All travelers who are not East African residents, are required to obtain a visa for Tanzania. Happily, the process is a simple formality.
If you opt to fly to Nairobi rather than direct to JRO you’ll need to take the Riverside Shuttle bus from Nairobi to Arusha. Passing through Kenya in this way you’ll require a Kenyan tourist visa which can be purchased at the airport when you land. A tourist visa for traveling to Kenya from Tanzania if opting to fly out from Nairobi, can be purchased at the Namanga border which you are required to cross, however if you entered Tanzania from Kenya on your way to Kilimanjaro then your original Kenyan visa will probably still be valid as nowadays Kenyan tourist visas are issued on multiple-entry basis.
If flying direct to Tanzania however, although it is possible to purchase your visa on arrival at the kiosk on the right hand side of the arrivals foyer at Kilimanjaro International Airport, the Tanzanian High Commission advises visitors to apply for this in advance as they reserve the right to deny you a visa on arrival.
Travelers are advised to apply in person by visiting the Tanzanian Embassy with their passports and payment in cash . Those willing to take the risk involved with trying to obtain a visa at the border (we have only ever heard of a small handful of persons who had problems) should have USD 50 in cash if flying on a British passport, or USD 100 in cash if flying on a US passport. Those of other nationalities are advised to have USD 100 in cash ready, though in most cases the cost will be only USD 50.
Please note that the visa application can only be made within three months of the date of travel.
Office hours are Monday to Friday: 1000–1230.
3 Stratford Place, London, W1C 1AS
Tel.: +44 020 7569 1470
Fax: +44 020 7491 3710
2139 R Street NW, Washington D.C 20008
Telephone: (202)884-1080, (202)939-6125/7
Information about Tanzanian visas for Americans is available here.
50 Range Road Ottawa
3rd Floor, MPH Building
23 Barrack Street
PERTH WA 6000
Honorary Consul: Mr Didier Murcia
Tel: +61 (0) 8 9221 0033
Fax:+61 (0) 8 9221 0133
Hours of business 8.30am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday