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Tanzania E-Visa

Jun 15, 2021

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Tanzania E-Visa and Health Entry Form - Step-by-Step Instructions

Are you wondering if Africa is open for travel even if we're experiencing the Covid-19 pandemic and how safe it is to travel? These are the questions we frequently receive, and now to answer your questions, YES! Africa is open for travel, and it is a safe destination if you're looking for a place to get away from the stressful and crowded spaces of this pandemic. These are the things you need to provide before you book a flight.

Is it Safe to Travel to Tanzania?

The government of Tanzania has put some protocols to reduce the risk of Covid-19. The safety protocols were implemented to ensure that the Tanzanian service providers remain safe and not negatively impact your holiday experience. The lockdown period is their way to prepare their accommodation before they go back to business. The teams were trained on the procedures and policies.

The safety guidelines include a health questionnaire and temperature checks upon arrival. It is required to frequently wash your hands and stay at least 1-meter away from other tourists to avoid physical contact and wear face masks all the time wherever they go.

Tourists are also required to give information regarding their accommodation during their stay so that contact tracing will be easier in times of trouble. The tour guide or operators also need to follow these safety protocols as part of their training and guidelines as they operate.

Also, there are certain documents that tourists should comply with before they book their flight to Tanzania. This includes the E-Visa to make your trip fast and convenient.

What is a Tanzania E-Visa?

The United Republic of Tanzania introduced the E- Visa system in November 2018 to allow citizens to apply for a visa online to enter Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland.

Travelers are required to fill in this E-Visa form and make a payment online. The approved visa will be sent by email to the traveler as soon as it is completed and approved.

How to Get a Tanzania E-Visa on Atlys

You can now submit a Tanzania e-visa application in under 3 minutes on Atlys. Download the Atlys app on your iPhone, put in your travel details, and let Atlys handle all the paperwork for you. When you use Atlys, all the other paperwork such as entry forms and covid declarations are also taken care of!

Is There an Available Visa Upon Arrival?

The Tanzania visa is only available upon arrival only of emergency purposes, and it is only available in a limited number of airports.

Travelers should be aware of the waiting time of more than two hours when applying for a visa upon arrival. Travelers from Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland during peak season should expect longer waiting hours at the immigration. That's why it is highly recommended to obtain an E-Visa when planning a trip to Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland.

Things to know before you apply for Tanzania e-visa

Keep these things in mind before you apply for an e-visa.    

  • Passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the planned entry to Tanzania date
  • Traveler has to have a separate permit (including children) e-Visa to Tanzania is not a business visa, nor a working permit
  • Without an electronic permit, you cannot extend your stay in Tanzania.
  • filling the application form correctly can save you from delays or issues with the visa approval

How To Fill Tanzania Visa Application?

The Tanzania permit is a single entry that only allows one access into the country. The permit is valid to use for only 30 days or 90 days, depending on the applicant's selection during the application.

Most tourists are eligible to apply for an e-Visa in advance of their trip to Kenya. The visa can be applied on Atlys in under 3 minutes or on this portal in 50 minutes. We recommend using Atlys for a stress-free experience - download and complete your visa application instantly.

The processing time is seventy-two (72) hours but can take longer. This eVisa application is for both the Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

Personal Information

In this section, provide information about yourself and save the application ID. Each application is associated with your passport number.

Often, the information is not saved so it is recommended to complete this in one sitting. Ensure everything matches the information on your documents.

Employment Details

Tanzania requires information about your employment to ascertain that you've an incentive to go back to your home country. For retirees, you can put 'NA' in the 'Employer' and 'Occupation' fields.

Travel Information

Tanzania requires information about your accommodation as well as your host. For hosts, we recommend putting 'self'. Accommodation is your hotel address.

Flight Reservation and Documents

Tanzania requires a photo of your passport, proof of flight reservations to Tanzania and back and your own photo. If your photos are more than 300KB, use this tool to compress them.

Photo Requirements for Tanzania eVisa

  • The photo size is 45x40 mm.
  • The facial expression should be neutral.
  • Eyes must be visible clearly.
  • The background of the photo should be white or off-white.
  • Headgear cannot be worn except for religious purposes.
  • The photo should contain your whole face.
  • Your photo should be a recent one, less than six months.

Processing Time

After payment, the processing time can be up to ten (10) business days. However, the average time is around three (3) days. Upon approval, you'll receive an email. Tanzania also lets you check the visa status online.

What Visa Should Americans Get?

Americans can only apply for a Multiple Entry Visa and are only allowed as tourists.

Tanzania e-visa for Minors

Children are required to get an e-Visa as well. The process is:

  • Enter their details on your application in this section.
  • Apply for their e-visa separately, paying the $100 fee.

Tanzania Health Form

All incoming travelers are required to complete an online health surveillance form twenty-four hours before departure. If you use Atlys for your visa, this is automatically done for you free of cost. This form is a short recap of the visa - enter your accommodation address, dates, and contact information.

Traveler Information

Mention your name, age, flight number, mode of transport in this section.

Trip Details

Provide details about your trip in this section, including dates and accommodation.

Illness Details

Mention any illness that might have occurred in the last one week before arrival in Tanzania.

Unique Health Code

Upon submission, you will get a unique health code aka "traveller code" that you must save, and present upon arrival.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get a Tanzania e-Visa?

The application for a visa for Tanzania takes a couple of minutes but the processing time is a bit longer. It may take up to 10 business days from applying.

How much is an e-visa to Tanzania?

A single-entry visa permit that allows a 30-day stay costs $100.

What documents do I need to apply for a Tanzania e-Visa?

It depends on which type of permit you are applying for but for you to be able to visit Tanzania, and to have an issue-free entry, then prepare the following documents:

  • A valid passport
  • A recent photograph of yourself
  • A return ticket/or onward ticket (if applying for a transit visa)

Are children required to provide an e-visa for Tanzania?

There is a separate e-visa permit for the people who want to visit Tanzania, including children. The application should be made by their parents or guardians.

With my e-visa, Is it possible to extend my stay in Tanzania?

To avoid problems during your travel, do not overstay. That's why it is not possible to have your stay extended even while holding an electronic permit.

When is the best time to visit Tanzania?

July to October is the best time to visit Tanzania. That is the time when the country is at its driest.

Is Tanzania safe to visit?

Tanzania is a safe country to visit though that doesn't mean it is free from dangers. All tourist areas can encounter touts; Theft can happen; that's why travelers should secure their belongings.

What are some precautions that I should take in Tanzania?

Avoid walking alone in isolated areas. Make sure to use licensed operators for tours or transportation.

How is the electricity situation in Tanzania?

230 Volts (Plugs D & G.) electricity is the delivering power in Tanzania, but it still varies on the connections, that's why we encourage our tourists to bring a Universal Adapter. If outlets are not available in your tented camp, the bar area or main building has outlets so you can have your cameras recharged.

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