Do You Need a Visa to Visit Zanzibar?

Visa policy of Zanzibar

The Zanzibar visa requirements for visitors are the same as those of Tanzania's remaining regions. Some citizens of specific countries do not require a visa to enter the country, while others require either an electronic visa or a regular paper visa.

Who needs a visa to visit Zanzibar?

Zanzibar does not require a visa for most Commonwealth nations citizens (with significant exceptions being those from the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria), who can stay up to three months.

The following nations' nationals, on the other hand, must apply for a visa before traveling to Zanzibar, and their applications must be accepted by the Commissioner of Immigration or the Commissioner General of Immigration:

Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Chad, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Iraq, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Syria, Yemen.

Other nations have the option of obtaining a Tanzania eVisa or a visa upon arrival.

What is the validity term of the Zanzibar eVisa?

There is no eVisa, especially for Zanzibar, however, nationals of numerous countries can acquire a Tanzania eVisa. Zanzibar is included in the list of places the holder can visit. The tourist e-visa is only valid for one visit to Tanzania and is also known as a single-entry visa. You can only stay in Tanzania and/or Zanzibar for a maximum of 30 days. You have 30 days to go from the mainland to Zanzibar as many times as you want.

What are the requirements for Zanzibar/ Tanzania eVisa?

·         Your passport should be valid for at least another 6 months when you arrive.

·         Your passport should have at least one blank page.

·         You already have a return or transit flight ticket to another country.

·         You already have at least one overnight address in Tanzania.

·         You are flying in Tanzania at one of the following airports.

The Tanzania e-visa is valid only if you come via one of the country's three most popular airports or one of the two most significant border crossings.

·         Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) - at Dar es Salaam

·         Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) - at the Kilimanjaro

·         Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (NZN/AAKIA) - at Zanzibar city

·         Border crossing Namanga - at Kenia

·         Border crossing Tunduma - at Zambia

Following your arrival at one of the sites mentioned above in Tanzania, you can take domestic flights as many times as you like. You can take a flight or a boat from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar and back as many times as you want throughout your 30-day stay.

How do I get a visa for Zanzibar?

The first step is to open the digital application form to enter your vacation plans, contact information, and passport information. You may also submit a group application by including the names of additional travelers on the form. Following payment, each traveler must present a passport scan, a recent passport photo (no teeth visible), and a return or transit flight ticket for each person.

How much is a tourist visa for Zanzibar?

For a charge of $90 or 79,95€  per person, you can stay in Tanzania for 90 days with your eVisa. In addition to Julius Nyerere Airport (Dar es Salaam), Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kisauni Abeid Amani Karume Airport (Zanzibar), and Namanga and Tunduma land borders, you can enter Tanzania using your Tanzania e-Visa.

Due to the pandemic situation, it's recommended that you apply for a Tanzanian visa online at least 5 days in advance of your trip.

Can you get a Zanzibar visa/Tanzania visa on arrival?

Although a Tanzania visa can be obtained upon arrival at the border, there is a significant amount of waiting involved. Otherwise, you should apply for and get a eVisa before your trip.

A visa on arrival is possible if you can pay the prescribed application fees in cash and present all necessary documentation for the visa application.

It is only possible to obtain a Tanzania visa on arrival if you appear in person at one of Tanzania's five border-crossing sites. In most cases, this process requires a lengthy wait in line.

When is the best time to visit Zanzibar?

Zanzibar is best visited from mid-winter to spring or in mid-summer (Southern Hemisphere timing). These are the dry seasons of Zanzibar. The long dry season lasts through winter and spring, and the short dry season lasts through mid-summer.

Zanzibar is a tropical region, so the weather is still warm and pleasant even in the winter months. So, you can take advantage of the nice weather at the beach.

The best time to visit the Zanzibar Islands is from June through September/October. This is the time of year when you're most likely to see blue skies and pleasant temperatures. Zanzibar's sunny winter-to-spring dry season is ideal for those who can't stand the heat and humidity.

It is also a perfect time to visit Zanzibar in December, January, and February. These months are part of the short dry season, which provides the most fantastic weather for sun lovers who enjoy warm temperatures. Clear skies, little to no rain, and high temperatures are likely during these months. There is a chance of rain in the afternoons in early December, although it's more likely to be sprinkled. Rain showers are less common, but the Christmas hordes haven't yet arrived by the middle of December. In other words, the middle of December is the best time to visit Zanzibar for a summer vacation if you want a quiet getaway.

It's best to stay on the southwest coast of Zanzibar if you want to visit between November and February when the rainy season begins. During the southwest monsoon season (June to October), the northeast coast of Zanzibar is the best place to visit.


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