Tanzania Visa Information

Entry Requirements:

Any foreigner seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania is subject to the following entry requirements:

    • – A passport or Travel Document which is valid for not less than six months;
    • – A Residence Permit or a Pass or his name is endorsed upon the same;
    • – A valid Visa (where applicable) from any Tanzania Mission abroad or on arrival at any designated entry points. Visa issuing centres.

NB: For information about Yellow Fever Requirement in Tanzania, please visit the Ministry of Health Website (www.moh.go.tz) or follow the link below:


Entry authorization

Upon complying with the entry requirements, a visitor may be issued with a Visa or a Visitor’s Pass with validity not exceeding three months (and not exceeding six months for citizens of EAC Member States).  

Types Of Visa:


A visa is a permission granted to a foreigner to enter and remain in the United Republic of Tanzania for a specific period of time. A visa is issued to a visitor who intends to enter into Tanzania for the purpose of visit, tourism, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, attending conference or any other related activities recognised by Laws of the country.


It should be noted that the possession of Visa is not a final authority to enter the United Republic of Tanzania. The Immigration Officer at the Entry point may refuse a holder of visa to enter, if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person or visitors in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests. there are various types of Visa as described below:



This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, visiting, leisure, health treatment, studies or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.



This visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for Official visits, Government Missions, family re-union or any other circumstances as may be determined by the Office of the Commissioner General of Immigration, which call for frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania. These are like Directors of Companies registered in Tanzania who do not reside in the country, Spouse or member of a family (Family re-union), Bilateral Agreement Representatives, Private or Government Consultants, etc.

The maximum validity of this Visa is twelve months. However, the holder of the Multiple Visa cannot stay in the country for 12 consecutive months. They are required to leave the country at most after every three months.


The Multiple Visa is not intended for those visitors coming on business purposes such as those described under Business Visa category.


American nationals who wish to visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday purposes, they are required apply for this type of Visa.


Gratis Visa

This visa may be issued for a single entry or multiple entries to a holder of diplomatic, services or official passport or Travel Document of recognized International Organization who is on official duty and their Dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of ordinary passport or Travel document as it may be directed by the Commissioner General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.



This Visa may be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of transiting through to another destination outside the United Republic for a period not exceeding seven days. The applicant of this visa may be required required to provide proof of a Visa of the destination country and/or Onward flight ticket.



This visa may be issued to those expatriates who wish to come for short-term assignments which in any way do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to such foreign expatriates so as to allow them to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania for the following purposes;

  1. To conduct special assignments such as fixing/repairing machines or to run short term training, etc.
  2. To conduct professional roles such as auditing accounts etc.
  3. To conduct lawful business according to the laws of the country.

Business visa will be issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Entry Points and Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.


This Visa is neither renewable nor extendable unless a special pemission is granted by the Commissioner General of immigration.

There are some countries whse nationals require special clearance from the Commissioner General of Immigration or the Commissioner of Immigration (Zanzibar) prior to issuance of the Visa. These countries fall under the Referral Visa Category. 

Applicants who fall under the Referral Visa category may also apply their Visa online. These applicants are advised to attach covering/Invitation letter from their host in Tanzania as part of their Visa application attachments. The host institution’s (or individual) covering letter must have full address and contacts including phone Numbers which are functional for correspondence purposes.

Note: Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents (Travel Documents) are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

List of Countries which their Nationals require Referral Visa.

  • Afghanistan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Chad
  • Djibouti
  • Ethiopia
  • Eritrea
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Kazakhstan Republic
  • Kyrgystan Republic
  • Lebanon
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Palestine
  • Senegal
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Somali land
  • Sierra Leone
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen and
  • Stateless persons or persons with refugee status.


The following countries were recently added on the Referral Countries category (W.E.F 26 September, 2018):

Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.


Applicants whose nationals fall under this category (Referral) are not advised to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they get approval for their Visa. Applicants of Referral Visa are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

Applicants or host Institutions are required to review the List of countries (from our website) which fall under Referral Visa from time to time as there might be some changes.


Stateless persons and Refugees who hold Vienna Convention documents are also required to obtain referral visa prior to coming to Tanzania.

Requirements for a Visa depends on the type of Visa as indicated below:


  • Applicant’s valid passport (At least 6 months);
  • Visa application form dully filled in;
  • Declaration form dully filled in
  • Respective visa Fee;
  • 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).


    • Visa application form duly filled in;
    • Security Bond duly filled;
    • Valid passport copy of the invitee;
    • Three passport size photographs;
    • Copy of the valid Passport or any other identity (For a host citizen of Tanzania);
    • Documents of  the Company like TIN, VAT, Registration Certificate, Certificate of Incorporation, Memorandum etc;
    • Any other evidence to prove that the applicant is bound to travel frequently into the United Republic of Tanzania.


  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport;
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination;
  • Respective visa fee;
  • 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).


Visa Application for Referral Cases
Any prospective visitor whose nationality falls under the Referral Visa Category is required to attach the following attachments while making application:

  •  Covering letter from a legally registered Institution/ Company if the visit is official or covering letter from an Individual who knows the applicant if the trip is personal, the letter must detail the purpose of visit and duration of stay of the prospective visitor;
  • Applicant Valid copy of Passport;
  • Applicant Passport size photo;
  • Copy of the host institution/Company registration documents, like Certificate of Incorporation, TIN, Business License, etc;
  • Copy of passport and Residence Permit if the host individual is a foreign national, or copy of passport or national ID if the host is a Tanzanian citizen;
  • Filled-in Security Bond (T.I.F 12)
  • Respective Visa fee


  • A valid passport
  • A work contract or invitation letter or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months;
  • Respective visa fee. 

There are some countries whose nationals are not required to apply for visa to enter Tanzania. They will undergo immigration formalities at the entry point upon arrival. The list of such countries is shown below:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Anguilla
  • Ashmore & Certie Island
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Belize
  • Brunei
  • British Virgin Island
  • British Indian Ocean Territory
  • Botswana
  • Cyprus
  • Cayman Island
  • Channel Island
  • Cocoas Island
  • Cook Island
  • Christmas Island
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Island
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guernsey
  • Guyana
  • Heard Island
  • Hong Kong
  • Isle of man
  • Jamaica
  • Jersey
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Montserrat
  • Malaysia
  • Madagascar
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Macao
  • Mozambique
  • Nauru
  • Naue Island
  • Norfolk Island
  • Namibia
  • Papua new Guinea
  • Rwanda
  • Romania
  • Ross Dependency
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Island
  • South Sudan
  • Swaziland
  • St. Kitts&Navis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vicent
  • St. Helana
  • South African Republic
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Tokelan
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe


Possession of a Visa for United Republic of Tanzania does not provide automatic right of entry for the holder into the Country. The Immigration Officer at the port of entry may refuse entry to any person, if he is satisfied that such a person is unable to fulfil the immigration requirements or that such person’s presence in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to national interests or security.

*** All information above is obtained from Tanzania Immigration Website http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information Information above is subject to change at anytime without notice. We advise you also check the website provided to confirm.