Tanzania Visa Information

Download and fill out the Visa application.


Download the visa letter when you’re ready to mail the form to the Tanzanian embassy.


We have received a few questions about filling out the visa application form itself, namely regarding these highlighted fields:

Issued At (question #5)
If your passport was issued in the United States, write:
Issued At: United States
Issuing Authority: Department of State

Requested Number of Entries (question #12)
Your “number of entries” will be single unless your itinerary includes travel to other countries and back into Tanzania OR unless you will be entering Tanzania multiple times over the next year. Most Thomson Safaris guests are single entry travelers – check your itinerary if you are unsure.

Do you have other questions? Please see our FAQs below or visit the Tanzania Immigration website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to send my Passport to the Embassy of Tanzania?

Yes. The Embassy needs your passport, as the Tanzania Tourist Visa is a stamp in your passport. Please visit www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org for more information.

When should I apply for my visa?

The optimal time to apply for your visa about three months prior to departure. DO NOT APPLY TOO EARLY. For U.S. passport holders, the tourist visa is valid for one year from the date of issuance. It takes about two weeks to receive your passport back from the Embassy. Upon arrival in Tanzania you will be authorized for 90 days of travel in Tanzania.

If my passport is currently valid, does its expiration date matter?

Yes. In order to travel, Tanzania requires a minimum six months of validity remaining from your date of arrival into Tanzania. For example, if you arrive January 1, your passport should not expire before July 1.

What payment methods are accepted?
  • Money Order or Cashier’s Check
  • Company or Organization Checks
  • Personal Checks are not accepted
  • Cash is NOT accepted
  • All checks and money orders should be made Payable to the Embassy of Tanzania, Washington DC.
  • All credit cards accepted EXCEPT AMERICAN EXPRESS. Please click here to download a form for credit card payment.
    • Credit card payments require an additional $5 processing fee for each transaction.
What delivery service should I use to securely send my visa application to the Embassy?

It is best to use UPS, DHL or FedEx as your traceable delivery method.

How can I ensure the package is traceable when the Embassy sends it back to me?

Please include a prepaid return label and envelope so your documents are secure and traceable the entire journey. (We do not recommend USPS Express Mail, as it may not be traceable if downgraded to U.S. Priority Mail).

Do I need to provide proof of any vaccinations to obtain my visa?

No. Proof of vaccinations is not required in order to apply for a visa.