Entry & Exit Formalities
- Provided you have a visa, Tanzania is straightforward to enter.
- Yellow fever vaccination is required if you are arriving from an endemic area (which includes several of Tanzania’s neighbours).
Exporting seashells, coral, ivory and turtle shells is illegal. There’s no limit on the importation or exportation of foreign currency, but amounts over US$10,000 must be declared.
Almost everyone needs a visa, which costs US$50 for most nationalities (US$100 for US citizens) for a single-entry visa valid for a maximum of three months.
Officially, visas must be obtained in advance by all travellers who come from a country with Tanzania diplomatic representation. Single-entry visas (but not multiple-entry visas) are also currently issued on arrival (no matter what your provenance) at Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar International Airports, at the Namanga border post between Tanzania and Kenya, and at Tunduma border (between Tanzania and Zambia). In practice, visas are currently also readily issued at most other major land borders and ports (US dollars cash only; single-entry only) with a minimum of hassle. Our advice: get your visa in advance if possible. If not possible, it's well worth giving it a try at the border.
When out and about in Tanzania, always carry at least a photocopy of your passport and visa or resident permit, and have the originals readily accessible.
One month is the normal visa validity and three months (upon request) is the maximum. For extensions within the three-month limit, there are immigration offices in all major towns, including Dar es Salaam, Arusha and Moshi; the process is free and generally straightforward. Extensions after three months are difficult; you usually need to leave the country and apply for a new visa.
East Africa Tourist Visa
Tanzania is not currently a party to the East Africa Tourist Visa (EATV), and the EATV does not apply to travel in the country.
Visas for Onward Travel
One-month single-entry visas cost US$90 plus a Tsh10,000 application fee and two photos. The consulate in Kigoma also issues visas; allow one to two weeks.
Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaïre)
Visas are only issued to Tanzania residents who have a Tanzania resident permit, and who also have a letter of invitation from the DRC. Any Congolese visa issued in Tanzania will not be honoured on entry in the DRC unless you have a Tanzania resident's permit. Two-week, single-entry limited gorilla trekking visas are available through www.visitvirunga.org.
Kenyan visas should be applied for online in advance of travel at www.evisa.go.ke. If this is not possible, they are readily issued at Kenya's borders with Tanzania for US$50 plus one photo. Transit visas (available online or at points of entry) cost US$20 and are valid for 72 hours. The Kenyan High Commission in Dar es Salaam does not issue visas.
Malawi visas issued in Dar es Salaam cost US$100 plus two photos. If application is made in the morning, they are sometimes issued on the same day.
One-month single-entry visas cost US$60 plus two photos, and are issued within five days (US$100 for 24-hour service). In addition, you will require an application letter, a bank statement for the past six months, a return ticket, a hotel booking, a photocopy of your passport and a valid yellow fever certificate.
As of mid-2017, Mozambique visas were being issued at the Kilambo, Negomano and Mtomoni borders with Tanzania. However, this situation could change at any time, so get an update before setting your plans.
Three-month single-entry visas cost US$50 plus one photo, and are issued within four days.
One-month single-entry visas cost US$50 plus two photos and are usually issued within 48 hours.
One-month single-entry visas cost US$50 plus two photos, and are issued within two days or less. Visa applications are only accepted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 10am and noon. Visas can also be applied for electronically at http://evisa.zambiaimmigration.gov.zm, although the process takes longer. These e-visas are accepted for airport entry, as well as at the Nakonde border when arriving via train.