Being based in Hong Kong recently has been great for sorting out visas (I have got a Vietnamese, Myanmar, Chinese and North Korean all sorted in my time there). However I didn’t get my visa in advance for Tanzania, one of my recent trips. The main reason was time constraints, but also it’s the same price to get it on arrival. Here’s my advice on getting a Tanzanian Visa at Kilimanjaro Airport. I flew in from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.
Firstly, you’ll be in one of two situations when you land:
1. I Have A Visa.
2. I Don’t Have A Visa.
These two things are written on yellow signs in the arrivals and immigration area. If it’s number one, you can go straight through, once you have passed the Yellow Fever Certificate Check. If it’s number two, you need to fill in the form and join the queue. You’ll notice a massive queue if you don’t have a visa. Thanks to my travel buddy Raymond from Man on the Lam, for the amusing photo below. Yes, it really is like that!
You’ll Need Your Yellow Fever Certificate
So firstly make sure you have your Yellow Fever Certificate with you. They check them at the airport in Kilimanjaro. I got my Yellow Fever Certificate in Australia in 2010 and ALWAYS carry it. It’s a travel essential. If you don’t have it, don’t worry, you’re not completely screwed but it will cost you!! You tell them when and where you had your injection and they will charge you $20 or $30 US (depending on circumstances) for an on-the-spot new certificate issuance. If for some strange reason you haven’t even had your injection, then you need to get vaccinated in the airport. This will cost you $50 US and will take time. So please don’t forget to get vaccinated and carry your certificate with you. If you’re from Tanzania you will have to pay $20 US for an on the spot certificate and vaccination.
Filling in the Blue Tanzanian Visa Immigration Form
After your Yellow Fever Certificate has been checked, you get the blue Tanzanian Visa Immigration form and fill it in. It’s easy to fill in – standard immigration form. After you have filled it in, head to booth number one and pay the visa fee. The visa fee is $50 US for most citizens, and $100 US for US citizens. That may be steep, but that’s the cost so pay it. Payment is ONLY in cash and in US Dollars. Euros and local currency would also be accepted, but trust me – pay in US Dollars. Then head to booth 2 to get your photo taken and the visa placed into your passport. The visa has a photo on it. You will also get your passport stamped at booth 2. Then head to booth 3 to get your fingerprints taken and you are good to go!
So it’s a 6 Step Process when getting a Tanzanian Visa at Kilimanjaro Airport
1. Show your Yellow Fever Certificate
2. Fill in the Tanzanian Visa Immigration Form
3. Join the queue that says “I Don’t Have A Visa”
4. Pay $50 US (or $100 US if you’re from the USA) at Booth 1
5. Get your photo taken, passport stamped and visa placed in your passport at Booth 2
6. Get your fingerprints scanned.
And that’s it – you’re in Tanzania!! You are there to enjoy this wonderful country. Be it climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, doing a safari, heading to Zanzibar or relaxing on a beach. I was in Tanzania as a guest of Shadows of Africa and would be on safari, as well as visiting a local school and an orphanage. So there you go – hope you enjoy my details on getting a Tanzanian Visa on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport. This is correct as of August 2013 by the way, and can change at any time.