Tanzania Visa – Online, Types, Guidelines, Requirements & More

Tanzania Visa – Online, Types, Guidelines, Requirements and More

Overview of the Tanzania Electronic Visa Application System

To visit the United Republic of Tanzania, you can now register for a Tanzania visa online [both in Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland]. You must complete the online registration form, pay the appropriate fee, and submit your online application. Internally, your application will be reviewed and processed.

Candidates will be informed whether their online Tanzania Visa applications have been accepted or denied via e-mail. They can also CHECK their status using the online application system. Applicants may also be needed to attend interviews at the nearest Tanzanian consulate or Embassy Offices.

Things to Note Before You Apply for the Tanzania Visa:

Please keep the following details in mind before proceeding with your Tanzania Visa application.

  1. Types of Visas
  2. Required documents
  3. Citizens of countries that do not require an entry visa
  4. Countries whose nationals require Tanzania’s Inspector General of Immigration‘s approval.

What Do You Want to Do?

New Application Continue Application Visa Status
Click the link underneath to apply for a brand-new Tanzania visa for foreign nationals who intend to visit the Unified Republic of Tanzania. Applicants who’ve already started their Tanzania visa online applications and have their registration IDs should continue by clicking the link below. If you have already applied for a Tanzania visa, you can check the progress of your application by clicking the link below.

Tanzania Visa Guidelines

Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania - Immigration Passport Control Booth
Julius Nyerere International Airport in Tanzania – Immigration Passport Control Booth


  • Before applying for a Tanzania visa, applicants are strongly urged to read the Visa Guideline.
  • Applicants are urged to submit their Tanzania visa applications ONLY through the Tanzania Official Immigration website [www.immigration.go.tz], not via any other online sites.
  • Any Visa application candidate is presumed to have read, conceded, and accepted the terms as well as conditions accessible on the online Visa Portal and outlined in the Disclaimer.
  • Before applying, applicants must confirm that their passports are valid for at least six [6] months and contain at least one unfilled visa page.
  • The applicant is required to apply for the appropriate Tanzania visa category. If the applicant is unsure about the sort of Visa they need, they should contact info@immigration.go.tz for assistance.
  • Visitors who desire to visit for vacation or tourism should apply for an Ordinary Visa. Owners of American passports who wish to visit for vacation or tourism must apply for a Multiple Entry Visa.
  • Any Tanzania visa applied incorrectly or does not have appropriate documentation may be rejected.
  • There will be no refunds for any Tanzania visa applications that are denied.
  • Visa applications will be evaluated within ten days; thus, applicants are strongly recommended to adhere to the deadlines when submitting their applications.
  • After paying their application fees, applicants must wait for their Tanzania visa to be approved before commencing their trip. Their e-mail address will be utilized to notify them on the approval. They can also check for updates of their Visa online to get a copy of the Visa Grant Notification.
  • The Tanzania Immigration Department has the power to provide as well as withhold reasons for the applicant’s visa rejection.
  • Applicants from countries that fall under the Referral Visa class are urged not to book flights or deposit cash for any bookings in Tanzania until their Visa has been approved. Applicants for a Referral Visa should apply at least 2 months prior to their intended trip date.
  • The list of nations that qualify for a Referred Visa can change at any time, so candidates should check our website regularly.
  • The list of nations that qualify for a Referred Visa can change at any time, so candidates should check our website regularly.


It should be well known that having a Tanzania visa does not guarantee entry to the Unified Republic of Tanzania. Suppose the Border Officer at the entrance point determines that the visa holder is unable to meet Immigration entry standards or that their presence in the Unified Republic of Tanzania will be detrimental to national interests. In that case, the visa holder may be denied entry.

Types of Tanzania Visas

Six distinct types of visas can be used to enter Tanzania.

Ordinary Visa [Single Entry Visa]

This Visa is issued to foreign residents to visit, leisure, tourism, attend conferences, vacations, humanitarian and charity events, medical treatment, family visits, or any other purpose determined by the authorizing officer. A single entry’s validity is limited to 90 days.

Business Visa

Foreign citizens who desire to visit the Unified Republic of Tanzania for any of the following reasons may be granted a business visa for a maximum of 90 days.


  • To conduct particular missions such as machine repair/maintenance or short-term training programs, etc.
  • Performing short-term professional duties such as conducting feasibility studies, auditing accounts, creating business and professional contacts, making investment arrangements during the beginning period, and so on.
  • Conduct any other short-term legitimate business-related duty as assessed by the issuing authorities and recognized by the country’s laws.

Multiple Entry Visa

This Visa might be issued to non-resident directors of Tanzanian companies, persons participating in bilateral meetings, representatives of international non-governmental organizations, spouses of Tanzanians\Residents, government consultants, and any other person as determined by the Inspector General of Immigration or the Inspector of Immigration Zanzibar.

Due to bilateral treaties between the two nations, Multiple Visas are also provided to American nationals who intend to visit for vacation or tourism but are not eligible for an Ordinary Visa. These may consist of:

The maximum duration of this Tanzania visa is twelve months. However, the bearer of a Multiple Visa can’t stay in the country for twelve [12] months at a time. They’re required to exit the country at most once after three months.


  • Applicants who aren’t nationals of the United States and wish to apply for a Multiple Visa entry must ensure that they have the necessary papers and upload them to the Visa Portal for each category of Multiple Visas.
  • Applicants whose nations are subject to referral visas law should not apply for multiple visas.
  • American citizens who desire to visit Tanzania for vacation or tourism MUST choose this Visa category while filling out the online form.

Transit Visa

This Visa may be awarded to foreign citizens with the intention of transiting to another location outside the Unified Republic for a duration of no more than seven days. This visa applicant may be asked to show documentation of a visa from the destination nation or an onward ticket.


The Transit Visa is solely meant for travelers whose sole purpose of admission is to transit via Tanzania and cannot be utilized for tourism.

Gratis Visa

This permit may be provided to a bearer of a service, diplomatic, or travel document or official passport issued by a recognized foreign organization while on official duties, as well as their families. It can as well be granted to holders of travel documents or regular passports if the Chief Commander of Immigration together with the Director of Immigration in Zanzibar, so instructs.

Student Visa

Student visas are issued to foreign residents who enter the nation for academic purposes, such as research students, interns, volunteers, East African community students, exchange students [EAC, as well as exchange students, are free of charge]. And potential students are admitted to an identified and legally registered organizations. This Visa type may be given for a maximum of two years.

Referral Cases

Some countries require specific permission from the Inspector General of Migration or the Inspector of Immigration Zanzibar before issuing a visa. These are the countries included in the Referral Visa Type.

Applicants whose nations fall under this Visa category are advised not to book flights or pay for any reservations in the Unified Republic until their Visa has been approved. Candidates for a Referral Visa should apply at least 2 months before their intended date of departure.


Stateless individuals and refugees with Vienna Convention credentials must additionally get a referral visa before visiting the United Republic of Tanzania.

List of Nations Whose Residents Require Referral Visas

v  Kazakhstan Republic


v  Afghanistan

v  Iraq

v  Iran

v  Equatorial Guinea

v  Bangladesh

v  Nigeria

v  Djibouti

v  Pakistan

v  Lebanon

v  Somali land


v  Sierra Leone

v  Ethiopia

v  Uzbekistan

v  Mali

v  Mauritania

v  Niger

v  Chad

v  Eritrea

v  Palestine

v  Senegal

v  Kyrgyzstan Republic


v  Azerbaijan

v  Tajikistan

v  Turkmenistan

v  Sri Lanka

v  Yemen

v  Somalia

v  Stateless individuals or people with immigrant status.

List of Nations Whose Residents Don’t Require Visas

v  Nauru


v  Ashmore & Certie Island

v  Barbados

v  Antigua & Barbuda

v  Belize

v  Botswana

v  Falkland Island

v  Gambia

v  Guernsey

v  Cocoas Island

v  Cayman Island

v  Antigua & Barbuda

v  British Indian Ocean Territory

v  Ghana

v  Lesotho

v  Jamaica

v  Turks & Caicos

v  Singapore

v  Swaziland

v  Trinidad & Tobago

v  Tokelan

v  Uganda

v  Zambia

v  Bahamas

v  Guyana


v  Heard Island

v  Jersey

v  Kenya

v  Malaysia

v  Grenada

v  Madagascar

v  Macao

v  Mozambique

v  Norfolk Island

v  Rwanda

v  Kiribati

v  Channel Island

v  Malta

v  Mauritius

v  Christmas Island

v  Ross Dependency

v  Brunei

v  British Virgin Island

v  St. Helana

v  Namibia

v  Isle of man

v  Anguilla

v  Samoa


v  Seychelles

v  Solomon Island St.

v  Kitts & Navis

v  St. Lucia

v  Papua New Guinea

v  Cyprus

v  South Africa

v  South Sudan

v  Dominica

v  Romania

v  Tonga

v  Tuvalu

v  Vanuatu

v  Zimbabwe

v  St. Vicent

v  Malawi

v  Montserrat

v  Cook Island

v  Gibraltar

v  Niue Island

v  Hong Kong

Requirements for Tanzania Visa

Ordinary [Single Entry] Visa

The following papers must be submitted with an Ordinary Visa application:

  • A copy of the individual’s valid passport [biographic information page].
  • Return flight ticket.
  • Form of declaration dully completed.
  • Visa fees $50 USD

Multiple Visa

  • A copy of the candidate’s valid passport [biographic information page].
  • Visa fee $100 USD
  • The individual to be visited in Tanzania must have a current passport or national ID. (host) OR.
  • A letter from the host college\institution outlining the reasons for the visits and how often they occur OR.
  • If the applicant is visiting a spouse, they must have a marriage certificate and a passport/national ID. OR.
  • Return Flight ticket.

Business Visa

  • A copy of the candidate’s valid passport [biographic information page].
  • Return Flight ticket.
  • Visa fee $250 USD.
  • A job contract or other proof of the task/assignment must be completed within three months.

Transit Visa

  • A copy of the individual’s valid passport [biographic information page].
  • Visa fee $30 USD.
  • An entering visa or an onward ticket to the targeted destination country.

Student Visa

  • A copy of the candidate’s valid passport [biographic information page].
  • Visa fees range from $50 to $250 to 550 dollars, depending on the class and duration of the Visa.
  • Cover letter from the host college/university where the international student will be housed, describing the course/field as well as the length of the program to be attended.

Tanzania Visa Application for Referral Cases

Zanzibar Tanzania Visa Booth on Arrivals
Zanzibar Tanzania Visa Booth on Arrivals

Applicants who qualify for a Referral Visa must apply online; visas cannot be obtained on arrival. Their Visa application may take longer than that of other Visa applicants. They should submit their online applications at least two [2] months prior to their departure date. If applicable, they should also provide an introduction letter as well as any additional documents from their host [be it an individual or a corporation] with their application. If they are coming for tourism, it is recommended that they obtain a cover letter from a reputable company and submit it online with other appropriate documents for evaluation. The introduction/cover letter can be attached as a single PDF file to any linked field along with additional materials.

Applicants are urged not to begin their trip until they receive confirmation saying their Visa application has been granted. They are also instructed not to pay for any reservations or bookings.

Tanzania Visa Fees (As of Year 2022)

STUDENT VISA 50, 250,550


For a price of $50, students who intend to visit the Unified Republic for different academic reasons for a duration of not more than three months may be given a student visa. In contrast, those who apply for the same Visa for more than three months will be charged $250 USD. Students who intend to engage in research activities, on the other hand, will pay $550 USD and receive a Student Visa valid for a maximum of two years.

Tanzania Visa Payment Methods:

An applicant can pay the visa cost online using one of the options listed below.:

  • By Master card or By Visa card.
  • By Swift Exchange [for instance, depositing money at the bank counter directly into the account].
  • An Applicant will be notified that his fee payment has been accepted after making the payment. Before embarking on the journey, they should await Visa approval.

How to Apply for a Tanzania Visa Online

  • Visit the website for Immigration Services at www.immigration.go.tz
  • Click the “E-services” key.
  • Select\ click “E-Visa Registration Form.”
  • Upload and link the applicant’s scanned visa-related documents.
  • The candidate will then receive an e-mail with a User Identification Code [which can be used to monitor the application online.
  • Following completing an online application form, the candidate must pay the appropriate visa fee.
  • The candidate will submit his form after payment is received.
  • Finally, the candidate will receive notification that his application has been received.

Tracking the Tanzania Visa Application:

An applicant can follow the status of his application after successfully submitting it by using his Identification Number, which was provided during the application stage. The applicant will return to the Visa Registration System and click the Visa Status option to track the application.

Enquiry While Making Application:

An applicant may contact the following e-mail address at any time to inquire about the process: Info@visatanzania.go.tz

Entry Ports:

Candidates whose Tanzania visas have been granted must now enter Tanzania through one of the five designated entrance points, which are as follows:

  • JNIA [Julius Nyerere International Airport];
  • KIA [Kilimanjaro International Airport];
  • AAKIA [Abeid Amani Karume International Airport];
  • Namanga border;
  • Tunduma border.
For more details, contact the following people:


Immigration Services Commissioner-General

P. O. Box 512,

Dar es Salaam.

Telephone. +255 2850575, 2850569 2850576,

E-mail: visatanzania@immigration.go.tz

Website: – www.immigration.go.tz

Inspector of Immigration Services (Zanzibar)


P. O. Box 1354,


Tel: +255 24 2234973


adminznz@immigration.go.tz OR proznz@immigration.go.tz

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