Tanzania Visa Information

Visa Procurement

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from your planned date of departure from Tanzania.

African countries are in a continual state of political flux and visa requirements can change overnight. It is essential that you check visa requirements of every country you will be visiting in Africa with the local embassy, consulate or a reputable visa handling company for the most up to date visa information before you travel.

Tanzania visa requirements

Most nationalities require a visa to enter Tanzania and this includes UK, USA, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand and South African passport holders. For these nationalities it's possible to get a visa, which is valid for 3 months, upon arrival or in advance from the Tanzania embassy. The cost of the visa is around USD $50 and it's best to pay for the visa with USD cash, if applying at arrival at an international airport or at land borders. For passport holders of other nationalities, check Project Visa for more information.

Arrivals to Kilimanjaro Airport

Please note that Kilimanjaro airport has changed its way of handling visas on arrival. Previously, you could either get a visa on arrival by waiting in a small queue or you could get it online. We now strongly recommend that all travelers apply for e-visas in advance online at www.immigration.go.tz for all trips.

Please be advised that the online process does require a lot of information. However, once complete, visas are issued within a few days. If you DO NOT have an e-visa, you will need to go through the following steps on arrival:

  • Queue for a Government Control Number
  • Queue again to pay for this at the bank
  • Queue again to have the visa issued
  • Queue again for Immigration to check the visa

This process can take up to two hours to complete and is certainly not the best way to start your holiday in Tanzania.

Zanzibar visa requirements

The archipelago of Zanzibar is part of the country of Tanzania and therefore the same visa regulations and procedures apply. For those flying straight into Zanzibar, it's possible to obtain a visa on arrival at the airport. Ensure you have cash with you to pay for the visa as card payments are not always accepted.

See Also

For more useful information to help plan your visit to Tanzania check out our handy Travel Guide resources below:

Best Places to Visit - the best national parks and sites to see in Tanzania
Best Time to Visit - Tanzania's climate and seasons
Top Travel Tips - money, health and travelling with children in Tanzania
About Overland Safaris - what to expect on an overland expedition in Africa
About Lodge Safaris - all you need to know about lodge accommodated safaris
The Great Migration - our guide to this incredible spectacle
Safari Wildlife Guide - where to find Africa's most iconic wildlife
Spotting Africa's Big 5 - our guide to the Big 5 and the best places to find them