Important Information on Visas

Plan on getting a Visa? Take a look at the important information on Visas & Entry Requirements.

Requirements for all Visa Types

1. A completed visa application form, signed by applicant.

2. The actual passport valid for at least 6 months and should have at least 2 blank pages.

3. Two passport sized photographs, white background, recently taken.

4. A prepaid self-addressed envelope to facilitate return of passport by the most secure mail (only if needs to be mailed back to the applicant).

  • Be sure you are able to track it.
  • FedEx and UPS are accepted.

N.B: The Mission shall NOT be responsible for any loss or damage which occurred due to poor packaging, or that which occurred at courier handling facility.

5. Provide flight itinerary.

6. Provide your hotel reservation OR if you are visiting a family of friend provide invitation letter from the host.

7. If your trip is organized by tour operators, provide tour operator’s day by day land itinerary.

8. 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.

9. Parental Approval for minors:
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 totravel.
  • A copy of their ID Passport

10. Visa Fee: Regular US Passport holder $ 100, Non US $50. Modes of payment accepted:

  • Money Order or Cashier’s Check.
  • Company or Organization Checks
  • Cash.
  • All checks and money orders should be made Payable to “The Permanent Mission of Tanzania to the UN, New York”.
  • All credit cards accepted, EXCEPT AMERICAN EXPRESS. Please click here to download a form for credit card payment.

N.B: Visa Fee is NON REFUNDABLE. Personal Checks are not accepted.

Travel visas requirements and fees chart for Tanzania.

Hours of Operation and Processing Time

(Mondays to Fridays, Except Holidays)

  • Visa processing hours are 9:30am to 1:00 pm for submitting applications and 11:00am to 1:00pm for picking up visas.
  • Visa processing takes a minimum of five (5) working days for regular process.
  • Rush service is available for an extra $20, which takes 3 working days.
  • Next day service is available for an extra $50 and same day service is available for an extra $100
  • The duration to remain in the country is determined by the immigration office at the port of entry.
  • All visas are valid from the date of issuance. In the event a visa expires before it is utilized, the applicant will have to re-apply for a new one.
  • Walk-in is available, no appointment necessary.

Processing Fee for Personal Checks and Credit/Debit cards:

When you provide a personal check, debit or credit card you authorize us to debit $5.00 processing fee from your account for each check or transaction. Payment with personal checks should be accompanied with a copy of driver’s license.

A returned check fee of $25 will be electronically debited from your account in the event your electronic transfer is returned from your financial institution.

Research and Journalism

Visas for research and journalism will only be granted after the applicant has been cleared by The Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO) respectively

Research and journalism visa chart for Tanzania

N.B: It is emphasized that nationals and persons of the above mentioned countries and/or categories above may not be allowed entry into Tanzania without being in possession of referred visas. See “types of visa” above for more information about referred visas


The best choice of vaccines for your trip depends on many individual factors, including your precise travel plans. Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include those against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow fever, Malaria Rabies and Meningitis.

Certificate is required for entry into, or travel between, some African countries. Several of these vaccines require more than one dose, or take time to become effective. It is always best to seek advice from your doctor on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.

The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

For Malaria, talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. See more detailed information about malaria in Tanzania.


Pet licenses/certificates are required when traveling with pets to Tanzania. You may visit frequently asked questions for more information.

Travel Insurance

In case you would like to buy travel insurance we recommend visiting the link below. It contains reviews of various travel insurance policies:

Visa Processing Centers – USA

Visas can be obtained from any Tanzanian embassy abroad.

Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations
307 East 53rd Street 5th floor.
New York, NY, 10022.
TEL: 212-697 3612 | FAX: 212-697-3618

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