Visa for Tanzania: Everything You Need to Know for Your Kilimanjaro Trek

Before setting off on your exciting Kilimanjaro trek, one crucial aspect to sort out is obtaining a visa for Tanzania. Being prepared and informed ensures a smoother travel experience, letting you focus on the adventure ahead.

This article provides you with comprehensive guidelines and the latest visa procedures to ensure a hassle-free entry into Tanzania.

Important documents for a Kilimanjaro trek

Visa for Tanzania

When you travel, especially for something as significant as a Kilimanjaro trek, always ensure your essential documents are handy. Recommended documents include:

  • Passport and passport copy
  • Visa for Tanzania
  • Airline travel documents
  • Insurance
  • Booking confirmation
  • Yellow fever certificate

Although you might rely on digital copies, remember that internet connections can sometimes be sketchy in Tanzania's remote areas. It's prudent to have both hard copies and digital backups.

Visa for Tanzania

Tanzania visa sample

Non-Tanzanian citizens typically need a valid visa for Tanzania to enter the country. You might get a visa upon arrival (available at all major entry points or international airports), but using the E-visa system initiated in 2019 is more recommended.

You can complete your online visa application directly with our immigration department here:

Important notes:

  • Before applying for a visa for Tanzania applicants are advised to read the Visa Guidelines ( carefully.
  • Visa applicants are advised to make their applications through the Official Tanzania Immigration website ( ONLY and not through any other links.
  • Applicants must ensure that their passports have a validity of at least six months and at least one unused visa page before submitting their application;
  • Most passport holders who wish to come for holiday or tourism such as a Kilimanjaro trek or safari are advised to apply for an 'Ordinary Visa'.
  • Holders of US (American) passports who come for holiday or tourism will have to apply for Multiple Entry Visa;
  • isa applications can take a minimum of 10 working days to process and sometimes more. It is recommended to apply at least 30+ days in advance of your arrival.
  • Applicants whose nationals fall under Referral Visa category are not eligible for standard visas and require special permission to enter Tanzania.
  • Visa regulations and conditions may be subject to change at any time and it is always best to reconfirm the guidelines directly on the official Tanzania immigration website Official Tanzania Immigration website (

ORDINARY VISA (for most nationalities excluding US citizens) - $50 per person

This visa is granted to most foreign national for the purposes of Visit, Tourism, Leisure, Holiday, attending Conference, Humanitarian and charity activities, Family Visit, Health Treatment or any other purpose as may be determined by the issuing authority. Its validity does not exceed 90 days for a single entry.

An 'ordinary visa' application will require a minimum of:

  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page)
  • Return ticket of the flight
  • Dully filled in declaration form
  • 50 USD visa fee.

MULTIPLE ENTRY VISA (mandatory for US citizens)

Multiple Visa may be issued to American nationals (due to bilateral agreements between Tanzania and America) who wish to come for such purposes like Holiday/Tourism, visiting friends and relatives or attending a conference, as they are not eligible for the Ordinary Visa. This implies that, USA passport holders who visit Tanzania for tourism or holiday MUST apply for Multiple Visa even If they come for single entry.

A 'multiple entry visa' application will require a minimum of:

  • A recent passport size photo of the applicant
  • Copy of the applicant’s valid passport (biographic data page)
  • Return Ticket of the flight
  • 100 USD Visa fee

How to apply for a visa for Tanzania

Application for Tanzania visa

To apply for a visa for Tanzania, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the Immigration Services Website (
  2. Click the 'New Application' button and enter the 'Basic Information' requested and press the 'Start New Application' button.
  3. Your application ID will be generated and you can 'proceed to next step' via the button.
  4. Complete all personal information, contact details, passport details, travel information, documents and declaration form.
  5. You will be requested to upload and attach relevant documents for the Visa.
  6. After completion of filling an online visa application form, your final step is to pay for a for respective visa fee;
  7. Upon successful payment, your application will have been submitted. The system works using government control numbers and when a successful payment is made it should automatically apply this payment to your application ID.

You can make payment of visa fee online through one of the following methods:

  • By Visa card or By Master card
  • By Swift transfer (i.e. depositing money directly into bank account at the bank counter).

Online payment systems can be volatile for card payments. If the initial payment is unsuccessful then you may need to try again at a later date / time.

Most nationalities will select the 'ORDINARY VISA' category however US (American) citizens must apply for the 'MULTIPLE ENTRY' category.

Visa exemptions: Nationalities who don't require a visa for Tanzania

Tanzania visa exemption

There are some countries whose nationals do not require a visa for entry. These countries fall under an exempted list. The following do not require a visa for entry:

  1. Antigua & Barbuda
  2. Anguilla
  3. Ashmore & Cartia Islands
  4. Bahamas
  5. Barbados
  6. Bermuda
  7. Belize
  8. Brunei
  9. British Virgin Islands
  10. British Indian Ocean Territory
  11. Botswana
  12. Burundi
  13. Cyprus
  14. Cayman Islands
  15. Channel Islands
  16. Cocos Islands
  17. Cook Islands
  18. Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire)
  19. Christmas Islands
  20. Dominica (Commonwealth of Dominica)
  21. Falkland Islands
  22. Gambia
  23. Ghana
  24. Gibraltar
  1. Grenada
  2. Guernsey
  3. Guyana
  4. Heard Island
  5. Hong Kong
  6. Isle of Man
  7. Jamaica
  8. Jersey
  9. Kenya
  10. Kiribati
  11. Lesotho
  12. Malawi
  13. Montserrat
  14. Malaysia
  15. Madagascar
  16. Malta
  17. Mauritius
  18. Macao
  19. Mozambique
  20. Nauru
  21. Niue Island
  22. Norfolk Island
  23. Namibia
  24. Papua new Guinea
  1. Rwanda
  2. Romania
  3. Samoa
  4. Seychelles
  5. Singapore
  6. Swaziland
  7. Solomon Island
  8. St. Kitts & Nevis
  9. St. Lucia
  10. St. Vicent
  11. St. Helena
  12. South Africa
  13. South Sudan
  14. Trinidad & Tobago
  15. Turks & Caicos
  16. Tokelau
  17. Tonga
  18. Tuvalu
  19. Vanuatu
  20. Uganda
  21. Zambia
  22. Zimbabwe

Referral visa: special visa for specific nationalities

Tanzania referral visa

There are some countries which their nationals cannot obtain Visa on arrival. These countries fall under the so called Referral Visa Category. The following nationalities require special visa or permission to enter Tanzania:

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Azerbaijan
  3. Bangladesh
  4. Chad
  5. Djibouti
  6. Eritrea
  7. Equatorial Guinea
  8. Iran
  9. Iraq
  10. Kazakhstan Republic
  1. Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan)
  2. Lebanon
  3. Mali
  4. Mauritania
  5. Niger
  6. Nigeria
  7. Pakistan
  8. Palestine
  9. Senegal
  10. Somalia
  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Somali land
  3. Sierra Leone
  4. Syria
  5. Tajikistan
  6. Turkmenistan
  7. Uzbekistan
  8. Yemen
  9. Stateless persons or persons with refugee status