Thanks to online visa applications, increased airline routes, and a boost in tourism, it's not easier than ever for Tanzania citizens to visit Turkey. Tanzania nationals can fly from Dar es Salaam and, in less than eight hours, land in Istanbul.
However, while traveling to Turkey, there are some things you must have, including a valid visa. In this article, we have mentioned everything Tanzanian nationals need to know while traveling to Turkey.
So, without further ado, let's get into it!
Turkey Visa Options for Tanzanians
Besides its delicious cuisines and astonishing landscapes, Turkey is also known for its unmatchable hospitality. The entire country is working hard to make it the capital of tourism. Therefore, they offer different types of visas.
Turkey even offers visa exemption to some countries, meaning their nationals can travel to Turkey without a valid visa. However, the real question is, do Tanzanians enjoy Turkey visa exemption?
Ordinary Passport Holders
Well, Tanzanian ordinary passport holders don’t enjoy the visa exemption. All ordinary passport holders are required to have a visa in order to visit the country.
Ordinary passport holders have two different options. They can either get an e-visa or a traditional one. Unfortunately, e-visa is not for all Tanzanian citizens. There are some conditions you must fulfill to get a Turkey electronic visa.
Diplomatic Passport Holders
Alternatively, all diplomatic passport holders and service passport holders from Tanzania enjoy the visa exemption. The visa exemption allows them to enter Turkey without a visa at all.
Without a visa, Tanzania citizens can stay in the country for up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Afterward, they are required to leave the country and apply for a valid visa.
Turkey Visa Requirements for Tanzanians
While applying for a Turkey visa, there are some visa requirements that you must fulfill. Here's a brief overview of all the required documents:
Valid Passport - Tanzania citizens must have a passport with a validity of at least 6 months after the first entry date.
Personal Information - You'll need to fill out the visa application form by offering your personal details, contact details, and travel details.
Passport Information - You are required to provide passport information, including passport number, expiry date, and so on.
Travel Information - Applicants also have to provide the travel document, travel itinerary, and plans.
Application Fee - Whether you are applying for an e-visa or a traditional one, Tanzania citizens are required to pay the visa fee. For e-visa, you can use a secure online payment option, such as a debit card or credit card.
Once you have these visa requirements, you can apply for your Turkish visa. For a traditional visa, you are required to visit the Turkish embassy in Tanzania.
Applying for a Turkey Visa from Tanzania
If you're not eligible for a Turkey e-visa, you have to visit Turkish embassies and consulates. You can follow these simple steps to apply for a Turkey tourist visa:
Visit the nearest Turkish mission
Fill out the visa application form
Provide the required documents
Pay the service fee and submit your application
Once your visa is approved, pick up your passport from the embassy
That's it! Afterward, you can travel to Turkey without facing any issues. The visa processing time is different for different applicants. On average, you'll get your visa within 15 working days via email.
Can Tanzanians Get Turkey e-Visa?
When it comes to convenience, getting a Turkey e-visa is certainly a rational decision. The best thing about e-visa services is that you don’t have to visit the embassy. You can apply for an e-visa from the comfort of your home. Moreover, the processing time for an e-visa is just 2-3 days.
Unfortunately, not all Tanzanian passport holders are eligible for a Turkey e-visa. To apply for an e-visa, Tanzania citizens must have:
Valid residence permit or visa for US, UK, Ireland, or Schengen countries.
If you are eligible for a Turkish e-visa, you can apply for it on your own. To apply for an electronic visa, you need:
Online visa application form
Debit or credit card
A valid e-mail address
Turkey Embassy in Tanzania
Diplomatic or service passport holders are not required to visit the Turkey embassy. They don’t even have to apply for an e-visa as they enjoy the visa exemption. They can simply pack their bag, book a flight and enter Turkey using their passport.
In addition, if a Tanzania citizen is eligible for an electronic visa, he/she doesn't have to visit the Turkey embassy as well. You can apply for an e-visa from the comfort of your home.
Alternatively, if you are not eligible for an e-visa, you must visit the nearest Turkish embassy to apply for your visa.
Turkey Embassy Address
Residence of the Turkish Ambassador
Touré Dr, Dar es Salaam