Prerequisites for Visiting Tanzania – Visa, Vaccination and More
Tanzania, known for its exquisite wildlife and spectacular islands, is becoming a tourist hub. More and more tourists from various parts of the world are frequenting this beautiful country in East Africa. If you too are planning a trip to Tanzania then the information shared here should come handy. Here are some of the (Prerequisites) Requirements for visiting Tanzania:
Here are the visa formalities for Indian tourists as well as tourists belonging to the United States:
Visa Formalities for Indian Tourists
Let us first see the visa formalities for Indian tourists:
As an Indian tourist, you can acquire a Tanzania visa before departure as well as on arrival in Tanzania. The application fee for the Tanzania visa is Rs. 3,250/- The documents that need to be submitted along with the visa application form include passport with at least 6 months validity, two recent passport size photographs and photocopy of a return ticket. Proof of yellow fever vaccination (if applicable) is also required.
It takes 24 hours to process a Tanzania visa. You can apply for Tanzania visa at the Tanzania High Commission based in Delhi. Visa applications are accepted during weekdays between 10 am to 12 noon. For visa collection, you can visit the high commission between 3:30 pm and 4:30 pm on weekdays. This is barring the Indian and Tanzanian national holidays.
You may even apply for the visa online. The formalities require filling up an online application form and submitting the required application fee. The status of the application is notified via e-mail.
Visa Formalities Tourists from United States
The tourists applying for Tanzania visa must have a visa valid for six months beyond the intended date of return from Tanzania. The passport must not be torn or frayed in any way. Two latest, color passport size photographs taken against white background need to be submitted along with the visa application form. These must be two inches by two inches in size. All the fields answered in the application must be typed and the form must be duly signed. It should not be handwritten. Proof of travel arrangements for the trip duration must be submitted along with the application form. Proof of yellow fever vaccination also needs to be submitted if applicable.
You can get a visa upon arrival or visa prior to departure. However, it is recommended to obtain a visa prior to departure to bar any chances of refusal later.
Recommended vaccinations for traveling to Tanzania include Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Rabies, Meningitis, and DPT. It demands a valid yellow fever certificate from the tourists traveling from an infected country. Yellow fever certificate also needs to be produced by travellers transiting via infected areas in the last six days.
USA and Indian tourists visiting Tanzania directly without transiting via a country infected with yellow fever do not require a yellow fever vaccination certificate. There is a low risk of yellow fever in Tanzania.
The risk of incurring Malaria is high in the country especially between the months of November and May. However, you can be safe if you stay vigilant. It is recommended to obtain a course in malaria prophylaxis before traveling to Tanzania. Also, make use of mosquito repellents and other remedies that guard from mosquitoes.
Currency and Money
Tanzanian Shilling is the currency of Tanzania. You can either use Tanzanian Shilling or US Dollars. US Dollar is accepted almost throughout Tanzania. So, you do not require exchanging US Dollars with the Tanzanian Shillings. However, the US Dollar banknotes you use must be issued after 2006. Euros are also accepted here but may not work everywhere in the country. Besides, you can also use your credit cards at certain places in the country.
It is suggested to carry enough cash to ensure a smooth trip and stay in Tanzania.
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