All Italian nationals who are traveling to Tanzania for work or leisure 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 Italy.
The online application can be used for all types of visa for Tanzania. The applicant simply needs to choose the appropriate visa for their needs, depending on length of stay and the purpose of the trip:
- 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 Italian citizens 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 are stopping in the country on their way to another destination and plan to stay no longer than 7 days.
- A Tanzania business visa, available for professionals working in the country temporarily or anyone planning to invest in Tanzanian enterprise. The validity of the visa can vary from 1 to 6 months, depending on the traveler’s needs.
How to Apply for a Tanzania Visa as an Italian
After checking that they meet the Tanzania visa requirements for travelers and deciding on the relevant visa type, Italian citizens only need to complete the short Tanzania eVisa application online, which should take just 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 Italian citizens 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.
Documents I Need to Apply for the Tanzania Visa
When using the online application form, citizens of Italy 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:
- An Italian 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
As part of the application process all travelers must submit their travel plans to the immigration authorities to ensure they comply with the three-month limit of the visa. This must include necessary supporting documentation or other travel back to Italy or onward to another destination.
The visa fee for Italian nationals 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 citizens of Italy when entering the country, although it can involve long waiting times at the border and the visa fee is 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 Europeans traveling for work or leisure.
FAQ’s for Italian Citizens
Italians planning a trip to Tanzania should seek medical advice at least 6 to 8 weeks before they leave in order to develop a vaccination plan if their circumstances require it.
The vaccine shots necessary for each individual may change depending on their recent travels and where they intend to go in Tanzania, as well as the activities they plan to carry out while in the country.
Italians are usually not required to obtain a yellow fever certificate but a vaccination may be advisable. Depending on the season and travel itinerary, malaria may also be a risk and many visitors decide to take malaria tablets for peace of mind.
Italian citizens cannot travel to Zanzibar visa-free. This is the case for most foreign nationals.
As Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, Italians must obtain a visa for Tanzania in order to enter the island. Fortunately, Italian tourists are eligible for the online Tanzanian visa, a special electronic visa that can be applied for in minutes.
Italians wishing to enter Zanzibar with an eVisa must submit the online form together with digital copies of the relevant supporting documentation and pay the eVisa application fee. The valid visa will then be issued via email and Italian travelers can use it to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar.