Although the visa on arrival is an option in some cases, there are various downsides for German passport holders compared to getting the online visa in advance. These include:
- Long waits to apply at the border
- Risk of visa denial and being forced to fly all the way home
Passengers must often spend a lot of unnecessary time waiting at the Tanzanian border. Travelers from Germany must join the queue and stand in line to apply for the visa on arrival. After a long, intercontinental flight, this is far from ideal.
Visitors applying for a Tanzania visa on arrival must also take extreme care to bring all of the necessary supporting documents. If any are missing, or there is another problem with the application, the visa may be denied and the German traveler will have to return home.
This can be avoided by applying for the Tanzania eVisa in advance. Advantages of this option include:
- Quick online application, completed in minutes
- Can be obtained from home
- Peace of mind from having an approved visa before traveling
Upon arrival in Tanzania, you simply pass through passport control as normal, showing the already-approved eVisa. For these reasons, the eVisa is considered a much more practical and convenient option for German tourists to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar.