Game viewing safaris are a huge draw for tourists visiting Tanzania.
Information on Tanzania Travel
TANZANIA Officially the United Republic of Tanzania or in Swahili: Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania), is a country in East Africa within the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; Zambia, Malawi, and Mozambique to the south; and the Indian Ocean to the east. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.
Tanzania’s population of 44.9 million is highly diverse, composed of numerous ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. Tanzania is a presidential constitutional republic, and since 1996, its official capital has been Dodoma, where the President’s Office, the National Assembly, and some government ministries are located.
Dar es Salaam, the former capital, retains most government offices and is the country’s largest city, principal port, and leading commercial centre. European colonialism began in mainland Tanzania during the late 19th century when Germany formed German East Africa, which gave way to British rule following World War I.
The mainland was governed as Tanganyika, with the Zanzibar Archipelago remaining a separate colonial jurisdiction. Following their respective independence in 1961 and 1963, the two entities merged in April 1964 to form the United Republic of Tanzania.
Travellers to Tanzania require a valid Visa each time they enter the Republic. The granting of a Tanzanian Visa is, in effect, only a form of pre-entry clearance. It does not guarantee permission to enter Tanzania. The Immigration Officer reserves the right to grant or deny admission.
Visa holders are subject to normal Immigration control at the port of entry. They should, therefore, carry with them, for possible presentation to Immigration officers, the documents submitted with their applications.
In principle, all visitors, except those with no visa requirement as listed below, must obtain a visa prior to entry to Tanzania. Visas can be obtained at any Diplomatic or Consulate Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania abroad, normally within one business day.
Visitors are urged to do so to avoid any possible inconvenience at the point of entry in Tanzania. It is possible, however, to obtain a tourist’s visa for a single entry at any one of the following four main entry points to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration and health requirements: Dar es Salaam International Airport Zanzibar International Airport Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border point)(This facility is generally for those who could not apply for a visa from a Tanzania Mission abroad) For all other entry points in Tanzania, visitors must hold a valid visa prior to arrival.
Nationals of the following countries have no visa requirement Botswana, Gambia, Ghana , Hong Kong, Kenya, Lesotho , Malawi, Malaysia, Mozambique, Namibia Swaziland Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe Nationals of the following countries require the visa Afghanistan, Abkhazia , Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Palestine Refugees and Stateless individuals, Senegal, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan Uzbekistan 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.
UK Emergency Travel Documents
UK Emergency Travel Documents, with a minimum of six months’ validity, are accepted for entry, airside transit and exit from Tanzania.
Yellow fever vaccination
Yellow fever vaccination is required for travellers who are arriving from or have transited through, countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.
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