It’s a question that we still get asked a lot: I am climbing Kilimanjaro, so do I need a visa for Tanzania? And if so, how do I get one?
The simple answer to the first question is: yes, very probably. There are a few countries who DON’T REQUIRE A VISA. The list looks long but the countries on it are, on the whole, rather small. This list also consists largely (but not exclusively) of those countries that are Tanzania’s immediate or near neighbours.
THESE ARE THE COUNTRIES THAT DO NOT REQUIRE A VISA FOR TANZANIA:
Barbados, Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE, THEREFORE, ARE REQUIRED TO GET A VISA FOR TANZANIA.
However, FOR MOST PEOPLE, THE SIMPLEST, QUICKEST WAY OF GETTING A VISA IS TO PICK ONE UP FROM THE AIRPORT. The procedure is painless. No photos are required. It takes about two minutes. It costs US$50 (although US and Irish citizens have to pay US$100 – which makes you wonder what they’ve done to upset the Tanzanians).
UK citizens, Canadians, Americans, Europeans, Australians and New Zealanders can all pick up their Tanzanian visa this way.
Finally, there are those for whom the procedure is not so easy. For nationalities of these countries, they will have to secure a visa in advance: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan
Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Refugees and Stateless individuals.