Visa policy of Tanzania

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Visitors to Tanzania must obtain a visa from one of the Tanzanian diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries whose citizens can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months (according to the Tanzanian immigration department) or a month beyond the period of intended stay (according to IATA).[1]

Tanzanian visa sample

Visa policy map[edit]

Visa policy of Tanzania

Visa exemption[edit]

Citizens of the following countries and territories can visit Tanzania without a visa for up to 3 months:[1][2]

Holders of diplomatic or service/official/special passports issued to nationals of Brazil,[5] China, India and Turkey do not require a visa for Tanzania. A similar agreement was signed with South Korea in July 2018 but it is yet to be ratified.[6]

Visa on arrival[edit]

All other nationalities, not included in the next chapter, that are not visa exempt may obtain a visa on arrival. Visa must be paid with notes of USD 50 or USD 100. The length of stay is determined at ports of entry.

Visa required[edit]

Entry stamp
Exit stamp
Entry and exit stamps.

Citizens of the following 23 countries and territories must obtain a visa in advance from a Tanzanian Diplomatic Mission (unless they have a referral visa):[7]

Mandatory vaccination[edit]

Yellow Fever vaccination certificate issued by Tanzania

Proof of Yellow fever vaccination is required for all travellers travelling through or from the following countries: Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guiana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Venezuela, Zambia.[8][9] The Tanzanian ministry of health mandates a transit time of more than 12 hours or a disembarkment from the immediate airport area from the above mentioned countries during transit as a possible health threat and requires travelers in such situations to possess Yellow Fever Certificates.[10]

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to Tanzania were from the following countries of nationality:[11]

Country/Territory 2016[12] 2015[13] 2014 2013
 Kenya 233,730 197,562 188,214 193,078
 United States 86,860 66,394 80,489 69,671
 India 69,876 32,608 27,327 27,334
 United Kingdom 67,742 54,599 70,379 59,279
 Burundi 63,530 48,210 51,553 34,873
 Germany 57,643 52,236 47,262 53,951
 Italy 50,715 53,742 49,518 57,372
 Rwanda 47,056 45,216 50,038 46,637
 South Africa 43,468 30,288 26,614 31,144
 Uganda 37,870 37,253 36,420 39,488
 China 34,472 25,444 N/A N/A
 Zambia 28,836 32,694 36,679 64,825
 France 24,611 28,683 33,585 33,335
 Netherlands 24,197 20,150 23,710 20,633
 Israel 22,967 N/A N/A N/A
 Zimbabwe 22,148 30,533 36,497 30,765
 Mozambique N/A 27,323 N/A N/A
Total 1,284,279 1,137,182 1,140,156 1,095,885

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b LIST OF COUNTRIES AND SPECIFIC VISA ELIGIBILITY Archived 2014-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., Immigration Services Department of Tanzania
  2. ^ The immigration visa regulations, 2016
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ "No visas required for South African passport holders". Archived from the original on 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2014-08-21. 
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ The immigration visa regulations, 2016
  8. ^ "Visa Information". Government of Tanzania. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Countries with risk of yellow fever virus". CDC. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  10. ^ "How To Enter Tanzania". Retrieved 24 January 2016. 
  11. ^ Tanzania National Bureau of Statistics. Publications. Hotel and Tourism Statistics
  12. ^ "The 2016 International Visitors' Exit Survey Report. International Tourist Arrivals. p. 73-77" (PDF). NBS Tanzania. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  13. ^ "The 2015 International visitors' Exit Survey Report. International Tourist Arrivals. p.63-68" (PDF). NBS Tanzania. Retrieved 18 December 2017.