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eVisa Requirements for Tanzania—What You Need to Know

Over the years, I’ve become something of a Tanzania expert. Not only have I travelled there several times, but I’ve also called the country home on two separate occasions. On top of that, I sell dozens of safaris to Tanzania each and every year in my role as a safari expert.

Tanzania is unquestionably one of my favourite countries in the world, and I’ve expounded its virtues previously in my 17 Reasons to Visit Tanzania post.

But if you’ve already been convinced to visit, you’ll need to get your hands on a visa. The easiest way? Getting a Tanzanian eVisa.

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What is a Tanzanian eVisa

The Tanzania e-visa is a PDF-formatted electronic document as a part of Tanzania entry requirements. When it was launched in 2018, it was the most popular visa category for Tanzania and Zanzibar tourism. This is because of the reasonable fees and the straightforward application process that is completed online. Travelers will no longer need to bring their passports to the Tanzanian embassy or consulate because the eVisa is delivered to you virtually.

An eVisa also saves you the hassle of waiting in a long, sweaty line to get a visa on arrival. Never fun!

Tanzania accepts eVisa applications from over 150 different countries. In order to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar, the holder of this online eVisa must first be accepted by the Tanzanian government.

For most eligible citizens, a Tanzania tourist eVisa is issued as a single–entry visa for a stay up to 30 days, with a total validity of 90 days from the date of arrival.

Online multiple-entry Tanzania visas are only available to citizens of the United States, allowing for numerous 90-day stays throughout the course of every 180 days. As of the date of entry, the validity of the eVisa for US citizens is one year.

eVisa applications can be completed in a few minutes with only basic information. Upon completion, the applicant will receive an email including a link to download their approved online visa. After that, they must print a copy of the Approved Visa Grant Notice as well as the Visa Application Notification letter.

In order to enter Tanzania, travellers must produce these documents, along with a completed Tanzania Entry Arrival declaration form and the passport used to apply for the visa, to Tanzanian immigration officials at specific points of entry.

What are the Visa requirements for Tanzania?

The first step in applying for a Tanzania eVisa is to find out if you qualify for one.

The following is a list of the common requirements for a eVisa Tanzania:

  •       Completed and accurate application form
  •       a copy of your passport 
  •       A digital copy of the passport
  •       Proof of visa fee payment

Some other essential requirements to follow:

  •       Your passport is required to be valid for at least another six months when you arrive.
  •       Your passport has at least one blank page.
  •       You already have a return or transit flight ticket to another country.
  •       You already have at least one overnight address in Tanzania.
  •       You are landing in Tanzania at one of the airports listed below:
  1. Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) in Dar es Salaam
  2. Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) in Moshi/Arusha
  3. Mwanza International Airport (MWZ/HTMW) at Lake Victoria
  4. Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (NZN/AAKIA) in Zanzibar City (Stone Town)
  5. Namanga border crossing – at Kenya
  6. Tunduma border crossing – at Zambia

How can I apply for Tanzania eVisa?

First, open the digital application form and enter your travel plans, contact information, and passport information. You can also include other travellers in the form to submit a group application. After paying the fees, each traveller must submit a passport scan, a recent passport photo (max six months old, no teeth visible), and a flight ticket for the return or transit trip.

What to do in Tanzania?

Due to its many world-class wildlife sighting possibilities, Tanzania is recognized as an ideal safari destination. With a plethora of Africa’s best and largest parks and some of the most diverse and unusual scenery in the world, Tanzania is a safari enthusiast’s dream. Tanzania’s diverse landscapes, which include everything from grasslands to woods, rock formations to mountain peaks, make it an ideal destination for sightseeing and photography.

In addition, these diverse ecosystems provide optimal circumstances for one of the most vital parts of a fantastic safari—African wildlife.

A safari wouldn’t be complete without a glimpse of some of the “Big Five” or the opportunity to view some lesser-known but still intriguing species. In this respect, Tanzania has proven to be a pleasant surprise. With the Great Wildebeest Migration passing through Tanzania every year, the country is home to tens of millions of animals. Wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle endure the rushing Mara River, which is teeming with crocodiles, to make the voyage even more challenging.

However, the great migration isn’t the only thing worth seeing in Tanzania. Predators aren’t far away when there are herds of grazing animals. Lions, cheetahs, leopards, and hunting dogs are just some of the animals you’ll see in Tanzania.

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