South Africa is a country that is known for its wild African Safaris, its beautiful sandy beaches and multiple cities such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and the capital Pretoria. It is a country that is known for having 11 official languages which are reflective of the ethnic diversity of the people of South Africa. People in South Africa are proud of their culture, history and heritage which is evident to anyone who visits the country any number of times.
Lately, the South African government has been interested in ways it can improve the overall traveling experience for the millions of people that visit the country every year. One of the measures it has adopted, is the electronic travel authorization system which facilitates the application of a South African eVisa for travelers from a select number of countries. This new eVisa process makes it easier for these travelers to obtain a South African eVisa while also allowing them to finish certain security screenings ahead of their travel to the country. This ends up saving these travelers the hassle of having to go through such screenings at the airport when they arrive in South Africa, thereby contributing to a positively convenient traveling experience.
Do Tanzanian Citizens Need a Visa for South Africa?
Tanzanian citizens are currently allowed to enter South Africa visa-free for a stay of up to 90 days in the country. However, it is expected that once the South African eVisa system is fully operational, all Tanzanian citizens will be required to obtain an eVisa regardless of the purpose of their visit.
Due to the fact that the South African eVisa can be applied for and obtained online, Tanzanian citizens can expect to save a lot of time and effort during their preparations for their trip to South Africa. One of the main benefits of applying for the South African eVisa is that it doesn’t require Tanzanian citizens to visit a local embassy or consulate in order to submit paperwork. Instead, all the necessary documentation can be submitted online as part of the application process.
South African eVisa Application Process for Tanzanian Citizens
Tanzanian citizens that are interested in applying for a South African eVisa need to fill out an online application which asks them to list their name, date of birth, citizenship and passport details. They will also be required to answer certain basic questions regarding their health and security.
Tanzanian travelers should make every effort to answer the questions in the application form as honestly as possible and in good faith as errors can cause delays in the processing of their eVisa applications. One of the most important things to take care of is whether or not the information submitted via the eVisa application matches that shown on the applicant’s passport.
Tanzanian citizens will also need to make a payment for having the South African eVisa application processed using a valid debit/credit card. Once the application has been submitted, it can take a from a few hours to a few days to have their application processed and approved.
Once approved, Tanzanian travelers will receive their eVisa via email. They will have to take a printed copy of the eVisa with them to show Border Control officials at the South African port of entry in order to be allowed to go through. The eVisa will list the maximum number of days a person can stay in South Africa as well as the number of entries allowed on the eVisa.
Criteria for Applying from Tanzania
In order to apply for a South African eVisa successfully as a Tanzanian citizen, there are certain basic requirements that must be met, including:
- A valid email address,
- A valid Tanzanian passport
- At least 2 blank pages for entry/exit stamps
- A valid debit/credit card
Travelers will need to ensure that these pre-requisites are met before beginning the application process.
One of the other important things to consider is that the passport that is being used to apply for the South African eVisa is the same one that the Tanzanian citizen will be traveling on. This is due to the fact that the eVisa applications are linked to particular passports and are only valid for entry into South Africa using only that particular passport.
Tanzanian travelers must also ensure that their passport will have a validity of at least 30 days from the date of their departure from South Africa. They must also have at least 1 blank page left on their passport where entry/exit stamps can be placed.
Travelers must also note that South Africa has a very strict policy to deal with people who overstay their visa. Anyone found to have overstayed their visa will be placed on an Immigration Control List and be barred from entering South Africa for a period of 5 years.
South African Embassy in Tanzania
South African High Commission in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Plot 218/50 Corner Garden Avenue and
Shabani Robert Road
P. O. Box 10723 Ilala District
Telephone: (+255) 22 221 8500