Tanzanian and Kenyan visas

Visas for Tanzania

Visitors from most countries (including pretty much every country in Europe, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand) must pay US$50 for their visa; visitors from the United States, however, must fork out US$100.

A visa is typically valid for 90 days from the date of issue (and not the day you arrive in Tanzania, though I have to say many officials don’t seem to recognize this). It used to be the case that, unless you were coming from a country without Tanzanian representation, officially you had to buy your visa at the consulate/embassy beforehand. That law was never really enforced, however, and these days everyone can buy their visa at the airport on arrival in Tanzania except for the following:

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A list of the addresses of some of the more popular Tanzanian embassies and consulates is given on p000, for those who need or want to buy their visa beforehand. With all applications you will need to present a passport that’s valid for at least six months together with two passport photos (though photos are not usually required at the airport).

You can pick up a visa at one of the following border controls: Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar International Airport and the Namanga and (so we’ve been told) Tarakea border crossings between Tanzania and Kenya. (With the upgrading of the road between Marangu and the border crossing at Loitokitok, by the start of Kilimanjaro’s Rongai Route, there is some hope that this too will become an official crossing point. But for the moment, though a few adventurers – after some pretty intense negotiations – are getting through, this crossing remains officially closed to Westerners.)

A single-entry Tanzanian visa costs US$100 for US  citizens. For non-US citizens it is usually US$50 for a single entry visa.

Currently it is very quick and simple to buy a visa either at Kilimanjaro International Airport and at the Namanga border crossing with Kenya) – so there is no longer any need to traipse to your nearest high commission to buy one.But if you do decide to get your visa before you arrive in Tanzania, you will need to present a passport that’s valid for at least six months and two passport photos. If applying in person, some consulates/high commissions (including the ones in London and Washington) insist that you pay in cash.

Kenyan visas

Remember that, if flying in and out of Kenya you will need a Kenyan visa too (typically around US$50 for UK citizens, though a transit visa is cheaper). If you plan to fly to Kenya and cross into Tanzania from there, you can return to Kenya using the same single-entry Kenyan visa you arrived with providing your visit to Tanzania lasted for less than two weeks, and that your Kenyan visa has not expired.

Apparently, you can do this only once (ie it acts as a double-entry visa, not a multiple-entry one), or so we were told at the Kenyan border the last time we did this. Otherwise, you will need to buy a multiple-entry visa, which typically costs double the single-entry.

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