Tanzanian Visa Requirements

Discover visa requirements for Tanzanian nationals to travel to other countries across the globe.

Visa Requirements for Tanzanian Citizens

Visa requirements for Tanzanian nationals are administrative entry restrictions placed on Tanzanian passport holders by the authorities of other countries across the world.
According to the Henley Passport Index, the Tanzanian passport is currently ranked at 73rd position in terms of travel freedom, measured by the countries where Tanzanian citizens can travel to without a visa or by obtaining visa on arrival.

There are several types of travel authorizations citizens of Tanzania may require to travel to different countries ,such as an embassy visa, an electronic travel visa authorization, or a visa on arrival. This will depend on the country of destination, as well as the intended period of stay and the purpose of the visit.

For some territories, a travel authorization may not be required as they are listed in the visa-free country list for Tanzanian citizens. These countries usually permit travelers to spend between 30 days and 6 months inside their borders.

However, some of these same visa-exempt countries may require Tanzanian travelers to complete an electronic travel authorization application before arrival.

A valid Tanzanian passport is a general requirement for citizens from Tanzania to travel to any country, whether it requires a visa or not.

Citizens from Tanzania who are planning to travel to a country that is not listed in the visa-free country list, will need to obtain a visa. This will be either a visa on arrival at a border checkpoint, an embassy visa from a consulate of their destination, or an eVisa through an online application.

List of Visa Countries for Tanzanian Passport Holders in 2020

Although it is possible for visitors from Tanzania to travel to some countries without obtaining a visa, there are some other territories for which Tanzanian passport holders must meet visa requirements.

At the moment, there are around 210 countries that require Tanzanian citizens to obtain a travel visa. For these destinations, nationals of Tanzania need to obtain the appropriate travel authorization depending on the duration of the stay and the purpose of the travel, whether a tourist visa, business visa, transit visa, work visa, or study visa.

At the moment, citizens from Tanzania are required to obtain a visa before departure from Tanzania for around 180 countries. This may be an embassy visa which the individual must obtain from an embassy or consulate in person, or an electronic visa through an online form.

Some of the countries allow Tanzanian citizens to obtain a visa on arrival which can be obtained by queuing upon arrival at border control, although an eVisa option which greatly expedites the process may also be available.

Below you can find a full list of the visa-required countries for Tanzanian passport holders.

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization

Electronic Travel Visa Authorization systems allow Tanzanian passport holders to obtain an electronic visa or visa waiver without the need to attend an embassy appointment before departure from Tanzania.

Currently, there are approximately 20 countries that offer citizens from Tanzania the option to complete an online application form to receive travel authorization for the country of destination. The majority are South Asian territories.

Electronic visas or ETAs (electronic travel authorizations) for individual Tanzanian citizens may be issued for either a single entry or multiple entries. They usually permit holders to spend between 30 to 90 days in the destination country.

Once approved, electronic travel visa authorizations are often electronically linked to the applicant’s passport, and a copy is usually sent to the traveler’s email.

Tanzanian citizens are also often recommended to print a paper copy of this authorization and to travel with the Tanzanian passport they used to complete the application.

Find below a list of the main destinations that citizens from Tanzania can visit by obtaining an Electronic Travel Visa Authorization.

Visa on Arrival

A visa on arrival for Tanzanian passport holders is a type of travel document that citizens from Tanzania are able to obtain upon arrival at a border checkpoint in their country of destination.

Currently, there are around 20 countries across the world that offer this option to Tanzanian nationals.

To obtain this type of travel authorization in an issuing country, the traveler should go directly to a border entry checkpoint upon arrival. Once there, it is usually necessary to wait in a queue until an immigration officer provides the applicant with a visa on arrival form.

After completing the form, Tanzanian citizens will be required to pay a visa on arrival fee, which often involves making a payment in cash with the local currency.

Most visas on arrival for Tanzania permit a stay between 7 days and 3 months and may be issued for either a single entry or multiple entries.

Some countries that offer visa on arrival also permit Tanzanian nations to apply before departure for an electronic visa (eVisa). This allows travelers from Tanzania to complete a simple application form with personal and passport information and greatly expedite the process.

See below for a full list of the visa on arrival countries for citizens of Tanzania.

Embassy Visa Required

Embassy visas for Tanzanian nationals are a type of travel document that must be obtained in advance and in person from a diplomatic office of the destination state in Tanzania.

At the moment,, citizens from Tanzania are required to obtain this type of authorization for around 160 countries across the world. An embassy visa can be granted for different travel purposes, as a tourist visa, business visa, transit visa, study visa, work visa, or other visa type.

To obtain an embassy visa, the applicant must usually make a visa appointment at the nearest diplomatic mission of the destination country. It is usually necessary to bring along a completed embassy visa application form for Tanzanian passport holders to the consular interview.

Applicants are also usually asked to bring along additional supporting documents depending on the type of visa they need.

Travelers who need to apply for an embassy visa are recommended to do so well in advance of their intended departure from Tanzania, as it may take up to 2 weeks or more for an application to be processed.

Below you can find a list of countries that require Tanzanian passport holders to obtain an embassy visa.

Embassy Visa Required: Country list

Click on the links below to find out more about each country

Visa Not Required

A visa or an electronic travel visa authorization may not be required for Tanzanian passport holders for some countries around the globe.

It is possible to travel to around 40 countries visa-free for citizens from Tanzania without a travel authorization for short periods of stay, which may vary between 1 and 6 months depending on the policy of the territory. These visa-exempt countries include a number of territories in eastern and southern Africa.

Visa-free countries allow nationals from Tanzania to gain entry without travel authorization for purposes such as tourism, business, or to transit to another destination. Individual Tanzanian citizens are able to visit these countries by showing a valid Tanzanian passport upon arrival.

To travel to these same countries for other purposes or for an expected longer stay, Tanzanian passport holders will be required to obtain, before departure, either a consular visa from a diplomatic office or an eVisa through an electronic visa program.

Find below a list of the exempt-visa countries for Tanzanian nationals.

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