Tanzania welcomed over 1.2 million tourist visitors in 2016. This is the most tourist visit the state has seen in over a decade.
We can’t blame people for wanting to visit here, either. Tourists can see wildlife and take Kilimanjaro treks.
As exciting as it sounds to visit Tanzania, it isn’t as easy as jumping on a plane and going. Visitors are required to get a tourist Visa. If you’re a US citizen planning a trip to Tanzania but aren’t sure what the process is to getting a Visa, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article we offer a stress-free guide on how to apply for your tourist Tanzania Visa. Keep reading to learn all about it!
There are three ways for you to apply for your tourist visa. While two of these have been around for awhile, there is a new online form you can use. We’ll go over the traditional ways first.
For those who live everywhere else, you’ll find it’s more convenient to apply for your visa online. Simply go to the Tanzanian Embassy’s Visa Information page. This is where you’ll find the visa application.
Download, print, and fill out the application. Don’t forget to sign at the bottom!
Once you’ve filled out the application, you’ll need to mail it to the same Embassy we mentioned above for processing. Their addresss is 1232 22nd St. NW, Washington D.C 20037.
There are a few items you’ll need to send along with the application including:
Make sure your current passport will remain current at least six months after you arrive in Tanzania. You’ll also need to ensure you send enough postage so they can return your passport. It’s a good idea to add a tracking number to be safe.
There are some requirements for the photographs you send as well. First, they can’t be more than 3 months old. They must be printed in high-quality photo paper and have an all white background.
Make sure you center your face and refrain from smiling. Exclude any eyeglasses or other headgear unless for religious purposes.
If there are any minors (under 18 years of age) traveling without parents/guardians, they’ll need to provide parental authorization from someone who isn’t accompanying them on the trip.
If you live in Washington D.C. you can apply for it in person at the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania. While you don’t need an appointment to apply in-person, we don’t expect you to travel to D.C. if you don’t already live there.
You’ll still need to provide the above information if you’re applying in-person, so make sure you don’t leave anything at home.
The US government has recently introduced a new electronic Visa system which allows US citizens to apply for a tourist visa online. This saves many people both time and money!
Begin by visiting the Immigration E-service visa application website. From here you can choose to start a new application, continue an application, or check you’re visa status. You’ll want to apply for a new visa.
The webpage will redirect you to a new page where you can begin to create an application ID. You’ll need to enter basic information such as an email address, a security question, and an answer to your security question. Once you’ve entered this information, click “start new application”.
From here, fill out all the required information. Don’t forget to attach specific documents, too.
No matter how you decide to apply for your Tanzania tourist visa, you’ll need to pay an application fee. For US citizens, this will cost you approxiamtely $100.
Depending on how you pay for your application, you might owe extra fees for certain forms of payments. While you can pay with money orders, company or organization checks, and credit or debit cards, you can’t pay with cash or personal checks.
You’ll need to download and fill out a credit card authorization form if you choose to pay by debit or credit card. Make sure to enclose this with your application form if you’re sending it by mail.
Once you complete your application, it becomes a waiting game. Although your application won’t get processed instantaneously, it should only take about five business days. Keep in mind, some applications may take longer.
If your trip to Tanzania is spontaneous and you need a quickly processed application, you can pay an extra for to expedite it. This should only take about three business days. There is another option for next-day processing, but you can expect to pay extra costs for this as well.
Don’t forget to wait for the return of your passport if you applied via mail. This can also take a few days or up to a few weeks. If you opted for a tracking number, you’ll be able to track its whereabouts until it arrives home.
While you wait for Tanzania tourist visa application to process there are a few other things you can do to prepare for your abroad trip.
Some countries suggest getting certain vaccinations before traveling to and leaving the country. When traveling to Tanzania it’s a good idea to get a Yellow Fever vaccination.
This is required if you’re traveling from a yellow fever endemic country. Although you may not be traveling from a yellow fever country, you will be returning from one.
Although you can apply for your Tanzania tourist visa in person or through the mail, the government makes it extremely easy with their new e-service application. You shouldn’t have any issues with your application as long as you fill out all necessary information. Don’t forget to include important documents and attachments such as passport photographs and proof of travel.
Once the Tanzania Embassy processes your application and approves your Tanzania visa, it’s time to get ready for your trip abroad! Need some adventrous ideas on what to do once you arrive? Make sure to check out our website for fun ideas like Tanzania safaris!