All travellers to Tanzania, other than the Nationalities listed below, 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 obtained via the Tanzania Electronic Visa Applictaion System (eVisa) or on arrival and is valid for 90 days from the date of issue.

The eVisa application usually takes 10 business days, is issued via email and the cost is US$50 for a Single Entry Visa.

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.

How to get a Tanzania eVisa?

What is the electronic Tanzania visa (e-Visa)?

Electronic visa to Tanzania allows its holders to travel to Tanzania for 30 days. It is a single-entry visa that can be handled entirely online, even from home! Check if your country is listed as eligible to apply online for a Tanzania visa and get your permit within 10 business days.

Starting from 2018, all eligible travelers can use the Tanzania eVisa system for purposes of tourism or transit. So, whether you plan on visiting this African country for a relaxing getaway, a safari trip, exploring its tourist attractions, or simply making a stop-over before you reach your final destination, the online visa for Tanzania will make your trip possible in an effortless way!

You may be asking yourself, how is the eVisa different from a regular Tanzania visa. Well, there is more to it than just the name. The most prominent thing that differs those documents is in the application process. The online Tanzania tourist visa is obtainable without the need to visit an Embassy nor any other official institution!

All you have to do is complete a quick and intuitive 3-step application process, even using your phone. The approved entry permit will be delivered to your email inbox in the form of a PDF file within maximally 10 days.

Read on for all the essential information concerning the electronic visa system in Tanzania, the eVisa requirements, and how can you submit a successful application online.

Types of Tanzania eVisa


An application of Ordinary Visa should be accompanied with the following;

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);
  • Dully filled in declaration form
  • 50 USD visa fee.


  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 100 USD Visa fee;
  • Valid passport or national ID of the person to be visited in Tanzania (host) OR;
  • A covering letter of the host Institution detailing the reasons and frequency of Visits OR;
  • Attached Certificate of marriage of a spouse and a passport/national ID, if the applicant comes to visit a spouse OR;
  • Any proof that justifies that a visitor is required to visit the United Republic of Tanzania frequently.
  • Return ticket of the flight (not mandatory);


  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • Return ticket of the flight;
  • 250 USD visa fee.
  • A work contract or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months; or


  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 30 USD visa fee.
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination;


  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page);
  • 50 USD, 250 USD or 550 USD Visa fee depending on the category and duration.
  • Covering letter from the host institution/college where the foreign student will be hosted, the letter must detail the course/field and duration of the programme to be attended

Visa Application for Referral Cases

There are two modalities of application for Referral Visa Applicants. The first one, which is recommended, is for applicants to seek permission clearance first, through their host in Tanzania. In this case, the host submits the request letter detailing the reasons and duration of stay of the visitor, to the commissioner General of immigration, or the commissioner of Zanzibar, if the applicant wishes to visit Zanzibar. In this modality, the applicant while applying Online will attach his photo (passport size), Passport/Travel Document (biographic data page) and a permission letter granted. His application will be processed within five working days

The second option is for applicant to apply direct online by attaching the following attachments while making application:

  • Applicant Passport size photo;
  • Applicant Valid copy of Passport (biographic data page);
  • 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;
  • 50 USD Visa fee

This application will be processed within two months.

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 from eVisa portal prior to departure to avoid lengthy delays and any issues at the entry points.

Visa applicants do not need to visit the Embassy, nor a Consulate. Read on to learn what the requirements to meet are and how to file an application online.

Tanzania eVisa Requirements

Tanzania offers its e-Visas for travelers from numerous countries worldwide! The key to submitting a successfully approved application is to be prepared before starting the application process.

Thus, a few days prior to applying, make sure that you have all of the necessary documents gathered and that you meet the following Tanzania eVisa requirements:

  • You have an active email address – the approved eVisa to Tanzania will be sent to your email inbox. Thus, it’s crucial to have one that is active. Moreover, when filling the form, double-check if the email address provided is correct.
  • You have an access to any online payment method – this is essential for completing the second step of the application process, i.e., covering the Tanzania eVisa fees. Select any online payment method you would prefer to use, e.g., your credit or debit card, a PayPal account, PayU, or any other from various ones available.
  • Your nationality is listed on the list of eligible for the Tanzania eVisa countries – before submitting the form, check if your home country is listed as eligible for the electronic visa system of Tanzania. If you don’t have the appropriate nationality, your application may not be successfully approved.

Please note! To ensure your application for the Tanzania online visa will be positively approved, make sure to thoroughly check the form before submitting it. Any delays may result in elongating the processing times.

Should you have any questions about the above-listed requirements, do not hesitate to get in contact with us Africa Joy Tours so that we can elaborate more.

How to apply for Tanzania Visa online?

To make your visa application successful, each applicant should first prepare the necessary documents that need to be attached to the form. There are three requirements to meet for all visa applicants. Please make sure that you have the following documents before applying:

  • a legible scan or a photo of your valid passport’s bio-data page
  • applicant’s recent photograph (it must meet the passport photo standards)
  • a copy of the return ticket (for a tourist permit)
  • a copy of the onward ticket (for a transit permit)

Please check if your passport will not expire for the next 6 months from the planned arrival in Tanzania date. That is crucial not to have issues with the entrance.

3-step application process:

Now that you are prepared with the required documents on hand, you may start the application process. This part should take you less than 15 minutes to complete.

  1. Fill in the application form with your data, such as your name, address, e-mail address, and the purpose of your travel. Attach the documents described earlier and make sure that each piece of information provided is correct.
  2. Make an online payment to pay the 99 Euro fee. There are numerous secure methods of online payment on our website to choose from when using our services.
  3. Check your inbox for your personal confirmation number that you can use later on to check your visa status while it’s processing. Within a maximum of 10 business days, an e-Visa is delivered to your e-mail box.


Once you receive the visa PDF version, print it out and take it with you to the airport. The customs officials will check your valid passport and the printed visa. You will get a stamp stating the date of returning to your home country.

Who needs an e-Visa to Tanzania?

Every traveler who wants to enter the United Republic of Tanzania must have a valid electronic visa permit. Each visitor needs to have a separate visa permit. Children are also obliged to have one; their parents/guardians should file an application for them.

A note for all US citizens! If you are a United States citizen, you have to apply for a multiple-entry visa, available only if you are a US citizen. This type of permit is valid for one year, and the fee is 149 Euro. As a US citizen, you can enter Tanzania numerous times within 12 months of visa validity and it allows 90 days of stay.

No matter what type of permit you will apply for, the tourist visa, or the transit one, it has to be printed out and taken to the airport on the travel for control of the customs officials.

Tanzania e-Visa FAQ

How long does it takes to get a Tanzania e Visa?

Visa application for Tanzania takes only a couple of minutes. However, the processing time is a bit longer. Tanzania visa processing time may take up to 10 business days from applying. Our service has an average processing time of only 7 days. Make sure to apply in advance to avoid issues upon entry to Tanzania.

 Can I get a visa to Tanzania on Arrival?

Yes, it is possible to obtain a Tanzania visa on arrival. However, it is far safer to obtain your visa permit in advance. To avoid stressful situations, issues with approval on arrival, long queues at the airport, apply online a few days before your trip to Tanzania.

How much is an eVisa to Tanzania?

Tanzania visa costs 99 Euro for a single-entry visa permit that allows a 30-day stay. Our services provide several methods of online payment to choose from on our website. Suppose you are a United States citizen that wants to travel to Tanzania. In that case, you need to apply for a multiple-entry visa (designated only for US citizens) for a fee of 149 Euro.

How will I receive a Tanzania eVisa?

All applicants will receive their e-Visa permit at the e-mail address they have provided in the application form. Make sure to put one that you have access to. Otherwise, there may be issues with obtaining your permit.

How long is an evisa to Tanzania good for?

Tanzania visa online is valid for 30 days from the date of arrival into the country (the single-entry tourist visa). If you should travel to Tanzania with a transit permit, it is valid for 4 days (96 hours) starting on the date of arrival. The multiple-entry permit (for US citizens) is valid for a whole year and allows numerous entries to Tanzania.

Is it easy to get a Tanzania Visa?

Tanzania travel visas are extremely easy to obtain. All applicants have to do is to file a visa application using our website. Applying online takes a few moments and can be done from anywhere you want! There are no visits to the Embassy needed, no waiting in long queues.

What documents do I need to apply for Tanzania eVisa?

The visa required documents differ depending on which type of permit you’re applying for. To visit Tanzania and have an issue-free entry, prepare the following:

  • A valid passport
  • A recent photograph of yourself
  • A return ticket/or onward ticket (if applying for a transit visa)

Do children need an eVisa for Tanzania?

Every traveller who wants to visit Tanzania has to have a separate e-Visa permit, including children. For all underage travellers, the application should be made by their parents/guardians. You can file an online application using our website in just a few minutes from home!

What can I do if my Tanzania eVisa is denied?

Should your electronic permit to Tanzania fail to be approved, we grant reimbursement. Ensure all the data you provided in the application form were correct and that all of your documents were complete and valid. If you met the visa requirements and your data was error-free, contact our visa services support team to resolve the issue.

How long can I stay in Tanzania with my eVisa?

All holders of the electronic visa can visit Tanzania for 30 days. If you would travel only for transit purposes, the stay can be 4 days long. All US citizens can stay in Tanzania for 90 days.

Can I extend my stay in Tanzania with my eVisa?

It is not possible to extend the stay in Tanzania, holding an electronic permit. Do not overstay during your travel to avoid problems

Types of eVisa to Tanzania:

Tourist eVisa to Tanzania

Single entry eVisa for tourist purposes (a holiday, visiting friends or relatives, etc.) Valid 30 days, starting from the date of arrival.

Note: Citizens of the United States of America can travel to Tanzania and Zanzibar with a multiple-entry visa only, valid for 12 months, which allows stays up to 90 days.

Tanzania Transit eVisa

Single entry eVisa for purposes of transit through Tanzania to another destination. The maximum allowed stay in Tanzania on a Transit eVisa is 7 days. The transit eVisa is strictly intended for those travellers whose purpose of entry is to pass through Tanzania on their way to another destination, and cannot be used for tourism purposes.

Tanzania eVisa – Required documents

Tourist eVisa to Tanzania

Citizens of eligible countries must provide:

  • Scan or digital photo of the bio-data page of the applicant’s passport
  • Photograph of the applicant (digital)
  • Copy of return ticket
Tanzania Transit eVisa

Citizens of eligible countries must provide:

  • Scan or digital photo of the bio-data page of the applicant’s passport
  • Photograph of the applicant (digital)
  • An entry visa or onward ticket to the intended country of destination.

Important things to know before you apply for a eVisa to Tanzania

If you want to apply for an online visa to enter the United Republic of Tanzania; here is some additional information relevant to all applicants:

  • your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the planned entry to Tanzania date
  • each traveler has to have a separate permit (including children)
  • e-Visa to Tanzania is not a business visa, nor a working permit
  • you cannot extend your stay in Tanzania with an electronic permit
  • filling the application form correctly can save you from delays or issues with the visa approval.