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.

Visa Requirements

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.

Visa Application

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.

Visa Costs

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) 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 Embassies

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

2139 R Street NW, Washington D.C 20008

Telephone: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7

Fax: (202)797-7408

Information about Tanzanian visas for Americans is available here.

Tanzanian visa for Canadian climbers

Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania in Canada

50 Range Road Ottawa


K1N 8J4





Tanzanian visa for Australian climbers

Consulate of the United Republic of Tanzania

3rd Floor, MPH Building

23 Barrack Street


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:


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.


+ 255 27 254 8405


+ 255 27 255 3242

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