Is a visa required for Zanzibar?

Most visitors to Zanzibar / Tanzania will require a visa, however, the granting of a visa does not guarantee permission to enter Tanzania. The Immigration Officer reserves the right to grant or deny admission. Visa holders are subject to normal immigration control at the port of entry and should carry with them, for possible presentation to Immigration Officers, the documents submitted with their applications.



Passport valid for at least 6 months required by all.



Required by all nationals except the following for stays of up to 3 months (who are issued with a visitor’s pass on arrival): Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Brunei, Cyprus, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malaysia, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Namibia, Nauru, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, São Tomé e Príncipe, Seychelles, Singapore , Solomon Islands, Swaziland, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Note: Nationals who do not require visas for stays of up to 3 months may still need entry permit clearance, except nationals of Kenya and Uganda. All other nationals must obtain visas in advance except nationals coming from a country where there is no Tanzania Embassy, High Commission or Consulate to issue a visa. In this case, these nationals may obtain a visa on arrival at one of the following four main entry points, provided all immigration and health requirements are met: Dar es Salaam International Airport, Kilimanjaro International Airport, Namanga Entry Point (Tanzania-Kenya border crossing) and Zanzibar International Airport.


Types of visa and cost:

The rate of the visa is currently 60 US $ OR 60 Euros. However it is advisable to check with your nearest Tanzanian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate prior to your travel for updated information.

Cost of Tourist visa depends on nationality of applicant. The above prices are for UK nationals; Irish nationals always pay £5. For postal applications, fees are payable only by postal order. Please note that once visas are processed, fees are non-refundable.

Validity: Single-entry: 3 months from date of issue; Multiple-entry: 6 months from date of issue.

Application to: Consulate (or Consular section at High Commission or Embassy).


Application requirements:

(a) One completed application form.
(b) Two recent passport-size photos.
(c) Valid passport.
(d) Fee, payable in cash or by postal order, made payable to the Tanzania High Commission (nationals must pay by postal order only for postal applications).
(e) Pre-paid self-addressed, stamped envelope for postal applications.
(f) For business visitors, a letter indicating the nature of the trip and the business contact in Tanzania.

All nationals may be asked to attend an interview and/or supply further documents.

Working days required:
Normally 24 hours. Up to 7 days for postal applications.

Temporary residence:
Enquire at High Commission or Embassy.

The following services are taxed in Zanzibar:
An Airport tax of 50 US $ per ticket must be paid on departure. Keep small denomination ready as change might be limited sometimes. A tax of 5$ for every ticket for the person traveling through sea port.

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