Tourists are attracted to Tanzania as the gateway to Kilimanjaro and the sandy beaches of Zanzibar, but there is plenty the African nation has to offer for a variety of travelers. If you are planning a trip, understanding the entry requirements and what you need to do to apply for a visa is essential before booking your flight and making non-refundable plans.
If you’re concerned about your safety prior to your trip, need your passport renewed in a hurry to make the cutoff for Tanzanian visa applications, or would just like some overall assistance to reduce the burden, Travel Visa Pro has nine offices across the United States filled with staff trained to facilitate your visa and passport applications, and dozens of pick up and drop off locations offering free shipping.
Registering your trip with the US Department of State prior to or in the middle of your stay in Tanzania is also a good idea. Travel Visa Pro offers Trip Registration, which will keep you updated on any relevant travel warnings and apprise the closest embassy or consulate of your expected arrival and departure dates. In the meantime, what are some of the things you can do to prepare your visa application?
How to get a visa for Tanzania
Though some visas to Tanzania may be obtained on arrival in Dar es Salaam or another international port of entry, most require applications to be accepted in advance. For US citizens, the sole option for applying in person or by mail is through the Embassy to the United Republic of Tanzania in Washington DC:
1232 22nd St. NW
Washington D.C. 20037
Appointments aren’t accepted, and the wait time is dependent on the number of applications and the season. Normally, tourist visas to Tanzania can be processed in five business days. However, for an additional $20, rush service is available in three business days. Next day processing is also available for an additional $50, as is same day service for $100.
Tanzanian visa requirements
All US citizens planning to visit Tanzania need:
1. Their US passport, valid for at least six months from the arrival date in Tanzania
2. A completed Tanzanian visa application form
3. Two passport-sized photographs
4. Payment, in the form of a credit card, debit card, money order, or check
Single entry visas: $50
Multiple entry visas: $100
Business visas: $250
Transit visas: $30
In addition, the type of visa may determine if any other forms or documents are required. Currently, the government of Tanzania offers US citizens single-entry visas for tourists for up to three months in the country, multiple-entry visas for up to twelve months, business visas for up to three months, and transit visas good for a seven-day stopover. The duration of each isn’t fixed, and will depend upon the documentation provided at application.
Transit visas are only available on arrival in Tanzania, but the other types should be obtained in advance (depending on the circumstances, some can be issued on arrival). If you are planning to apply for a business visa, remember to include an additional passport photo, a Security Bond form, a business registration certificate or the like, and a copy of the passport information page of someone from the inviting company. Having a copy of your travel itinerary with arrival and departure dates will help the embassy determine if you qualify for a multiple-entry visa.
Once you decide which type of visa to Tanzania is right for you, you’ll need to print out the correct form from the embassy website and fill it out correctly – any errors can mean costly delays – or just bring it to the nearest Travel Visa Pro office along with an authorization letter so a trained staff member can get to work for you. If you’re planning on dropping off your application on your own and need your passport mailed back, bring a self-addressed stamped envelope.
You’re all set. Enjoy your trip to Tanzania!
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