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Updated: Dec 30, 2022

Your flight has just landed.

You have been traveling for close to a day. As you debark the plane, what do you do upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)? This depends on what you have to do. Did you get a visa in advance? If so, you can proceed through customs and onto the baggage area.

If you haven’t gotten your visa in advance, be diligent about getting off the plane. Have your Passport in hand and any additional paperwork. Once off the plane, get in the line for a visa. This line can take up to two hours depending on how many people on your flight also require a visa.

Showing boarding passes to staff standing in front of airport doors.  They check to make sure you didn’t get off the plane on accident for those who are continuing on the flight to Dar es Salaam. Once off the plane, walk straight to buy a visa. Watch each line to see if they are open, the airport staff will let everyone stand in one line even if there are three lines open.After purchasing your visa, get in lines number 2, 3 or 4.  These are the same lines that people who already had visas beforehand will be in.Again, watch all the lines. The staff will let everyone stand in one line when other lines are open. They won’t say anything or direct anyone to open lines.


To gain entry into Tanzania, US citizens and most other nationalities will need a passport and visa. The passport must be valid for six months after the intended length of stay.

Visas can be obtained prior to departure from the USA or at your point of entry into Tanzania. If you have enough time before your trip, we recommend applying for your visa in advance.

The visa cost for US citizens is $100. More information can be found here:

If you didn’t obtain your visa in advance, you can get one upon arrival at JRO. The process is fairly easy. You just need to fill out a form, wait in line, pay the required fee, have them take a photo of you (yes this is a great photo after your long flight), and place it in your passport.

Alternatively, if you are flying into Nairobi —Jomo Kenyatta International Airport—and taking a shuttle to Moshi, you can secure your visa at the Tanzanian border. The shuttle service will stop at the border. You can enter the office and pick up your visa there

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