Entry Requirements for Tanzania? .
Foreigners seeking to enter the United Republic of Tanzania should
be in possession of a valid passport, at least six months prior to
expiration. The passport is to be presented to the Immigration
Control Officer at any entry point: border station, airport, harbor.
The passport must be presented along with one of the following:
A valid visa
A visitor must also present an onward or return ticket together with
proof that the visitor has sufficient funds to support himself or
herself while in Tanzania.
All foreigners from non-Commonwealth countries are required to have
a valid visa unless their countries have agreements with Tanzania
under which the visa requirement is waived. Exemptions: Citizens of
Commonwealth countries are not required to obtain visas unless they
are citizens of the United Kingdom, Canada, Nigeria, or India. The
visa is permission granted to a foreigner who intends to travel to
Tanzania on business, for a holiday, to study or conduct research,
or for other approved activities. When entering Tanzania, the
visitor with a visa may then obtain from the immigration control
officer, a pass or any other authority to enter the country.
are five types of visa valid for entry into Tanzania:
An ordinary visa is issued at any Tanzanian mission abroad. It
enables the holder to be granted a visitor's pass at any entry point
(border, airport, harbor). However, a person coming from a country
where there is no Tanzanian mission or where it is reasonably
distant shall be issued a visa at the entry point in Tanzania.
The business visa is issued to prospective investors who intend to
visit Tanzania for such purposes as making feasibility studies,
establishing professional and business contacts, and making
arrangements for investments during the startup period. The validity
of the visa can vary from one month to six months. The fees for the
visa are determined administratively, so it is advised that
prospective investors consult the appropriate authorities before
making application for visas.
Foreigners who, because of their business or investments, need to
make frequent visits to the United Republic of Tanzania are issued
multiple-entry visas. Their validity ranges from one month to a
year. Applications for multiple-entry visas are usually submitted by
local contacts on behalf of the applicants. The fees for the visa
are determined administratively; so-it is advised that prospective
investors consult the appropriate authorities before making
application for visas.
The referred visa is one that requires special clearance or
permission from the Director of Immigration Services in Dar es
Salaam or the Principal Immigration Officer in Zanzibar. This type
of visa is required for nationals of Lebanon, Pakistan, Bangladesh,
Nigeria, Somalia and for Refugees, stateless people and other
nationalities as may be specified from time to time by the
authorities. People affected by this regulation may make enquiries
at the nearest Tanzania mission abroad.
A transit visa is a permission to cross Tanzania from one entry
point to another and is for people whose purpose in entering
Tanzania is simply to pass through without visiting. It is issued
for a maximum of two weeks.
Visas are issued by the following:
The office of the Director of Immigration Services, Dar es Salaam,
and the office of the Principal Immigration Officer, Zanzibar.
Tanzanian representatives abroad: Visas can be obtained at
Tanzanian Embassies and High Commissions, such as the Tanzanian
Embassy of the United States.
Entry points to the United Republic of Tanzania: principally
Namanga, Tunduma, Sirari, Horohoro, Kigoma port, Dar es Salaam
International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Zanzibar
Harbour and Zanzibar Airport.
Any other gazetted entry point.
To avoid potential loss of passports in the mail or delays in visa
processing, Ultimate Kilimanjaro recommends that US citizens obtain
their visas upon arrival, at Kilimanjaro International Airport. It
is an easy and simple process. The cost of a Tanzanian visa for US
citizens is $100.
Vaccinations, Immunizations and Medications Required.
The following information was obtained from the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention, Tanzania.
Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications
The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East
Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a
health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG). Transmission of hepatitis A
virus can occur through direct person-to-person contact; through
exposure to contaminated water, ice, or shellfish harvested in
contaminated water; or from fruits, vegetables, or other foods that
are eaten uncooked and that were contaminated during harvesting or
Hepatitis B, especially if you might be exposed to blood or body
fluids (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with
the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment.
Hepatitis B vaccine is now recommended for all infants and for
children ages 11-12 years who did not receive the series as infants.
Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East
Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a
prescription antimalarial drug.
Meningococcal (meningitis) if you plan to visit countries in this
region that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during
December through June..
Rabies, pre-exposure vaccination, if you might have extensive
unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas, such as might occur
during camping, hiking, or bicycling, or engaging in certain
Typhoid vaccine. Typhoid fever can be contracted through
contaminated drinking water or food, or by eating food or drinking
beverages that have been handled by a person who is infected. Large
outbreaks are most often related to fecal contamination of water
supplies or foods sold by street vendors
Yellow fever, a viral disease that occurs primarily in sub-Saharan
Africa and tropical South America, is transmitted to humans through
the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is also present in Panama
and Trinidad and Tobago. Yellow fever vaccination is recommended for
travelers to endemic areas and may be required to cross certain
international borders (For country specific requirements, see Yellow
Fever Vaccine Requirements and Information on Malaria Risk and
Prophylaxis, by Country.). Vaccination should be given 10 days
before travel and at 10 year intervals if there is on-going risk.
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria, measles, and a
one-time dose of polio vaccine for adults.
Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness.
Humans get malaria from the bite of a mosquito infected with the
parasite. Your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East
Africa, including cities. All travelers to East Africa, including
infants, children, and former residents of East Africa, may be at
risk for malaria. Prevent this serious disease by seeing your health
care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug and by protecting
yourself against mosquito bites.
All travelers should take one of the following drugs:
primaquine (in special circumstances).
certificate of yellow fever vaccination is required for entry into
Tanzania when arriving from countries where yellow fever is present.
Food and Waterborne Diseases
Make sure your food and drinking water are safe. Food and waterborne
diseases are the primary cause of illness in travelers. Travelers'
diarrhea can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites, which are
found throughout East Africa and can contaminate food or water.
Infections may cause diarrhea and vomiting (E. coli, Salmonella,
cholera, and parasites), fever (typhoid fever and toxoplasmosis), or
liver damage (hepatitis).
To stay healthy, do...
Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not
visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove
potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent
In developing countries, drink only bottled or boiled water, or
carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water,
fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how
to make water safer to drink.
Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after
travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a
To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and
dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.
Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other
sexually transmitted diseases.
Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites:
Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors.
Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N,
If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a
spray in living and
sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed
nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.
Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not
well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and
Do not drink beverages with ice.
Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.
Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain
water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.
Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to
avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague).
Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive
unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.
Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to
prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.
Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live
poultry is raised or kept.
Traveldoctor.com.au has a very useful health fact sheet which
summarizes the major travel health issues and considerations for
Mount Kilimanjaro and Tanzania.
Yes. Travel insurance is required to participate on this trip.
Trip deposits are non-refundable and balance payments are only
partially refundable. Therefore, it is prudent for you to protect
your investment against trip cancellation, interruption, delays and
unforeseeable expenses. Standard travel insurance provides coverage
for trip cancellation, interruption and delay; lost, stolen and
damaged baggage; medical expenses and emergency medical evacuation;
and luggage delay.
At a minimum, the insurance should protect you against trip
cancellation and trip interruption, should you need to cancel your
trip due to circumstances such as training injuries or sickness or
emergencies. Ideally, insurance should cover high altitude trekking
(not to be confused with "mountaineering" or "mountain climbing"
which most insurance will not cover) and all medical and
For our customers residing in the USA, we recommend that you obtain
the Great Outdoors Travel Insurance Plan, which provides coverage
for high altitude trekking, trip cancellation, interruption and
delay; lost, stolen and damaged baggage; medical expenses and
emergency medical evacuation; and luggage delay, for a low cost. You
can purchase the Great Outdoors Travel Insurance Plan online through
For our international customers, we recommend that you obtain travel
insurance please contact us to assist on local insurance companies.
Climbers are strongly advised to obtain travel insurance immediately
after booking their trip contact us .
Clients must be able to provide proof of insurance to staff upon
Where Do the Kilimanjaro Climbs Begin?
Our climbs originate in Nairobi ,,Arusha and Moshi depending on the
route of choice .
1: For those doing RONGAI ROUTE we recommend commencing from
Nairobi Oloitokitok town north west of moshi from Kenya side near
the famous Amboseli national park.
2: Marangu route and Machame route we can start the expedition from
either Arusha town which is 1 hour drive to the park gate or Moshi
town a small village town on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro .
3: Flying into Kilimanjaro airport you will be transferred to Moshi
4: Flying into Dar er Salaam you will connect to Kilimanjaro airport
for onward transfer to Moshi.
5: Flying into Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta airport - we will connect daily
schedule shuttle buses that plply ~ NAIROBI Arusha
Moshi. Depending on arrival time we will board appropriate shuttle
bus to meet the team at our bases in Arusha and Moshi.Shuttle bus
schedules Nairobi Arusha route departs at 0800 hrs & 1400hrs
daily. Nairobi - Moshi route departs only at 0800 hrs daily
Please note if you arrive Nairobi late at night we will assist book
hotel accommodations at no extra charge.