Tan Overview


Passport Validity.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of your visa application.

The Tanzanian authorities have confirmed they will accept British passports extended by 12 months by British Embassies and Consulates under additional measures put in place in mid-2014.


All British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania.   You should get one from the Tanzanian High Commission before you travel.

It is possible to get a tourist or business visa for a single entry on arrival at main ports of entry to Tanzania, but this is subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements.   You will not be able to get a multiple entry visa on arrival.   For further information about visas visit the Tanzanian Ministry of Home Affairs website.

Visas on arrival can be paid for in cash in either:   Sterling, Euros or US$ dollars.   As at 2014 a Single Entry Tourist Visa cost US$80.00 approximately.   Note:   Carry various denominations of notes e.g. 50s, 20s and 10s, and not simply 100s, for obvious reasons i.e. a lack of change on the part of the person to be paid.

If you are planning to work or volunteer, you will need a valid work permit.   Your employer or volunteer organisation should arrange this before you travel.

If you overstay the validity of your visa or permit you can be arrested, detained and fined before being deported.

Medical Health & Vaccinations.

Medical facilities are limited, especially outside of Dar es Salaam.   Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of medical treatment abroad, evacuation by air ambulance and repatriation.

Medical facilities fall critically short of UK standards.   People with serious medical conditions that require medications or frequent treatment are discouraged from traveling to Tanzania. Most medications are in short supply, of inferior quality, or are counterfeit.   The...