Visa for Tanzania
All climbers who are not East African residents, are required to obtain a visa for Tanzania. Happily, the process is a simple formality.
If you opt to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to JRO you’ll need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Passing through Kenya in this way you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa which can be purchased at the airport when you land. A tourist visa for travelling to Kenya from Tanzania if opting to fly out from Nairobi, can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Kilimanjaro then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis.
If flying direct to Tanzania however, although it is possible to purchase your visa on arrival at the kiosk on the right hand side of the arrivals foyer at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Tanzanian High Commission advises visitors to apply for this in advance as they reserve the right to deny you a visa on arrival. UK citizens can download the Tanzanian visa application form from the UK Tanzanian Embassy’s website.
London residents are advised to apply in person by visiting the Tanzanian Embassy with their passports and payment in cash of GBP 38 (or GBP 43 for those wanting an express 24 hour return service with collection at 1500 the following working day). Those willing to take the risk involved with trying to obtain a visa at the border (we have only ever heard of a small handful of persons who had problems - primarily persons of Middle-Eastern origin) should have USD 50 in cash if flying on a British passport, or USD 100 in cash if flying on a US passport. Those of other nationalities are advised to have USD 100 in cash ready, though in most cases the cost will be only USD 50.
Please note that the visa application can only be made within three months of the date of travel.
Office hours are Monday to Friday: 1000–1230.
TANZANIAN EMBASSY IN BRITAIN
3 Stratford Place, London, W1C 1AS
Tel.: +44 020 7569 1470
Fax: +44 020 7491 3710
Tanzanian Visa for American climbers
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania
1232 22nd St. NW, Washington D.C 20037
(202) 884-1084 visa
Information about Tanzanian visas for Americans is available here.
Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Canada
50 Range Road Ottawa
Tanzanian visa for Australian climbers
Consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania
Suite 182, Level 6
580 Hay Street
PERTH WA 6000
Honorary Consul: Mr Didier Murcia
Tel: +61 (0) 8 9221 0033
Fax:+61 (0) 8 9221 0133
Hours of business 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday
Help with Completing your Tanzanian Tourist Visa Application Form
When completing the visa application form some of the answers to the questions asked are not obvious. Below are suggested responses:
Type of visa applied: Tourist
Port of entry: JRO (if arriving to Kilimanjaro International Airport) /
Namanga (if arriving by Shuttle Bus from Nairobi)
Means of financial support: Cash and credit cards
Reference in Tanzania: Outpost Lodge, PO Box 11520, Arusha, Tanzania
NB: climbers staying at different hotels may still state Outpost as a reference.
Tel: + 255 27 254 8405
Fax: + 255 27 255 3242