Passports and Visas
You will need a valid passport with at least 6 months prior to expiration when traveling to Tanzania, and one of the following: a Visa, Resident Permit or a Pass.
It is required that you have proof of onward or a return flight and sufficient funds to support yourself while in Tanzania.
All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania under which the visa requirement is waived. *Exemption: Citizens of Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India.
The visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research, or for other approved activities. When entering Tanzania, the visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.
For the most current information visit the Embassy of Tanzania.
U.S. citizen emergencies call 255- (0)22- 229-4000, wait for the operator to answer.
Visas are issued by the following:
- The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam, and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.
- Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, such as the Tanzanian Embassy of the United States.
- Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.
I recommend US citizens obtain their visas upon arrival, at the Kilimanjaro Airport.
The cost of a Tanzanian visa for US citizens is $100, and is payable in US dollars. It is an easy and simple process to obtain at the airport and will avoid delays and potential loss of your passport in the mail.Canadian, Australian, British and most European passport holders can also obtain visas upon arrival at the airport. The cost of a Tanzanian visa is $50, payable in US dollars. Confirm with your embassy.
Visas NOT required for nationals of the following countries
Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Kenya, Leshoto, Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Referred Visas are required for nationals of the following countries
Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Refuges and Stateless individuals, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzten, and Sri Lanka.
- Vaccination against cholera and malaria is recommended.
- Yellow fever vaccination is required for ALL persons from yellow fever endemic countries/regions.
- Those in transit for 12 hours or more and/or who leave the airport vicinity in a yellow fever endemic area are required to get vaccinated. All individuals from yellow fever endemic regions traveling by way of air, marine and land are required to get vaccinated.
Entry / exit requirements for U.S. citizens
Medical Alert: Due to a current outbreak of yellow fever, the ministry of health in Tanzania and Zanzibar is taking precautionary measures and has requested that everyone show a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate at all ports of entry. Please remember to carry your yellow fever vaccination cards when entering Tanzania from another country and also when traveling to Zanzibar and all ports of debarkation in Tanzania.
The web site of the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, DC states yellow fever vaccinations are required for persons from, or who have visited, yellow fever endemic countries.
Tanzanian law is very strict on visa categories. A recurring problem encountered by U.S. citizens is that volunteer activity – even if the traveler is paying for the volunteer opportunity – is prohibited on a tourist visa. U.S. citizens traveling to Tanzania for short- or long-term volunteer projects should review their status with the sponsoring organization before entering the country.
Tanzanian Embassies Abroad
72 Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 1050 Brussels
Tel: +32-2-640-6500 / 6527
50 Range Road
Ottawa, Ontario K1N8J4
4-21-9, Kamiyoga, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 158-0098
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
6 Kagera Road, PO Box 5750, Kampala
No. 53, Dong Liu Jie, San Li Tun, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600
Tel: +86-10-65321491 / 08
Continental House, 4th Floor, PO Box 47790, Nairobi
Tel:+254-2-331056 / 057 / 104
|United Arab Emirates|
No. S6A1 Nasr Street Khalidiyah, PO Box 43714, Abu Dhabi
13 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 Paris
Pyatnitskaya, U Litsa 33, Moscow
3 Stratford Place, London W1C 1AS (opposite Bond Street tube station)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eschenallee 11, 14050 Berlin (Charlottenburg, Westend)
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 94320, Riyadh 11693
Tel: +966-1-0-4542839 / 4542833
Email: email@example.comSouth Africa
822 George Avenue, Arcadia, 0083, or PO Box 56572, Acardia, 0007
Tel: +27-12-342-4371 / 93
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Wallingatan 11, Box 7255, 111 60
2139 R Street, NW, Washington DC 20008
Tel: +1-202-939-6123 / 5 / 7
Villa Tanzania, Viale Cortina D’ampezzo 185, 00135 Rome
Tel: +39-06-334-85801 / 02 / 04
Tel: +46-8-503-206-00 / 1
Foreign Embassies in Tanzania
Ocean Road 5, Dar es Salaam
Umoja House, Mirambo Street, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-211-7409 / 15
Umoja House, 4th Floor, Corner Mirambo Street / Garden Avenue, PO Box 9534, Dar es Salaam
38 Mirambo Street / Garden Avenue, Dar es Salaam
This embassy also serves Australians.
82 Kinondoni Road, PO Box 2684, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-266-9040 / 1 / 2
Fax: +255-22-266-9043 / 9050
Umoja House, Garden Avenue, PO Box 9200, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-211-0101; 744-242-242 (emergencies only)
Ghana Avenue, PO Box 9171, Dar es Salaam
No. 1131 Msasani Road, Oysterbay, PO Box 9612, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-260-2355 / 2356 / 2361
Fax: +255-22-260-2362 / 2367
| United States|
686 Old Bagamoyo Road, Msasani, PO Box 9123, Dar es Salaam
Fax: +255-22-266-8238 / 8373
Mirambo Street / Garden Avenue, PO Box 2455, Dar es Salaam
316, Lugalo Road, Dar es Salaam
Junction Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road and Kilimani Road, PO Box 2349, Dar es Salaam
Tel: +255-22-266-6021 / 3