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Visas

Who needs a Visa?

All travellers to Tanzania, other than the Nationalities listed here, require a valid Visa each time they enter the Republic of Tanzania. A Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass) is the most common type of Visa and can be issued by the Consulate in Perth (AUD$95) and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

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 a Visa to enter if he is satisfied that the holder is unable to fulfil Immigration entry requirements or if the presence of such person  in the United Republic of Tanzania would be contrary to the National Interests.

Types of Visa

SINGLE ENTRY VISA (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass)

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, attending a conference or health treatment. This is the most common Visa for tourists visiting Tanzania.

 

MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA

This Visa may be issued to foreign visitors who come for official visits, Government missions, family reasons 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.

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, but must leave the country every three months.

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

 

GRATIS VISAS

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 a recognised international organisation who is on official duty and their dependents. It can be also issued to a holder of ordinary passport or travel document as may be directed by the Commissioner General of Immigration and Commissioner of Immigration Zanzibar.

 

TRANSIT VISA

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 for this Visa may be required to provide proof of a visa of the destination country and/or onward flight ticket.

 

BUSINESS VISA

This Visa may be issued to those who wish to come for short-term assignments which do not exceed 90 days. It may be issued to for the following purposes:

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

Business Visas are issued at the Immigration Headquarters, Dar Es Salaam, the Immigration Head Office, Zanzibar, Tanzanian Entry Points and certain Tanzanian Consular Offices abroad.

For Multiple-Entry, Transit and Business Visas contact the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs. http://www.moha.go.tz/

REFERRAL VISAS

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

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 contact details, including phone numbers which are functional for correspondence purposes.

Countries that fall under the Referral Visa Category are:
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.

Note:

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

2. Applicants whose nationals fall under the Referral Visa Category are advised not to book flight tickets or make payments for any reservations in Tanzania before they receive approval for their Visa.

3. Applicants for Referral Visas are advised to apply at least two months before their date of travel.

 

How to apply

How to apply

You can apply for a Single Entry Visa:

  • In person or by post at a Tanzanian Consulate (including Perth)
  • On arrival at one of four main entry points in Tanzania

Please be wary of on-line Visa agents claiming to process e-Visas as they may not be recognised or accepted by Tanzania Immigration Services.

Applying at the Consulate

Your application for a Single-Entry Visa (Ordinary / Tourist Visa) can be submitted in person at the Consulate in Perth, Western Australia or by post. Your Visa will usually be processed within 2 business days and will be valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

Your application will need to include the following:

  • The completed Visa application form
  • Your original passport with minimum 6 months validity from the date of arrival in Tanzania
  • Two current passport-sized photographs
  • Proof of return travel (copy of flight itinerary including dates of travel)
  • The application fee of AUD$95, which can be paid by cash, a money order or bank cheque in Australian dollars made payable to Consulate of Tanzania. Please note that Consulate does not accept personal cheques.

Your application can be submitted in person at the Consulate in Perth between 9am and 1pm Monday to Friday.

You can also submit your application by post. If you are posting your application, please include a return pre-paid, self-addressed, EXPRESS POST envelope.

Tanzanian Consulate
Suite 182, Level 6,
580 Hay Street,
Perth, Western Australia, 6000

Visas are usually processed within 2 business days.

Visa on Arrival

It is possible to obtain a Visa for a single entry at any one of the following four main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements:

  • Dar es Salaam International Airport
  • Zanzibar International Airport
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya boarder point)

However, we recommend obtaining your Visa (in person or by post) from the Consulate prior to departure to avoid lengthy delays and any issues at the Entry Points.

Visa Fees

The fee to obtain a Single-Entry Visa from the Consulate is AU$95.00

NOTE:

  1. Visa fees must be paid by money order, bank cheque or cash. Money orders and bank cheques must be made payable to the “Consulate of Tanzania”. The Consulate does not accept personal cheques.
  2. Application fees (which, once processed are non-refundable) must be paid in Australian dollars.
  3. Visa rates are subject to change at any time with notification at the visa issuing station.

Visa FAQs

We’ve answered some common questions below, if you have any further queries, please contact the Consulate.

Who needs a Visa?

All visitors to Tanzania must obtain a Visa, except nationals of the East African Community, Hong Kong, Macao, Rwanda, Romania and Commonwealth countries (excluding Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Africa and United Kingdom).

How do I apply for a Visa?

You can apply for a Single Entry Visa:

  • In person or by post at a Tanzanian Consulate (including Perth)
  • On arrival at one of four main entry points in Tanzania

For Business, Transit and Multiple-Entry Visas:
Contact the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs. http://www.moha.go.tz/

Does the Consulate need my passport?

Yes, you need to supply your passport so the Visa can be attached.

I am travelling to Tanzania for less than 90 days on holiday, which Visa do I need?

A Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass).

I am visiting Tanzania for a conference, which Visa do I apply for?

A Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass)

How long is a Single Entry Visa valid for?

The Visa is be valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

How long does it take to obtain a Visa?

Visas from the Perth Consulate are usually processed within 2 business days.

Can the Perth Consulate issue all types of Visas?

The Perth Consulate can only issue Single Entry Visa (Ordinary Visa / Tourist Visa / Visitor’s Pass). For Business, Transit and Multiple-Entry Visas contact the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs. http://www.moha.go.tz/

Are the Visa requirements the same for mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar?

Yes, Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania and the requirements are the same.

I have come across several links which say they can provide Tanzanian visa service. Are they a good option?

The Tanzania Immigration Services strongly discourages using these agents as your Visa may not be recognised in Tanzania.

Do I need to make an appointment to visit the Consulate to obtain a Visa?

No, you can visit us any time for Visa issues during office hours of Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm.

What are your contact details?

Tanzanian Consulate

Suite 182, Level 6,
580 Hay Street,
PERTH, Western Australia, 6000

Phone +61 8 9221 0033

Email enquiries@tanzanianconsul.com

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 1pm (except public holidays).