There are only a couple of foreign nationals worldwide who are allowed to travel to Tanzania without first having to apply for a visa. Most other countries need to apply for an e-Visa for Tanzania in order to be granted access to enter and travel around the country.
Fortunately, as of 2018, Mexican citizens can obtain an e-Visa for Tanzania by completing a straightforward application form online. This new application process was introduced by the Tanzanian government with the goal of boosting security and speeding up the visa application process.
While it is possible for Mexican nationals to get a Tanzania visa when they arrive in the country, this route can mean having to wait in a long queue at the border. By opting to follow this process, travelers should also take note that the fee that needs to be paid can also vary.
Thanks to this new streamlined electronic Tanzania visa application process, it is expected that even more citizens from Mexico will visit Tanzania in the years to come.
What Documents Do Mexican Citizens Require for a Tanzania e-Visa?
Travelers must first meet a couple of visa requirements before they can apply online from the office or home. For example, the documents required by Mexican citizens include:
- A Mexican passport that will still be valid for a minimum of six months after they have arrived in Tanzania
- A digital copy of their passport photo
- A scanned copy of the information page of their passport
Travelers who have recently been in any country that falls within the yellow fever zone of sub-Saharan Africa and tropical South America must also check that their vaccination record is up to date.
Lastly, it is also important to be in possession of a return ticket to Mexico or any other destination outside of Tanzania before they can enter the country. Without proof of planned departure, travelers can be refused entry to Tanzania.
How to Apply for a Tanzania Visa from Mexico
After checking that they meet all the requirements for a Tanzania e-Visa for Mexican citizens and selecting the type of visa that will meet their travel plans, Mexican travelers must fill out a straightforward application form online. This process is only a few steps and can be completed within a matter of minutes.
To complete the application form, it will be necessary to share some personal particulars as well as passport details. This includes first name, surname, country of birth, date of birth, passport number, and reason for traveling to Tanzania. It is key that applicants go over all the information that they have provided. Incorrect information can lead to issues and could mean that the visa will take longer to process.
In addition to these details, applicants are also required to pay a fee and fill in a valid email address before they can submit the form for review. After the visa application has been assessed by the relevant Tanzanian officials, whether or not the visa will be granted will be communicated by means of email. Therefore, it is crucial that a valid email address be provided as this and all other communication will be sent to the email address supplied.
The visa application process is in most instances completed within four to six days after the application form and payment have been submitted. However, there is a chance that it might take longer than six days. Therefore, Mexican citizens are strongly advised to apply well in advance to prevent possible delays and disappointment.
Lastly, it is important to remember that even if a Tanzania e-Visa has been granted, it does not guarantee that Mexican citizens will be granted permission to enter the country of Tanzania. The immigration officials stationed at the border entry points have the final say. Thus, travelers are advised to double-check that they have all the other supporting documentation that is required before departing Mexico.