Visa Requirements for Tanzanian Citizens
Visa requirements for Tanzanian citizens are the conditions that each traveler from Tanzania must meet upon going abroad. Crossing the border with any foreign country means adhering to its rules and regulations applicable upon entry.
Most countries require Tanzanian passport holders to have a valid Embassy-issued visa. At the same time, some do allow travelers from Tanzania to get their visas online using the electronic visa system, Visa on Arrival, or simply travel visa-free.
Currently, 120 countries have set an Embassy visa as one of the entry requirements for Tanzanian citizens. This means that visiting these destinations requires going through a long and often complex regular visa application process.
16 countries make it possible for Tanzanian citizens to apply for an eVisa online, which requires completing three simple steps. Moreover, most eVisa applications are approved within 72 hours and, later on, sent to each applicant via email.
Visa on Arrival is available when visiting 21 countries upon completing an application process at the closest border control checkpoint after arrival.
Lastly, even though Tanzanian citizens do not have the most freedom when traveling internationally, 39 countries offer a visa-free entrance for Tanzanian passport holders.
Tanzanian citizens should read on for further information on all types of entry requirements applicable upon traveling abroad, lists of countries, and specific visa requirements.
An electronic visa or eVisa is a short-term travel authorization document that is issued by a government of the country to be visited. However, the whole application process is completed online and takes a few minutes to be done.
List of countries that offer eVisas for Tanzanian citizens
- Sao Tome and Principe
- Sri Lanka
16 countries offer eVisas for Tanzanian passport holders to obtain online prior to the planned trip abroad. Most of the eVisa destinations issue the electronic travel authorizations within 72 hours of applying online.
The length of the allowed short-term stay with an eVisa on hand is usually either 30 or 90 days for Tanzanian passport holders.
To get an eVisa issued, travelers from Tanzania should simply check the specific requirements for the selected eVisa type, gather the required documents, and complete the 3-step online application process.
Issued eVisas are then delivered to each traveler via email in the form of a PDF file, which should either be printed or kept as an electronic document to be presented upon arrival.
Traveling using the electronic visa system enables Tanzanian citizens to go on vacation, explore other countries and their tourist destinations, take on any handling business duties abroad, or simply take a layover while transiting to an onward destination.
Visa on Arrival
A Visa on Arrival is a short-term document that allows its holders to visit other countries for tourism, business, or transit-related reasons. VoA is available for Tanzanian passport holders upon arrival at the selected destination’s border control checkpoint.
List of countries offering a Visa on Arrival for Tanzanian citizens
- Cape Verde
- The Democratic Republic of the Congo
- The Maldives
- Sierra Leone
21 countries allow citizens of Tanzania to apply for their visas on arrival using the VoA system in place.
To get a Visa on Arrival, Tanzanian passport holders must complete the application process after arriving at the selected destination. However, it’s necessary to check if any documents are required to be provided along with one’s visa application.
If there are any supporting documents to be attached, travelers should have them prepared prior to the planned departure.
Next, they should go to the nearest border control checkpoint and ask for a Visa on Arrival application form to fill. Once that’s completed, the paperwork should be submitted along with the supporting documents (if any are required).
Lastly, some destinations will require travelers applying for a VoA to cover the visa issuing fee as part of the application process, which sometimes needs to be done using the local currency.
It’s worth noting that some of the countries that offer a Visa on Arrival give Tanzanian citizens a second option to choose from – an eVisa obtainable online. Destinations like Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau, Laos, or Madagascar have both visa systems in place, allowing Tanzanian citizens to choose the more convenient one for them to travel with.
Applying for an eVisa helps travelers be prepared and, therefore, skip the long waiting lines on arrival.
An Embassy visa is a traditional or regular visa obtainable upon completing an application process at an Embassy or Consulate of the country to be visited. Embassy visas come in different types and sometimes can be issued even as long-term travel authorization documents.
List of countries that require Tanzanian citizens to present a valid Embassy visa upon arrival
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Burkina Faso
- The Central African Republic
- The Republic of the Congo
- Costa Rica
- The Czech Republic
- The Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Equatorial Guinea
- Ivory Coast
- The Marshall Islands
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand
- North Korea
- North Macedonia
- Papua New Guinea
- San Marino
- Saudi Arabia
- The Solomon Islands
- South Korea
- Trinidad and Tobago
- The United Arab Emirates
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Vatican City
120 countries require Tanzanian passport holders to present a valid Embassy visa upon their arrival. The issued regular visa must correlate with the traveler’s purpose of travel. Usually, there are numerous Embassy visa types to choose from, differing depending on the reason for the trip.
Moreover, some countries also offer long-term Embassy visa types, even those relating to working or studying abroad.
Thus, the first step into applying for an Embassy visa is choosing the right visa type that is suitable for the purpose and length of the planned trip abroad. Next, travelers need to gather the required documents, fill the Embassy visa application form, and submit the complete paperwork at an Embassy or Consulate.
Later on, it may be required to cover the issuing fee and go through a visa interview; however, that is not always necessary.
Applying for an Embassy visa is a complex process and may take even weeks to be completed. That is why it’s best to start applying well ahead of the planned departure date to obtain the Embassy visa on time.
Visa-free travel, the most effortless way to travel, is granted for Tanzanian citizens by 39 countries. These destinations welcome Tanzanian passport holders on the basis of either valid passports or IDs, depending on the specific rules of each country. However, there is no need to handle any type of visa when exploring these places.
List of visa-free countries for Tanzanian citizens
- Antigua and Barbuda
- The Philippines
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- South Africa
- South Sudan
When visiting these destinations, citizens of Tanzania will need either a valid passport or ID. Moreover, some countries may require a few documents that will help further validate the purpose of the planned trip.
These documents may include proof of having a booked hotel, a return ticket, or bank statements proving having sufficient funds for the trip.
Travelers from Tanzania who want to use the visa-free entrance can visit the 39 listed destinations for short-term stays relating to leisure, business, or transit. This makes going on a relaxing getaway, attending a business meeting, attending a seminar or a conference, or transiting, an easy endeavor.