Tanzania is one of the most exciting and up-and-coming destinations in the world, especially for Japanese travelers. This country, which has long been a hidden gem, is famous for three main things: the wild and beautiful Serengeti plains, which is perfect for safaris; Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak; and Zanzibar, which is an island off the mainland of Tanzania that has beautiful blue beaches. All of these things make Tanzania the next big thing.
However, before you can book your ticket and fly off to Tanzania, there is one important thing that you have to note: all Japanese travelers must have a visa before they can enter Tanzania.
Thankfully, a new motion passed by the Tanzanian government makes it easier than ever to apply and be approved for a Tanzanian online visa – and we’ll show you how to get yours quickly and easily.
What documents do Japanese Citizens require for a Tanzania eVisa?
As mentioned before, the new process for obtaining a Tanzania visa for Japanese citizens is easier than ever. This means no waiting in lines at the embassy, having an in-person interview with an immigration official, or submitting piles of paperwork. The two biggest steps are figuring out which visa you need and applying for it.
Let’s cover the first step: the different types of Tanzanian visas. The most common visa is the single-entry tourist visa, although there are more than four different types of visas. These include the following:
- A Single-entry Tanzania tourist visa – This allows the traveler to stay for a maximum of 3 months in Tanzania and can be applied towards a holiday, tourism, or medical purpose.
- A Multiple-entry Tanzania visa – This is a visa specifically for those who frequently plan to visit Tanzania. This visa allows travelers to stay in Tanzania for a maximum of 3 months (consecutively), and the visa is valid for 12 months. One caveat is that in order to be considered for a Tanzania multiple-entry visa, the applicant must be invited by a citizen of Tanzania and provide proper documentation on why they need such a visa.
- A Tanzania transit visa – This simple visa enables the traveler to transit through Tanzania to their onward destination. It is valid for stays no longer than 7 days and is meant for short layover-style trips.
- A Tanzania business visa is available to those who are planning to visit for business purposes or to invest in Tanzanian companies. The validity of this visa varies from 1 to 6 months depending on the traveler’s needs.
Once you have selected the type of visa you need, the next step is to gather the documents and paperwork needed to start an online application for a Tanzanian visa. The current list of documents required for Japanese citizens includes the following:
- A Japanese passport – Your Japanese passport must be up to date and valid for at least 6 months from the date that you plan to arrive in Tanzania.
- Biometric passport page – You will need to upload a copy of your biometric passport page. This is usually the first page in the passport that has the traveler’s photo and personal information (passport number, full name, expiration date, and so on).
- A digital passport-style photo – You will need to submit a recent photo of yourself, taken within the last 6 months, with your face centered and clearly visible.
- A Basic Travel Itinerary – As part of the application process, you will need to submit a basic list of your travel plans to make sure that they comply with the three-month limit of the Tanzanian tourist visa. Make sure to have a ticket that clearly expresses your onward travel (either to another destination or back home).
- A valid email address – You will need to enter a valid email address to ensure that you will get notifications about the status of your Tanzania visa.
- A valid payment method – You will need to have a valid debit or credit card in order to pay the necessary visa fees.
How to apply for a Tanzania Visa from Japan
The final step in acquiring a Tanzania evisa is to fill out the application.
In order to apply for a Tanzania evisa from Japan, you must start by completing the online visa application form for Tanzania. This form takes less than one hour to complete and will ask you a few simple questions about yourself (such as your full name, date of birth, and nationality), your contact information (email and current address), and your passport information (passport number and expiration date).
Afterward, you will need to pay the application fee and wait for a notification in your email inbox. It takes an average of 5 days to process the Tanzania visa, but may take more due to demand or other factors. Once your evisa is approved, we recommend printing out a copy in case the immigration official asks at the border.