A Tanzania visa is a permission granted to a foreigner who intends to enter into Tanzania for business, holiday, studies or conduct research or any other approved activities.
1. Tanzania Visa and other Entry requirements
Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in the possession of valid passports or any other travel document.
The passport or any other travel document is to be presented to the Immigration Control Officer at any entry point, such as Border station, Airport or Harbour. The travel document must be presented along with one of the following:
• A valid visa or
• A residence permit or
• A pass
N.B: A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with proof that he/she has sufficient funds to support himself or her self while in Tanzania.
A visa is a permission granted to a foreigner who intends to enter into Tanzania for business, holiday, studies or conduct research or any other approved activities. Visas should be obtained at Tanzania Embassies/High Commissions abroad or at the entry point.
After entering country, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the Immigration Control Officer, a pass or any other authority to stay in the country.
3. Who requires a Tanzania Visa?
All foreigners from no-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have visa abolition agreement with Tanzania. Exceptions:
Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visa, unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, India, Pakistan or The Republic of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, the list may change from time to time.
Types of Tanzania Visa
There are five types of visas valid for entry into Tanzania:
Ordinary Tanzania Visa
An Ordinary Visa is issued at any Tanzania Mission abroad or at any official entry point into Tanzania boarder.
Carrying on Temporary Assignment (CTA)
CTA is issued to prospective visitors who intend to visit Tanzania for purposes of making feasibility studies, establishing professional and business contacts, and making arrangements for investments during the start-up period. The validity of this visa is two months. This type of visa is issued at the entry point.
Multiple entry Visa
Foreigners who, because of the nature of their business or investments, need to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania may be issued with Multiple- entry visa. The validity ranges from (3) months to one year. Applications for multiple-entry visa are usually submitted to the Director of Immigration services by local contacts on behalf of the applicant
A referred visa requires a permission of the Director of Immigration Services or the assistant Director of Immigration Services in Zanzibar.
This type of a visa is required for the nationals of the following countries: Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Somalia, Afghanistan, Senegal, Mali, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Ethiopia, Syria, Egypt, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia, Saud Arabia, Jordan, Srilanka, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Niger, Liberia and for refugees, stateless people and any other nationalities as may be specified from time to time by the authorities.
Persons in need of this type of visa may make enquiries at any Tanzania Mission abroad.
A Transit Visa is a permission to pass through Tanzania from one entry point to the exit point.
It is for the people whose purpose of their entry into Tanzania is simply to pass through to the other destination abroad without visiting.
This type of a visa is only issued to persons with onward tickets, sufficient funds for transit, and an entry visa to the country of destination or any proof that prior arrangements have been made that satisfy this requirement.
There is no special clearance for transit visa, except for those specified in paragraph 4.4 above.
5. Visa issuing centres and authorities
Tanzania Visas are issued by the following:
• The office of the Director of Immigration services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Assistant Director of Immigration Services Zanzibar.
• Tanzania Missions abroad
• Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania, i.e. Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma Port, Julius.K. Nyerere International Airport (JKNIA), Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar International Airport (ZIA) and other gazetted entry points.
6. Visa fee rates
Visa fee for Holiday and Ordinary visa is US $. 50 except for Pakistan (US $.200). Multiple visa 6 months to 1 year is US $ 100, while 3 months multiple visa fee is US $.50.