Two applicant’s passport size photographs:- A letter of request (Note Verbale) from the mission he or she belongs to; and Hotel confirmation One visa application form (duly filled and signed by the applicant), Photocopy of the bio-data page of the passport.

1. Entry Requirements
Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should be in possession of a valid passport or any other authorized travel document valid for not less than six months, a document other than the National passport issued by a state or an International Organization and recognized by the government of the United Republic of Tanzania as a travel document.

  • 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.

2. 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, leisure, holiday, business, health treatment, studies or any other related activities.  

3. Who requires a visa
All foreigners seeking to enter in the United Republic of Tanzania are required to have a valid visa, unless their countries have visa abolition agreement with Tanzania.

4. Entry authorization
Upon complying with the entry requirements, a visitor is issued with a Visitor's Pass with validity not exceeding three months (and not exceeding six months for citizens of EAC Member States).

(a) Single Entry VISA (Ordinary VISA / Tourist VISA)
This Visa is issued for a single entry to a visitor for a period not exceeding three months for the purpose of holidays, business, health treatment, studies, leisure or any other activity legally recognized by the Law.

(b) Multiple VISA
This type of visa is issued to enable a foreigner to come to Tanzania for several times within the validity of the visa. Foreigners who, because of the nature of their business or investments need to make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania are issued with multiple entry visas. The validity range of this visa is from three months to one year, provided that a single stay shall not exceed ninety days. Applications for a multiple entry visa are usually submitted by local contacts on behalf of the applicants. The fee is US $100 with exception of Pakistan nationals whose specific visa fee is US $200. 

(c) Transit VISA
Transit visa is granted to enable the visitor to pass through the United Republic of Tanzania to any other destination abroad. This type of visa is only issued to persons with onward tickets, sufficient funds for transit and an entry visa to the country of destination or any proof that prior arrangements have been made that satisfy this requirement. It is issued for a maximum period of fourteen (7) days and non extendable. Standard fee for Transit visa is US $30.

(d) Business VISA
Business Visa may be issued to persons for the purpose of temporarily conducting business, trade, professional or assignment for a period not exceeding three months and it is not extendable.

(e) Gratis Visa
This type of visa is issued to Diplomatic, Service and Official Passport holders, except when travelling on unofficial capacity in which they are subjected to pay prescribed fees. Holders of UN, SADC, AU Laissez-Passer and other International Organizations recognized by the United Republic of Tanzania are granted gratis visa, except when travelling on non official capacity in which they are subject to pay for prescribed visa fees.

(f) Referral Cases
There are some countries which their 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 whose nationals fall under referral visa category are not advised to book flight tickets or make any reservations before they get their visa.

Visa fee rates:
Fee rates for Ordinary visa is US $50, except for the following Nationals with their specific visa rates in brackets; Pakistan (US $200), USA-(US $100), Ireland ( US $100 ), Transit visa is US $30, while standard Multiple visa is US $100.


List of Countries which their Nationals require Referral Visa.

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


  • 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
  • Swaziland
  • Solomon Island
  • St. Kitts&Navis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vicent
  • St. Helana
  • South African Republic
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Tokelan
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Malawi

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.

For more information contact:

The Principal Commissioner of Immigration Services,
P. O. Box 512, DAR ES SALAAM.
Tel.: +
255 222 850 576
Fax: +255 222 850 584
Website: /
e-mails:  and or

Also to:
Commissioner of Immigration Services - Zanzibar
P.O. Box 1354, ZANZIBAR.
Fax +2552422239149

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  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport;
  • Visa application form dully filled in;
  • Respective visa Fee;
  • 2 passport size photographs ( for those lodging their applications through embassies).
  • Provide flight itinerary, ticket or tour operator package receipt.
  • People traveling for specific reasons other than tourism must submit a letter from their organization or office. These include but not limited to volunteers, people attending meetings & conferences, studies, diplomatic, official and any other business not mentioned here.
  • Visa applications for minors under 18 years traveling alone or with only one parent/legal guardians should be accompanied by a notarized letter, jointly signed by parents or legal guardians approving the minor to travel, A copy of their ID


  • Valid passport at least for 6 month
  • 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).


  • A valid passport at least for 6 month
  • A work contract or any proof of the work/assignment to be performed within a period not exceeding three months;
  • Respective visa fee.

This Pass may be issued to;

  • Dependent wife;
  • Children;
  • Near relatives.


  • Application form dully filled;
  • Security Bond form dully filled (attached with stamp duty worth 500 TSH) form Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA);
  • Copy of applicant’s valid passport;
  • Passport copy of the dependant;
  • Covering letter;
  • Copy of marriage certificate for dependant wife;
  • Five passport size photographs;
  • In case of renewal- previous Dependant Pass should be attached;
  • Copy of Birth Certificate for dependent children
  • Copy of Birth Certificate if the dependant is a parent;

NOTE: A male child who is above 18 years old is not entitled to be dependent.

This pass may be issued to a foreigner for the purpose of passing through the United Republic of Tanzania to a destination outside the United Republic. Validity of the In-transit Pass shall not exceed seven days.

This Pass may be issued to a foreigner living in or entering the United Republic of Tanzania in order to afford him an opportunity to apply for and obtain a Residence Permit or Pass or complete any immigration formality.

This Pass may be issued to a prospective visitor to the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of:-

  • Spending holidays
  • Travelling or
  • Attending court
  • Obtaining medical treatment or
  • Any other sufficient reasons.

NOTE: The validity of Visitors pass shall not exceed 90 days or six months for citizens of the EAC Member States.


  • Re- entry pass may be issued to any person lawfully entitled to re- enter the United Republic of Tanzania after a journey to any place outside Tanzania.
  • A Re-entry Pass shall be valid for such period not exceeding the period of the validity of Residence Permit.

Business Pass may be issued for single or multiple entries to a person from the country whose nationals do not require Visa to enter the United Republic of Tanzania for the purpose of temporarily conducting business, trade, profession or assignment. The validity of Business Visa is three months and it is non- extendable.

Migrant Pass is issued to persons of African descent from neighbouring countries who migrated into the United Republic before 1972 and continues to reside without having a passport or identification from their countries of origin.

Student’s Pass 1 is issued to any person studying in approved training establishments in the country including children of persons legally residing in the country who are above the age of 18 years.

Student’s Pass 2 is issued to children of persons legally residing in the country who are below the age of 18 years and have not been endorsed in their parents Residence Permits.

Pass Fees in USD Fees for E.A Countries Fees in TSH
Dependant Pass 500 150 -
Dependant Pass for foreigner Wife Married to Tanzanian Husband - - 100,000
Business Pass 200 100 -
Re- Entry Pass 50 50 -
Special Pass 600 600 -
Student Pass1 200 Gratis -
Student Pass 2 100 Gratis -
Migrant Pass - - 10,000
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