Visas

Services at the United States Embassy in Dar es Salaam are currently limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Current services include American Citizen Services (ACS) appointments, immigrant visa (IV) appointments, and limited nonimmigrant (NIV) appointments. Additional information regarding each service category follows.

  • Nonimmigrant visas are being processed in a limited capacity for Tanzanian citizens or residents, including visa interviews for routine visitor (B-1/B-2) visas. Interview waiver appointments are also available under certain conditions for the renewal of a B-1/B-2, C-1/C-2, or D visa that expired within the previous 48 months. Nonimmigrant visa appointments can be requested at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-tz/nivWhile the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there are likely to be increased wait times for scheduling appointments due to substantial backlogs. The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment for payments made on or after October 31, 2021.
  • Immigrant visas, including diversity visa (DV) and returning resident (SB-1) applications, are being processed in a limited capacity for Tanzanian citizens or residents. SB-1 applicants should contact us at drsiv@state.gov to request an appointment. All other immigrant visa applicants should wait to be notified of the scheduling of an interview by NVC or KCC in accordance with the phased resumption of visa services. 

The purpose of your intended travel and other facts will determine what type of visa is required under U.S. immigration law. As a visa applicant, you will need to establish that you meet all requirements to receive the category of visa for which you are applying.

See our Directory of Visa Categories on usvisas.state.gov to determine which visa category might be appropriate for your purpose of travel to the United States.

On October 25, President Biden announced the United States will adopt a global air travel policy. This policy prioritizes public health, protecting U.S. citizens and residents as well as those who come to visit us. Effective November 8 all non-citizen, nonimmigrant (not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, or traveling to the United States on an immigrant visa) airline passengers traveling to the United States, must demonstrate proof of vaccination as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Order prior to boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. More details regarding what constitutes full vaccination are available on this page of the CDC website.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TO LIMIT THE RISK OF SPREADING COVID-19, VISITORS TO THE U.S. EMBASSY MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHEN ON THE EMBASSY COMPOUND AND PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING WHENEVER POSSIBLE. 

Visitors may not bring large bags, computers, or large electronics into the Embassy, and the Embassy cannot store these items.  VISITORS ALSO CANNOT BRING PHONES INTO THE EMBASSY. There is limited phone storage available only for visitors with an American Citizen Services appointment (U.S. passport, Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or notarial service).  The Embassy is not responsible for any lost or damaged items held in storage.  Visitors should leave prohibited items at home or make alternate arrangements for the items’ secure storage.

Additionally, the U.S. Embassy in Dar Es Salaam does not provide parking facilities to members of the public seeking consular services. The Embassy strongly recommends that those seeking consular services plan to utilize public parking, arrive by taxi, or use the passenger drop-off point located in front of the consular entrance to the Embassy compound.

Nonimmigrant Visas

Travel to the United States on a temporary basis, including tourism, temporary employment, study and exchange.

Immigrant Visas

For foreign citizens who want to live permanently in the United States.

A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter the United States generally must first obtain a U.S. visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport, a travel document issued by the traveler’s country of citizenship.

The Visa section of this website is all about U.S. visas for foreign citizens to travel to the United States.

(Note: U.S. citizens don’t need a U.S. visa for travel, but when planning travel abroad may need a visa issued by the embassy of the country they wish to visit.).

To contact a customer service representative, please visit the GSS Contact Us page for full information or use contact information below:

  • 686 Old Bagamoyo Road,
    Msasani
    P.O. Box 9123,
    Dar es Salaam
    Tel: 255-22-229-4000

The Department of State manages the visa process strictly but fairly in order to best protect the United States.  We are committed to the essential openness for which the United States has always been known.  Travel to the United States is welcomed and encouraged.

We promise to you, the visa applicant, that:

  • We will treat you with dignity and respect, even if we are unable to grant you a visa.
  • We will treat you as an individual and your case as unique.
  • We will remember that, to you, a visa interview may be a new or intimidating experience and that you may be nervous.
  • We will use the limited time available for the interview to get as full a picture as possible of your travel plans and intentions.
  • We will use our available resources to fairly assist all applicants to get appointments to allow travel in time for business, study, and other important obligations.
  • We will post detailed and accurate information on visa requirements and application procedures on every Embassy and Consulate website.
  • We will provide information on non-immigrant appointment waiting times at every Embassy and Consulate posted on http://travel.state.gov.
  • We will explain the reason for any visa denial to you.

Furthermore, if you are a:

  • Student, we will make every effort to ensure that you get an appointment and, if qualified, a visa in time to start classes.
  • Medical and humanitarian emergency traveler, we will expedite processing for those dealing with life threatening emergencies.
  • Business traveler, we will establish appropriate mechanisms to facilitate business travel and expedite cases of particular concern to American business.

At the same time, we expect you, the visa applicant, to:

  • Plan your travel and visa application as far in advance as possible.
  • Complete your application fully and accurately.
  • Be forthcoming about your purpose and plans.
  • Prepare for your interview by being able to clearly and concisely describe your intentions.