Tanzania Visa Requirement

-Everything you need to know about Visa in Tanzania-

Tanzania Visa Guide

A visa is a stamp in your passport permitting you to enter a country and stay there for a specified period of time. Visas are obtained from the embassy or consulate of the appropriate country either before you set off or along the way. It’s best to get them along the way, especially if your travel plans are not fixed, but keep your ear to the ground regarding the best places to get them.

Two different consulates of the same country may have completely different requirements; the fee may be different, one consulate might want to see how much money you have whereas another won ‘t, one might demand an onward ticket while another won’t even mention it, one might issue visas while you wait and another might insist on referring the application back to the capital (which can take weeks).

Whatever you do, don ‘t turn up at a border without a visa unless you’re absolutely sure visas aren’t necessary or you can get one at the border. If you get this wrong you’ll find yourself tramping back to the nearest consulate, and in some countries, this can be a long way. You’ll occasionally come across •Some tedious, petty-power freak at an embassy or consulate whose sole pleasure in life appears to be making as big a nuisance of themselves as possible and causing you the maximum amount of delay. If you bite the carrot and display your anger or frustration, the visa will take twice as long to issue. There’s one of these creeps born every minute, but if you want that visa, don’t display any emotion — pretend you have all day to waste. Consular officials sometimes refuse point-blank to stamp a visa on anything other than a completely blank page, so make sure your passport has plenty of them.

Zaire demands that you produce a letter of recommendation from your own embassy before it will issue a visa. Embassies are aware of this bureaucratic nonsense and will have form letters available for the purpose, but you may have to pay for these — British embassies charge quite a lot for such letters. Another important fact to bear in mind about visas is their sheer cost. None of them is free and some are outrageously expensive (Zaire, for instance).

Unless you carry a passport from one of the Commonwealth or European Community (EC) countries, you’ll need quite a few visas, and if you ‘re on a tight budget, the cost of them can make a hole in your pocket. It’s a good idea to make a rough calculation of what the visa fees are going to amount to before you set off, and allow for it. Make sure you have plenty of passport size photographs for visa applications — 16 should be sufficient. Some countries demand you have a ticket out of the country before they will issue you with a visa or let you into the country. So long as you intend to leave from the same place you arrived, there is no problem, but if you want to enter at one point and leave from another, this can sometimes be a headache.


The essential documents are a passport and an International Vaccination Card. If you already have a passport, make sure it’s valid for a reasonably long period of time and has plenty of blank pages on which stamp-happy immigration officials can do their stuff. If it’s more than half full and you’re going to need a lot of visas, get a new one before you set off. This way you won’t have to waste time hanging around in a capital city somewhere while your embassy issues you with a new one.

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