Since 2018, travelers visiting Tanzania for tourism purposes have the option of applying for an eVisa online, which is an electronic travel authorization. The new process, already in place also in other countries in Africa, was introduced by the Tanzanian government with the goal of simplifying the process of obtaining a tourist visa and streamlining the immigration process for travelers planning a short stay in the country.
The eVisa is also meant to boost tourism and revenue in Tanzania, providing easy access to travelers. The eVisa is valid for stays of up to three months for tourism, leisure or short-term medical treatment.
Just a few countries have the option of traveling to Tanzania without the need for a visa. All other citizens need to apply for some sort of visa, depending on the nationality and the purpose of their trip.
In this regard, Slovak citizens are eligible for the eVisa as well as for the Tanzania visa on arrival. It is however recommended to apply for the eVisa prior to departure, to avoid inconveniences upon entry into Tanzania. In fact, a visa on arrival can require longer to obtain, with long queues at the entry points as well as the need to provide all the necessary documents on the spot.
The eVisa, on the other hand, is a fast and entirely online process that will ensure the visa is approved even before the trip. This greatly reduces the risk of being denied entry into the country.
How to Apply for Online Visa as a Slovak
The process of applying for an online visa as a citizen of Slovakia is extremely straightforward and fast. All travelers need to do is complete the application form, provide all the necessary documents and pay the visa fee.
Here are a few more details of what will be requested at the moment of the online application:
- Personal details such as full name, date of birth, country of citizenship
- Passport details, including the country of issue, number, date of issue and expiry
- Details of the trip, specifically the intended date of entry and purpose of the trip
- Credit or debit card details for the payment of the visa fee
- A valid email address to receive the confirmation of the visa or important communications
It is important to ensure that all the information and documentation provided in the online application are accurate and up to date. Inaccuracies can lead to delays in obtaining the eVisa or even a rejection of the eVisa.
When submitting the application, a confirmation message will appear, informing of the successful submission.
What Slovak Citizens Need to Apply for Tanzania eVisa
There are not many requirements for Slovak citizens to apply for the Tanzania eVisa. Here is all the documentation that will be necessary:
- A copy of the passport that must be valid for at least 6 months from the application date
- A digital copy of a passport photo
- Proof of payment for the eVisa
- A valid email address
In addition to these mandatory documents, some travelers might be asked to provide proof of vaccination. The vaccines that are needed can vary depending on the nationality of the traveler as well as the previously visited countries. It is recommended to consult a doctor regarding the necessary vaccinations.
Traveling from Slovakia to Tanzania: Visa Processing Time
Once the online application has been submitted, it takes around 4 to 6 days for it to be processed. In many cases, applicants will simply receive an email confirming that the eVisa has been approved.
In other cases, additional documents might be necessary, or travelers might even be invited to visit an embassy or consulate for a short interview. This option, however, is quite rare.
Finally, another option is that the eVisa can be declined, oftentimes due to inaccuracies in the application form.
Travelers should remember to print out at least one copy of their eVisa confirmation to show at the entry point in Tanzania. This might not always be necessary but it is always a good idea to have a hard copy of the eVisa.
It is also important to bring along any documentation that was requested at the moment of the online application, as officers at the border controls may request to see it.
Slovak citizens possessing an eVisa can enter Tanzania through the following ports:
- Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA), in Dar es-Salam
- Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA), serving the cities of Arusha and Moshi
- Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (AAKIA), on Unguja Island
- Namanga border, at the border with Kenya
- Tunduma border, at the border with Zambia
Please note there are only 5 entry borders allowed with the Tanzanian electronic travel authorization.