The Tanzania Travel Visa Policy

Tanzania Travel Visa Policy: Visas are required for all citizens traveling to Tanzania. Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page, is required.

Tanzania Travel Visa

Foreign nationals may apply for a visa online in advance of travel. Applicants may complete the e-visa application form and make payment online with a credit card. If the e-visa is approved, the applicant will receive a “grant notice” via email. Present a copy of the grant notice to the Immigration Officer on arrival at the airport in Tanzania.

Tanzania Visa and Applicants passport valid

A passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond visa issuance and/or date of entry, and at least one blank visa page, is required. Visitors who enter on visas must present a roundtrip ticket and demonstrate they have sufficient funds for their stay.

Tanzania Visa entering or departing

Be prepared to show your passport and explain your visa status when entering or departing Zanzibar or when traveling around the mainland.


Tanzania Visa and Volunteer activity

Volunteer activity – even if the traveler is paying for the opportunity – is prohibited on a tourist visa. If you plan to engage in business or commercial transactions in Tanzania, please consult with the Embassy of Tanzania in Washington, D.C. before applying for a visa.

Tanzania Visa and Yellow fever vaccination

Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travelers arriving from, or having transited through, countries where yellow fever is endemic. Direct arrivals from non-endemic countries, including all countries in Europe and North America, are usually not required to show a yellow fever vaccination certificate. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) provides additional information about recommended vaccines and medications for travelers going to Tanzania. The CDC notes there are reports that unless a traveler has a medical exemption letter from a physician, some immigration officials require evidence of the vaccine for entry in Tanzania – particularly entry via Zanzibar – from all travelers. Travelers with neither the shot nor an exemption letter are usually allowed entry and directed to a health officer to obtain the vaccine. The CDC recommends that travelers staying for an extended time or those who will be heavily exposed to mosquitoes consider obtaining the vaccination before visiting Tanzania.

Tanzania Visa and Currency Restrictions:

Currency Restrictions: Travelers are required to declare international currency valuing more than $10,000 on both entrance and exit from Tanzania. Non-residents (except Kenyans and Ugandans) may not import or export Tanzanian Shillings (TZS.)

Road Conditions and Safety

Road travel in Tanzania can be extremely dangerous, especially at night. Traffic in Tanzania moves on the left. Drivers and pedestrians alike must maintain vigilance. Although a number of inter-city highways are periodically repaved and maintained, maintenance schedules are erratic and even good roads may deteriorate quickly due to weather conditions.

During the rainy seasons (late March to mid-June and mid-November to mid-December), many roads in Tanzania, both urban and rural, are passable only with four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Tanzania Visa and Traffic Laws

Traffic Laws: Tanzanian law requires all motor vehicle operators to be in possession of a valid driver’s license. Persons staying in Tanzania for fewer than six months may use a valid international or foreign driver’s license after validation by local traffic authorities, or an international driver’s license. Persons intending to remain in Tanzania for more than six months are required to obtain a Tanzanian driver’s license. All vehicles are required to carry third-party liability insurance and to post the decal in the front window.

Tanzania Tourist Single Visa Policy

The Tanzania tourist visa policy, which includes the visa laws for the Zanzibar Archipelago, states that roughly 40 nationalities may visit the country for tourism without obtaining a visa, for short stays. However, all other foreign citizens traveling to Tanzania or Zanzibar for tourism or leisure need a visa, whether this is an eVisa, visa on arrival, or embassy visa.

The Tanzania online visa for tourism eliminates the need to wait in an immigration line at the border, as it permits expedited entry into the country. This system also allows the applicant to pay the fee electronically, while a visa on arrival fee must be paid in US cash currency.

Although some nationalities may be able to get a visa on arrival for Zanzibar at border control in the country, those eligible to apply for the tourist visa online are encouraged to choose this option.

Stay safe!