The government of Tanzania has made slight changes to its visa on arrival issuance process for international visitors at Kilimanjaro International Airport.
With immediate effect foreign visitors arriving in Kilimanjaro without a visa need to complete a process that requires queuing for a Government Control Number, queuing to pay for the Government Control Number at a bank and queuing for Immigration to check and issue the visa.
Before these changes, Tanzania was permitting visa-free travel for a period of up to three months to some foreign nationals, mainly those from African and Asian countries however in most cases, with the exceptions of Kenya and Uganda, these visitors will still to obtain entry permit clearance.
Tour operators have therefore advised international visitors to Tanzania hoping to transit through Kilimanjaro International Airport to complete a Tanzania visa application online at www.immigration.go.tz. This process takes 2-3 weeks.
The changes at Kilimanjaro has meant that the visa on arrival process can take in excess of two hours.
According to local authorities, measures are being put in place to make this process quicker.
BY PAUL TENTENA