Tanzania: Reintroduction of business visa-on-arrival

The Immigration Services Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs has reintroduced the business visa-on-arrival, which allows business visitors to obtain a non-extendable 90-day visa at the port-of-entry.

Several activities are allowed under business visitor status, including:

  • Board meetings and business prospecting
  • Internal presentations
  • Advisory consultations
  • The installation of machinery

Please note that productive work cannot be performed under business visitor status.

However, immigration officials at the port-of-entry maintain discretion to issue a business visa-on-arrival, and may refer a traveler to the Labor Department if they think a work permit is necessary. If this occurs, the traveler may be issued an ordinary visa so they can apply for a work permit in Tanzania. An ordinary visa does not permit productive work or business activities. For visa-exempt nationals (East African Community and Southern African Development Community), fees of US$ 200 apply for a business pass.

This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Tanzanian government.

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak.