Central African nationals who intend to travel to Tanzania for tourism, business, family visits or healthcare need a visa to enter the country, which has become easier to obtain since the introduction of the electronic visa application in 2018. Tanzanian immigration has streamlined the previous complicated system and introduced a simple online application form which allows you to apply for the Tanzania visa from the Central African Republic.
No matter why you’re traveling, all of the different visas for Tanzania can be secured through the eVisa system. Choose the visa that best suits the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay:
- A single-entry tourist visa is issued for all travelers intending to stay for up to three months in Tanzania for the purposes of holidays, tourism, visiting, leisure, or any short term health treatment being administered in the country.
- A multiple-entry Tanzania tourist visa is issued for nationals of the Netherlands who intend to visit the country frequently over a relatively short period of time. This visa is valid for a period of 12 months and allows travelers to stay for up to 3 months at a time in Tanzania.
- A Tanzania transit visa, available for travelers who want to stay in Tanzania on their way to another country and will stay no longer than 7 days.
- A Tanzania business visa, which is issued to business travelers who are visiting in their professional role or conducting special assignments in the country, and permits a stay of up to six months. A letter or contract from a business or other organization is necessary to obtain this visa.
How to Apply for a Tanzania Visa from the Central African Republic
Central African passport holders should take a few minutes to fill in the short Tanzania eVisa application online for travelers to Tanzania. It is important to be sure that you are submitting correct information; inaccurate applications may be rejected by the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The form will request some vital personal and passport information such as full name, date of birth, city of birth, travel document number, and details of the applicants travel plans for Tanzania.
After the applicant has completed the necessary form, they will also need to:
- Upload digital copies of all supporting documents
- Enter a current email address
The applicant will then receive:
- A confirmation email stating that the application has been received
- A User Identification Number that will allow them to track the progress of their visa
- After up to two weeks the final decision to grant the visa will also be communicated via email
It is recommended that you get in touch with Tanzanian immigration services if you do not receive your confirmation in a timely manner.
Central African nationals landing in Tanzania should expect to have their passport and visa checked at the border before being stamped, and border control may ask to see original copies of documents that were included in your application.
Documents I Need to Apply for the Tanzania Visa
All travelers are required to submit supporting documentation covering the eVisa requirements for Tanzania when using the online application form. Citizens from the Central African Republic will need to upload digital versions of the following documents:
- A Central African Republic passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Tanzania
- A copy of the passport information page with the applicant’s personal details
- A passport-style photo which clearly shows the applicant’s face
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate (the Central African Republic has confirmed cases of yellow fever and so a vaccination certificate or doctor’s note is essential for all travelers to prevent the spread of the disease)
Applicants also need to include proof of return flights home or to an onward destination when entering Tanzania, as officials will check that the applicant’s travel plans match the time limit imposed by the visa.
The visa fee for nationals of the Central African Republic varies depending on the type of visa and duration of the applicant’s visit. Payment should be made via credit card using the secure online processing, and can be done at the same time the application is submitted.
There is also the option to apply on arrival for the Tanzanian tourist visa, which is available to Central Africans at the border. The disadvantage of this method is that there are long queues at the border for those without a visa, and the visa fee must be paid in cash. The eVisa process is more convenient and is designed to reduce the amount of time Central African travelers spend at border control.