You can apply for the tourist visa at the Tanzanian embassies and consulates in your country of residency. Some embassies offer the application form online, but the application process still takes time.
You need a passport valid for at least 6 months from the date when entering the country. If you are planning to enter the country on more than one occasion on this trip, then you may be able to get a multiple entry visa.
US passport holders pay 100 US$ for standard single, double and multiple entry visa. Canadian passport holders pay 75 US$. EU citizens and most other nationals pay 50 US$ or 50 €.
You can obtain the following visas in Tanzania: Burundi, Congo (Zaire), Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Websites of Tanzanian embassies:
- USA: http://www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org
- Canada: http://www.tzrepottawa.ca
- UK: https://tzhc.uk/
- Germany: http://www.tanzania-gov.de
View a list of Tanzanian embassies in other countries:
Make sure that you have a travel health care insurance.
It should at least cover:
- Costs for doctors, hospital and medicines
- Emergency medical transportation (minimum of $25,000)
You have made a significant investment in your travel plans and while in most cases everything will run smoothly, situations may arise on or before your trip that are outside of our control as your travel agent and for which we cannot be held responsible. A travel insurance may help to make your trip more worry-free by protecting your investment and yourself.
Travel insurances can cover expenses resulting from situations such as:
- Trip Cancellation and Interruption due to sickness/death of you, a family member, or a travel companion
- Emergency Medical Transportation
- Trip and Baggage Delay
- Lost or Stolen Baggage
- Doctor and Hospital Payments
- Travel Accidents
- Weather delays
We can recommend the travel insurance offered by Travel Insurance Center.
Getting to Moshi
Moshi is a town located on the Southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in the North of Tanzania, not far from the border to Kenya.
To reach Moshi/Kilimanjaro, the best option is flying to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Several airlines such as KLM/Kenya airways, Ethiopian and Condor serve it. Our shuttle from JRO airport to Moshi is 20 US$ on way.
The tickets to Kilimanjaro airports may be a bit more expensive than flying to Nairobi or Dar es salam, but you save time for bus travel, costs for domestic travel, costs for a Kenyan visa (if flying to Nairobi) and possibly 2 hotel nights in Nairobi or Dar es salam.
It is a good idea to arrive at least one day before your Kilimanjaro trek or safari departs.
Other possible airports and associated costs:
Dar es Salaam (DAR)
Busses between Dar to Moshi are around 50 US$ per person one-way and take 8 hours. They only depart in the morning. Domestic flights take around 1 hour and cost approx. 240 US$ per person one way. Safe hotels range from 70-150 US$ for a double room. We can assist you with hotel bookings and transportation from/to Dar es salam.
Time table of busses (To get to Moshi, choose the bus Dar-Arusha). We recommend Dar Express or Scandinavia Express. Please book in advance.
“The Riverside” bus shuttle connects Nairobi and Moshi. The cost is $40 per person each way and the shuttle takes approximately six hours, leaving Nairobi at 8 am every morning. Arrive at the shuttle 1/2 hour early to get your luggage loaded. These are 25, 35, or 55 person shuttle buses. The route is not the most comfortable (very bumpy and dusty) due to ongoing construction work, but it is a quintessential African experience. Excitement builds as you see African wildlife, Maasai villagers, Mt. Meru, and finally Kilimanjaro emerge in the countryside around you.
The shuttle stops at the Tanzanian border where all passengers must disembark and go through immigration. A visa is required to enter Tanzania. Luggage may also be removed and randomly inspected by customs agents. There is one bathroom stop on the Kenyan side of the border where you can also purchase refreshments. There is also a stop in Arusha to switch shuttles and get lunch. You will probably want to bring your own snacks and drinks for the trip.
If you take the afternoon shuttle, it only goes as far as Arusha. Zara can arrange for a private car to drive from Arusha to Moshi.
You can also you can also fly to Kilimanjaro international airport, which is located halfway between Moshi and Arusha, where Zara can pick you up (20 USD one way).
The third option is to take a private car from Nairobi to Moshi. The car fits 7-8 people or a mini-bus (20-25 people). You determine time and place of pick-up and we arrange the private transport for you. Price for a 7-8 people car is around 500 US$ one way.
The visa for Kenya is at least 50 US$ per person.
Flights to/from Mombasa are around 150 US$.
If you finish your Tanzania vacation in Zanzibar, you might also find international flights to and from Zanzibar. Domestic flights between Zanzibar (ZNZ) and Kilimanjaro (JRO) are around 240 US$ one way per person.
NEW VISA PROCESS IN TANZANIA
Please be aware that with immediate effect Kilimanjaro airport has changed the process of issuing visas on arrival. Clients arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa now need to complete the following process:
- Queue for a Government Control Number
- Queue to pay for this at the bank
- Queue for Immigration to check and issue the visa
We would really appreciate your help in letting your guests know about this change, and strongly recommending that those that still have time before they travel apply for their Tanzania visa online at www.immigration.go.tz . The online process asks for more information than a visa on arrival, and are issued within 2 – 3 weeks.
The changes at Kilimanjaro has meant that the visa on arrival process can take in excess of two hours, and we’d really prefer that your guests did not have to go through that. We’ve been reassured that measures are being put in place to make this quicker, but until that happens we feel that the above recommendation is our best bet. borrowed this from other group, thought I should share so that you share with your clients. ”