The business visa on arrival has been reintroduced and allows business visitors to obtain a non-extendable 90-day business visa at the airport.
Immigration officials at the airport retain discretion to issue a business visa on arrival, and may refer a traveller to the Labour Department if they believe that a work permit is necessary. If this occurs, the official may issue an Ordinary Visa so the applicant can apply for a work permit in Tanzania. The Ordinary Visa does not allow work or business activities.
Foreign nationals can conduct the following activities under the business visa for up to 90 days:
- Providing advisory or consultation service;
- Installation of machinery;
- Attending board meetings;
- Business prospecting; and
- Conducting presentations at a local company.
Work activities cannot be conducted under the business visa on arrival.
The cost of the visa is USD 250 for visa nationals. Visa-waived nationals such as those from the East African Community and Southern African Development Community will be charged USD 200 for a business pass.
What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals
Affected employers should contact their immigration professional to determine whether the purpose of their employees’ visit allows travel under a business visa.