Tanzania visa / Zanzibar visa requirements

Tanzania visa / Zanzibar visa requirements

Entry requirements

To enter to Tanzania and/or Zanzibar are required a visa and a valid passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the desired date of entry into Tanzania/ Zanzibar and have at least two free visa pages for stamps. Tanzanian Visa can be obtained upon arrival on the Airport or online.
The same procedure is with Zanzibar Visa you can get on arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport or online.

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Tanzanian visa/Zanzibar visa types and costs

Tourist Visa

The Visa entitles you to a one-time stay in Tanzania for a maximum of 30 days and is valid for 30 days from the date of entry. The Tourist Tanzanian Visa is only valid for tourism purposes (holidays, visit with friends and acquaintances, etc.).
Important Note: US citizens traveling to Tanzania and Zanzibar can only enter with a multiple-entry visa valid for 12 months, allowing them to stay in the country for up to 90 days.
The cost of a single-entry visa is $50 for citizens of most countries, but $100 for Americans. A multiple-entry visa is $100, including for Americans.

Transit Visa

It is 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. Maximum allowed stay in Tanzania on Transit Tanzania Visa is 7 days. Transit Visa is specifically designed for travelers traveling through Tanzania and can not be used for tourist purposes. The cost of transit visas are $30 .

Business Visa

Business Tanzanian visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued for the following purposes: To perform special tasks and conduct legal business activities in accordance with national law.
The business visa will be issued at the immigration headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, immigration headquarters, Zanzibar, entry points and consular offices of Tanzania abroad. 

Referral Visa

For the citizens of some countries is required 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. Referral Visa may be also applied online. To application is advised to attach covering/Invitation letter from their host in Tanzania. More 

Tanzania Visa/ Zanzibar Visa online service.

Since November 2018 The Tanzanian Government launched the Tanzania e-Visa online service to make easier the process of applying and obtaining a tourist visa, for Tanzania and Zanzibar.
To obtain a Tanzania e-Visa travelers are required to complete a application form online. The list of  countries  eligibled to apply for an e-Visa check here.

 The visa-on-arrival

The visa-on-arrival is available in the all major sea and airports of entry in the United Republic of Tanzania/Zanzibar. The immigration office is open day and night. Obtaining a  Tanzanian visa on arrival  isn’t difficult, but there can be long queues, that why we suggest preparing a visa online.
A visa on arrival is available to passport holders of many  nations. There are also  some nationalities that are exempt. Full lists  you find here. 

When obtaining a visa you may be asked to show a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds for your stay in Tanzania. But this is not the rule.

Tanzania Visa/Zanzibar Visa procedure

1. Onboard your flight or ship into Tanzania, you will receive two visa forms that should be filled out prior to landing. If you do not get these forms in the plane, they are also available at your port of entry.
2. With the completed forms, approach the designated place/window were are sitting uniformed immigration agents. There you give to them a passport and two forms, previously completed and make a payment.
3. After leaving documents, wait until you hear your name nearby. It will take about 15-30 minutes and you will be could pick up a passport with a Tanzania visa/Zanzibar visa sticker.
With passport in hand, you can proceed to immigration. There they collect your fingerprints you will get the stamp to your passport and go to collect your luggage.

Note: Zanzibar is semi-autonomous. You will not be stamped out of Tanzania when traveling to Zanzibar, but you will have to go through separate immigration formalities upon reaching Zanzibar (no additional fees, though).


Payments for a Tanzania visa / Zanzibar visa can be made in cash or by credit/debit card *. Remember – if it is cash, make sure that the banknotes are undamaged and not older than in 2006. Immigration officers usually only accept USD 50 denominations and only new ones; banknotes older than 2006 are not valid in Tanzania / Zanzibar! No other currencies are accepted, the only USD!

Note: Prepare to pay in cash and by credit card just in case. Sometimes the credit card payment counter is closed. Every other day cash in USD is not accepted, only credit cards …


If you are still unsure about the visa requirements in Tanzania, please contact our team. If you use a smartphone or tablet you can use the floating chat function in the bottom right corner of the screen

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