Tanzania eVisa for US Citizens

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The Tanzanian eVisa for Americans is an electronic visa that can be obtained online and permits US nationals to travel to and enter Tanzania, including the mainland and Zanzibar.

The digital platform simplifies the application process and significantly reduces the time it takes for American travelers to obtain their Tanzania visa. It also allows travelers to be pre-screened before their arrival in Tanzania and Zanzibar which expedites the arrival and check-in process for them.

The US is one of a select group of countries whose citizens can easily obtain the travel authorization they need in order to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar online.

In order to apply for the Tanzania eVisa, US citizens must meet certain requirements.

Are US Citizens Eligible to Obtain the Tanzania eVisa?

US citizens are eligible to obtain the Tanzania eVisa in order to enter Tanzania and also to travel between the mainland of the country and the semi-autonomous Zanzibar archipelago.

For American nationals the Tanzania eVisa is a multiple-entry eVisa which is valid for up to a year from the date of approval.

It allows US travelers to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar on more than one occasion within its period of validity. Each visit can last for a maximum of 90 days within a 180-day period. It is ideal for US travelers interested in short stays in Tanzania for tourism and leisure purposes.

Travelers from eligible countries, like the US can apply for the Tanzania eVisa online without having to visit a local Tanzania embassy or consulate.

What Are the Documents Required to Obtain the Tanzania eVisa from the US?

Travelers from the US who are interested in applying for the Tanzania eVisa must meet some basic requirements in line with Tanzania’s visa policy in order to submit a successful online application. These documents include:

  • Valid US passport with a validity extending 6 months from the intended date of arrival.
  • The passport must also have one blank page for entry/exit stamps.
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs of the traveler
  • Proof of onward travel (such as a return or onward plane ticket)
  • Credit/debit card that can be used to pay the online processing fee
  • Current email address to receive the approved application notification letter and the visa grant notice.

American nationals may want to consider renewing their passport if the required validity of their passport falls short of the minimum 6 months mandated by the Tanzanian government.

US citizens with dual nationalities should note that the Tanzania eVisa is electronically connected to the passport with which they applied and only that passport can be used to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar.

What Does the Tanzania eVisa Online Application Process Entail?

Applying for the Tanzania eVisa from the US is very easy. Travelers can expect to complete an online application with their personal details and passport information. Travelers will also have to provide details about their plans to travel to, from, and within Tanzania and Zanzibar.

It is important for US citizens to fill out the Tanzania eVisa application with accurate details matching those shown on their passport in order to avoid processing delays or a denial of visa.

It is also recommended that visitors from the United States begin the application process for the Tanzania eVisa at least 6 days before their intended date of arrival. Upon completion of the application, travelers must cover the processing fee for a multiple-entry visa if applying as a US citizen. This payment can be made using a valid debit or credit card.

How Long Do US Citizens Have to Wait to Get a Tanzania eVisa

US nationals that have submitted a completed online application for a Tanzania eVisa can expect to receive updates on the status of their application via email.

Typically, it can take up to 3 business days for an application to be thoroughly processed. Travelers from the United States of America who have been approved for the Tanzanian eVisa, receive their approved application notification letter and visa grant notice securely via email.

Citizens of the USA are required to take a printed copy of both the approved application notification letter and the visa grant notice letter with them when they travel to gain expedited entry into the country upon arrival. They will also be required to complete and submit a Tanzania Entry Arrival declaration form upon arrival at a Tanzanian border.

The Tanzania eVisa allows travelers from the US to enter Tanzania and Zanzibar only through select ports of entry:

  • Julius Nyere International Airport
  • Kilimanjaro International Airport
  • Abeid Amani Karume International Airport
  • Namanga Border Crossing
  • Tunduma Border Crossing

Visitors from the US can also arrive in Tanzania and Zanzibar by sea.

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