Visa and Passports

It is highly recommended for delegates and participants to obtain a visa from Tanzanian Embassies/Consulates in their respective countries of residence or in neighbouring countries before travelling to Tanzania as this will facilitate faster processing through immigration.

The Government of the Tanzania will also arrange for visas to be granted on arrival for those delegates whose countries do not have Tanzanian consular services. In such cases, delegates will have to present to immigration authorities at the port of entry the invitation letter to the Meetings in order to obtain the visa. A visa costs between US$ 50 and US$ 100, depending on the nationality of the recipient.

Nationals of the following countries are required to have a valid visa before they travel to Tanzania:

Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco,  Niger, Palestine, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.  Refugees and Stateless persons are also required to have a visa.

For additional information on visa, please consult the following link:

Travel documents

Tanzania recognizes the “laissez passer” issued by the AfDB as a valid travel document (and it can be used in place of a national passport). This recognition is independent of the visa requirement. In the event that the visa is required, the holder of the “laissez passer” must also apply for a visa. However, holders of UN, SADC, AU Laissez-Passer and other international organisations recognized by the United Republic of Tanzania are also granted gratis visa.

Participants should also note that they are required to have a valid vaccination card.

Entry Procedures

Applicants for the entry visa to Tanzania must meet all the necessary requirements. These include submission of the following:

  • Completed Application Forms. These are available online at
  • Valid Passport (validity not less than six months from the date of entry)
  • Two Passport size photographs
  • Supporting letter (letter of invitation to participate in the Annual Meetings in Arusha)
  • Special delivery – prepaid self-addressed envelope for return of the Passport (for postal application)
  • If applied by post, please send the original receipt from bank or postal order

Visa for journalists will only be granted after the applicants have been cleared by the Tanzanian Information Services (MAELEZO).

For more information contact the address below:
Tanzania Information Services,
P.O BOX 9142
Telephone: + 255 22 2122771

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