A valid visa for Tanzania is a requirement for all Swiss visitors, or anyone visiting on a Swiss passport, for the purposes of tourism, business or study. Single-entry tourist visas are valid for 90 days and can be obtained at Tanzanian immigration control when presenting a valid passport and supporting documents. However, the process at immigration can experience frequent delays, and at busy times there are long queues.
Recently, Tanzania has introduced a new electronic visa application system for several nationalities, including citizens of Switzerland, which is more efficient than applying at the Tanzanian embassy. Visas for Tanzania can be requested up to three months in advance of travel using the new system, which allows visitors to apply online before they leave home. The simple electronic application form is easy to use and allows applicants a much faster passage through immigration and border control.
Tanzania Visa for Swiss Passport Holders
Swiss passport holders can apply for a Tanzania visa from Switzerland before traveling, but they need to submit a number of documents as part of their application. These include:
- A Switzerland issues passport valid for at least 6 months after departure
- A scanned copy of the passport information page
- A digital passport-style photo
- Proof of payment of the appropriate visa fee; this varies depending on the type of visa and the duration of stay
- Vaccination needed for Tanzania (if the traveler is coming from or has visited any area where yellow fever is present)
Applicants must also provide proof of their return flights to Switzerland or any other travel plans they have made. Failure to provide proof of the intended departure can result in the Tanzanian immigration denying the application and the traveler being refused entry to the country.
Visa Requirements for Tanzania for Swiss Citizens
The requirements for Swiss citizens visiting Tanzania depend on the kind of visa they apply for. The most popular is the Tanzania tourist visa, but visas also cover study, volunteering, work and medical treatment:
- A single-entry tourist visa for Tanzania, which allows Swiss nationals a single stay of up to 3 months in the country for the purpose of tourism and leisure, short term health treatment, or any other activity legal under Tanzanian law.
- A multiple-entry Tanzania tourist visa, which is designed for those who need to make frequent visits to Tanzania, especially people traveling to visit family or those making frequent visits for investment purposes. This visa is valid for a maximum 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 want to stay in Tanzania on their way to another country and will stay no longer than 7 days.
- A Tanzania business visa, which is issued to business travelers who are visiting in their professional role or conducting business in the country, and permits a stay of up to six months depending on the needs of the traveler.
How to Apply for a Tourist Visa
The Tanzania eVisa application form is straightforward and should only take a few minutes to fill in. Before starting, the applicant should check that they have selected the appropriate visa and that they meet all the requirements for nationals of Switzerland.
The form requires some important personal and passport information, including the applicant’s full name, date and place of birth, and passport number. No refunds are given if an application is reject on the grounds of being incorrect or incomplete, so visitors should be sure to check that they are supplying the correct information.
Details of notifications and updates during the process, as well as the final decision on the visa, will be sent to the applicant via email. All applicants should ensure they provide a secure and current email address, as the immigration department will not necessarily send paper confirmation. Tanzanian immigration authorities advise against booking flights or other travel itineraries until the visa approval is confirmed.
Please note that possession of a visa does not automatically guarantee the holder the right to enter Tanzania, and the immigration officer will make the final decision at the border. Check that your passport and other travel documents are current and have them ready to show immigration officials as you go through border control.
FAQ’s for Swiss Citizens
The Tanzania visa on arrival is available to all foreign nationals who are eligible for a Tanzanian online visa — that includes Swiss passport holders.
In order to obtain a visa on arrival, Swiss citizens must first reach the Tanzanian border. They then need to queue at the immigration desk and present the Tanzanian officers with paper copies of all relevant documentation as well as the visa fee, which must be paid in cash.
Since this process can result in longer waiting times at the airport or border, many travelers decide to apply online instead. The online eVisa application can be completed from Switzerland (or anywhere else in the world) before leaving and all the documentation can be submitted online.
Before you travel, you should always consult with your health practitioner in order to receive information and personalized advice.
Prophylaxis for malaria as well as certain vaccinations may be required for some travelers. This depends on one’s specific circumstances.
A yellow fever certificate is not a requirement for Swiss travelers as it only applies to visitors coming from infected areas. However, it may apply to you specifically if you’ve recently been to an affected region. The yellow fever vaccine may also be recommended to certain travelers.