100.00.

Traveling with minors

All visitors to Tanzania must have their own visa to enter the country unless their nationality is visa-exempt. This includes children (18 years or less) who have their own passport. Minors who are included on their parent or guardian's passport can be included on their parent's/guardian's visa.

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Can I extend my Tanzania evisa?

Travelers can extend their visa for up to 90 days after arrival in Tanzania. You can extend your visas for three months at a time up to a maximum of six months at the immigration office in Dar es Salaam. You cannot extend your visa online.

COVID 19 requirements for Tanzania.

Vaccine

You don't currently need a vaccine to enter Tanzania, COVID vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Tanzania. Now if you are a Covid vaccine certificate holder, you won't need to present a negative PCR test. Accepted vaccines are those authorized by WHO.

Since information may change quickly, we advise you to follow the latest Tanzania travel updates and/or contact your local embassy.

COVID testing

  • COVID test prior to arrival: PCR within 72 hours for unvaccinated travelers
    • COVID test exemptions: Children under 12, travelers in transit by air transport, and fully vaccinated travelers

Quarantine

  • Quarantine requirements: There are no quarantine requirements in Tanzania.

Other visas offered by iVisa.com to enter Tanzania

Where can I learn more about the Tanzania visa?

If you have any more questions about applying for your visa to Tanzania feel free to contact our customer support team who are available 24/7 and always happy to help!

Required Documents to Apply
  • Business Registration of Inviting Company (if applicable)

  • Applicant Photo

  • Passport Personal Details Scan

  • Airline Confirmation

  • Proof of Marriage or Spousal Relationship (if applicable)

  • Invitation Letter (if applicable)

Important Instructions

NOTE: Possession of a visa for the United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the country. The immigration officers at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if they think that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

  • Travelers must have a passport with at least 6 months of validity from the date of arrival and have 1 page available for the visa stamp.

  • The Tanzania eVisa is only available to travelers whose point of entry into the country is one of the following: Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA), Namanga land border or Tunduma land border.

  • All unvaccinated travelers must show a negative RT-PCR test result taken within 72 hours before departure.

IMPORTANT: If you are applying for a single entry Tanzania eVisa, the purpose of your trip must be one of the following: Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, Attending Conference, Humanitarian and Charity Activities, Family Visit, or Health Treatment; and departure must occur no more than 90 days after arrival. American citizens are not entitled to apply for a single entry eVisa, and must therefore apply for a multiple entry eVisa.

  • American citizens going on a leisure trip can only apply for Multiple Entry Tanzania eVisas, as stated by this country's authorities.

  • The Tanzania Multiple Entry eVisa will be valid for 1 year after arrival, for stays of up to 90 days Per Entry.

  • Travelers can extend their visa for up to 90 days in any immigration office after arrival in Tanzania.

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The following countries are eligible to apply for an e-Visa:
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • American Samoa
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Aruba
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Canada
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chile
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Costa Rica
  • Ivory Coast
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Curacao
  • Czech Republic
  • Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Gabon
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guatemala
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Maldives
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mexico
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • North Korea
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Reunion
  • Russia
  • Saint Barthelemy
  • Saint Martin
  • Saint Pierre and Miquelon
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • South Korea
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Syria
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Togo
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Uruguay
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Wallis and Futuna
  • Yemen
The traveler must apply for this visa at least 15 Business Days before the trip to Tanzania.
NO. The validity period of your e-Visa begins from the date specified in your application. You can enter Tanzania on any date within this period.
The Tanzania tourist e-Visa allows holders single or multiple entry, depending on which is applied for.
NO. Possession of a Tourist e'Visa for Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he is satisfied that such a person is unable to fulfill the immigration requirements or that such person's presence in Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

A yellow fever vaccine is required if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

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Upon arrival in Tanzania, you need to present your passport and your printed e-Visa, along with your completed entry/arrival declaration form.
Tanzania is the largest country in East Africa, and it is also the oldest continuously inhabited region in the world. Scientists believe that it used to be home for hunter-gatherer communities. However, that is not what makes this country appealing to tourists. Its flora and fauna are. Plus, as you may already know, Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak, is located in Tanzania. People from all around the world go there to accept the challenge of climbing it. But before we get into what to see and do in Tanzania, we would like to discuss visa policy. After all, this is the first thing you need to get off your hands. However, keep in mind that Tanzania’s visa policy is pretty lenient. Many nationalities are visa-exempt for visits of up to 90 days. If your visa is not waived, then chances are that you are eligible for a visa on arrival or an electronic visa. You can opt for whichever is more convenient for you. Although the online application process implies less effort and time on your part. For one thing, you do not have to stand in line at the visa on arrival counter when you land. The electronic visa can be obtained with iVisa’s help. You can acquire it in as little as 5 business days. You can opt for the 1-year visa or the one with 90 days of validity. The latter is single-entry. No matter which one you choose, you can stay in Tanzania for up to 90 days per entry. All the other nationalities that are neither eligible for a visa on arrival nor an electronic visa have no other choice than going to the nearest diplomatic mission of Tanzania and apply for a visa there. As for what you can do and see in Tanzania, the options are many. You can take your pick. One of the most popular activities is going on safari. As you can imagine, Tanzania offers a vast variety of choices when it comes to wildlife. In case you did not know, you can organize a tour of the Serengeti National Park. Perhaps you have heard before of the Great Migration. Hundreds of thousands of animals migrate, and the even is a try spectacle of nature. If there is one reason to visit Tanzania, Serengeti is definitely the most compelling. The phenomenon will change your life entirely. You will see cheetahs, lions, leopards, hippos, elephants, zebras, buffalo, gazelle, and the list goes on and on. But if you do want to see all that, we suggest that you hire a tour guide. It can be dangerous if you do not know anything about the place. Apart from safari, you have the option of going on cultural tours. Tanzania is the home of over 150 ethnic groups. That comes with a lot of traditions and a rich culture. You can go hunting with bushmen, learn some traditional medicine, or even learn the tricks of beekeeping. Moreover, cultural tours are cheap, but they will enrich you. You get to meet a lot of new people, different customs, and you get to see how they live. The experience is unforgettable, and it will help you put your life into perspective. Tanzania also houses numerous national parks. Wildlife can be spotted there as well. Furthermore, let’s not forget that there are beaches in Tanzania as well. After all, it has the Indian Ocean in the east. And what you may not know is that some of the most beautiful unspoiled beaches can be found in Tanzania. The white sand and the palm trees will charm you and make you forget all about home. If you are interested in scuba diving, the best places to go is to Pemba and Zanzibar. Finally, let’s not overlook the fact that Mount Kilimanjaro is one of the most attractive challenges in Tanzania. It is the highest mountain in Tanzania, and thousands of mountaineers accept the challenge every year. However, if you plan on doing that, we do not have to tell you that you have to train rigorously for it. It is not an easy challenge to accept. The official language in Tanzania is Swahili. It is spoken by about 90% of the population. However, if you plan to visit only popular tourist spots and large cities, you can find people who speak English. But if you go on a cultural tour to remote locations and interact with people, you need to learn some Swahili to be able to get around. As for food and drink, you need to be cautious. You will have no issues in restaurants, but if you go to smaller villages, make sure that your meat is cooked thoroughly, and the drinking water is boiled. Produce is pretty rare. At least the fresh one is. If you want to try some local food, we suggest that you try Mtori, which is a meal cooked with beef and bananas. However, the most ‘local’ dish, so to speak, is Ugali. It is made with corn flour, accompanies cooked meat and stews. You eat it with your hand. The recipes are not the same in every village, but it is pretty tasty. Just do not expect too much from it. If you decide to visit Zanzibar, you should know that the locals are Muslim, which is why you need to dress conservatively and pay proper respect. As a woman, you should not wear anything revealing, but you have the option of purchasing some beautiful Kangas. They are brightly colored wrap-around pieces of cloth that you can use for covering up. They look fantastic. Speaking of that, you will see a lot of people who wear colorful clothing, and you may be tempted to take pictures. However, do not do that before you ask for permission. Some people will even ask for money. When it comes to safety, common sense prevails. Tourist attractions are known to be frequented by petty thieves as well, and we advise against walking alone at night in the cities. Before you go to Tanzania, you should contact your primary care physician about shots against malaria and yellow fever. But just in case, always have a net with you. Especially when you visit villages. Other than that, stick to bottled water and be careful where you eat. The bottom line is that Tanzania is one of the most beautiful countries in East Africa. The sights are amazing, especially if you go to the Serengeti National Park. You get to experience many amazing things that not all African countries can offer. The people are friendly and make you feel welcome, and you should have a wonderful vacation.
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