More often than not, foreign nationals visiting Tanzania find they need more time to explore all the wonders this enchanting country has to offer.
If this is your case, you will learn everything you need to know while planning your trip to Tanzania as well as what to do if you make the impromptu decision to stay longer than initially intended.
How Long Can I Stay in Tanzania on a Tourist Visa?
The amount of time you are permitted to stay in the country depends on your nationality, as well as on the Tanzania Online visa you are granted.
In general, most travelers will fall under one of the following categories:
- US citizens visiting Tanzania for tourism, business or transit are granted a 90-day stay
- Nationals from all other nationalities eligible to apply for a Tanzania eVisa are given a 30-day stay
- Travelers required to obtain a referral visa for Tanzania are treated on a case by case basis
Therefore, whether the number of days you are allowed to stay in the country is 30 or 90 days, you can still request an eVisa for Tanzania extension once you are in the country.
Foreign nationals holding an approved Tanzania eVisa can extend their stay for 3 months at a time up to a maximum of 6 months in total.
How Can I Extend My Stay in Tanzania?
If you are wondering how to stay in Tanzania for more than 30 days —or longer than the allotted 90 days if you are a citizen of the United States of America holding a Tanzania eVisa— you will find the answer below.
As of November 2019, the only way to obtain an eVisa extension for Tanzania is to go to the immigration headquarters in Dar es Salaam.
You are advised to bookmark this page and reread it frequently, as it is promptly updated should any other eVisa extension method be officially announced by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.
Unfortunately, it is not currently possible to request an extension of your Tanzania Visa online, without visiting the immigration office in Dar es Salaam.
Therefore, if you are already in the country at the time you decide to extend your visit, you will need to head to Dar es Salaam (you will find the exact street address below).
If, before your departure, you make the decision to spend more than 30 (or 90 days, if you are a US citizen) in Tanzania, you will have to wait until you arrive in the country so that you can visit the immigration headquarters in person to make your request.
If this is your case, you are also advised to contact your nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate for more information and support on eVisa extensions before making any further arrangements.
How to Request Tanzania eVisa Extension
As explained above, in order to request an extension of your Tanzania eVisa, you will have to visit the Tanzania Immigration Head Office in Uhamiaji House, in person.
The street address of the Tanzania Immigration Headquarters is: Loliondo Street, Kurasini, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
If you wish to send written correspondence to the Tanzania immigration office, you may do so at P.O. Box 512 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Alternatively, you may also reach the Tanzanian immigration authorities by telephone, at the following numbers:
Should you need to contact the immigration office in Dar es Salaam by fax, you may do so at any of the following numbers:
Additionally, you may send your eVisa extension inquiries or general correspondence to the following email addresses:
The opening hours are as follows:
- Monday 8AM–2PM
- Tuesday 8AM–2PM
- Wednesday 8AM–2PM
- Thursday 8AM–2PM
- Friday 8AM–2PM
- Saturday Closed
- Sunday Closed
Should you wish to go to the Tanzania immigration office by public transport, you may do so by bus. The nearest bus stops are the following:
- JKT A Bus Stop
- JKT B Bus Stop
Please note that if you are visiting Tanzania for tourism or business, you will first need to apply for a Tanzania eVisa. The online application is easy and straightforward and takes no more than 10 minutes to complete.
Once your eVisa is approved and you are on location, you will need to present your eVisa, your valid passport, and fill out the necessary extension petition forms at the immigration office.
Applying for a Tanzania eVisa extension, however, does entail waiting in line for long hours. Since the office hours are quite restricted, you are advised to arrive early with some water and snacks in case the process takes numerous hours.