On Monday, November 26th, Tanzania launched an electronic visa as well as residence permit services for foreign nationals that wish to visit or live in the country. The goal of the electronic visa for Tanzania is to make the process of obtaining a visa more efficient. Another objective of the Tanzania online visa is to boost security and revenue collection. Many countries are introducing electronic visa systems to simplify the process of getting a visitor visa, increasing security, and improving border control.
New electronic visa launched by Tanzania
During the launch of the Tanzania electronic visa, Tanzania's Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said: "Electronic visas an residence permits launched on Monday are parts of efforts made by the government to ease access to the country with the view to promoting investment, especially in the industrial sector."
The electronic system to obtain the visa to Tanzania became available immediately after the launch last week. Foreigners of eligible countries can now submit online applications to get their visitor visa to Tanzania. Foreigners who wish to live in Tanzania can also submit their application through the new electronic system.
The electronic visa system should bring an end to unnecessary bureaucracy and delays experienced by foreign travelers in the past. Majaliwa added that the new technology should enhance security in the country. The decision to introduce an electronic system is aligned with the government's policy to adopt information and technology in its operations.
During his statement, Majaliwa also added that the electronic immigration system will boost government revenue given than all visa fees will be paid by applicants electronically through the new system. "I call upon all immigration officers and employees of the immigration department to take care of the new system and its infrastructure," Majaliwa said.
Tourism in Tanzania
Tanzania is a beautiful country and an ideal tourist destination. About 38% of the country's land area is set aside in protected areas for conservation. In 2016, travel and tourism contributed 17.5% of Tanzania's gross domestic product. The tourism industry is growing in Tanzania, in 2016 the country welcomed 1,284,279 tourists.
From wildlife to beaches to Mt Kilimanjaro and the Zanzibar Archipelago, there are several attractions that make traveling to Tanzania a unique experience. Some of the top attractions in Tanzania include:
- Kavati National Park: the country's third largest national park, it is an unspoiled area. The park comes to life during the dry season, when the floodplains dry up and elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, and many more animals gather at the remaining waters.
- Serengeti National Park: set in the Mara and Simiyu regions, it's famous for the annual migration of over 1.5 million white-bearded wildebeest and 250,000 zebras. The 14,763 square kilometer park is also well known for its lions and other majestic predators.
- Mt Kilimanjaro National Park: officially opened in 1977, this national park is one of the most visited in Tanzania. The main attraction here is the snowcapped mountain, Africa's highest point, which many travelers climb every year.
- Zanzibar Town: most visitors head to Stone Town, the historic quarter where you can wander through a maze of narrow streets. The Stone Town features incredible things, such as a former palace, a Persian bathhouse, and tumbledown ruin, and a coral-stone mansion.
Before booking a holiday to Tanzania, check whether you are eligible for the Tanzania electronic visa. You will need a valid passport in order to complete the online application.