The Tanzania Visa application will be processed within ten days, therefore applicants are strongly advised to observe the stipulated time frame while making their applications;
It should be noted that the possession of a Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the entry point may refuse a holder of the visa to enter if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfill Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of a such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.
There are six types of visas valid for entry into Tanzania
ORDINARY VISA (SINGLE ENTRY VISA)
On Tanzania Visa Application, this type of visa is granted to foreign nationals for the purposes of Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conferences, Humanitarian and charity activities, Family Visits, Health Treatment, or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority. Its validity does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.
A business visa may be issued for a period not exceeding 90 days to foreign nationals who wish to enter the United Republic of Tanzania for one of the following
This Visa may be issued to Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Persons engaged in Bilateral Meetings, Spouses married to Tanzanians/Residents, Government Consultants, Representatives of International NGOs, and any other persons as may be determined by the Commissioner-General of Immigration or Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.
Multiple Visa is also issued to American nationals (due to bilateral agreements between the two countries) who wish to come for Holiday or Tourism purposes, as they are not entitled to Ordinary Visa. These may include
The maximum validity of this Visa is 12 months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for twelve (12) consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at most after every three months.
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 for this visa may be required to provide proof of a Visa from the destination country and/or an Onward ticket.
Transit Visa is strictly intended for those travelers whose purpose of entry is to pass through Tanzania, and cannot be used for tourism purposes.
This visa may be issued to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of a recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of an ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner-General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.
The student visa is granted to foreign national who enters the Country for the purpose of Academic conduct such as Research Students, Intern, Volunteering, EAC Students, Exchange students (EAC and Exchange students are free of charge) and Prospective Students admitted to recognized and legally registered Institutions. This Visa may be issued for a period not exceeding two years.
There are some countries whose nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category.
Applicants whose nationals fall under this category are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants for Referral visas are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.
Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain a referral visa prior to coming to the United Republic of Tanzania.
An Ordinary Tanzania Visa application should be accompanied by the following;
Applicants who fall under the Referral Visa category MUST apply for their Visa Online; they cannot obtain a visa on arrival. Their Visa process may take longer time than other Visa applicants. They are advised to submit their applications at least two months in advance before their travel date. Further, they are advised to attach an introduction letter and any other document of their host (whether an individual or company) while applying If applicable. If they come for tourism purposes, it is recommended to obtain a cover letter from a registered credible company and it must be uploaded online along with other relevant documents for consideration. The introduction/cover letter may be attached in any attachment field along with other documents as a single PDF file,
After submission of the Tanzania Visa Application, applicants are advised Not to start their journey until they get confirmation that their visas are approved. They are further advised Not to make payments for any booking or reservations made.
|TYPES OF VISA||VISA FEES IN USD|
|ORDINARY (SINGLE ENTRY) VISA||50|
|MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA||100|
|STUDENT VISA||50, 250,550|
|GRATIS VISA (DIPLOMATIC)||GRATIS|
Students who wish to visit the United Republic for various academic issues for a period not exceeding three months may be issued a student Visa for a fee of 50 USD. Whereas those who come for the same purpose for a period exceeding 3 months will pay 250 USD. On the other hand, students who wish to pursue research activities will pay 550 USD and will be issued a Student Visa for a maximum period of 2 years.
An Applicant can make payment of the visa fee online through one of the following methods:
After making a fee payment, an Applicant will receive a notification that his payment has been received. He/she will wait for the Approval of a Visa before starting the journey.
After successfully submitting the application, an applicant may track the progress of his application by using his ID Number, which is given during the application stage. To track the application, the applicant will go back to the Visa Application System, then click the Visa Status button.
An applicant may at any time enquire to seek clarification regarding the process through the following e-mail: Info@visatanzania.go.tz
For more information About Visas applications kindly visit the Tanzania Immigration Website