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STEP 4 – Visa and Vaccinations

Once you’ve established your itinerary and have booked your flights, you should address the “Two V’s” which are required specifically for Tanzania and require a lead time to accomplish. Do not ignore these while being preoccupied with the excitement of packing, training, and research. In addition to Visa and Vaccine, this is a good place in your process to also consider Passport and General Health issues.

PASSPORT

US citizens need a Passport to travel internationally. Be sure your Passport has not expired, and in fact, has an expiration date of at least six months past your trip to Africa. If you need to update, consider paying the fee to have your Passport expedited through the system.

VISA

Booked flights are required before you obtain Visas to visit Tanzania, so this step naturally follows the previous ones. Travelers may obtain a Visa either A) at Kilimanjaro airport upon arrival or B) by mail from the Tanzanian embassy. If you apply prior to your trip, risk can be reduced by using overnight delivery (such as Federal Express) to send your Passport and application to the Embassy. If you plan to leave and re-enter Tanzania during your trip, you may obtain a multiple-entry Visa.

The Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania (in the USA)

Web Site:  www.tanzaniaembassy-us.org  (under Counselor Services, select Visa Information)

Application form:  http://tanzaniaembassy-us.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/visa_form_04.pdf

Address:  1232 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C.  20037

Main Phone:  (202) 939-6125

Visa Information:  (202) 884-1085

Visa Processing:  (202) 884-1092

Emergency:  (301) 879-8104

Fax:  (202) 797-7408

For Visa Applications, the Tanzania Embassy requires:

  1) visa application form completed for each traveler, and signed by applicant

  2) passport, valid for at least 6 months

  3) two passport-sized photographs recently taken

  4) prepaid self-addressed envelope, to return your passport and visa; use the most secure mail;be able to track it; FedEx and UPS are accepted

5) copy of flight itinerary and tour operator receipt

6) People traveling for specific reasons other than tourism must submit a letter from their organization; these include, but are not limited to, volunteers, meetings & conferences, studies, diplomatic, and official and any other business not mentioned here.

7) fee: US Passport holder $ 100, Non-US $50. Modes of payment accepted:

  Money Order or Cashier’s Check

  Company or Organization Checks

  All credit cards accepted, except American Express.

  Personal Checks accompanied by a copy of valid driver’s license (or write driver’s license number on the check)

  Cash is not accepted.

  Make checks and money orders payable to “Embassy of Tanzania, Washington DC.”

8) minors younger than 18 years of age, traveling alone or with only one parent/legal guardians, should possess a notarized letter jointly signed by parents or legal guardians approving the minor to travel, and a copy of their ID

Visa processing at the Tanzanian Embassy:

* Hours of operation are 9am - 1pm for submitting applications and 2pm - 5pm for picking up visas.

* Visa processing takes a minimum of five (5) working days for regular process.

* Rush service is available for an extra $20, which takes 3 working days.

* Next day service is an extra $50 and same day service is available for $100

* Walk-in is available, no appointment necessary.

Note:  The duration to remain in the country is determined by the immigration officer at the port of entry. All visas are valid from the date of issuance. In the event a visa expires before it is utilized, the applicant will have to re-apply for a new one.

Other useful web sites for Tanzanian embassies:

Canada – www.tzrepottawa.ca

UK – www.tanzania-online.gov.uk

All Tanzanian embassies are listed at: www.advance-africa.com/Tanzania-Embassy-Addresses.html

VACCINATIONS

Exotic location. Exotic bugs. Be protected!

Immunization is required for travel between US and Tanzania, and between some African nations, so check with your personal physician and get the process started. Several of these vaccines require more than one dose or take time to become effective, so it is important seek advice from your doctor and handle immunization well in advance, 6 weeks before departure if possible.

Certain preexisting conditions allow for alternative vaccines, so discuss your specific health condition with your doctor. Also mention if you are planning certain extreme activities such as scuba diving.

Per the Tanzanian Embassy, travelers to Africa are commonly recommended to vaccinate against:

Tetanus      Diphtheria      Polio      Typhoid      Hepatitis A      Hepatitis B

Yellow      Fever      Malaria      Rabies      Meningitis

The government of Tanzania requires proof of yellow fever vaccination upon arrival if you are traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

Talk to your doctor about how to prevent malaria while traveling. You may need to take prescription medicine before, during, and after your trip to prevent malaria, especially if you are visiting low-altitude areas. Read more at http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2014/chapter-3-infectious-diseases-related-to-travel/travel-vaccines-and-malaria-information-by-country/tanzania

GENERAL HEALTH

It is advisable to consult your doctor for a physical exam prior to ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro. Even with a slow pace on good trails and someone carrying your gear, the rigors of the outdoors can be a challenge. Your high camp will be more than 15,000 feet in elevation, and summit day is strenuous, with rocky trail and thin, cold air. Consider an EKG if you are older than 50 or do not have a proud history of physical activity. If you take prescription medicine, then bring it with you, clearly labeled, and be able to administer it yourself. Do not count on finding your medicine in Tanzania, even if it's a common variety.

Learn the effects of high altitude prior to climbing Kilimanjaro. 

Travel Insurance is strongly recommended.

Also consider a membership with AMREF Flying Doctors.

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