Transit visa at Dar airport
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Oct 15, 2012 2:14 PM Last Post By: orion_mike
Oct 14, 2012 4:37 PM
Oct 14, 2012 10:48 PM
Oct 14, 2012 11:35 PM
2Why do you want a transit visa?? Dar es Salaam is usually an "end destination" - the jumping-off point for Zanzibar, of the rest of Tanzania, not a through port. If you intend to fly to Dar and then get the train down to Zambia or Mozambique you are looking at around 2 days travel so Tanzania Immigration will not grant you a transit visa - unless you really push to point. Even if you get the transit visa it will still be around $20-25 US and is only valid for a very limited period (7-14 days) but is not valid for re-entry into Tanzania. Want to provide more info about why you want the transit visa and maybe you will get some recent advice. Rgs O_M
Oct 14, 2012 11:45 PM
3Mike, don't get why you feel they 'need' have Dar as an end destination ... I needed a transit visa for my own purposes & exited to Kenya overland.
Not all of us are doing the same thing, some travel for pleasure, others for business etc ... I've done both to TNZ!
Oct 15, 2012 4:51 AM
4Kira - its my understanding that transit visa were introduced to allow a non-citizen to enter a country for a short period - originally ranging from 1 to 3 days. They were designed to cover an extended stopover were a flight is delayed/cancelled or you are travelling on the first available train to Zambia.
To use a transit visa (up to 14 days) to allow you to travel overland from Dar to NBO, is to my way of thinking cheating the Tanzanian people of the $20-30 US they are entitled too; & those of us who also only spend 2 weeks in Tanzania (on safari, climb Mt Kilimanjaro, go to Zanzibar, yet pay the full visa fee $50 US). But this is just my opinion!
Oct 15, 2012 7:06 AM
5OK, see what you mean & totally agree
I was surprised to get 14 days (just checked it again), as I'd always got a stamp on arrival in the past for free & had a few weeks of holidays .. now as Irish we pay the extra!!! However in my case it was a 3 day conference (1 day on ZNZ) then up to Nairobi for work
However, you have a very valid point & wonder why the transit period is so long???
Oct 15, 2012 7:10 AM
I wasn't trying to start an ethical debate here. I was just looking for some practical information, which is not too much to ask on an LP forum.
But I gathered from your posts that transit visas are available at the airport and cost in the $20-25 range. Thank you for that.
FYI, I am landing in Dar and would like to bus down to Malawi over a 2-3 day time frame. As I mentioned, if I end up being charged the full $50 I'll get my money's worth by staying in TZ an extra week or so. Of course, TZ visas do not cover re-entry from Malawi or Zambia.
Oct 15, 2012 2:14 PM
7OK Chris now I understand and yes your use of the transit visa is the intended one. For info under the East African Community agreement you can travel between Kenya/Uganda/Tanzania - you do have to get a visa for each country but you can re-enter without the need for a second visa. But you can not have left the Community area (so a side trip to Rwanda; Zambia or Malawi are excuded). Hope you enjoy the bus trip - it will be a long 2-3 days.
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