Tanzania incorporated in 2018 the new electronic travel authorization for some eligible countries. The eVisa to Tanzania is perfect for those travelers who do not want to spend time in the border controls on arrival in Tanzania for getting the authorization to enter.
Nigeria is now one of the selected countries whose citizens can apply online to have the travel permit beforehand.
How to Apply for Tanzania’s Online Visa as National of Nigeria
The application is very fast and it can be 100% completed online, which means it is not necessary to go to a Tanzanian embassy to request a tourist visa or to have a previous appointment in any immigration office.
The online application to obtain the Tanzanian eVisa starts once the Nigerian applicant has registered a valid email address to the system. Nigerians must write the correct email account, as all communications are done via email and the Tanzanian eVisa is sent to the registered email account, too.
After having started the online application, Nigerian nationals must answer some questions about security and personal information. These questions include:
- Address of the Nigerian citizen
- Current place of residence
- Gender, and age
Citizens of Nigeria can also be asked about eventual criminal reports and the reason for the trip, as well as the day of leaving Tanzania or their booked hotel or place to stay.
Important: the answers must be true and correct, as this information appears at the Tanzanian eVisa and it is checked when arriving in the country.
Once the online form is completed, the electronic visa request is sent to the Tanzania government, which will send the eVisa in PDF format in no more than 5 working days to the Nigerian passengers’ email address. The Tanzanian travel document must be printed before arriving in Tanzania.
Tanzanian visas available for travelers of Nigeria
Nigerian applicants should choose between these Tanzanian visa types: single-entry, multiple-entry, or transit travel permit. Depending on the purpose of the trip, one visa option is more suitable than the other.
For example, Nigerian tourist can ask for the single-entry option if they are arriving the country for leisure reasons, while those Nigerians intending to enter Tanzania because of business would prefer the multiple-entry option, as it is valid for one year and they can enter several times the country without having to apply for a new visa each time.
If Nigerian passengers are in Tanzania only for a connecting flight, then they can ask the transit visa, which allows them to visit the country for 7 consecutive days.
Tanzania eVisa Processing Time From Nigeria
The processing times to get an electronic visa to Tanzania are less than 5 days to receive it since the moment the form is provided to Tanzanian authorities.
Even if the process takes three days on average, we recommend Nigerian travelers to start and finish the Tanzanian application form at least one week before the departure date. As the final decision comes from the Tanzanian authorities, and they can receive various requirements at the same time, the eVisa can take longer to be sent.
Entry Requirements: What Do Nigerians Need to Apply for a Tanzania eVisa?
Nigerian citizens only need a valid passport the day they start their application. The Nigerian passport has to have at least 6 months of validity before entering Tanzania.
The entry requirements to get an eVisa to Tanzania are the following:
- To be a citizen of Nigeria (or any of the other eligible countries)
- To have one of the following purposes of traveling: tourism, business, or transit
- To have a return date prevision that does not surpass the permitted time established in the eVisa to Tanzania
- To have all the official documents prepared (passport, digital passport-style picture)
- To have sufficient funds in a valid credit or debit card
- To have access to a current email account
An eventual vaccine report can be asked, even if there are no mandatory vaccinations before entering Tanzania. In that case, it is highly recommended that Nigerians visit a doctor before their trip.
For those Nigerian travelers who do not know how long they are going to stay in Tanzania, it exists the possibility of asking for a Tanzanian eVisa renewal, only if applicants have a 3 months permission and they want to extend for three months more. This extension can be asked at the Immigration Headquarters in Dar es Salaam.
Tanzanian visa on arrival’s requirements for Nigerians
Nigerian travelers should notice that they can ask the visa directly at the borders if they are traveling by car or bus. This option, known as Tanzania’s visa on arrival (or VoA), is less comfortable than the online application, which can be filled at home with a good internet connection and an electronic device.
The Tanzanian visa on arrival means Nigerians will need to bring the required documentation in person and to wait at the border control, and answering more questions to border authorities.
In any case, travelers from Nigeria should also notice that, even if they carry the approved eVisa, the final decision of the allowance to enter belongs to Tanzanian authorities.
Preparing the Trip From Nigeria: Ports of Arrival and Tanzania Customs
Nigerian nationals can arrive in Tanzania by air or by road. Tanzania has several land ports of entry, as the nation is surrounded by many other African countries.
When it comes to Zanzibar, it is possible to arrive by sea directly, where the Tanzania eVisa is also required and valid.
The border controls are normally fast and secure, and if travelers have their valid eVisa, they can be quiet.
As Tanzania has mountains and beaches, tourists can choose between different and varied activities: from the Serengeti National Park to the fishermen little towns.
Regarding Tanzania’s security, religion, and customs, the country is safe to stay and visit. Tanzania locals are used to international travelers because of its heritage and safaris.
Cities are usually more suitable for situations like pickpocketing, but if Nigerian travelers control their belongings, there should not be any problem.