Visas/Flights to Tanzania

A valid passport and business visa are required for travel to Tanzania.


Flying to Kenya

If your destination is Tanzania and you choose to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to Kilimanjaro Airport, then you’ll need to get a local flight from Nairobi to JRO, or else will need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus, or similar service, from Nairobi to Arusha. If you remain at the airport in Nairobi for your connecting flight and so do not need to clear through Immigration, it is not necessary to have a Kenyan visa simply to make use of their airport, but if quitting the airport for any length of time, either to catch a later onward flight, or else to travel through to Tanzania by road, you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa.

The Kenyan tourist visa can be purchased at the airport when you land at Nairobi Airport. A tourist visa for travelling to Kenya from Tanzania – if opting to fly out from Nairobi – can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Arusha then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis.

Flying to Tanzania

If flying direct to Tanzania however, although it is almost always possible to buy a tourist visa on arrival at the airport, the Tanzanian High Commission nonetheless advises visitors to apply for this before entering the country, as they are entitled to decline visa applications on arrival.

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1: Passport Requirements:

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay in Tanzania, with at least two adjacent blank passport pages available for Tanzania visa stamp. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for a Tanzanian visa.

One signed Tanzania visa application form plus one copy.

3: Photo Requirements:

Two recent, identical, 2 x 2 passport photographs, in color, front view and with a plain/light background.

OR – you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.

4: Letter Of Invitation from Tanzania:

New York: A letter of invitation from sponsor (either host company or individual) in Tanzania explaining the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Tanzania. In addition, the letter must indicate the length of stay, place of stay, and contact information in Tanzania.

Letter from employer or sponsoring company in the US, on company letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant’s employment status/position held in the company, clearly stating the purpose of visit to Tanzania, and requesting the Tanzanian visa. The business letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant while in Tanzania and must provide detailed contact information in Tanzania.

To generate a Tanzanian Business Cover Letter on-line, fill out this Business Letter Form and print the completed letter on your company letterhead.

Washington, DC: A letter of invitation from the sponsor (host company or individual) in Tanzania may be provided instead of a business letter from US employer. This letter must explain the relationship to the applicant and the purpose of travel to Tanzania and include the length of stay, place of stay, and contact information in Tanzania.

6: Proof Of Departure:

Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or a travel agency or copy of airline ticket showing entry and departure from Tanzania.

This is Travisa’s service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.

Click here for Tanzania Consular Fees and Visa Processing Times

Tanzania Visa Validity:

A Tanzanian visa is generally valid for 6 months from date of issuance and allows a maximum stay of 3 months at the discretion of the Tanzanian Consulate. The Embassy of Tanzania issues single, double, and multiple entry visas.

Visa Pre-Check – Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.

Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in Tanzania

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.