Visa requirements can restrict travel
“Will I need a visa?”
This is one of the first questions Tanzanians with regular passports have when we plan a trip abroad. And unfortunately, the answer is usually, yes.
The thing is, the process of getting a visa can be pretty annoying. Those of us who have gone through it dread the long application forms we have to fill out online, the interviews at the embassy, and the possible rejection. In addition to time spent, you usually have to pay up to TZS 150,000 to get an appointment and this doesn’t guarantee that you will get the visa (or that you will get reimbursed).
So what exactly is a visa?
In simplest terms, a visa is an endorsement on your passport in the form of a stamp, sticker or identification paper that shows that you are allowed to enter, stay, or leave a specific country for a definite period of time.
Some countries like the U.S.A and Australia are infamous for having long and intense screening processes that can last months. Simply put, if you have a Tanzanian passport it’s not easy to just spontaneously decide to jet off to a foreign country for the weekend. Moreover, these same countries that are so difficult to enter usually have great international travel agreements for their citizens. So while it may be hard for you to go to the U.S.A, it’s not so hard for Americans to come here.
However, instead of wishing that we had American passports that allow us to go almost anywhere without a long visa process, why not plan trips to countries that don’t require Tanzanians to have visas?
While we know that we don’t need a visa to travel to most East African countries and South Africa, there are dozens of other countries around the world that Tanzanian’s can go to with no or extremely limited visa restrictions. So, here are 20 unlikely countries that Tanzanian’s can travel to without visas.
Countries in Africa:
· Cape Verde: Visa provided on arrival.
· DRC: Visa for 7 days is provided on arrival.
· Mali: Visa provided on arrival.
· Mauritius: No Visa required for a maximum of 90 days.
· Madagascar: Visa for 90 days is provided on arrival.
· Mozambique: No Visa required.
Countries in the Americas:
· Barbados: No Visa required for a maximum stay of 6 months.
· British Virgin Islands: No Visa required for a maximum of 30 days.
· Bahamas: No Visa required for maximum 3 months.
· Ecuador: No Visa required for 90 days.
· Jamaica: No Visa required.
Countries in Asia:
· Cambodia: Visa on arrival is provided for a 30-day stay.
· Malaysia: No Visa required for 90 days maximum stay.
· Hong Kong: No Visa required for 90 days maximum stay.
· Philippines: No Visa required for a maximum stay of 30 days, but you can get a Visa on arrival for 59 days.
· Singapore: No Visa required for a stay less than 30 days.
Countries in Europe (sigh, do better Europe):
· Georgia: Visa is provided on arrival for 3 months maximum.
Countries in Oceania:
· Cook Islands: No Visa required for a maximum of 6 months.
· Samoa: Visa is provided on arrival for 60 days.
· Federated States of Micronesia – No Visa required for a maximum of 30 days.
Travel with little hassle
We’ve all watched movies whereby the actor suddenly decides to rush to the airport and book a flight to a foreign country to escape some imminent danger or follow their true love. Well, many of us have also thought, if the character was Tanzanian they’d have to get a visa first!
While there is little that we as citizens can do about visa requirements to certain countries, these restrictions don’t have to stop us from travelling. So, now that you know some new places that you can travel with your Tanzanian passport and no visa, all you have to do is book your flight, pack your bag and head to the airport – just like in the movies!