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Visa Information

   (Updated on May 5, 2019)

The High Commission would like to inform people wishing to visit the United Republic of Tanzania (both Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar) that can apply their visas online through Applicants are required to fill in the online form, make payment, and submit their application online. Application will be internally reviewed and processed. Finally, applicants will be notified through their e-mails whether their applications have been accepted or unsuccessful. Applicants may also track their application statuses through online system. It should be noted that applicants may also be asked to visit the High Commission for interview.

All visitors wishing to enter the United Republic of Tanzania must obtain an appropriate visa, except citizens of the listed nations below, provided they are travelling on a valid national passport:

  • Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Ashmore and Cartier Islands
  • Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory,
    British Virgin Islands, Brunei
  • Cayman Island, Channel Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Island, Cook Island, Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Falklands Island
  • Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana
  • Heard Island, Hong Kong
  • Isle of Man
  • Jamaica, Jersey
  • Kenya, Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Macao, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique
  • Namibia, Nauru, Niue Island, Norfolk Island
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania, Ross Dependency, Rwanda
  • Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent,
    Samoa, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Island, South African Republic, Swaziland
  • Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia, Zimbabwe

  • Nationals of the East African community need neither visas nor entry permits to enter the United Republic of Tanzania.

If you are not a citizen of any of the above countries, either a regular entry visa or a Referred visa is required. Please read below to find out more about Referred visas. To find out the full procedure and requirements for obtaining a visa, please refer to the second page of the visa application form.

Please note that a one-year multiple-entry visa is required for citizens of the United States of America. For other visa applicants, one can apply for either a single-entry, double-entry, or a multiple-entry visa (except Referred Visa applicants, whereby regular single-entry visa rates apply).

Visitors from countries where Tanzania has a Diplomatic or Consular representation are strongly advised to obtain a visa from the Tanzanian Mission before departure. All other visitors may obtain a visa at any of the following entry points.
  • Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro and Mwanza airports.
  • Holili, Horohoro, Kabanga, Kigoma, Masuguru, Msimbati, Mutukula/Kyaka, Namanga, Rusumo, Sirari, and Tunduma border crossings.

Referred Visas:
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 who fall under the Referral Visa category may also apply their Visa online through These applicants are advised to attach covering/Invitation letter from their host in Tanzania as part of their Visa application attachments. The host institutionís (or individual) covering letter must have full address and contacts including phone Numbers which are functional for correspondence purposes.

Note: Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents (Travel Documents) are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

List of Countries which their Nationals require Referral Visa:
  • Afghanistan, Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Chad
  • Djibouti
  • Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia
  • Iran, Iraq
  • Kazakhstan Republic, Kyrgyzstan Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Mali, Mauritania
  • Niger, Nigeria
  • Pakistan, Palestine
  • Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somali land, Sri Lanka, Syria
  • Tajikstan, Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yeman
  • Stateless persons or persons with refugee status.

The following countries were recently added on the Referral Countries category (W.E.F 26 September, 2018): Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

Applicants whose nationals fall under this category (Referral) are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

Applicants or host Institutions are required to review the List of countries (from our website) which fall under Referral Visa from time to time as there might be some changes.

Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

The Visa Department is opened from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Processing time is around five business days. Expect up to double the time during high volume and peak periods.

Please note that once a visa has been issued, it is non-refundable. If a visa expires before it has been utilized, one must then submit a new application and repeat the whole process from the beginning. Also note that the granting of a Tanzanian visa is in effect only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not guarantee permission to enter Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the point of entry reserves the right to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the point of entry. They should therefore carry with them, for possible presentation to immigration officers, the documents submitted with their applications.

For more information, please contact the Visa Department.
Tel: (613) 232-1509 x26