Can someone else apply for a visa on behalf of another?
Yes, provided that, all the requirements are completed and the application form is duly filled in and properly signed.
Can someone else collect the visa/passport on another’s behalf?
Yes, as long as he/she will bring the collection number and/or letter of authority to pick up with identification card.
On the Visa application form, what is the reference in Tanzania?
Name, address and phone number of your contact person in Tanzania, if you don’t have contact person, the name, address and phone number of hotel/accommodation while in Tanzania.
Can someone get a visa upon arrival?
It is not guaranteed, it is strongly advised to apply for a visa at the Permanent Mission of Tanzania in Geneva.
When will be the start date of the visa and What are the Maximum days of stay in Tanzania?
All Visas are valid from the date issued. 90 days from the date of entry/arrival.
In Visa application form, what do you mean by saying “Means of Financial Support”?
It means, the sponsor of your trip (company, organization, employer, family or self-support).
To whom should the cheque be made out to? Or payable to?
Permanent Mission of Tanzania in Geneva
What form of payments are accepted?
- Credit card
- Check (all checks must be accompanied by a copy of a valid driver’s license)
- Money order
NB: Payment with CASH is NOT accepted.
Can one take a pet to Tanzania?
YES, but the following requirements must be fulfilled:
You need to have a host in Tanzania to help you get it
Is Yellow fever vaccination (Y.F.V.) necessary?
It is not compulsory, if you are traveling straight to Tanzania from Switzeland, Vienna or Austria or just connecting flights from any airports in the World.(If you are entering Tanzania through other Countries, please refer to the visa section of our website for more information).
Can a Visa allow me to work in Tanzania?
No, a visa grants you permission to land into the country and NOT permission to work.
What is the requirement for a volunteer to undertake his/her duties?
Volunteers must have authorization to volunteer from the Immigration offices in their respective local areas or Immigration Head Office.
Can I get a CTA permit at the boarder?
The permission to undertake temporary assignment/work, for short period less than 90 days or volunteering (CTA) is normally given at the Immigration Local Offices and NOT at the point of entry or border.
Does the Tanzania High Commission issue immunization waiver?
No. However we recommend that you carry your physician’s note for immunization waiver and submit it to the Health Officers at the point of entry.
Standard Practice requires that, all matters relating to immunization, waiver and its control need to be decided upon by the Health Officers at respective entry point or boarder.
Can I apply for a Visa upon arrival?
Yes. Tourists/ Visitors may obtain their visas upon arrival at any entry point in Tanzania, but it is HIGHLY recommended that one secures the visa before traveling to Tanzania.
Custom Clearance & Allowable Duty Free Items
Personal effects including binoculars, cameras, and film for personal use may be brought in free of duty.
A custom's bond may be demanded from those bringing in video/filming equipment, radio, tape recorders and musical instruments. The bond is redeemed in full at the time of re-exporting the goods.
Duty free allowances are 200 Cigarets, 50 Cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco plus one pint of spirit provided the traveller is over 16 years. Importation of firearms without special permission is criminal offence.
At the time of departure, Customs will require to see receipts of items purchased locally for export
Regarding Police Clearance Certificate.
For those who require Police Clearance Certificates regarding ‘Criminal Records’, you are kindly advised to note that this Permanent Mission does not issue Police Clearance Certificates.
Please visit the Police Clearance certificate section for more details
Regarding Birth Certificate
Please note that the High Commission does not process any applications for Birth Certificates.
You are therefore advised to:
(a) Go to the following website, https://www.rita.go.tz for information on how to apply, or contact:
Registration, Insolvency and Trusteeship Agency (RITA)
P.O. Box 9183, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel.: +255 22 2153069
Fax: +255 22 2153075
- Provide a certificate from the certified local clinic veterinary doctor that the animal is free from the diseases.
- Provide an import permit for the pet from the Tanzania Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries development. They can be reached through the following contact address: