Citizens of the Netherlands who are traveling to Tanzania for business or tourism need a visa in order to enter the country. Since 2018 the Tanzanian government has revised the former complex process and introduced a simple online application form which allows travelers to apply for the Tanzania visa from the Netherlands.
The online application can be used for all types of visa for Tanzania. It’s important to choose the appropriate visa for your needs, depending on why you’re traveling and how long you plan to 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.
eVisa Requirements for Tanzania for Dutch Citizens
When using the online application form, citizens of the Netherlands are required to submit supporting documentation covering the eVisa requirements for Tanzania. You will need to upload a scanned digital version of the following documents:
- A Dutch passport valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Tanzania
- A copy of the passport information page showing the applicant’s full name
- A passport-style photo which clearly shows the applicant’s face
- A yellow fever vaccination certificate — this only applies to travelers coming from a country where yellow fever is endemic. If you have spent more than 12 hours in any country in Sub-Saharan Africa or South America where yellow fever is present you may need a certificate
All Dutch nationals are also required to submit their travel plans to the immigration authorities to ensure they comply with the three-month limit of the visa. This must include proof of flights or other travel back to the Netherlands or onward to another destination.
The visa fee for citizens of the Netherlands varies depending on the type of visa and duration of the applicant’s visit, and can be paid using a credit card when the traveler submits their application.
The Tanzanian tourist visa is available on arrival to Dutch nationals when entering the country, although it can involve long waiting times at the border and the visa fee is a variable fee and must be paid in cash on arrival. The new electronic system is expected to reduce queues at the border and make the transition time shorter for those who have applied for the visa in advance. It is hoped that it will also make Tanzania a more attractive destination for Dutch travelers.
How to Apply for a Tanzania Visa from Netherlands
After checking that they meet the Tanzania visa requirements for nationals of the Netherlands and deciding on the relevant visa type, travelers should complete the short Tanzania eVisa application online, which only takes a few minutes to fill in.
Each applicant needs to provide some vital personal and passport information when filling in the form:
- full name
- date of birth
- place of birth
- travel document number
- details of the applicant’s travel plans while in Tanzania
It’s essential to double-check all the information entered is correct otherwise you may experience delays in the visa process.
All citizens of the Netherlands need to provide a current email address as part of the eVisa application process, where they will receive information and updates on the status of their visa. After the application has been reviewed by the immigration department, details of the approval or denial of the visa will be sent to the same email address. It is not advisable to book your holiday until you have received final confirmation of visa approval.
The visa confirmation from the Ministry is not an absolute guarantee that holders of the visa will be allowed to enter Tanzania. The final decision is made by immigration officials at passport control, so it is important for visa holders to bring all necessary supporting documentation with them in as a precaution.