Tanzania just launched its electronic visa and residence permit services for foreign nationals wishing to visit or live in Tanzania.
Travelers to Tanzania require a valid visa each time they enter the country. There are four types of visa:
– Ordinary Visa/Visitor’s Pass: An ordinary visa is issued at any Tanzanian mission abroad. It enables the holder to be granted a visitor’s pass at any entry point.
– Business visa: The business visa is issued to prospective investors who intend to visit Tanzania for such purposes as making feasibility studies, establishing professional and business contracts, and making arrangements for investments during the startup period. The validity of the visa can vary from one month to six months.
– Multiple-entry visa: Foreigners who, because of their business or investments, need to make frequent visits to Tanzania are issued multiple-entry visas. Their validity ranges from one month to a year.
– Referred Visa: The referred visa is one that requires special clearance or permission from the Director of Immigration Officer in Dar es Salaam or the Principal Immigration Officer in Zanzibar. This type of visa is required for nationals of Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Somalia and for refugees, stateless people and other nationalities as may be specified from time to time by the authorities.
Nationals of the following countries have no visa requirements to enter Tanzania: Botswana, Hong Kong, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Gambia, Kenya, Malaysia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Leshoto, Mozambique, and Uganda.
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