Visa Requirements for Children Traveling to Tanzania

do children need a visa for tanzania

The Tanzania eVisa for children is straightforward to apply for. The online application means applicants no longer need to go to an embassy or a consulate to obtain a conventional visa. All applicants, including children, need to meet all the visa requirements, which include having a passport from an eligible country, to be able to apply for the visa.

Over 160 nationalities are eligible to for the Tanzania eVisa including citizens from the US, Canada, Australia, and all EU countries. See the full list of countries who need a Tanzania eVisa.

Parents can complete the form on behalf of their child and the whole process just takes a matter of minutes. The vast majority of applications are quickly approved and then the eVisas are sent to applicants by email. Children can then enter Tanzania by presenting the eVisa, along with their passport, to the border authorities in Tanzania.

Only children who have their own passport need their own Tanzania eVisa, children who are included on their parents passport can be included in their parents’ visa application.

There are other types of Tanzanian visas available for both adults and minors. However, they involve going to an Tanzanian embassy or consulate to complete the application.

Do Children Need a Visa for Tanzania?

All visitors to Tanzania must have their own visa to enter the country unless their nationality is visa-exempt. This includes children (under the age of 18) who have their own passport. Minors who are included on their parent or guardian’s passport can be included on their parent’s/guardian’s visa.

Only children (and adults) from the following countries can enter without a visa for periods of up to 3 months (children need a visa for longer stays):

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • Brunei
  • Cyprus
  • Dominica
  • Eswatini
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Hong Kong
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Macau
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mauritius
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • S.V. and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Seychelles
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tuvalu
  • United Kingdom
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Other nationalities, or children who stay for longer than 3 months, can apply for an eVisa for Tanzania.

How to Apply for an eVisa on Behalf of a Child

The process of applying for a child’s Tanzania eVisa is simple. Parents or guardians can complete the Tanzania eVisa application form by answering a series of questions about their child.

This includes entering the child’s name, address, date of birth, passport details, travel plans. There are also some health and security-related questions. To finalize the application, it is necessary to make a payment using a credit or debit card.

Once the application has been submitted, all notifications and updates regarding the status of the application are sent by email. There is a very small possibility that applicants will be asked to visit their nearest embassy or consulate for an interview but this is very unlikely.

To avoid potential complications and delays, parents and guardians applying for an Tanzania eVisa for minors should make sure they do not make any errors on the application. Even small spelling mistakes and incomplete sections can affect the outcome of an application.

If you are traveling with your child to Tanzania in the near future you should also check what vaccinations are necessary for Tanzania and make sure your child is protected.