There are a number of reasons you might want to travel to Tanzania. As the gateway to Mt. Kilimanjaro and the island of Zanzibar, the African nation attracts a fair number of tourists from around the world. As with any country, it’s important to have an understanding of the entry requirements prior to booking your flight and making non-refundable plans.
If you’re still confused about what to do after reading this and would like to go where travel experts can assist in preparing your trip, arranging your passport, and applying for a visa, then locate one of the nine Travel Visa Pro offices in your area. Our staff are ready to help provide you with a visa to Tanzania.
Tanzania visa requirements for US citizens
As with many countries, Tanzania requires all US citizens to have a passport valid for at least six more months, a completed visa application form, two passport-sized photos, and payment for single-entry visas. These visas can be obtained on arrival in Tanzania or in advance with the proper forms, but transit visas are only available in the country.
Multiple-entry visas for business require all of the aforementioned, as well an additional passport photo, documents confirming the identity of the company, a copy of the passport from the inviting party (usually someone involved with the company in Tanzania), and a Security Bond form. Proof of travel in and out of Tanzania may also be requested.
Tanzanian visa types and costs
Single entry visas up to three months for tourism, business, students, and medical reasons are available for $50. Multiple entry visas up to twelve months for business or leisure are $100. Business visas, giving the traveler three months in the United Republic of Tanzania are $250, and a transit visa valid for only seven days costs $30. Consular agents can accept checks, credit cards (additional $5 fee), debit cards, and money orders, but not cash.
How to apply for a visa to Tanzania
There are two options for applying for a visa to Tanzania. Unfortunately, the Embassy to the United Republic of Tanzania in Washington DC is the only location in the United States that accepts visa applications in person or by mail. Appointments aren’t required, but be aware that the wait time is dependent on consular agents and demand.
Once you decide which type of visa to Tanzania is right for you, you’ll need to fill out the proper form online or at the embassy and ship or bring all the necessary documentation along with it. If you’re just passing through DC and need your passport mailed back to you, bring a self-addressed envelope with postage (tracking is recommended).
After having mailed or handed over your visa application, there’s nothing left to do but wait for the results. Normally, tourist visas to Tanzania can be processed in five business days, but expedited processing is available for an additional $20 fee to get everything ready in three business days. In some cases, next day service (additional $50) or same day service (additional $100) is also an option.
What else can I do to prepare for Tanzania?
One’s personal safety may be a concern if this is your first trip outside the United States, or just to a country with an official travel warning from the US Department of State. To ensure you’re kept updated on any relevant news for your trip, register with the US State Department, which will inform the US Embassy in Dar es Salaam of your expected entry and exit dates, as well as sign you up for email and text notifications.
If you don’t yet have travel insurance for your trip, talk to the staff at Travel Visa Pro when you stop by for your visa application. We can provide recommendations on a plan that works for you, and help you register your trip as well.
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